JOIN US AT THE 18TH ANNUAL SPRING PLANTING FESTIVAL

By Robert Stilson

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Howdy, howdy folks!

It's time again for

BAKER CREEK'S

HEIRLOOM SEED

SPRING PLANTIN' FESTIVAL!

 

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This year, the SPRING PLANTIN' FESTIVAL is happenin' on Sunday and Monday, May 6 and 7 (At the usual location in Mansfield, Missouri, of course). Hours are 10:00am-7:00pm both days!  Admission is only $5 for an adult, parking and kids 16 and under are FREE!

 

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Here's a down-home gardener-gander at some of the events you, your friends, and kin can expect when you arrive:

 

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SPEAKERS GALORE...

 

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WILLIAM WOYS WEAVER, a huge favorite of heirloom gardeners, will be speakin' and tellin' stories 'bout how you and yorn can grow all sorts of wunnerful fruit and vegetables in your garden. Weaver's book , 'bout growing heirloom vegetables, will be available for folks wantin' to grow vegetables the 'nachral way'. Weaver's family has been busy over many years collectin' heirloom seeds, growin' heirloom seeds and generally showin' folks that vegetable gardenin' is a purdy easy thing to master. (Take a gander at BAKER CREEK'S WILLIAM WOYS WEAVER ROUGHWOOD COLLECTION to enjoy a few of the Heirloom seeds that'll be available at BAKER CREEK'S SPRING PLANTIN' FESTIVAL.)

 

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KEVIN FORTEY 'll add a little more wisdom to your gardenin' know-how. He's comin' all the way outta England, no less, to tell folks how he and his family have set world records growing GIGANTIC vegetables and such. Seems KEVIN'S dad, MIKE, decided one day that he wanted to grow huge vegetables...and thus began the tale of a family that currently holds two Guinness Book of World Records, includin' a 2015 record for the world's longest radish – measurin' some 88 inches in length! Don't pay no mind to the smaller stuff KEVIN and his family grow, like 1200lb pumpkins or another WORLD RECORD for growin' a CHILI that weighed a woppin' three-quarters of a pound!

 

AND, FOLKS, there's a bunch more speakers to titillate yer curiosity and add some know-how and excitement to yer gardenin' adventures:

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SUNDAY

10:30 Brad Gates: (the Tomato Guy from Wild Boar Farms):

11:30 Doug and Stacy: (Homestead YouTube stars—Off the Grid with Doug and Stacy) “Best Produce to Grow for Food and Selling”

12:30 Kevin Fortey: (World record produce grower from Wales) “Growing Giant Produce”

1:30 David Bohlen: (Co-owner/operator of Bohlen Family Farms) "Marketing Your Produce”

2:30 Noe Hernandez: (Longtime farmer and seed producer) “Successful Seed Starting and Direct Sowing”

3:30 William Woys Weaver: (Acclaimed author, lecturer, and seed saver.) “Seed to Table: The Future of Regional Cuisine”

4:30 TBD

5:30 Rafael Mier: (Heirloom corn and tortilla activist in Mexico): “Mexican Corn: Culture, Biodiversity and Traditional Uses”

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MONDAY

10:30 Doug and Stacy: (Homestead YouTube stars—Off the Grid with Doug and Stacy) “Living the Pioneer Life in the 21st Century”11:30 William Woys Weaver: (Acclaimed author, lecturer, and seed saver.) “Preserving Native American Biodiversity”

12:30 Josephine DeFalco: (Well-known author and food preserver) “Yes, You Can Can”

1:30 Fred Perlee: (Adventurous Ozarks farmer) “Finding Solutions to Common Garden Problems”

2:30 Jim Long: (Acclaimed author, world traveler, and owner/operator of Long Creek Herbs) “Herbs are Useful for Flavor, Healing, Crafts and Much, Much More.” 

3:30 TBD

4:30 Shannon McCabe: (Writer, Seed Explorer, and Live Video Educator) “Collecting Rare Seeds for Baker Creek”

5:30 Round Table Discussion: Seed Saving for Fun and Profit - Learn how to make additional income by growing seed. Led by Baker Creek seed expert Martin Walsh

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There's somethin' special fer young uns and vintage folk alike!

FUN AND GAMES FOR EVERYONE...

There's plenty of fun stuff fer young uns to enjoy – pettin' livestock, playin' games in the activities tent or genrully sharin' company with other young folk as they learn to play old-fashioned games...

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Ifins yer a picker, singer, or play some other instrument, thar's an old-time MUSIC CONTEST happenin' Sunday May 6th from 2:00pm-3:00pm at the Baker Creek Opry Barn!  

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MUSIC ON TWO STAGES...BOTH DAYS...ALL DAY LONG!

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Rodney Dillard will be in attendance from 12:00pm-3:00pm BOTH Days! Rodney got his self famous when he played for the Darlin's on the Andy Griffith Show! The Andy Griffoth theme song is mah favoRITE whistlin' tune!

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Sourdough Slim, the best yodeler in these here parts and beyond, The Baker Family, just back from Nashville fame and glory, The SouthWynns, who gots some of the bestest bluegrass sound in these here Ozarks, are going to be playing in addition to a whole bunch of other talented folks!

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AND...don't forget the COSTUME CONTEST happenin' immediately after that there music contest gits done. All you gotta do for this one is dress in yer dandiest, heirloom clothes to have a chance at bein' this year's

grand-nashnul somethin' 'r other!”

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There's prizes 'n such fer winners and we 'spect folks listenin' to the music and gazin' at the costumes 'll show their 'apreciashun with plenny of “praise 'n 'plause”! (Entry forms will be located at the Opry Stage next to the seed store - just look for the signs. You can download a copy of the music contest rules HERE.)

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AND FOR FOLKS LOOKIN' FOR VIDDLES, YOU COME TO A VIDDLIN' PLACE...

There's a heap a food vendors servin' up some right-tastin' viddles. Tantalize yer pallet with MRS. GETTLE'S world famous CINNAMON ROLLS – Ya cain't eat just one!

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Or, if yer a mind, stuff yer eatin' hole with an assortment of tasty KWEEZEEN genraly reserved for royalty 'n such. ICE CREAM, PIES, SANDWICHES, BARBECUE...vendors of all shapes 'n sizes 'll be servin'-up some darn, good eats. BAKER CREEK'S donation-based restaurant 'll be ready for folks hankerin' for food, too. If there's one thang gardeners know, it's tasty, healthy food...there'll be plenty of that available.

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Stop on by our donation-based restaurant for some down-home cookin'! The restaurant will be open at 11:30am BOTH days!  All proceeds from the restaurant will benefit Chef Tong's charity, Thailand Little Ones so that they can build a Church.

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DON'T GO HOME WITHOUT SEEDS OR PLANTS...

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VENDORS sellin' heirloom plants dot the BAKER CREEK horizon like a bunch a ants headin' fer a church picnic - Ya can't miss 'em. LIVE PLANTS...SEEDS... and all sorts of growin' and gardenin' stuff will be available to make this year yer best gardenin' year...EVER! Browse through thousands of varieties of plants and learn how to grow them with our acclaimed guest speakers.

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DON'T MISS THE OTHER HAPPENIN'S...

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Enjoy a sense of community with fascinating seed collectors; renowned musicians; national speakers; historic demonstrators; food activists; home schoolers; western reenactors; organic growers; gourmet chefs; free-thinkers; historic farm animals & poultry; Ozark crafters; trendy vendors; herbal hippies and much, much more...

  • Join us for a tour of our warehouse and greenhouse!
  • Get a behind-the-scenes look at BAKER CREEK'S operation. Tours start every hour on the hour 11am-6pm and are led by one of the Baker Creek managers. Meet at the fountain in front of the seed store.
  • Join 10,000 gardeners at America's premier seed, plant, music, culture and historic food event.

AND FINALLY: BRING A SMILE...YOU'RE 'BOUT TO MEET THE FRIENDLIEST FOLKS IN THE WORLD...

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