Ozark Cigar Box Guitar Music Festival 2019


The Ozark Cigar Box Guitar Music Festival is an annual two-day family-friendly event, bringing together local and nationally-recognized artists and musicians, showcasing their homemade cigar box guitars, which are made of recyclable materials. As the name cigar box guitar implies, the instrumental body is made of an empty cigar box. The head and neck can be made out of anything from broom handle to wooden slates or sticks and the actual body out of bedpans, skillets, and anything in between. The festival organizer, a Benton County native, seeks to cultivate a passion for the craft, teach others to make their own instruments, and share his passion for music played on these handcrafted instruments. The festival took place on Saturday, August 3, from 1:00-8:00 pm and Sunday, August 4, from 11:00 am-5:00 pm at the Drake Harbor outdoor amphitheater in Warsaw, overlooking beautiful Lake of the Ozarks.