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West Plains Prepares for Old Time Heritage Festival


A small Ozarks town is bringing to life the sounds and tastes of days gone by. KSMU's Alvin Chen reports.

If you want to learn how to square dance, get recipes for Ozarks dishes, or hear some old time American music, The Old Time Music Ozark Heritage Festival is happening in West Plains, this Friday and Saturday. There, you'll enjoy performances by local musicians, as well as taste foods your great-grandparents might have eaten.

It'll be the 14th year for this annual event, and it's free to the public.

Joanne Abbey is the Director of Tourism Development, and she manages the Ozark Heritage Welcome Center in West Plains. She says besides the traditional items, there'll be something new and exciting for this year's festival.

A mule jump is an old-fashioned competition to see which mule can jump the highest.

Abbey says one of the main things about the festival is celebrating the old time music and Ozarks' culture. She added that, the festival has something for everyone.

The festival will be at Historic Downtown Square in West Plains, from 9 am to 10 pm, this Friday and Saturday.