Old Iron Works Days returning to Maramec Spring Park

    The James Foundation will be holding the 41st annual Old Iron Works Days on October 12 and 13 at Maramec Spring Park. The weekend will feature craft demonstrations, displays, food, and a look at the way of life in the 1800s when the iron works was in operation.    

    Grounds will be open from noon to 5 p.m. both days and will feature a variety of activities for participants to enjoy. Over 30 demonstrators will showcase a wide variety of crafts including basket weaving, beekeeping, blacksmithing, antique tools, soap making, stained glass, weaving, painted dolls, applehead dolls, quilting, rope making, and many additional displays and crafts showcasing how materials were made during the time.
The park will be divided into three main areas where demonstrators will be set up. Some demonstrators will be selling objects they are working on throughout the day for those interested in making a purchase to help support their craft.
Along with those showcasing their skills, food will also be available for purchase from some vendors as well as Joe’s Taco Truck selling their food items, the Sports Club will be selling hamburgers, hotdogs, and more, and Boy Scouts will be selling drinks throughout the day. The Pick and Shovel Café, located at the park entrance, also offers food and beverage options.
    Along with demonstrators, the Maramec Museum and Ozark Agriculture Museum will be open and free to all visitors. The museums will also be open from noon to 5 p.m. for those wanting to learn more about the history of the park, agriculture in the area, and many other lessons. Guests are also invited to tour the park itself and enjoy a walk around the spring.
    Saturday’s entertainment will start with the Ozark Rounders Bluegrass Band performing from 1 until 2 p.m. and again from 4 to 5 p.m. and the Ozark Spirit Cloggers from 2 until 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 until 4 p.m. The Sterlings Bluegrass Band will perform on Saturday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    Sunday will offer more performances beginning with The Sterlings Bluegrass Band from 1 to 2 p.m. and again from 4 to 5 p.m., the Ozark Spirit Cloggers from 2 to 2:30 p.m. and again from 3:30 to 4 p.m., and the Ozark Rounders from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Kids games will be offered throughout both days free of charge, as well as continuous entertainment provided by The Black Porch Players and The Jacob Austin Band during the weekend.
Old Iron Works Days is a great way to learn about the history of the region and how important the iron works was in developing the area, and to experience a look at what 1800s life was like for those living it. Historic artifacts of the time are still on site.
 Admission is $15 per vehicle or free with a Maramec Spring Annual Parking Pass. Cars will park in designated locations and visitors will be bussed into the park. Maramec Spring Park is located six miles southeast of St. James on Highway 8. For more information, contact the park at 573-265-7124.

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