Herb Harvest Fall Festival Celebrates 26 years at Ozark Folk Center State Park

The 26th Annual Herb Harvest Fall Festival takes place October 1, 2 and 3, at the Ozark Folk Center State Park. This year’s focus is on the culinary herbs, fiber arts and medicinal remedies of Northern Europe, Scandinavia and the Baltic Region.

The festival begins with a Lavish Herbal Feast. The garden party reception, sponsored and produced by the Herb Society of America Ozark Unit will start at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1. The reception and feast will feature foods, libations and entertainment from Northern Europe and Scandinavia.

The presentations Friday and Saturday include cooking, historical, gardening and musical content given by a team of experts. Included in the lineup of speakers; Holly Shimizu, an internationally recognized horticulturist. Susan Belsinger, a food, gardening and herbal writer, editor and photographer. Gayle Engels, the Special Projects Director for the American Botanical Council in Austin, Texas. Kathleen Connole horticulturalist and long-time Ozark lifestyle specialist along with other speakers completes the program.

Herb Harvest Fall Festival fees are as follows: one day registration, $70, two day registration, $110.00. Early registration is advised, for more information and complete bios on speakers visit www.OzarkFolkCenter.com.

The Ozark Folk Center State Park is located at 1032 Park Avenue in Mountain View. Follow the signs to the Ozark Folk Center State Park, less than a mile from the Courthouse Square in downtown Mountain View. The park may also be reached by taking Hwy 5/9/14 (Sylamore Ave) to Jimmy Driftwood Parkway, which leads directly to the park entrance.

The mission of Ozark Folk Center State Park is to perpetuate, present and promote the Ozark way of life in an educational and enjoyable manner; through craft demonstrations, musical programs, the Heritage Herb Garden, workshops and other special events.