As the leaves start changing and the temperatures begin to fall, many individuals will get out and enjoy autumn festivals in Blackwater and Arrow Rock on October 12 and 13.
Blackwater's Annual Fall Festival will feature craft booths, antiques, collectibles, three shootouts by the South Fork Regulators and a Native American cultural event. The festival begins at 9 a.m. both days and lasts until 5 p.m. The festival, located in downtown Blackwater, is free and open to the public.
The Regulators will perform three different shootout skits Saturday and Sunday. They have performed in Blackwater throughout the year for the past couple of years. The performances will begin at high noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
This year the Native American Cultural event on Saturday will feature an in-depth look at different Native American Cultures such as the Apache and Cherokee Nations. Native Americans will teach the significance of the drum, and will sing and dance. The event is a multi tribal effort and is meant to be instructional.
Food will be provided by multiple vendors including the areas Lion's Club. Imogene Mersey will serve pies as well.
Arrow Rock's Annual Heritage Craft Festival hours will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and will feature attractions throughout the village including a Civil War encampment on both Saturday and Sunday. Admission to the festival is $1 per person.
Seven historical buildings will be open for viewing. These include a contemporary crafts area and a quilt show by artists of the Stitch By Stitch Quilters Guild.
Among the activities on Saturday: storytelling and entertainment with Dr. Herschel Stroud's Civil War medical exhibit; a Civil War encampment by the 10th Missouri Infantry Company E; African-American historical portrayers and storytellers Angela da Silva, Joe Mattox and John Anderson; musicians Paul Fotsch and Howard Marshall and Professor Farquar's "Great American Medicine Show."
On Sunday, an old-fashioned worship service will begin at 8:45 a.m. at the historic Christian Church on Main Street. The nondenominational service is open to all.
The educational attractions have been made possible through support from the Missouri Arts Council, Wood and Huston Bank, Friends of Arrow Rock, Missouri Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The festival will feature a new parking arrangement with shuttle transportation to the attractions.