Schreiners to host fourth annual Frontier Days

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Weekend event to offer old-time family fun

Edgar and Sandra Schreiner of Cassville will be hosting the fourth annual Frontier Days celebration on Sept. 24 and 25, between Cassville and Jenkins.

The two-day event takes families back in time to celebrate frontier culture and lifestyles, and will feature wagon rides, local artisans and vendors, blacksmithing, rope making, a chainsaw artist, Dutch oven cooking, apple butter and sorghum, lye soap and hand lotions, antique machinery demonstrations, glass blowing and more. Vendors will have a variety of items for sale.

The free event, which is open to the public, starts at 10 a.m. at the Schreiners' home, and food vendors will be on hand, as well as bluegrass and country music bands, to entertain guests.

Edgar Schreiner said the event has been very popular, is a great family event, and that he expects upward of at least 600 guests or more.

"The first two years, we had 600, and we probably had more than that because a lot didn't sign in," he said. "We've only had the event going on four years, and people have been asking me, 'When are you going to do it again?' It's something I would like to keep doing. There's stuff for the kids to do, too."

Schreiner said the event usually runs until at least 5 p.m.

"There's no set ending time," he said. "It's from 10 a.m. until whenever people leave, whenever the music stops."

There will also be corn grinding with a hand grinder, corn shelling, and the Schreiners will be cooking homemade apple butter and sorghum, which will be available for sale.

The idea for the event started when a member of the wagon club the Schreiners are a part of got the idea to cook sorghum, and it grew from there.

On Sunday, a Cowboy Church will be offered at 10 a.m.

"This year, we're going to have a 'circuit rider,'" Schreiner said. "Back years ago, that was a preacher who rode around to communities preaching and rode his horse. So a circuit rider is going to be riding his horse in."

After the service, the event will continue in the same fashion as Saturday, with food vendors, artisans and musical entertainment.

Hosting the event is a fun pastime for the Schreiners.

"It's something we always wanted to do," Schreiner said. "We don't make anything. It's kind of like a hobby for us. If people want to give a donation to help cover expenses, they can, [but it's not required]. They do kind of the same thing in Ava, and we got the idea we'd like to do it here, because there's not too many events like this that goes on around here. If you don't want to spend money, just come out and enjoy it."

For directions from Cassville, take Highway 248 east seven miles to Farm Road 1157, then follow the signs. From Jenkins, take Highway 248 west to Farm Road 1157, and follow the signs.

For more information about the event or artistry, call Schreiner at 417-846-7831 or 417-847-8686.

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