StateoftheOzarks Festival (SOTO FEST)

10AM to 7PM, Saturday, September 16, Downing Street, Historic Hollister, Missouri

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

Dale Grubaugh, publisher

Curtis Copeland

Curtis Copeland, infrastructure

Shawn Cash, Ozark potter

Shawn Cash, public relations

Bo and Tami Bandy

Tami Bandy, festival sponsorships

Christine Riutzel

Christine Riutzel, fine arts

Crystal Copeland

Crystal Copeland, street characters

Shannon Thomason

Shannon Thomason, video

Mike Malas

Mike Malas, vendor experience

Ethen Demarce

Ethen “Trainwreck” DeMarce, social media

Brent Paschall

Brent Paschall, Civil War & living history

Angela Tolbert

Angela Tolbert, cosplay

Angel Adams

Angel Adams, yoga

Caleb Scott Strongman

Caleb Scott, strongman

Daniel Farnum

Daniel Farnum, Contra & English folk dance

SOTO Festival Artwork

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.

Festival Sponsor

Oak Sponsor Victory Chiropractic

Victory Chiro

Festival Sponsor

Hollister, Missouri, City Hall

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.