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Ozarks Celebration Festival marks its 16th year

Annual festival celebrates traditions of the Ozarks
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Ozarks Celebration FestivalThe talents and wares of more than 300 craftsmen, exhibitors and musicians, along with three entertainment stages featuring music, storytelling and dance, will be on display Sept. 6-11 during the 16th annual Ozarks Celebration Festival on Missouri State University’s campus.

“Over the years, the Ozarks Celebration Festival has become a fall tradition on the campus of Missouri State University. Not only does the festival provide a look at the rich cultural heritage of the Ozarks, but it has become a time and place to get together with old friends and to meet new ones as well,” said Barb Jones, director of special events for the College of Arts and Letters.

Highlights of the Ozarks Celebration Festival

The festival kicks-off Sept. 6 with the annual ice cream social and Concert Under the Stars from 5-10 p.m. at the John H. Keiser Amphitheater, located on the east lawn of Strong Hall. This year’s concert will feature The Undergrass Boys, The HillBenders, and Rhonda Vincent and The Rage.

Festival hours run 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 7 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 8. All events will be held on the grounds east of Carrington Hall. The Ozarks Celebration Festival is free and open to the public.

During weekend festivities, free parking is available in lots near the corner of National and Monroe and all lots south of Grand.

Local musicians, singers and storytellers are invited to sign-up for a performance time at the Seldom Heard Music Stage on Saturday and Sunday.

The Festival Lecture Series

The Festival Lecture Series, featuring lectures on the history and culture of the Ozarks, begins Sept. 9.

Dr. Cathie English, assistant professor of English at MSU, will present “Where are YOU from? Community Literacy and Place-Conscious Education as a Model for Developing Citizenship” at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 in Plaster Student Union, Room 313.

Dan Piece will present “Corn From a Jar: Moonshine in the Southern Mountains” at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 in Karls Hall, Room 101.

Ozarks Celebration Festival fundraiser

The Ozarks Celebration Festival will conclude its festivities with the third annual Bolo Ties and Bluegrass fundraiser at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Tower Club. Tickets are $35 per person or $500 for a reserved table of 10. The evening will include silent and live auctions, dinner and a concert by The Undergrass Boys. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Jones at (417) 836-6605.

For more information about the Ozarks Celebration Festival, including participants and a schedule of events, visit ocf.missouristate.edu.


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The College of Arts and Letters supports more than 45 undergraduate and 10 graduate programs. The college incorporates seven academic departments, including art and design; communication; English; media, journalism and film; modern and classical languages; music; and theatre and dance, and five interdisciplinary programs: antiquities; electronic arts; global studies; linguistics; and musical theatre. The College of Arts and Letters promotes learning, scholarship and service to the broader community in all aspects of human communication — spoken, written, visual, musical, dramatic and electronic.
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