Missouri Music Festivals | Missouri Fall Festivals
Missouri Bluegrass, Americana, Country & Old Time Music Festival ~ Fall of 2013!

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 - Bluegrass 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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Learn about the Arcadia Valley
& Black River Recreation Area
near St. Louis, just click here!

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
Capital of Missouri!"

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!

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our beautiful region

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Missouri Music Festivals
The Arcadia Valley Mountain Music Festivals
Fall Music Festival in Missouri and Fall Festival & Parade
October 17, 18 & 19, 2014!

Information will be announced soon for 2014!

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.  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.
Here's what happened at the Fall Festival in 2013
2014 information coming soon!

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!
Fiddle Contest

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2013 line-up

Friday Night

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)


Commemorating  the 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
Mineral Area Council on the Arts

George Portz & Friends of Bluegrass
George Portz

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 Championships.

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.


Mountain Faith gospel bluegrass

Mountain Faith
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!

Pickin Chicks
The Pcikin Chicks

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.


The Do Se Do Square Dancers and the
Country Fire Cloggers will be performing

Country Fire Cloggers
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
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
Mineral Area Council on the Arts

Julia & Justin Dill
Julia & Justin Dill
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.

Pilot Knob Boys
Pilot Knob Boys
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.


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