Mary Beamer remembers the day well when she and her husband were approached by festival goers during the Arrow Rock Heritage Craft Festival years ago.
From that time on, the Beamers have settled into a little town called Arrow Rock and have lived there ever since.
"I was a basket maker and my husband was a broom maker," Beamer said.
Beamer, like many patrons of Arrow Rock, will be on hand during the weekend of October 13-14 for the festival, which is expected to draw 4,000-5,000 people from all over the state of Missouri.
As chairperson, Beamer said this is the 44th year for the festival.
"We will have approximately 60 booths," Beamer said. "We will have 1,850 people who do traditional crafts and then non-traditional crafts as well."
In addition to crafts, the festival will also have demonstrations including spinning, weaving, blacksmithing, broom- and basket-making, flintknapping, rug-hooking, quilting, candle-dipping, apple butter-making and many other 19th century arts & crafts.
This year's festival will also feature a special section showcasing some of Missouri's finest modern crafts. Local restaurants and shops, plus food vendors, live entertainment, fall flowers and pumpkins will also be open for a unique shopping and educational experience.
Beamer said Saturday's festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., while Sunday's festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"We will have people from all over the area," Beamer said. "We will have people from Blackwater, Boonville, Kansas City, Jefferson City, Sedalia, Marshall, Chillicothe and many more. "We get a lot of mid-Missouri people but most of the people who attend are from the surrounding area."
The cost for the festival is $1 for adults and children 12-and-under free.