For a small town and backroads in a rural area of NW Greene County, Ash Grove has an fascinating and intriguing heritage rivaling that of bigger towns/cities. On October 15, we are going to mix and mingle that heritage with live music, scrumptious foods, and all sorts of fun.
We’ve got something for everyone: vendors with handcrafted, homemade, and home grown products; games and contests for all ages; artisan demonstrations of old time skills; steam engines; antique tractors; weenie dog races; pie contest/auction; prize drawings; and a “Cruise-In” to pay homage to our small town heritage of cruising Main Street.
Learn our 1800’s heritage through displays from the Ozarks Afro-American Heritage Museum. MSU’s display of items found in archaeological “digs’ in Ash Grove, and a trunk display of Osage Indian items that children may touch and handle.
Mingle with Mountain Men/Trappers and Civil Wars Bushwhackers. Learn how to make fire with flint stones and other 1800’s skills. Mingle with “home” skills ladies spinning wool, sewing, and they’ll let you make the butter.
Watch “Phenix: The Life And Legacy Of A Town Lost “ documentary by KY3’s Mike Landis – the story of Phenix Marble Company – once one of the largest U.S. producers of building stone and marble, with a thriving company town – until the Great Depression. Its legacy will surprise you!
With Mike as tour guide, take a shuttle tour to Phenix and view the quarry’s interior and the ghost town area. Going to Phenix, the shuttle will travel past historic vintage homes and along the Greene County Historic Corridor of the Leaky Roof RR.
Hear intriguing stories and watch re-enactments of shocking behaviors by folks who were born/lived/ or visited Ash Grove: a terrorizing Civil War bushwhacker raid on a backroads farm wife and her children documented in the book Hardship and Hope, a 1896 shoot out on Main Street, and a 1931 backroads murder over a fox hound - said to be the basis of 1936 book and movie, “The Voice of Bugle Ann."
Mingle with Bonnie & Clyde and Pretty Boy Floyd’s gang – both claim to be the culprits of our 1933 Bank of Ash Grove robbery. Do be careful mingling with Ash Grove born Ma Barker and her ornery sons – remember they ended up on the FBI’s Most Wanted List.
It’s going to be fun – join us!