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Taum Sauk Mountain
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Arcadia Valley Mountain Music Festivals
Music Festival in Missouri and Fall Festival & Parade
October 18, 19 & 20, 2013!
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. 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.
|Join in the "Pickin' & Grinnin' on the Square"
Attention pickers and grinners!
Every Friday (throughout the summer leading up to the Fall Festival) between 6 & 8pm, those
of you who pick and grin come show off your talents at the Courthouse Gazebo. Bring your instruments
and have some fun! Come to pick and grin! For more information, give Bobby Powell a call
at 573-546-1441 or
573-705-0028 or email us.
2013 Fiddle Contest Information- Click to enlarge!
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6:00 p.m. Viewing of Parade Floats
Pickers at Gazebo and around Courthouse lawn.
Following Performers will be at the Gazebo unless otherwise noted
10 a.m. Annual Fall Festival Parade (starts in Pilot Knob)
Country Fire Cloggers
11:00 a.m. George Portz & Friends of Bluegrass
With Fiddle Contest
1:00 p.m. The Pickin Chicks
2:00 p.m. Do-Se-Do Square Dancer's
2:45 Mountain Faith
3:30 p.m. Country Fire Cloggers
4:00 p. m. The Pickin Chicks
4:45 p.m. Do-Se-Do Square Dancers
5:30 p.m. Mountain Faith
6:00 p.m. Fall Festival Queen Voting & Coronation at
the High School
7:00 p.m.The Baker Family at The Arcadia Valley Jamboree (admission charge)
150th Anniversary of the Civil War
Noon Chicken & Dumplin Dinner (Fundraiser)
Civil War Music with Julia and Justin Dill
1:15p.m. Civil War Gospel Music with The Pilot Knob Boys
2:30 p.m. Civil War Music Mountain Faith
Sponsored by Mineral Area Council on the Arts
George Portz & Friends of Bluegrass
National Open Fiddle Champion!
George Portz & "The Friends of Bluegrass" are the most versatile performing group in the area as they blend their fiery Bluegrass roots with some fine traditional Irish
and Louisiana Cajun music. Their "Cajun Set" has won rave reviews from crowds throughout the midwest. The group’s enthusiasm, top-notch musical ability, wit and humor always "Leaves ‘em wanting more…and they always do!" George Portz is the group’s leader and founder. He is an Illinois State Fair Fiddle Champion,
Western Illinois State Fiddle Champion and his fiddling highlights include over 130 First Place
|He has performed for two Presidents; President Nixon in 1973 at the White House and
with his group, "The Friends of Bluegrass" at the Illinois State Fair in 1986 for President Reagan.
He has also performed at the Grand Ole Opry. George toured with the legendary "Goins Brothers"
of Eastern Kentucky in the 1970’s. His dynamic fiddle style ranges from fiery Bluegrass to zesty Cajun.
There’s not a fiddle player in the Midwest that can entertain an audience like George.
David Dalton is the group’s lead singer. David is considered to be one of the finest
Bluegrass singers around and can easily make a transition from Bluegrass to some
fine Hank Williams old time country and has won numerous awards for both.
Dave Montgomery is the lead guitar player for the group. He has won Illinois and Missouri State Fair Flat-Pick Guitar Championships and sings a dynamite bluegrass
country song. His singing ranges from Lester Flatt to Johnny Cash. John King is the group’s banjo player. John won the Illinois State Fair 5-String Banjo Contest five consecutive years. John is also versatile on the dobro and is considered one of the finest 5-string
banjo players in the Midwest.
Kathie Champlin is the bass player for the group. She has won awards for Best Rhythm Musician
at the Midwest Regional Championships. Kathie also performs on the Irish Whistle and Cajun Accordion
when the group performs their Irish and Cajun music. She sings harmony vocals for the group.
George Portz & "The Friends of Bluegrass" are the leading acoustic music group now performing
in the St. Louis area and their shows are enjoyed by all ages. Visit the George Portz website.
Bluegrass & Gospel
Hailing from Sylva, North Carolina, the Mountain Music Festival welcomes Mountain Faith. They present sincere Christian music in the best of acoustic formats. Their dedication to presenting a positive message comes through with every performance, bringing joy to their listeners through their youthful approach and skilled technique.
They are continuing the valued tradition of family harmony and enthusiastic acoustic instrumental acumen with a southern appalachian vitality worthy of praise.
Visit their website for music, videos & much more!
The Do Se Do Square Dancers and the
Country Fire Cloggers will be performing
|The Pickin' Chicks are a group of three girls from two different families in Illinois.
Though young and relatively new to the music scene, the Pickin' Chicks have been setting the bluegrass world on fire! In a very short amount of time, they have managed to record two CDs, opened Friday night for the 2011 Willie Nelson Country Throwdown, and were commissioned to write and record an original song for a Tribute to 9/11 Compilation CD in Nashville, TN. The girls also won the 2011 Illinois State Best Youth Vocal Group Competition at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, IL. They got to meet Steve Martin one-on-one, and banjo player Nikki was even asked to play for Steve! For the second year in a row, the Pickin' Chicks have been hired to play at Silver Dollar City's Bluegrass & BBQ Festival in Branson, MO. This event showcases the best bluegrass groups from all across America and was voted the Bluegrass Event of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association. See their website for much more.
Country Fire is a traditional clogging team from the Ellsinore and Piedmont, Mo. area with dancers of all ages. The team has been in existence for about 10 years and is under the direction of Jessica Price.
Country Fire team members enjoy exhibitions but enjoy the competitive side of clogging. They have won numerous awards over the years at both regional and national competitions. Most recently they received the amateur Traditional Team award at the Challenge of Champions held in Branson in June of 2010. Some of the grandest awards have been at the Junior Olympics having director Jessica Price bringing home a silver medal in Flat foot Solo and in 2009 five team members were named to the National NCHC all Star Traditional Team.
The team members take great pride in preserving traditional Appalachian Clogging and enjoy dancing to a variety of music. They choreograph most of their material and are available for performances at fairs, festivals and other local events.
Saturday night at Bobby Powell's Jamboree (admission charge)
The Baker Family
Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War
1861-1865 An Afternoon of Civil War Music and Art
12:00 begins at Courthouse - Chicken & Dumplings Fundraiser
& Civil War Music with Julia & Justin Dill
1:15p.m. Civil War Gospel Music with Pilot Knob Boys
2:30 p.m. Civil War Music Mountain Faith
Sponsored by Mineral Area Council on the Arts
Julia & Justin Dill
Pilot Knob Boys
Julia & Justin Dill are mighty in talent. Years of playing together have made a highly-synchronized sound. They feed off each other’s unique performances, and fans often comment on the their smoothly blended harmonies, nostalgic and moving fiddle breaks, heavy-duty harmonica solos, and emotionally charged guitar solos. Highly creative multi-instrumentalists, carving out an exact cookie-cutter description of the their style is refreshing and complicated, as they are constantly savoring new styles of music like butterflies dancing from flower to flower, unafraid to branch out into various genres and sub-genres reflecting influences of rock, country, and blues as well as soul, funk, folk, bluegrass, jazz, reggae and more. They bring passion to the stage, engaging new and loyal fans.
Tyler Sappington, Grant McAdams, and Morgan McAdams are incredibly talented young Arcadia Valley musicians making a name for themselves around the state for their playing, singing, and authentic presentation of the songs of the Civil War,” Cummings said. “Tyler, Grant, and Morgan have carefully researched the period for correct clothing, songs, lyrics, and music to perform for Civil War events across Missouri.