Frontier days offers trip back in time

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

1800s Pioneer era to be recreated on local farm

Frontier Days is a two-day event held on the Schreiners’ farm near Cassville, offering an old-fashioned feel and teaching the local community how pioneers lived in the mid-1800s.

The sixth annual two-day event will be held on Sept. 22 and 23. Sandra Schreiner, who will be hosting the event with her husband, said the event starts at 10 a.m. and will go on until at least 5 p.m.

“People can show up earlier, but the vendors won’t be there until 10 am, and we will be open as long as people are there,” Schreiner said.

The events offered include: a blacksmith shop, spinning and weaving, sorghum cooking, lye soap demonstration, Dutch oven cooking demonstration, a chuckwagon cooking chicken and noodles, local mountain-man displaying knives and leather, Amish baked goods, a dress-maker that specializes in time-period sensitive clothing, and many others.

“Sorghum is probably the biggest thing,” Schreiner said. “It takes eight hours for the whole process on a big batch. We do the entire process, the raising, pressing and cooking. It’s good in cooking with anything that you would use sugar for. I like it in pumpkin pies and coffee, and it makes wonderful cookies.”

Live music and other entertainment will be preformed both days on the front porch of the log cabin. Performers include: The Flyin Buzzards, David Hunt, Damascus Highway, Mary Lou Morley playing a hammered dulcimer, and Carlos David performing sleight of hand tricks.

On Sunday morning, Cowboy Church will be held at 10 a.m., and the Flyin Buzzards will be playing music for the church service.

“There will be many performers and vendors for the guests to enjoy,” Schreiner said. “Usually, we see about 400 people on Saturday and 200 on Sunday.”

Schreiner said they are doing their best to make the event handicap-accessible. They will offer a wagon ride from the parking area to the event. There will be bathrooms available, as well.

For the children, there will be free wagon rides, rope-making and corn-grinding. Schreiner said she sets up a kiddie pool filled with corn to make a corn pit for the children to play in.

There is no admission price, however, there will be items and food for sale, and donations are welcome.

“We don’t charge anyone to vend,” Schreiner said. “Everybody volunteers their time. A lot of the equipment is donated or borrowed from people who enjoy the event.”

The Schreiners do ask for attendees to try to dress up in old-fashioned clothing. It’s not required, but it helps give an atmosphere to the event.

“Younger people don’t know what it was like to live in those days,” Schreiner said. “You didn’t have electricity or running water. We like offering this kind of environment to everyone, children and adults. It’s good entertainment and teaches kids that they can survive in those days.”

To get tho the event 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 signs (after passing C Highway traveling from Jenkins, look for a sign with a fire truck on it, which is near the turn off onto Farm Road 1157).

For more information, people may call Edgar Schreiner at 417-846-7831, or 417-847-8686.

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