Get out to some great fall events

    Get your calendar out. October has arrived and things are officially getting busy. Between trips to the wineries over the next four weeks, be sure you make some time for a few other public events.

    Old Iron Works Days will return to Maramec Spring Park the weekend of October 12-13. Now in its 41st year, this year’s festival will celebrate “40 Years of Living History” and features numerous demonstrations of skills that were important to the way of life during the rugged mid-1800s era, with more than 100 crafters scheduled to be in attendance.
    Along with the craft demonstrations live entertainment will be featured each day on the main stage. Music will be provided by the Ozark Rounders and the Sterlings Bluegrass Band with the Ozark Spirit Cloggers returning for another year of crowd pleasing energy.
    Admission is $15 per carload or free with a Maramec Spring Park Season Pass.
    Cuba Fest will be returning on October 19-20. The event will feature Viva Cuba’s 29th Annual Chili Cook-off that will determine who can “manufacture” the best chili recipe from scratch. The contest will be held at the intersection of North Smith Street and School Avenue as part of the Cuba Fest activities scheduled on Saturday, October 19, from at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Seven Cuba manufacturers including Mar-Bal, Versa Tags, McGinnis Wood Products, Ashlar Machinery, American Precision Die Casting, LMI Aerospace, and Georgia-Pacific will take part in the Viva Cuba Chili Cook-off. Tickets for the chili contest cost $5 each and can be purchased from any one of the participating companies or at Cuba Fest on the day of the cook-off. The contest starts at 11 a.m. in the Recklein Historic District on North Smith Street, and it ends at 1 p.m. Each ticket gets you a taste of all seven chili recipes and one vote for the best of the bunch.
    Everyone is invited to come out for Cuba Fest and to enjoy some great chili. While the contest takes place on Saturday, there are a number of fun events scheduled for the fall festival on both Saturday and Sunday.
    The Steelville Arts Council also has a lot planned for October. On Saturday, October 5, the arts council will host a fundraiser at the Meramec Music Theater – an “Art of the Car” Cruise-in. This first annual car cruise-in will be a full day of cars, painting, and food, and will end with a concert at the Meramec Music Theater. Butchwax and the Hollywoods, a group of entertainers from the St. Louis area who play ‘50s and ‘60s rock n roll music, will perform on the theater stage.
    Festivities begin at 12:30 and there will be the opportunity to purchase pulled pork sandwiches provided by Mo Hick’s BBQ of Cuba, beer and Ritas, along with tickets for a 50/50 drawing. There will also be an information tent about how to become a volunteer with the Steelville Arts Council. Paintings will be judged at 3:30 p.m., and the concert begins at 4 p.m.
    The Arts Council is also hosting its Fall Plein Air painting event October 9-12 and will host a special exhibit at Gallery Zeke starting on October 17.
    Get out and experience fall…and some great activities.

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