Join Ozark County as we celebrate the Missouri Bicentennial with various activities and projects spread over the course of 2021. Visit our website to keep up-to-date on our Bicentennial Events.
Join us for the 26th Annual Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival in West Plains on June 5, 2021. The festival celebrates old-time music and the distinctive culture of the Ozark Highlands. Different from its rural counterparts, bluegrass and country, old-time music has its own distinctive sound that makes an important contribution to the complex palette of what we call indigenous American music. Demonstrating the spectrum of art forms from dance fiddling, local jig steps, and gospel singing, to the songs, narratives and ballads that tell the story of a place, to the occupational traditions of blacksmithing, log skidding, spinning and basket making, artists show how these arts are embedded in the experience of our daily lives and how they fit the functional and symbolic needs of our community.
Join us on October 8, 2022 (postponed from 2021), starting at 2 pm, for the Ozark Oktoberfest on the Square 2021. Oktoberfest is a fun Fall Festival on the Historic Square of Downtown Ozark with beer from our local breweries, family-friendly games, food, shopping and live music. Check details on the Historic River District Facebook page for the event.
Join us June 18-19, 2021, for Christian County’s largest community event/fundraiser: the Sertoma Duck Race Festival. The two-day festival will feature fireworks, a balloon glow, kids amusement rides, live music, a BBQ competition, a corn hole tournament, a beer garden, craft vendors, a 5K Race, and the featured Duck Race where adopted rubber ducks race in the river to the finish for great prizes — including a brand new Chevy Blazer! The Sertoma Duck Race Festival has something for everyone in the family, and raises much needed funds for children’s charities here in Christian County.
Hootin an Hollarin, the 60th Annual 3-day Fall Festival, will be Sept.16, 17 & 18, 2021, bridging generations of traditions and old-time fun. Old-time crafts & demonstrations, quilt show, old-fashioned costume parade, float parade, pageants for all ages of girls, outhouse & bed races, gospel, country & bluegrass music, food booths, square dancing, horseshoe pitching, old-fashioned games for kids, pet show, calling contests: hog, cow and husbands, pie contest, and more! Hootin’ an Hollarin’ strives to preserve the heritage of the Ozarks. Since its beginning, there has been a special focus on old-time ways and celebrating with family and friends. For more information, visit hootinanhollarin.com or ozarkcounty.net.