HOLLISTER, MO. — State of the Ozarks (SOTO) will be holding their State of the Ozarks Fest in historic downtown Hollister on Downing Street September 16th.
The event will be held throughout the entire street of Downing Street in Hollister from 10am to 7pm with live music from a couple venues downtown following 7pm. The festival will include many varying types of entertainment and shopping including local artists and artisans of all kinds, crafts, a lecture series on the Ozarks, street actors, cosplay characters, dancing, yoga sessions, a kids’ area, and more to come in the next few months. The event will have free admission for all attendees.
The event is a culmination of what State of the Ozarks has been doing for the past 10 years. The purpose of the event is to bring together the community of not only the tri-lakes area, but also the surrounding Ozarks region, for a time to celebrate the Ozarks and their rich history. It also purposes to celebrate the craftsmanship and artists that live and work here in the Ozarks. The festival hopes to bring together anyone and everyone who wants to come celebrate these things together.
Meet the Team
Joshua Heston, editor in chief
Dale Grubaugh, publisher
Curtis Copeland, infrastructure
Shawn Cash, public relations
Tami Bandy, festival sponsorships
Christine Riutzel, fine arts
Crystal Copeland, street characters
Shannon Thomason, video
Mike Malas, vendor experience
Ethen “Trainwreck” DeMarce, social media
Brent Paschall, Civil War & living history
Angela Tolbert, cosplay
Angel Adams, yoga
Caleb Scott, strongman
Daniel Farnum, Contra & English folk dance
Original collaborative artwork created by Christine Riutzel and Curtis Copeland specifically for SOTO FEST ’17. Brilliantly combining craftsmanship, art and dance traditions of the Ozarks while evocatively hinting at a brilliant, contemporary future through modern color and designs, this collaborative piece perfectly captures the mood of the upcoming festival.
Oak Sponsor Victory Chiropractic
Oak Sponsor City of Hollister
About State of the Ozarks:
State of the Ozarks is an online publication that has been publishing every Sunday for the past 10 years. SOTO was birthed from the aspirations of Josh Heston, who understands the rich cultural heritage here in the Ozarks, and understand that it is separate and unique from many other areas in the country, it is its own state; the State of the Ozarks. Josh wanted to celebrate these differences and the people that make the Ozarks as unique and special as they are, this was the foundation for State of the Ozarks. The name derives from that exact idea. SOTO has many showcase sponsors, which are artist, craftsman, businessman, and others that share in this vision for the Ozarks and want to help share this wonderful history and story of the Ozarks. SOTO exist for these things.