Missouri State University

16th Annual Ozarks Celebration Festival

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The Ozarks Celebration Festival turns Sweet Sixteen!

It’s our 16th Annual Ozarks Celebration Festival and are we ever going to celebrate!

We begin our celebration with the Annual Ice Cream Social and Concert Under the Stars on Friday, Sept. 6th. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and get there early for this outstanding lineup:

  • Ozarks Celebration Festival - Concert Under the StarsThe Undergrass Boys at 5:30 p.m.;
  • The HillBenders at 7 p.m.;
  • and Rhonda Vincent & The Rage at 8:15 p.m.

The craft and music festival continues on Saturday and Sunday with three performance stages – The Max Hunter Stage in front of Siceluff Hall; The Clear Creek Performance Stage in front of Hill Hall; and the Seldom Heard Music Stage (an open mic stage where musicians, singers, and storytellers are invited to come and perform before an audience) in front of Cheek Hall. More than 100 artists, craftsmen, exhibitors, and vendors will be on hand to both demonstrate their craft and sell their wares.

Ozarks Celebration Festival - Kids AreaOne of my favorite components of the festival is our Kids Area! This popular interactive area is a place where your child can truly become a part of the festival! It is a place where they can learn a new craft, play games, have their face painted, listen to stories from days gone by, or even make an instrument and become part of a kitchen band!

Corn From a Jar: Moonshine in the Southern Mountains: A Public Lecture by Dr. Daniel S. PierceThe festival lecture series runs Monday, Sept. 9th through Wednesday, Sept. 11th and will feature a variety of lectures on the unique history and culture of the Ozarks. You won't want to miss our annual fundraising event, Bolo Ties & Bluegrass at The Tower Club on Sept. 20th (all proceeds benefit the Ozarks Celebration Festival).

Barb Jones, OCF Director

Thank you for visiting our website. We hope to see you the week of Sept. 6-11 for the 16th Annual Ozarks Celebration Festival!

- Barb Jones
OCF Director