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22nd North Arkansas Ancestor Fair

3 Jun

The 22nd North Arkansas Ancestor Fair will be held Friday, June 3rd and Saturday, June 4th, in Marshall , AR.  This year the theme will be the Civil War Sesquicentennial, and the talks on Friday will be about what happened in 1861 in North Arkansas and about researching Confederate and Union Soldier ancestors.  Saturday will be devoted to family historians swapping information, but there will also be the opportunity to get help writing family reminiscences about the Civil War.

The North Arkansas Ancestor Fair is the longest running genealogical event of its kind in North Arkansas.  It has two sections:  on Friday, there are speakers who talk about subjects of interest to genealogists and family historians; on Saturday family genealogists are provided tables and chairs so they can visit and swap information with the public, who have com to see what information is available.  North Arkansas county genealogical and historical societies have tables to offer information, publications for sale and to attract new members.

This year, there will be enough seating for both Friday and Saturday events so that advance registration is not necessary, but early arrivals will get the best seats, or table locations.  Friday’s talks will be held at the new VFW building, located just north of the Stoplight, and Northeast of Highway 65.  Russell Baker, Arkansas History Commission-Retired and perhaps the most knowledgeable person on Arkansas research, will speak from 9:30am on “Finding Confederate and Union Ancestors”.  He will also have a fillip on results of DNA tests on a couple of Newton/Searcy county families.  Friday afternoon, James Johnston, Searcy County historian, will tell about what happened in Searcy and surrounding counties in 1861.  This will include the formation, betrayal and capture of the Peace Society and the Chain Gang that took them to Little Rock.  This will be followed by a discussion group where attendees will be invited to tell their family stories of the Chain Gang.  Friday’s lectures cost $7.50 for a half day or $10.00 for all day, which will be collected at the door.  The Discussion Group is free and everyone is encouraged to attend.

Friday night there will be a Mixer Dinner – place to be announced – where folks can mingle, visit, meet new-found kin, and get a start on Saturday’s ancestor hunting.  There is usually some musical entertainment as well.

Saturday’s Genealogical Swap Meet at the Searcy County Civic Center on Zack Road is free all day for providers who want table and chairs for their information and wares and for the public who only want to browse.  The doors are open at 8:00 am to set up for providers of information and wares, and are open at 9:00 am for the public.

The Ancestor Fair has drawn as many as 500 in years past, but recently the numbers have declined.  However, the sponsor, Searcy County Historical Society, expects the Civil War Sesquicentennial theme will attract over 200 visitors this year.

Additional information is available at the Ancestor Fair website.  www.ancestorfair.us ,or from Shirley Gray at shirleysdream@windstream.net or 870-448-3308

Beard & Mustache Competition benefits Isabel’s House

30 May

Beard & Mustache competition, benefiting Isabel’s House: The Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks. Saturday, June 04, 2011 from 8:00 PM – 1:00 AM. at Patton Alley Pub, local men will be judged on their facial hair in a number of categories, including “Mustache, Natural”, “Mustache, Styled”, “Partial Beard-Natural” and so on. There’s even a “Fake Beard” category. Among the judges will be Devin Cara, who currently holds 3rd place in the world  in the Garibaldi category, and his wife Kelly, who ha been to two world competitions. Christian Hutson of Just For Him will also judge. Drinks and other fun will be there throughout the night.

Registration is from 6:45-7:45 p.m.. The contest will probably last until 10 p.m., with Deep Fried Squirrel playing afterwards. Registration is $10 at the door, or you can register online at queencitybeards.com. Also visit the website to learn more.

(See 417 Mag for more outlandish things to do in 417 Land!)

Daredevils Rock Katy Trail This Weekend!

26 May

Hometown boys “The Ozark Mountain Daredevils” will headline Pedalers Jamboree this weekend May 28-29, 2011!

The Pedaler’s Jamboree is Missouri’s first bike- powered music and camping festival! Welcome in the summer with a slow paced, family friendly, two wheeled celebration on the Katy Trail! With six stages of staggered live music, a main stage party in Boonville and 75 miles of great riding, this is a two day event not to be missed!

Saturday May 28th in Columbia

Check in/registration and departure from Shilo Bar & Grill, 8-10 am.

Bicyclist’s Breakfast Shiloh Bar & Grill and Broadway Diner
Broadway Diner: Breakfast Buffet – $6.99 all you can eat
Shiloh Bar & Grill: Grandma Millie’s famous egg and cheese casserole Hash Browns – Fruit Plate
Massages available from Cherry Hill Massage

MTK Trail to Katy Trail.
Mile 3 = Habitat for Humanity fueling station with free Pop Chips/water/bananas!
6 more miles on MKT to Katy Trail. Stop at your leisure. Take a right turn at Katy Trail.

Huntsdale

Katfish Katy’s – Food and Drinks available
The BluesSlingers – Music from 10 am – 1:30 pm

Rocheport

Trail Side Cafe – Plenty of food options
Shea and Silverstreak – Music from 11 am – 1 pm

General Store – Food, beer and wine

“Big Muddy Oasis” – Rocheport City Park – Food specials & beer garden
The Bait Shop Boys – Music from 11 am – 1 pm

Les Bourgeois Winery – Food, beer and wine
Man in the Ring – Music from 3 pm – Dusk

Franklin

“Tallgrass Oasis” at Katy Roundhouse – Food – Beer – Yummies
Man In the Ring – Music from 1pm – 3pm
Decadent Nation Acoustic – Music from 3pm – 5pm

Boonville

Live music on Main Street all day long

Festival at Kemper Park
3pm – Acoustic Jams
Featuring: “Yes Dear”, “Mario Pascal”
6pm – Artie’s Univibe
7:15pm – Ha Ha Tonka (More Homies)
9pm – The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

Sunday May 29th in Boonville

Breakfast available at Kemper Park Sunday morning from WJ’s Bar
Depart Boonville at your leisure and return east on the Katy Trail.
Travel back to the Katy & MKT trailhead and back to Columbia.

Franklin

“Tallgrass Oasis” – Katy Roundhouse
Sugar Tree Road – Music from 8am – 10am – Breakfast food options

Rocheport

TrailSide Cafe – Plenty of food options – Open at 8 am
Shea and Silverstreak – Music from 10 am – 12 pm

“Big Muddy Oasis” – Food specials & beer garden
The Mere Mortals – Music from 10 am – 1 pm

Les Bourgeois Winery – Food and wine
Raven Wolf Jennings – Music from 12 pm – 5 pm

Huntsdale

Katfish Katy’s – Food and drinks – down at the River Stage
The Honky Tonk and Blues Jam – Music from 1 pm – 5 pm

Columbia

Bag pick up available from noon – 5 pm

Shiloh Bar & Grill – Pizza, burgers & drink specials
Band TBA – Music from 12 pm – 3 pm

Broadway Diner – Buffet all day

Cherry Hill Massage – Massages all day

Broadway Brewery – Great food and handcrafted beer

Tickets are still available for the weekend bicycle tour

and for the Kemper festival (non-cyclists) in Boonville

10,000 Garden Challenge is headed to Springfield, Mo

25 May

The 10,000 Garden Challenge is headed to Springfield, Mo. The Missouri Department of Agriculture will visit the “A Tribute to the Red, White & Blue: A Patriotic Flower Show” event, Friday, May 27 to register gardens, share gardening advice and encourage Missourians to participate in the Challenge.

The 10,000 Garden Challenge is an initiative to register 10,000 Missouri gardens to promote agriculture, gardening, health and nutrition. Department staff will be at the Library Center in Springfield, Mo. from noon to 8:30 p.m. to add to the more than 3,100 gardens already registered at AgriMissouri.com.

On March 14, Governor Nixon, the First Lady, and Director Jon Hagler of the Missouri Department of Agriculture challenged Missourians to register 10,000 gardens in the state of Missouri and put them on a map to promote gardening, health and nutrition throughout the state.

Monett Strawberry Festival

22 May

1st Annual Monett Strawberry Festival

June 3rd and the 5th, 2011 5:00- 10:00PM • June 4th 8:00AM- 10:00PM

In the early 1900’s Strawberries were shipped from Monett all over the U.S.A. from the railroad, just one block south of Broadway.  With that extensive history, and the fact Strawberries are in season in early June, Monett is presenting a sweet fun Festival.

The attendance to the Monett Strawberry Festival is free to the general public.  All events are accessible for people with disabilities.

Here is a listing for some of the events that will be part of the Strawberry Festival

Music:
There will be local bands and musicians playing during the day on the stage at the east end of the 400 block of Broadway.
Friday evening will feature a concert by Mark Chapman
Saturday evening will feature a concert by The Timberline Bluegrass Band
There will also be performances by Captain’s Son, Angela Bennett, Robert Pommert and The Bootkickers.
All music events are free to the public.

Drama:
A play about the history of Strawberries in Monett has been written, and will be performed each evening.

Talent Show:
There will be a “Talent Show” each day, featuring acts of all kinds, from dancing and singing to juggling, it’s open, as long as it is “Family Friendly”.

Karaoke Contest:
A Karaoke Contest will take place on Saturday.

Children’s Pageant:
A “Petite” Strawberry King and Queen will be crowned at the Strawberry Festival.  Children from infants to 5 years old can enter.

Poetry, Prose, Song, and Poster Contests:
In April and May we will be having contests for Grade School, Middle School, and High School students for Poetry, Prose, Songs and Posters relating to Strawberries in Monett.  The winners will be showcased on stage during the Festival.

Car Show:
There will be a Cruise In Car Show on Saturday.  The public will get to vote for their favorite cars, trucks and motorcycles in “Decade” categories.

Art Show:
Friday and Saturday there will be an Art Show in one of the stores on Broadway.  This art show will feature Children, Teen, and adult categories.  This will include Paintings, drawings, wood carvings, sculptures, photography, and “Other Media” catagories.

Bake Off:
There will be a contest for the best Strawberry Preserves, Jams, Pies, Cakes, Cookies, and any other Strawberry related foods, as well as best “Non-Strawberry” Berry foods.  This will be simular to the old County Fairs.

Inflatable Kid’s Rides:
There will inflatable kid’s rides provided by the Fun Zone from Cassville.  There will be a charge for these rides.

Vendors:
There will Craft Booths, Food Booths, and Non-Profit Organizaing Booths.  For information.

Our goal is to bring a fun event to Monett that is as refreshing as a step back into the past and relaxing as well as entertaining.

Come downtown, eat some strawberry ice cream or maybe some strawberry shortcake, enjoy the show.

Visit the website!

Galena Farmers And Crafters Market a Success

22 May

The Galena Farmers And Crafters Market kicked off it’s 2011 season earlier this month and by all accounts it was a success. More vendors are needed to supply spring produce including lettuce, cauliflower, cabbage and onions. Fee’s are $10 and according to Debbie Bridges you can sell all summer long! It is a perfect way for the community to come together and provide fresh fruits and vegetables, canned goods and local crafts for our community and visitors alike. And once a month on Saturday’s we can all enjoy some family entertainment! For more information on how to join call Debbie Bridges at 417-559- 1089 or Connie Johnson at 417- 357-6061

The Crane Creek Market also looking for vendors

Crane Creek Market opens at 8:00 a.m. till noon every Saturday. Located on highway 413 at the old grocery store parking lot. There is still vendor space available. Vendors that have not already signed up are welcome to come that morning, and remember that everything must be locally produced, homemade or handmade. There will not be any fees for vendors. The are also looking for local musicians so grab your fiddles, guitars and banjos for an hometown jam session. Come join us Saturday to sell or shop and support your local community. Contact Patty at mcmpatty@gmail.com for more information and with any questions.