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Ozarks Celebration Festival Sept.12-13

The Ozarks Celebration Festival is an entertaining and educational look at the region's culture and heritage, first held at Missouri State University in 1998 with the hope that it would foster a sense of place and understanding of place for both natives of the Ozarks and visitors. This year's festival, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday Sept.12 and 13 in front of Carrington Hall on the MSU campus, will feature more than 50 traditional artists and craftspeople, with three entertainment stages presenting music (including traditional, bluegrass, and gospel), storytelling, traditional dance (including square, jig, contra and clogging), films, historical characters, exhibits, and much more. Many of the finest artists and craftspeople in the region will be on hand to demonstrate and display their creations, offering a number of items for sale. Admission is free, with free parking available in lots near the corner of National and Monroe, and all lots south of Grand. The weekend concludes with an Ice Cream Social and Concert Under the Stars at 6:00pm Sunday Sept.13 in the John H. Keiser Plaza and Amphitheater behind Strong Hall. Bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating at this free concert. Opening at 6 will be the Lowdown Fancy (who you heard recently on KSMU's "Studio Live Performance"), and at 8pm, the Dan Tyminski Band returns to close out the Ozarks Celebration Festival. Tyminski is guitarist in Alison Krauss's band, and he dubbed the singing voice of George Clooney in the hit film O Brother, Where Art Thou. (In case of rain Tyminski's Sunday-evening concert will be moved indoors to the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.) For information visit http://ocf.missouristate.edu.