2017 marks the 39th year for the James Foundation to hold the Old Iron Works Days at Maramec Spring Park said the Foundation's spokesperson Susie Hauck. She said park visitors can expect some new demonstrations this year as well as previous favorites, followed up with Ozark clogging to bluegrass music and a funnel cake to whet the appetite!

There’s no other way to say it—October is a beautiful month to be outdoors among nature’s splendor, and one of the most popular travel destinations in Missouri continues to be Maramec Spring Park says James Foundation spokesperson Susie Hauck. She says this beautiful 1800 acre park offers many activities for history and outdoor enthusiasts alike and one of the more popular activities is the annual Old Iron Works Days festival.

“2017 marks the 39th year for the James Foundation to hold the event at Maramec Spring Park,” said Hauck.

This year’s two day event will be held on the weekend of October 14 and 15 and will feature over 100 crafters demonstrating crafts that were important to the way of life in the mid-1800s era. Visitors of the festival will learn about doll making, quilting, wood carving, how arrowheads were made and blacksmithing to name a few. Several of the demonstrations will offer participation in educational and fun craft activities for all ages.

Hauck said park visitors can expect some new demonstrations this year. “We’ll have Millie Street from Rolla making handmade soap, Lois Wissmann, from Leesburg, featuring spinning and dyeing wool and Cindy Starke, from Bethel, will show how herbal remedies are made,” she said.
“Returning will also be Betty Goris who will be demonstrating twinning, a type of rag weaving.”
Hauck said the crafters will be demonstrating from 12 noon to 5 p.m. both days and entertainment will kick-off at 1 p.m.  

Live entertainment will be featured each day on the main stage. The always popular Ozark Spirit Cloggers will be sure to put on a high energy show in addition to lively music provided by the Ozark Rounders and The Sterlings Bluegrass Band. Hauck said the Back Porch Players will also perform.

Hauck said festival-goers will need to come hungry. The St. James Lions Club will be dishing out ham and beans and the St. James Sports Club will be grilling hamburgers and hotdogs and frying funnel cakes and pork rinds. Quench a thirst at the soda tent that will be near the performance stage.

“The event will be held rain or shine,” added Hauck.

Daily admission is $15 per carload or free with a Maramec Spring Park season pass.  For more information call the James Foundation at 573-265-7124, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. To 4 p.m.