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Big Spring Ozark Heritage Day Event Held

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The picking of banjos, the clanking of a hammer striking an anvil, the stomping of dancing feet, and the neighing of a horse were just some of the sights and sounds visitors experienced during Ozark Heritage Day on Saturday, June 9th. 

The Ozark Depression Homestead at Big Spring came alive with high stepping square dancers, bluegrass music, and Ozark folkway demonstrations during this free event.

Wool spinning, pottery, woodworking, chair caning, quilting, fiddle making, sheep shearing, blacksmithing, and lye soap making were just some of the traditional Ozark skills demonstrated.  A Belgium horse skidding logs illustrated Ozark logging 75 years ago. The Western Grand Squares taught square dancing to those who joined in. Traditional bluegrass music by Buzzard Run featured fiddle, banjo and the old time “Walking Cane” dulcimer.  Youngsters played old fashioned games.

Over 1,400 people attended.  The event’s success can be attributed to the many demonstrators and individuals who shared skills and love of the Ozark culture with the visiting public.



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