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Springfield, Mo. — Experience Ozarks pioneer life at the 28th Annual 1860’s Lifestyle Exposition, Saturday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 22, 12-4:30 p.m., at the Gray/Campbell Farmstead in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic, Springfield.
Volunteers with Friends of the Gray/Campbell Farmstead, in partnership with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, host the free event, showcasing buildings, demonstrations, music, dancing, costumes, crafts and history reflective of the 1860’s.
Visitors may tour the oldest house in Springfield, home of early settlers James Price Gray and John Polk Campbell II, and learn the importance of the barn, log cabin kitchen, granary for storage and gardens to raise their food. The one-room Liberty School, established in 1895 and closed in 1951, exhibits the education system of the era. All the buildings exhibited at Gray/Campbell Farmstead have been carefully relocated to Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park from other properties.
“It will be a treat for the whole family," said Norma Tolbert, with Friends of Gray/Campbell Farmstead. “We have old-time games for the kids to enjoy, storytelling, wagon train dolls, candle making, wood carving, laundry demonstration, Indian artifacts and much, much more.”
Visitors may also taste old-fashioned apple butter made onsite, fresh-pressed apple cider, and peanuts roasted over an open fire. Concessions available, provided by the Culinary Arts Department at College of the Ozarks.
The event begins with a period costume parade Saturday at 11 a.m. on Sat. Come in costume to the Founders Pavilion with a written description of your costume! All ages invited, with a treat for all participates.
The annual Apple pie contest will be Sunday, 3 p.m. Bring your own homemade two-crust pie to enter at 2:15 p.m. (no crumb top pies). Judging is based on appearance, crust, flavor, texture and creativity. Prizes will be awarded, and pies will be sold after judging.
New this year, a drawing for an original Civil War-era ball gown designed and created by Friends of Gray/Campbell board member and historic clothing specialist Nancy Farris-Thee. Tickets are $20 for this beautiful gown, worth more than $400. Tickets sold at the Gray/Campbell House and the information table. Drawing is Sunday, 3:30 p.m. at the house and information table.
Admission to the 1860’s Lifestyle Exposition is free for all ages.
For more information about the 1860's Lifestyle Expo, contact Friends of Gray/Campbell Farmstead: Norma Tolbert, 417-838-4965; or Michelle Atkinson, 417-725-4921; or Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-874-2943 (office) or 417-224-5510 (mobile).