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Missouri Bluegrass, Americana, Country & Old Time Music Festival ~ Fall of 2016!

The Arcadia Valley Mountain Music Festival & Arcadia Valley Fall Festivals in Missouri
For the best Fall Getaways and Fall Vacations in Missouri!

Fall Mountain Music Festival
Why Ya'll Should Come!
Come to the Fall Festivals for fun and celebration!
Come join the Family Fun at the Fall Festival!

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Visit our beautiful Missouri Region -
"The Outdoor Recreation
Capital of Missouri!"

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3 Magnificent State Parks!
Johnson's Shut-ins
Elephant Rocks
Taum Sauk Mountain
Unparalleled Recreation
The Ozark Trail
Historic Towns & Landmarks
Civil War Site & Museum
Antiques Shopping
Fine Dining
Float Trips on Black River
Wonderful Lodging Facilities

Arcadia Valley only 80 miles from St. Louis
Only 80 miles southwest of St. Louis in the beautiful Ozark Mountains

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Visit Elephant Rocks State Park while you're here!
Visit Taum Sauk Mountain State Park and Mina Sauk Falls
Johnson's Shut-ins is spectacular in the Fall!

Visit Mark Twain National Forest

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"The Outdoor Recreation
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Bring your instruments
and join in the fun!

Bring your instruments!

Don't forget the Arcadia Valley Music Festival every May and October!

Join us next May for
the Spring Arcadia Valley Mountain Music Festival!

Missouri Music Festivals
The Arcadia Valley Mountain Music Festivals
Fall Music Festival in Missouri and Fall Festival & Parade
to be held again October 20, 21 & 22

Ironton, Missouri in the beautiful Arcadia Valley only 80 miles from St. Louis!
On the Historic Iron County Courthouse Square . . .

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The Fall Mountain Music Festival will be held the same weekend as the annual Arcadia Valley Missouri Fall Festival Parade.  Come to experience the best fall color in Missouri and enjoy Music, Music, Music everywhere!

October is the month for Fall Festivals and autumn celebrations in our region, only 80 miles from St. Louis. Planning and preparations begin weeks in advance for the community Fall Festivals and parades. The parade in Arcadia Valley is the longest running parade in the state of Missouri. . . . 86 years and counting!  The incredible floats are built by parents and students in a heavy competition which starts early in the school year as students and their parents work feverishly on fund raisers to earn money for the floats and talent competition. Then, the float building takes place. Investments in float materials runs into the thousands of dollars.  Following the parade a float viewing event is held at the historic Iron County Courthouse, along with a Mountain Music Festival. The Fall Festival is a gathering of many delightful artisans, crafters and cuisine vendors.  It's an old fashioned "homegrown" celebration rarely found these days.

Join in the
"Pickin' on the Square"
Attention pickers! 

Every Friday night, May – October
Friday night kicks off the Arcadia Valley Mountain Music Festival with Pickin’ on the Square. Amateur musicians join professionals to perform everything from bluegrass to gospel to Cajun. Bring your guitar, fiddle or banjo and join in.

Clapping, dancing, singing along – crowds gather to enjoy the tunes of musicians at Pickin’ on the Square on the courthouse lawn every Friday night through the summer. It starts with the Spring Mountain Music Festival, May 19-21 and ends with the Fall Mountain Music Festival, October 20-22. On banjo, harmonica, dobro, bass, fiddle and guitar, musicians from as far as 60 miles away gather to perform rockabilly, country ballads, gospel and original compositions.

Anyone is welcome to come up to the microphone and sing. Some Fridays have guest appearances by experienced vocalists or by a very young one who wants to make their professional debut.

Expect to see our regulars at Pickin’ on the Square: Jimmy Randolph, Kevin Province, Tyler Sappington, Kevin Pewitt, Phil Wadlow, Mike Keith, “Leftie” Lowell Reeves, Eric Thompson, Bobby Powell, Taylor Price, Wayne Taylor, Preston and Connie Browers, Mark Browers, Frank Hinson, Kenny Albert, Guy Stevenson, Merlin Grigsby, Calvin Jones and many, many others.

For more information, contact Tim Sappington by phone at
573-546-7427 or by email at tim@fortdavidson.com.

Many Entered the Fiddlers Contest to win cash and trophies in 2016!
Stay tuned for the contest flyer for 2017!

This was the 2016 line-up!
Stay tuned for 2017 information coming very soon!


Bluegrass, Gospel, and Classic Country

The Baker Family

The Baker Family is located in south central Missouri. They perform bluegrass throughout the United States. The group has won many awards in the past several years: 1st place KSMU Silver Dollar City Youth in Bluegrass Band Champions - 1st place 2015 & 2014 Oklahoma State Band Championship – 1st place 2013 Pickin in the Pines Flagstaff, AZ Band Championship – 2nd place 2014 Silver Dollar City Youth Band Contest winners. See their videos on the Facebook page.

Band members are:
Elijah Baker: 12 years old Upright Bass / lead vocals / harmony
Carina Baker: 14 years old Mandolin / lead vocals / harmony / jig dancer
Trustin Baker: 17 years old Fiddle / Banjo / lead vocals / harmony
Carrie Baker (mother): Guitar / lead / harmony

Carina Baker was the 2014 SPBGMA nominee Female vocalist of the year and
Trustin Baker was the 2015 Runner-up Grand Master Fiddler-Nashville, TN; 2015 Tennessee State Grand Champion fiddler; 2015 Arkansas State Champion; 2013 Jr. National Grand Master fiddler; 2011-2014 Missouri Jr. State Champion; 2012 Texas Freshman State Champion; 2014 Oklahoma Jr. State fiddle champion and the 2011-2012 Arkansas Jr. State fiddle champion


George Portz & Friends of Bluegrass

George Portz & The Friends of Bluegrass, founded in 1978, blends its fiery Bluegrass roots with traditional Irish and Louisiana Cajun music. The band is based in southern Illinois and includes members from Illinois and Missouri. The band performs dozens of shows a year throughout southwest Illinois and eastern Missouri. A typical set contains bluegrass, traditional country, bayou/Cajun, and Gospel music that entertains audiences of all ages. In addition, the band hosts various fiddle contests each year and will be hosting a fiddle and banjo contest in the Arcadia Valley on Saturday morning, October 15. 2016. Band Members: George Portz, Ranger Dave Montgomery, David Dalton, Zach Hardesty, Kathie Pohlman, and special guest singer Brenda Cook.

Big Mill Bluegrass
Traditional Bluegrass Music from the Ozark Mountains
See them on Facebook, or their website!

Coming together in 2011, Big Mill’s musicians hail from all over the Ozark Mountain region of Missouri and Arkansas and bring with them many years of playing experience. Driving bluegrass is the norm from influences like Bill Monroe, The Stanleys and Jimmy Martin. Influential bands include Country Gentlemen and Lost and Found.

Members: John Taylor - Guitar / Vocals, Bill Gage - Fiddle / Vocals, Randy Odell - Banjo, Darren Osborne - Mandolin / Vocals, Lyn Baker - Bass.
Big Mill Bluegrass

Cedar Hill
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Formed by its patriarch and mandolin player Frank Ray some 40 years ago, Cedar Hill is a traditional Bluegrass band made up of five accomplished musicians and singers who have stayed true to their Ozark roots.

With Jim Bunch on banjo and vocals, Pete Brown on fiddle and vocals, Patti LaFleur on bass and vocals and Dan Stokely on guitar and lead vocals, you will be hard pressed to find a better traditional bluegrass band anywhere. Now settled into their own in the mainstream of the National bluegrass scene, Cedar Hill has been pleasing audiences everywhere with their original, emotional, exciting brand of traditional Bluegrass!

One listen to Cedar Hill and there can be no doubt that traditional Bluegrass music not only exists, but thrives in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri and Arkansas! Honest, emotive original songs, soulful, heartfelt vocals and great picking with drive is that Cedar Hill is all about!

Cedar Hill

String Circle
Bluegrass Gospel Band
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String Circle
In 1998 a group of 7 church members volunteered to play acoustic gospel music at the request of the pastor of Westwood Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff, MO. When he requested this special music, he would ask for the "stringed circle". As time passed, the number of performers reduced to 4 individuals.

Soon after, friends and neighbors began requesting this stringed group to perform at churches and events. The group adopted the title String Circle as their official name.

Staying true to their Christian roots, the group has recorded 3 projects of all Gospel Bluegrass music. They have shared this music throughout the 4 state area at concerts and festivals with nationally recognized performers such as Doyle Lawson, the Isaacs, Rhonda Vincent, Ralph Stanley, the Bishops and more.

"String Circle” is from Wappapello, MO and have performed several times at Silver Dollar City and throughout the Southern part of Missouri. Founding members still with the group are Don Goff playing the banjo and dobro, Ann McAllister playing acoustic bass and Sandy Taurone, rhythm guitar. Their current guitarist is Carl Johnson. String Circle is a Southeast Missouri based Bluegrass Gospel Band.

We hope to see you this Fall for our Mountain Music Festival!

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