Local blacksmiths to gather in Newtonia

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Newtonia to again host the annual Hammer In Saturday

Area blacksmiths will gather on Saturday to celebrate their art at the historic Ritchey Mansion in Newtonia for the fourth annual Hammer In.

Blacksmiths from around the area will demonstrate their skills and be selling their wares. On-site visitors will be able to witness the creation of metal product from the lowly nail and bolt to fancy ornamental iron.

Along with the blacksmiths, several area artists and craftsmen will attend and also demonstrate their skills and sell their products. Craftsmen working in wood, clay, glass and metal have been invited, along with a broommaker. Doug Hall, local painter known for his vivid renditions of local Native American in historic settings, will display his artwork.

Local authors will be on hand to talk about their books. Local musicians will provide period music. Civil War re-enactors with cannon will be on-site. Staff from the Wilsonís Creek National Battlefield will bring their cannon and crew and will provide several demonstrations of cannon firing throughout the day. There will also be an antique tractor show.

The event runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Ritchey Mansion will be open for tours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

T-shirts commemorating the event will be for sale with proceeds to benefit Newtonia Battlefields Protection Association.

Lunch by Smokiní Hawg will be available to be purchased on-site including pulled pork and brisket.

The Newtonia Battlefields Protection Association, Newton County Tourism Council, Griffith Motor Company, Crowder College, Lyerla Heating and Air and The Insurance Store of Neosho are sponsors for this yearís event.

Additional information is available by calling 417-389-2719.

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