Organizers of the annual Barnyard Days are gearing up for their two-day event this Saturday and Sunday at the Circle R Ranch, north of Neosho.


Organizers of the annual Barnyard Days are gearing up for their two-day event this Saturday and Sunday at the Circle R Ranch, north of Neosho.

Saturday the event will be held from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., while on Sunday, the event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults (with a $1 off coupon in area print media and also online at www.circle-r-festivals.com) children under 14 are free with adult.

Last year, Steve and Tammy Roark turned over Barnyard Days to the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks (BCFO).

“They will have a major presence again at the event,” said Steve Roark, co-owner of Circle R Ranch.

The festival has a lot to offer this year from arts and crafts, music, food and commercial exhibitors. Roark noted thus far, more than 150 arts and craft vendors will be onsite, with more than 20 businesses promoting their service or their product.

This year, there are a few new events going on during the festival.

“We do have a chainsaw carver this year, who will be creating several pieces at Barnyard Days and also will bring in several that have been created,” he said. “We have all of the kids activities that we are used to, including the horseback rides, the train ride, the hay bale maze. We are getting paintball again, so we will have a paintball range set up and also the haunted barn.”

Another event is a chili cook off, which will take place at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

“After the contestants complete their entrées, they will be judged,” he said. “Then the public will be able to buy a $2 cup; they can go around and sample any and all of the chili that they want to. One hundred percent of those proceeds will go to BCFO.”

There will also be flowers at the festival.

“We have always had some nice flowers for sale there at Barnyard Days,” Roark said. “Well, BCFO has kind of turning this into their fall flower sale. They will have mums, pansies and those cabbage flowers, they will have a wonderful selection of those. They are all locally grown, raised in this area.”

A number of artists will be on hand to demonstrate their techniques for the audience. A sawmill will also be present, and the Joplin High School choir will be on hand to raise money.

“We are going to have them set up in a booth right next to our main stage and they will perform at various times throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday,” Roark said. “They are raising money to replace their robes and sheet music that was destroyed during the (May 22) tornado.”

About BCFO
The Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks is a resource for individuals and families in Southwest Missouri who are impacted by breast cancer.

“The majority of the proceeds are going to BCFO. This is their major fundraiser in this area right now,” Roark said.
For more information on booth space, please contact Roark at 825-4623.