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Posted on: September 24, 2019

Jackson County Parks + Rec presents 44th Annual Missouri Town 1855 Fall Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 24, 2019

 

Contact: Marshanna Smith, Public Information Officer

(816) 881-1391

msmith@jacksongov.org 

 

Mary McMurray, Parks + Rec Superintendent of Historic Sites

(816) 564-2130

mmcmurray@jacksongov.org

 

Jackson County Parks + Rec presents 44th Annual Missouri Town 1855 Fall Festival of Arts, Crafts and Music


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Fall is here, and the Missouri Town 1855 Fall Festival is back and better than ever! Usher in the season by spending the day with your family at Jackson County Parks + Rec’s 44th Annual Missouri Town 1855 Fall Festival of Arts, Crafts and Music, Saturday and Sunday, October 5-6, 2019.

The wildly popular event takes place on the grounds of Jackson County Parks + Rec’s Missouri Town 1855, a living history museum on 30 acres that delights visitors with glimpses of life from a mid-19th century progressive farming community.

New this year, is Pickin’ and a Picnic! Grab a bite from any of the many food vendors and join us in front of the historic Colonel’s House for an amplified celebration of traditional music from Noon until 2 p.m. each day of the festival. Let the old-time sounds of banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and bass played by local bands “Boxcar Brethren” on Saturday and “No Mountain String Band” on Sunday delight your ears and take you back in time.


What: 44th Annual Missouri Town Fall Festival

When: Saturday, Oct. 5 10am – 5 pm  Sunday, Oct. 6: 11am – 5pm

Where: Missouri Town 1855, 8010 East Park Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64064

Cost: $10 per car/van  $20 per school/commercial bus


At the Missouri Town 1855 Fall Festival, the entire village comes alive with the authentic music and dance of the 1850s. Start your holiday shopping with unique gifts, handcrafted by talented artisans. Knowledgeable interpreters will share their passion for bygone skills such as cooking over a wood fire, wood working, blacksmithing, the art of tinsmith and a variety of fiber crafts. Witness the preparation of homemade apple butter and cider. Children will find fun and excitement with the time-honored games that were popular with kids over 150 years ago!

Additional highlights include:

  • A mule-powered sorghum mill, which demonstrates the entire process of sorghum production;
  • An antique tractor show;
  • A food court featuring your favorite festival foods;
  • Children’s games, crafts and archery;
  • Entertainment by musicians, dancers, interpreters and storytellers;
  • Wagon rides

Whether ending your visit with a hay wagon ride or simply strolling through the authentic antebellum architecture, families will enjoy a special day of the sights, sounds and smells of a simpler time! For more information, visit www.makeyourdayhere.com/missouritown.


About Missouri Town 1855

Missouri Town 1855 is an authentic antebellum farming community located at 8010 East Park Road in Jackson County’s Fleming Park. Owned and operated by Jackson County Parks + Rec, Missouri Town 1855 is comprised of more than 25 authentically furnished buildings dating from the 1820s to 1860s on 30 picturesque acres.

 

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