Celebrate Fall at Missouri Town 1855

Published on September 28, 2021

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Celebrate the start of fall the old fashion way at Missouri Town 1855.

Usher in the season by spending the day with your family at Jackson County Parks + Rec’s 45th Annual Missouri Town 1855 Fall Festival of Arts, Crafts and Music, Saturday and Sunday, October 2-3, 2021.

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 time-honored games that were popular more than 150 years ago.

According to Site Supervisor Jenna Peterson Riley, this year’s event will include three new acts on the main stage: Flint Hills Fiddler and the 32 Bartenders on Saturday and Boxcar Brethren on Sunday.

“We're also thrilled to welcome our colleagues from the Lakeside Nature Center on Sunday, they will be presenting about Missouri animals at 12:00 and 2:00,” Riley said.

“We will also feature the return of the Missouri Town Band and Missouri Town Dancers to the site, they will be performing at the Tavern throughout both days. The quilt show this year, which is in the Flintlock Church, will highlight quilts from our own collection here at Missouri Town 1855,” she said.

Additional highlights include:

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

The popular open-air 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.

Jackson County’s health order will be enforced, and masks are required for indoor exhibits.

View the 2021 Fall Festival Program