Heritage Festival in Nifong Park brings history to life

Thursday, September 13, 2012 | 6:32 p.m. CDT; updated 4:32 p.m. CDT, Saturday, September 15, 2012

*Jenifer Flink is executive director and curator of the Boone County Historial Society. Her name was spelled incorrectly in an earlier version of this article.


COLUMBIA — The Heritage Festival and Crafts Show is adding a new tradition for its 35th incarnation.


At this year's event, all of the buildings in the Village at Boone Junction will be inhabited by historical re-enactors from the Maplewood Barn Theatre players.


"People are really stepping back in time," said Jenifer Flink*, executive director and curator of the Boone County Historical Society. "There's so much more with experiential learning when you can smell the smells and hear the stories. It brings history to life."


This year's Heritage Festival, organized by Columbia Parks and Recreation, will be held in Nifong Park. It runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Each village building featured at the festival will represent a different historical period. The Gordon-Collins Log Cabin will be set in the 1820s, the Ryland Farm House will be set in the 1890s, the McQuitty Shotgun House will be set in the 1920s and the Easley Country Store will be set in the 1930s. 


Also at the festival, tradesmen dressed in 19th-century garb will sell crafts, and children can pan for gold and go on a hayride.


Live entertainment will include country and bluegrass music, as well as performances from Haskell Indian Nations Dancers, Professor Farquar's Great American Medicine Show and mountain man Jim "Two Crows" Wallen.

Parking is available in the Ice Chalet Antique Mall parking lot at 3412 Grindstone Parkway. Bus shuttle service from the parking lot to the festival will run every 15 minutes. There is also limited parking at the edge of the park.


The festival is free and open to the public; however, a ticket for access to the Historic Maplewood Home, Boone Junction and the Boone County Historical Society Museum and Gallery is $5.

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