Ozark Connect, the grassroots organization responsible for hosting the Steelville and Cherryville Farmer & Artist Markets will be holding a public planning meeting at Spare Rib Inn on Tuesday, February 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. Ozark Connect invites all shareholders – vendors, attendees, performing musicians, and the general public to give their input on the 2019 vending season. Drinks and eats will be available for purchase.
“Last year was a great success and we hope for continued growth in the season ahead. Local markets not only showcase what talent the community has to offer but also assist rural communities in becoming more resilient and self-sustaining. We’re here to uplift the community and have a real good time doing it,” said Colleen Smith, local artist and OC organizer.
Ozark Connect, while not an official non-profit organization, does not have any paid staff, doesn’t charge vendors anything to set up, raises money to pay performing musicians, and for local advertisements and signage. Last year the group received a small $500 stipend via the Missouri Extension Office that was used strictly for advertising. Perkins Lumber also donated paint used for signage at the Cherryville and Steelville Markets.
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