Since the first day of fall, we’ve been dreaming about pumpkin patches... hot apple cider, hayrack rides, colors changing in the trees, the crisp autumn air, and of course fall festivals. There is just a special feeling that these festivals bring. You know what we’re talking about. There is a certain savoring that comes with the season.
This weekend, we’ve got just the fall festival just for you!
Gas up the car, and head on out to historic little town of Hartville. Just about an hour East of Springfield on Hwy 60, off the MO-5 North exit, you’ll find this tiny little berg with a population of just over 600 people. It’s a little off the beaten path, but that’s what adds to the adventure. This day trip takes you on winding two lane country roads, along rich farmlands, and into the heart of Ozarks countryside.
With the 44th Annual Hartville Fall Festival approaching, this town is coming alive. There is an energy igniting in the air.
Here’s what to expect:
Start your day off with a little bluegrass. Get a rhythm going and feel your toes tapping to the sounds of the Southwynns, a bluegrass and country band based out of Branson.
There will be traditional festival faire of funnel cakes, frito pies, cotton candy, and candied apples (and of course so much more). Make your way down historic Rolla street and explore the square to peruse the many vendors that line the road. Craft vendors will be on site to help you get a jump on Christmas shopping.
Don’t be a bystander, jump in and get involved! There are plenty of things to do!
Enter the Pumpkin Decorating Contest, Scarecrow Decorating Contest, Cutest Baby Contest or feed your competitive side with a Cornhole Tournament! Better yet, win a prize with some carnival games. The summer fair may be over, but your chance to win a giant stuffed teddy bear is not! And if you’re up for a real challenge, you can take home the title of being the fastest Wipe-Out Inflatable “Baller”. We’re not quite sure what that is, but it sounds awesome!
You won’t want to miss the tradition of crowning the Fall Festival Queen (2pm), a long standing tradition around these parts! Followed by something we’re excited about… wait for it… an old fashioned pie auction. Bring your appetite and maybe a cooler in the car, as eighteen mouth watering, good ole fashioned, baked in the country, amazing pies will be auctioned off at 3pm.
Throughout the day, there will be regular drawings for local merchant baskets with the grand prizes being drawn at 3:30 pm. We love this addition.... pilot, Andy Johnassen from Johnassen Structural Movers will fly over the festival in the afternoon to drop candy from above! Now, how often can you experience that?
End your day in Hartville with headliner Cas Haley, as he takes the stage at 4 pm. The show is free and we love that he is finishing his fall tour, right here in Hartville.
If you’re a victim of the city life, and you’ve got a hankering for a hearty dose of hospitality… hop in the car and head our way!