NEWTONIA — America was shaped, forged and pounded out by the blacksmith.

NEWTONIA — America was shaped, forged and pounded out by the blacksmith.  
The 3rd Annual Hammer In, A Gathering of Blacksmiths will be held from 8 a.m. and runs through 4  p.m., Saturday, April 28 at the Ritchey Mansion in Newtonia, spectators will be able to witness these artisans at work.
Blacksmiths from around the area will be demonstrating their skills and selling their wares. From the lowly nail and bolt to more fancy ornamental iron, you can watch these craftsmen work and maybe acquire an item or two.
Along with the blacksmiths, several area artists and craftsmen will be in attendance demonstrating their skills and/or selling their products.  Scheduled for the event are local clay artists, a furniture builder, a woodcarver, a broom maker, a local beekeeper, a metal artist, a drum maker, etc.  
Doug Hall, local artist, will display his artwork.  Local authors will also be participating in the event to talk about their books. Local musicians will provide period music and Civil War re-enactors will be on-site.  There will also be an antique tractor show.
The Ritchey Mansion will be open for tours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  
Lunch by Smokin’ Hawg will be available to be purchased on-site including pulled pork and brisket.
Come spend the day in Newtonia, watching blacksmiths at work and visit with other artists and craftsmen. Admission is free to all events.  
The Newtonia Battlefields Protection Association, Newton County Tourism Council, Griffith Motor Company and Josh Hughes American Family Insurance sponsor the event.
For more information call 417-389-2719.