Most of the road we travelled was state highway, but once you got off the secondary paved road (paved....like twenty years ago), it was a 3 1/2 mile drive on a dirt road to get to the property. The road was well maintained (as far as dirt roads go), but you still got the feeling that you were, in fact, at the "Edge of The World" as the sign posted on an oak tree proclaimed. It also suggested that you check your brakes because if you were travelling in a vehicle with questionable stopping ability, you might end up over the cliff and in the creek below.
A two mule team pulling a wagon full of excited kids (and adults) passed us by as we entered the event area, and there were other horse and mule drawn carriages carrying people through a loop around the main gathering.
There was also a wagon for supplies and a table set up showing what would have been common "pantry" items on the wagon:
Imagine Rhiannon's surprise when I showed her the basket of these and told her what they were and what they were used for:
Then we stumbled upon some one's supper being cooked. Which was well guarded, to say the least:
Wool (and dog hair. yes. dog hair) being hand spun:
A lady who does chair caning:
Horse-powered doo-dad (yes, that's the technical term) that crushes the sorghum cane and a molasses cooking demonstration:
We sat and enjoyed some great music while eating our picnic lunch:
And last, but not least, some hands-on weapons practice. What 5 year old kid wouldn't want to throw a tomahawk?!
There were also vendors selling everything from sassafras walking sticks to brain-tanned deer hides. Tables with antler handle knives, deer hide purses, custom made long bows, wooden whistles, some iron work and a book for sale by a local author (who just so happens to work at our local library) on the Ozark vigilantes known as the Bald Knobbers.
There is plenty of parking, people with golf carts available to shuttle you to & from the lot, porta johns, a large pavilion to provide shade or shelter and food stand (with the biggest burgers I've seen) if you didn't pack a lunch. The entire area was groomed and neat and it was very family friendly. It was a great little get-away and I hope that we'll be able to go again. If you're in the Ozarks in October of next year, might I suggest you take a little jaunt and go check it out? You won't be disappointed.