SATURDAY   June 15th

Growers Market on the Ava Square  
​8:00 AM –12:00 PM

​See many hand-made items as well as fresh picked vegetables & fruits presented with love from local farmers & artisans.
This growers market is nationally known. 

Douglas County Museum  417 683-5799 or 417 683-2536

Just off the Ava Square, the Museum celebrates the history of Douglas County by collecting, researching,
preserving & interpreting artifacts of historical & cultural interest.
200 Washington Ave, Ava  Hours are 10:00 AM-2:00 PM  Saturday only.  Requested Donation:  $1.00 per person

Square Dancing Demonstration
Ava Square 6:00 PM

Young and old, experienced and beginners, join the fun on the square in Ava. Laughing and dancing is what this is all about. Join the dancing or watch your neighbors dosey doe to the music. 

SUNDAY  June 16th 

Old Fashioned Social On-The-Square! 
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Ava Square & Gazebo will be the place to be on Sunday!  The Square will be full of Ozark Music, Gospel Singing, Artisan Demonstrations, Food, and an Antique Car Show during the day.

Artisans from the Pioneer Heritage Festival of the Ozarks will be at the Old Fashioned Social.  You will be able to see & talk with them as they demonstrate the “how to’s” and “why’s” of the Ozarks culture & history past!

Antique Car Club Display
2: 00 PM - 4:00 PM View antique automobiles that will be exhibited around the Ava Square!

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For Bus Tour Seating and Reservations
Contact the Ava Chamber of Commerce: 

THURSDAY   June 13th

Ozark Mills Bus Tour   (Need to call Chamber of Commerce to make Reservations 417 683-4594) Arrive by 8:30 AM 

​Bus tour leaves from the Ava True View Theater at 9:00 AM, arrive by 8:30 AM.  Spend the day seeing the Ozarks by bus, listen to stories of the area and these historic mills. Visit the sites of Dawt Mill, built in 1897, Hodgson Mill, established 1894 and Rock Bridge Mill & Trout Farm, built 1868, where lunch may be purchased at Rock Bridge Mill Restaurant. Gift Shop and Boutique also open.  Bring cameras and comfortable walking shoes!  

True View Theater/Dinner 

Dinner at True Brew 5:00 PM and Movie at 6:00 PM Meet for dinner at True Brew Coffee Shop on the Ava Square. They serve sandwiches, wraps, salads, and fantastic coffee. After dinner walk across the square to the True View Theater for a family friendly movie.

FRIDAY    June 14th

Fisheries Expo  (Need to call Chamber of Commerce to make Reservations 417 683-4594) 
Park on the Ava Square; Bus tour leaves from the Ava True View Theater at 9:00 AM.

Tour Crystal Lake Fisheries - see how they raise the Rainbow Trout. Bus will stop at Pottery Studio of Louise Walker. Best of Missouri Hand Artist and Exhibitor at the Pioneer Heritage Festival of the Ozarks. 

Ava Art Guild  11:00 AM Snack will be served.   

Located just off the Ava Square, 303 E Washington Ave, Ava  See local art pieces including woodworking, gourd art, paintings and photography. Galler open 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Wednesday - Sunday 417 893-9638 

Cowboy Rick Stagecoach 
6:00 PM. Ava Square

Cowboy Rick and Bev Hamby of West Plains Missouri are the owners of the Journey Stagecoach. An authentic 1880 stagecoach that has traveled through three centuries, discovered hidden away two different times, and undertaken multiple chapters of service.

MONDAY June 10th

Civil War Bus Tour  (Need to call Chamber of Commerce for Reservations 417 683-4594) Arrive by 9:00 AM

​Park on the Ava Square; Bus tour leaves from the Ava Ture View Theater.  Please arrive by 9:00 AM.  This tour will be narrated as you visit the sites of Militia Springs, Ritter Cemetery, Old Water Tower and the Post Office & Park area where a battle took place. Duration is approximately 2 hours.  Seating is limited. Reserve your place:  Ava Chamber of Commerce: 417-683-4594.

                                                                         A native of Springfield, Missouri, Tim Ritter discovered writing and public speaking at an
                                                                         early age. By age 13, he had written two children’s adventure books, several plays and created
                                                                         his own comic strip. He also discovered he liked being on stage, and how people tended to
                                                                         listen when he spoke into a microphone. Continuing writing throughout college, Tim
                                                                         experimented with poetry which ultimately became his first published book, “Soul Sketches”.

                                                                         Throughout his professional career as a mechanical engineer, Tim wrote technical articles for 
                                                                         trade magazines and was the featured speaker at hundreds of seminars across the country.

                                                                         On becoming a Civil War reenactor in 1999, he began writing about his experiences in and
                                                                         off the battlefield, a collection of which was published in 2013 in his book “Cooter Up:
                                                                         Adventures of a Civil War Reenactor”.

Tim’s ancestral connection to Douglas County started when his great-great-great grandfather Mark Ritter moved his growing family there in 1847. It was Tim’s great aunt, the late Ava citizen Dora (Ritter) Franklin, that first showed him his family history when he was 14. Tim’s devotion to genealogy and the preservation of Douglas County history drives his passion for his current writing project, “Sarah Burning”, the story of the tragic 1959 fire at the Ritter family farmhouse on Hunter Road.

Now retired, Tim lives outside Fair Grove, Missouri, with his wife Lisa, writing full time and speaking to civic groups and organizations on a variety of topics. He is a contributor to the Douglas County Historical Society Journal and a member of Ozarks Genealogical Society and the Springfield Writers Guild.​

Genealogy Workshop

1:00-3:00 PM Genealogy Room, Douglas County Library, 301 W Webster Ave, Ava. Learn about your family lineage with the help of an experienced genealogist. Carl Neiman Chapter. NSDAR 

McClurg Music Jam & Pot Luck Dinner

Experience Ozarks acoustic music at its best. Bring a dish to share. Potluck at 6:00 PM Music at 7:00 PM Travel on your own. 22 miles (30 Minutes) from Ava. From Ava, take Highway 5 South to Highway 76 West, 18 miles to Brownbranch. Turn left on Highway W, 3.6 to McClurg General Store on the left. 

TUESDAY  June 11th

Float Trip On Your Own 

Twin Bridges Canoe & Campground Reservations 417-256-7507 
Located on the banks of the beautiful North Fork of the White River and surrounded by the Mark Twain National Forest. Twin Bridges provides quality float trips in canoes, rafts, kayaks or tandem kayaks. Lodging includes cabins and exclusive log homes on the river that sleep up to 12, as well as riverfront camping. The general store is well stocked with supplies to make your stay a pleasant one.

Douglas County Library Story Telling with Kathy Reser

 7:00 PM Library Main Gallery. Relax and enjoy the stories of yesterday told by local residents. Seating is limited, please arrive early. 301 W Webster Ave, Ava

WEDNESDAY    June 12th

Mark Twain National Forest Glade Top Trail Hike  with interpretive guides. Meet at Caney Picnic Area at 9:00am. Bring a lunch, drinking water and hiking shoes. Limited places available, so sign up early. Special Note: Download a QR reader for driving the Glade Top Interpretive Trail or the Agents of Discovery app with wi-fi before coming to Glade Top. Reserve your spot. Call Chamber of Commerce for Reservations 417 683-4594

Story Telling 
7:00 PM. Douglas County Library Main Gallery. Relax and enjoy the stories of yesterday told by an author and author and educator. 
Seating is limited, please arrive early. 301 W Webster Ave, Ava