Organizers are gearing up for the 17th annual Barnyard Days, which is located at the Circle R Ranch, north of Neosho.
The three-day event will start Friday and end Sunday. Times are from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults; a multi-day pass is $7. Children under 14 get in for free with a paid adult admission. Breast cancer survivors get in free. And there is a $1 off coupon available at www.circlerfestivals.com
A couple of years ago, Steve and Tammy Roark, co-owners of Circle R Ranch, donated Barnyard Days to the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks (BCFO).
"BCFO will be there in the big circus tent and will be promoting things that BCFO does for our community, helping provide literature and information to ladies," said Steve Roark. "They have a very big presence there now. We will have Freeman Health System and Mercy there, promoting different services they provide for women. That is kind of the nucleus that we do out there."
Barnyard Days is produced for the benefit of BCFO. It has a lot to offer for the family. There will be various food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, children rides and some new arts and craft vendors as well.
"Much of this stuff that we do for Barnyard Days are the things that we have learned have worked for years," he said. "We focus on low-cost entertainment for the family. The activities that we do have worked well. We have the mountain men — they will be back — an archery range set up, we expect to have paintball range set up again, the horseback ride, train rides, hay bale maze and the haunted barn."
Another event this year will be the second annual Albert Brumley Single Mic Showdown at Barnyard Days. The competition begins on Saturday for musicians performing gospel, bluegrass or country music. There are up to 10 performers who will sing five songs, for a chance to come back on Sunday. On Sunday, the top five will then again perform for cash prizes. "We have two or three new vendors that I think are going to be a nice addition to Barnyard Days," Roark said. "We have Stearns Bears of Stotts City, Mo. Those are unique, every bear is unique, and no teddy bear that they sell is the same as another. We also have a gentleman coming out of Clinton, Mo., who does barn art in quilt images, to where he creates these huge quilt images that can be put on the side of buildings. They are beautiful."
There will be seven food vendors this year, with five of those a specialty style.
"People have been telling us that they wanted more fair food," he said. "We have fried green tomatoes, roasted corn and waffle hot dogs."
Page 2 of 2 - On average, each year the event sees between 17,000 to 18,000 people.
The Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks is a resource for individuals and families in Southwest Missouri who are impacted by breast cancer.