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  • TRADITIONAL DANCING IS ANNUAL FEATURE OF OLD TIME MUSIC FESTIVAL
    3:00 pm-10:00 pm
    Jun-02-17-Jun-03-17

    TRADITIONAL DANCING IS ANNUAL

    FEATURE OF OLD TIME MUSIC FESTIVAL

     

    Traditional dancing in two forms will again be featured at this year’s Old Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival in downtown West Plains, Mo. The Bob Holt Old Time Jig Dancing Competition will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, in the civic center theater, and traditional square dancing will take place both evenings from 7 to 10 p.m. So bring your dancing shoes and join in! 

    The two-day annual event in downtown West Plains, Mo., celebrates Ozarks music and culture.  Admission to all festival events is free. Festival hours are 3-10 p.m. both Friday and Saturday.

    BOB HOLT JIG DANCE COMPETITION – Jig dancing contestants will compete in four age divisions:  Under age 17, age 18-50, age 51-70, and over age 70.  No entry fee will be charged, and contestants can register to participate by contacting Kathleen Morrissey at the West Plains Council on the Arts, info@westplainsarts.org or 417-293-7751.  Over $500 in prizes will be awarded, organizers said.  Cathy Marriott, Ava, Mo., a master artist with the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program of the Missouri Folks Arts Program, will be the competition’s emcee.

    The competition was named in honor of the late Bob Holt, a long-time Ava resident renowned for his old-time fiddle playing for square dancers.  He received a National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1999 for his music and was a master artist with the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program in the Missouri Folk Arts Program. 

    Within the southern folk tradition, there are several styles of solo, freestyle dances, organizers said.  Flatfooting and buckdancing are two of the most common forms.  In the Ozarks, the term “jig” is frequently used to describe this style of dance.

    Although these dances are all loosely related, they also are distinctly different.  The word “jig” dates back at least to 1500 AD and is probably somewhat older in usage.  It describes a solo dance that originated in the British Isles where it consisted of repeated hops on one foot while the free foot pointed patterns in the air – heel and toe, front, side or back.

    The Ozark jig draws not only from British tradition, but also from American Indian and African cultures.  It basically consists of movement from the hips down while the upper body is held erect, organizers explained.  Emphasis is on leg rather than body movements, and the steps are individualistic and virtually limitless.  The feet serve as a rhythm instrument, and the sound of the shoes striking the floor beats the time of the music.

    Even though several jig dancers may take to the floor at the same time, each dancer’s steps are improvised without regard to the movement of the other dancers.  When jig steps are incorporated into square dances, no effort is made to synchronize steps with other dancers in the square, organizers explained.

    Another major difference in the British and Ozark versions of the jig is the rhythm of the dance, they added.  In the British Isles, the jig was danced to a lilting 6/8 rhythm.  Ozark dancers prefer extremely fast-paced, driving 2/2 or 2/4 hoedowns.  The Ozark style of jig is a “freestyle” dance form identified with northern Arkansas and southern Missouri.

    Each year the Bob Holt Jig Dance Competition is enjoyed by hundreds of spectators and contestants, organizers said.  This year’s event is being sponsored by The Fish Shack in West Plains.

    TRADITIONAL SQUARE DANCING –  Traditional square dances will be held from 7-10 p.m. each night – Friday, June 2 in the Civic Center Arena, and Saturday. June 3 at the West Plains Senior Center. 

    Traditional square dancing has been an integral component of the Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival since the first event in 1995.  Fiddler Bob Holt and caller Edna Mae Davis of Ava introduced this art form that year, and their influence continues to be felt.

     

    Square dancing has been an important vehicle for both artistic expression and social recreation in this region since the arrival of the first white settlers.  It is closely associated with traditions of fiddling and string band music, as well as traditions of solo dancing such as jig dancing.

     

    Square dancers in the Douglas County, Mo., area, especially Ava, maintain a distinctive tradition of square dance characterized by brisk tempos, the incorporation of solo jig dancing into square dances during transitional segments, and the participation of the callers as dancers.

     

    Traditional square dancing still takes place at least occasionally in some locations within the Ozarks.  Additionally, Western square dancing, a pan-regional, popular-culture version of the art form that is related to traditional square dancing but does not have long-established local roots, has become popular among some Ozarks residents in recent decades.

     

    Experienced string band musicians from south-central and southwest Missouri who are thoroughly familiar with regional square dance traditions, led by guitarist Alvie Dooms of Ava, and fiddler David Scrivner of Mansfield, provide live musical accompaniment for the dancing.  Joining them are fiddler Ashley Forrest Hull of Norwood, and banjoist Nathan McAllister of Neosho.               

     

    2017 Festival partners include the West Plains Council on the Arts, the City of West Plains, Missouri State University-West Plains, the Ozark Heritage Welcome Center, and the West Plains Civic Center.  Partial funding for this event was provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

     

                    For more information on the festival e-mail info@westplainsarts.org, visit the website at http://www.oldtimemusic​.​org, or “like” the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Old.Time.Music.Festival

  • First Downtown Stroll
    5:00 pm-8:00 pm
    Jun-02-17

    Fri, April 7, 5:30pm – 8:00pm: First Downtown Stroll

    The 2016 First Friday Night Downtown Stroll will be held the first Friday of the month on the historic West Plains Downtown Square from 5:30-8 PM. Businesses around the square and off of Washington Ave. will be open later, and will feature several special events.

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  • Think Small Glow Big 5K Fun Run
    All day
    Jun-10-17

    June 10: The Child Advocacy Center South Central’s

    Think Small Glow Big 5K Fun Run will be held.

    Register online at https://runsignup.com/Race/MO/WestPlains/ThinkSmallGlowBig5K .

  • Night Glow Fun 5K Run Walk
    5:00 pm-7:00 pm
    Jun-10-17

    Night Glow Fun 5K Run/Walk

    Saturday, June 10, 2017

    Race Time:

    7:00 PM • Check In Starts at 5:00 PM

    Palenske Field Track In • Willow Spring, MO

    All Ages Welcome

    For More Information:

    Freda Carr at 417-469-4950 • willowspringswellness@gmail.com

    or

    Lea Ann at 417-469-0209 • leaannchris@yahoo.com

    Proceeds To Benefit M.U.N.C.H. Food Pantry

    Sponsored by: Missouri Foundation of Health, Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities

    Let’s build a healthier future!

  • West Plains Demolition Derby
    6:00 pm-8:00 pm
    Jun-10-17

    Date: June 10th, 2017
    Wayward Son Productions Demolition Derby

     
    Saturday, June 10 at 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

    Contact : Sonny Smith (417) 522 – 9891

    SAVE THE DATE AND SHARE! Pure Stock, Semi-Stock and Figure 8 Rules can be found at http://jandbpromotionsllc.com/
    Tickets will be available at Fast Lane Drive Thru OR at the gate. General Admission gate pricing – $15.00, Ages 6-11 $10.00, 5 and under FREE! BUY EARLY AND SAVE AT FAST LANE– GET $2 OFF PER TICKET! Tickets on sale NOW!

    Driver info:
    Pit pass: $10 for driver, $20 for rider
    No gate admission for driver only

    2017 West Plains Demo Derby Payout:

    Figure 8 Scramble on June 10, 2017
    Wayward Son Productions will provide the following payouts in amounts as listed as follows:

    A Main Payouts
    1st place $1000
    2nd place $500
    3rd place $250
    4th place $100

    Pure Stock on June 10, 2017
    Wayward Son Productions will provide the following payouts in amounts as listed as follows:

    A Main Payouts
    1st place $1000
    2nd place $500
    3rd place $250
    4th place $100

    Semi Stock on June 10, 2017
    Wayward Son Productions will provide the following payouts in amounts as listed as follows:

    A Main Payouts
    1st place $1000
    2nd place $500
    3rd place $250
    4th place $100

    Mad Dog on June 10, 2017 – Wayward Son Productions will provide the following payouts in amounts as listed as follows: $300
    Hard Hit on June 10, 2017 – Wayward Son Productions will provide the following payouts in amounts as listed as follows: $300

    Powder Puff on June 10, 2017 – 100% Pay Back

  • Team Camden Fundraiser
    6:00 pm-8:00 pm
    Jun-10-17

    Praying for Camden

    Saturday, June 10th

    Team Camden Fundraiser

    Thayer High School • 8:00 am to 6:00 PM

    If you need further information or would like to volunteer or donate items, please contact:

    Debi Carey  417-280-0403

    INDOOR YARD SALE

    FOOD & GAMES

    SILENT AUCTION ENDS @ 4:30

    LIVE AUCTION begins @5:00

    w/ Chili Dinner

    All Proceeds  Are Contributions To Assist

    Cameron & Caitlin Carey’s BABY Camden Isaiah Carey

  • West Plains Demo Derby
    7:00 pm-10:00 pm
    Jun-10-17
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    • Think Small Glow Big 5K Fun Run
      All day
      Jun-10-17

      June 10: The Child Advocacy Center South Central’s

      Think Small Glow Big 5K Fun Run will be held.

      Register online at https://runsignup.com/Race/MO/WestPlains/ThinkSmallGlowBig5K .

    • Night Glow Fun 5K Run Walk
      5:00 pm-7:00 pm
      Jun-10-17

      Night Glow Fun 5K Run/Walk

      Saturday, June 10, 2017

      Race Time:

      7:00 PM • Check In Starts at 5:00 PM

      Palenske Field Track In • Willow Spring, MO

      All Ages Welcome

      For More Information:

      Freda Carr at 417-469-4950 • willowspringswellness@gmail.com

      or

      Lea Ann at 417-469-0209 • leaannchris@yahoo.com

      Proceeds To Benefit M.U.N.C.H. Food Pantry

      Sponsored by: Missouri Foundation of Health, Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities

      Let’s build a healthier future!

    • West Plains Demolition Derby
      6:00 pm-8:00 pm
      Jun-10-17

      Date: June 10th, 2017
      Wayward Son Productions Demolition Derby

       
      Saturday, June 10 at 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

      Contact : Sonny Smith (417) 522 – 9891

      SAVE THE DATE AND SHARE! Pure Stock, Semi-Stock and Figure 8 Rules can be found at http://jandbpromotionsllc.com/
      Tickets will be available at Fast Lane Drive Thru OR at the gate. General Admission gate pricing – $15.00, Ages 6-11 $10.00, 5 and under FREE! BUY EARLY AND SAVE AT FAST LANE– GET $2 OFF PER TICKET! Tickets on sale NOW!

      Driver info:
      Pit pass: $10 for driver, $20 for rider
      No gate admission for driver only

      2017 West Plains Demo Derby Payout:

      Figure 8 Scramble on June 10, 2017
      Wayward Son Productions will provide the following payouts in amounts as listed as follows:

      A Main Payouts
      1st place $1000
      2nd place $500
      3rd place $250
      4th place $100

      Pure Stock on June 10, 2017
      Wayward Son Productions will provide the following payouts in amounts as listed as follows:

      A Main Payouts
      1st place $1000
      2nd place $500
      3rd place $250
      4th place $100

      Semi Stock on June 10, 2017
      Wayward Son Productions will provide the following payouts in amounts as listed as follows:

      A Main Payouts
      1st place $1000
      2nd place $500
      3rd place $250
      4th place $100

      Mad Dog on June 10, 2017 – Wayward Son Productions will provide the following payouts in amounts as listed as follows: $300
      Hard Hit on June 10, 2017 – Wayward Son Productions will provide the following payouts in amounts as listed as follows: $300

      Powder Puff on June 10, 2017 – 100% Pay Back

    • Team Camden Fundraiser
      6:00 pm-8:00 pm
      Jun-10-17

      Praying for Camden

      Saturday, June 10th

      Team Camden Fundraiser

      Thayer High School • 8:00 am to 6:00 PM

      If you need further information or would like to volunteer or donate items, please contact:

      Debi Carey  417-280-0403

      INDOOR YARD SALE

      FOOD & GAMES

      SILENT AUCTION ENDS @ 4:30

      LIVE AUCTION begins @5:00

      w/ Chili Dinner

      All Proceeds  Are Contributions To Assist

      Cameron & Caitlin Carey’s BABY Camden Isaiah Carey

    • West Plains Demo Derby
      7:00 pm-10:00 pm
      Jun-10-17
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  • A Community Education Dinner
    6:00 pm-7:00 pm
    Jun-20-17

    June 20 (6-7 p.m.) A Community Education Dinner will be held at Willard Hunter Classroom, OMC Parkway Center. Speaker will be announced. The dinner is free, but reservations are required. Call 257-6793.

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  • Grunge Tribute Show
    6:00 pm-7:00 pm
    Jun-23-17
    WHEN:
    June 23, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
    Wages Brewery Company
                                      1382 Bill Virdon Blvd.
    W                                 West Plains, MO

                             “Live Grunge Tribute”

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  • Grace Encounter
    9:00 am-4:00 pm
    Jun-24-17

    Apostle Peter Barnes, from Cape Town South Africa

    “Grace Encounter” Understanding The Grace Gospel

    West Plains Civic Center

    Saturday, June 24th, 9am-4pm

    No Cost of admission

    Light lunch provided to attendees

    Paster/Teacher/Apostolic Overseer for over 32 years.

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  • Creek Stink
    7:00 pm-8:00 pm
    Jun-30-17

    Creek Stink

    WHEN: June 30, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
    WHERE: Wages Brewery Company
    1382 Bill Virdon Blvd.
    West Plains, MO
    “CREEK STINK” will perform Alt Folkgrass

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