Calendar of Upcoming Folklore and Folk Arts Events:

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Wyatt Fiddle Shop in Independence maintains a fiddle events calendar, with lots of information on upcoming contests:


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July 2-4

Conway: 30th annual Starvy Creek Bluegrass Festival. Starvy. For more info, call 417.589.2013 or visit


July 2-4

Hannibal: 60th annual National tom Sawyer Days, downtown. For more info call 573.221.2477

Schedule of events here:


July 3-4, 10-11, 31 to August 1

Colony #1 Flea Market, 47805 State Highway V  For more information call 217.617.8947 or visit

One of the biggest open-air events of its type; from Kirksville, 35 miles east on Hwy 11


July 4

Lincoln: Draft Horse pull in the City Park. For more info, call 660.547.3772


July 9-11

Paris: Mark Twain Old Threshers’ Reunion at the fairgrounds. For more information  call 573.721.5705 or visit


July 10-12

Hermann: Cajun Concert on the Hill, at the Stone Hill Winery. For more information call 573.486.2221 or visit


July 11

Fruitland: Fruitland Poultry, Small Animal Swap Meet, at the Fruitland Livestock Auction Barn. For more info, call 573.243.1540


July 11

Licking: 16th annual Licking Draft Horse Pull, at the Licking Rodeo Grounds. For more info, call 417.464.1284


July 11

Laurie: Summer Splash Horseshoe Tournament, Lake of the Ozarks Horseshoe Club. For more information, call 573.378.3447 or visit


July 11

Jefferson City: Triple Elimination Horseshoe Tournament, Capitol City Horseshoe Club. For more info, call 636.541.3232 or visit


July 11

Morehouse: Gospel Opry at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center. For more info, call 573.471.1876


July 11

Greenfield: Milling Demonstrations at the Hulston Mill Historical Park. For more information, call417.424.3410 or visit


July 11-August 2

Steelville: Steelville Clay Fest at the Gallery Zeke. For more info call 573.244.5315 or visit




August 13

Missouri State Archives
600 W Main St, Jefferson City, Missouri 65101

7pm. In the 1880s, Missouri’s Ozark hills were home to the Bald Knobbers, one of the most violent and notorious vigilance committees in nineteenth century America. At least 13 people—including vigilantes and their victims—died as a direct result of the Bald Knobbers’ various extra-legal activities.

In his new book, Faces Like Devils: The Bald Knobber Vigilantes in the Ozarks, Dr. Matthew J. Hernando closely examines the history of this notorious organization, sifting through the folklore and myth to produce an authentic history of the rise and fall of Missouri’s most legendary post-Civil War vigilantes. He separates fact from fiction through the careful use of newspapers, contemporary accounts, census records and both state and federal court documents.

Join Dr. Hernando as he discusses his book, shedding light on this chaotic episode from Missouri history.


September 25-27







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