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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A note on Native American Events: we post notices of pow-wows which are open to the general public. It’s a worthwhile experience. However, if you have never attended a powwow before, please click here.

For the current list of horseshoe tournaments sponsored by the Missouri Horseshoe Pitchers Association, click here.


May 9-11

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Cameron: Blacksmithing 101: An Introduction. Missouri school of Blacksmithing. For more info call 816.575.2798


May 15-19

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Boonville: Osage Knap-In, Missouri River Valley Steam Engine Showgrounds. For more info call 816.807.1334


May 16

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Winona: Pine Needlers at Twin Pines Conservation Education Center. For more info, call 573.325.1381


May 16-18

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Cameron: Blacksmithing 101: Cooking Utensils. Missouri school of Blacksmithing. For more info call 816.575.2798


May 18

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West Plains: Greater Ozarks Blues Bash, West Plains Civic Center, 110 St. Louis St. For more info call 417.256.8835 or visit


May 18

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Marshall: Jim the Wonder Dog Day. 101 N. Lafayette. For more info, call 660.886.8191 or visit





18 Mai bis 19 Mai

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Hermann: 67th annual Maifest. For more info call 573.486.2744.


May 1

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Mexico: Wild Edibles – foraging workshop, Scattering For Outdoor Center. For more info, call 573.581.3003


May 23-26

Curryville: Back Forty Bluegrass Festival. For more info call 573.470.1870 or visit


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Winona: Wild Edibles, at Twin Pines Conservation Education Center. For more info, call 573.325.1381.


May 25-26

For the People Pow Wow, 1445 Fairgrounds Road. For more info call 573.814.9135

If you have never attended a pow wow before, click here for some guidance:


May 31-June 1

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West Plains: Old Time Music Ozark Heritage Festival, West Plains Civic Center. For more info call 417.293.2325 or visit

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Judy Domeny Bowen has graced the Festival stage almost since we began. We're happy to welcome her back Friday May 31 at 3PM.

Rogersville, Missouri native Judy Domeny Bowen is a well-respected performer of traditional Ozark folk songs and ballads as well as contemporary farm-oriented songs and original songs based on her career as school teacher. Judy’s presentations are charmingly informal as she shares historical information about the songs she sings mixed in with personal stories of her life on the farm. The story-telling ballads in Judy’s repertoire come primarily from the Max Hunter and Vance Randolph folk song collections. Senior citizens delight in hearing ballads such as Barbara Allen and folk songs their parents and grandparents sang years ago such as Redwing, Aunt Dinah’s Quilting Party, and The Strawberry Roan. All ages enjoy the stories within Judy’s songs, the humor, and the visual images depicted in her music.

Judy’s energetic delivery, clear singing, excellent guitar playing and witty commentary will put a smile on your face and bring back happy memories of days gone by. You are sure to enjoy her performance!

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June 6-8

West Plains: HOBA Bluegrass Festival

June 23-28: Galena, MO



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