Contact: Tammy Miller, 874-7465 or Karen Ramey, 874-6397
History will come to life at the 34th Annual Heritage Festival and Craft Show, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. September 17-18 in historic Nifong Park. A wide variety of entertainment, including traditional and roots music, dance and storytelling, will be featured. Visitors will also learn about the mid 19th century strolling through an 1859 town of shopkeepers and townspeople. Artisans and tradesmen will be dressed in 19th century attire demonstrating their trades. The Festival will also feature a Lewis and Clark replica outpost and a cowboy camp with chuck wagons.
Featured entertainers include the Haskell Indian Nations Dancers; "Two Crows" Mountain Man; Professor Farquar Medicine Man Show; roots music and Western swing, bluegrass, Cajun, blues, jazz, folk, a fiddlers' competition, and many local bands. On Saturday, ghost stories will offer thrills from 8-9:30 p.m.
The crafts area will offer the opportunity for shopping for handmade gifts. Children will enjoy numerous activities in the Fun for Young‘uns Area and hayrides. Visitors may also tour the historic Maplewood Home and the Walter's Boone County Historical Museum.
The Heritage Festival is coordinated by Columbia Parks and Recreation and sponsored by Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau Tourism Development Program, KPLA 101.5, KFRU 1400 and the Columbia Daily Tribune.
For more information, call 573-874-7460 or visit www.GoColumbiaMo.com and type Heritage Festival in the search box.