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Taum Sauk Mountain
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Arcadia Valley Mountain Music Festivals
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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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!
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.
| Enter the Fiddlers Contest to win cash and trophies in 2017!
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Join in the "Pickin' on the Square on Friday night!"
|Check out the performers!
The Missouri Rounders
The Missouri Rounders are a group of long-time friends, each accomplished musicians who have performed with a number of different bands over the years.
Individually and collectively, they have performed with respected artists such as John Hartford, Vassar Clemens, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Bluegrass Alliance, Benny Martin, and Vince Gill, to name a few.
The Missouri Rounders are among the most well-known and respected roots musicians and vocalists in the area. Featuring John Higgins on guitar, Thayne Bradford on fiddle, Charlie Pfeffer on mandolin, Bob Breidenbach on dobro and Vince Corkery on bass; this group plays, sings, writes songs, and selects the best of old treasures from the world of bluegrass, folk and Americana music. The Rounders arrangements have been pared down to let their rich three-part singing, and the beauty of the songs, take center stage with a few instrumentals thrown in for good measure! Expect to hear a lot of great music and enjoy the camaraderie of these long-time musicians and friends!
George Portz & The 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 21, 2017.
Band members are George Portz, fiddle player; David Dalton, the lead singer; Ranger Dave Montgomery, lead guitar player; Kathie Pohlman, bass player for the group and also performs on the Irish Whistle and Cajun Accordion, and Zach Hardesty the banjo player. The group also has a special guest singer, Brenda Cook.
Dead End Road
|Dead End Road is a Bluegrass group hailing from Bunker, MO. They are an award winning energetic group with a phenomenal sound. You’ll love the performance that this band brings to the stage. The combination of instruments and harmonies creates an amazing sound that is signature to Dead End Road. Members of the group are Dalton Harper playing the guitar, Kyle Triplett on the banjo, Leevon Decourley playing bass, Graham Punches playing the fiddle and Caleb Lindsey on the mandolin.
|The Ozark Spirit Cloggers
Ozark Spirit Cloggers Sponsored by:
First State Financial Management.
|The Ozark Spirit Cloggers is a group made up of folks who desire to dance and promote the fun and fellowship of clogging. Clogging is fun, great exercise, and a lot of entertainment! While most of the dancing is for fun and exercise, we love to perform. The Ozark Spirit Cloggers, which number just under 20 members, are drawn from throughout the Rolla, Missouri area.
Mound City Slickers
The Mount City Slickers are one of St. Louis’ finest and best loved stringbands and are made up of veterans of other St. Louis stringbands. Playing old-time contra and square dance tunes are band members Bill Stewart (fiddle), Lindell Blackford (fiddle, guitar, banjo and mandolin), Bob Clark (banjo), Rich Hibbs (guitar and banjo), Sean Ruprecht-Belt (banjo ukulele, ukulele, mandolin, fiddle and guitar), and Rich Egan (piano).
We all used to or still do live within a few stone throws of the Whitewater River and so it just made sense to be the Whitewater Bluegrass Band of Missouri. We came together because we love playing music, but now we come together because we are all friends. We enjoy playing music for people and for each other. Members of our band are Shawn Asmus on bass, George Dickerson on the banjo, Rodney Eftink on the mandolin and Dan Reno on the guitar.
Back Roads Bluegrass
|This local Bluegrass band was recently formed by Frank Ray, owner of Cedar Hill Bluegrass. Frank wanted to put a local band together to perform at local festivals and churches when Cedar Hill was not performing. His main focus was on playing bluegrass gospel. He hand-picked the members he wanted to sing and play for this group. The members all have diverse musical backgrounds which he saw fitting to what he had envisioned. Members include Frank Ray, Lori Melton, Dan Stokely and Mike Horn.
The Arcadia Valley Pickers will also perform on Sunday at 3:00
to close out this great festival!