5/28 - 9/06
Life of a Reenactor Exhibit

Big Shoal Country Fair

Welcome to the Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum!

This is a place where you can explore the history of our community, ask questions, and connect with the past in your own way. Discover the house that grew out of a single-room log cabin and learn from the exhibits inside. Enjoy the beautiful acres of preserved farmland, take the trail to the historic Big Shoal Cemetery and look for wildlife along the way. Explore what's growing as you visit the heirloom garden, apple orchard, or pumpkin patch. Once home to many people from 1831-2004, the farm stands as a wonderful reminder that the past can still be present and will always have stories to share.
Next Exhibit Opening Wednesday, May 28

Big Shoal Country Fair

This year the Fair is Saturday Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a family fun event with free admission, although some activities at the Fair have a nominal cost. While at the Fair you can enjoy free admission to the Museum throughout the day. The Fair is being hosted on the grounds of the Atkins-Johnson Farm and Musuem, 6607 NE Antioch Road, Gladstone, MO 64118.

There will be a number of contests you can participate in, including home canned goods, baked goods, textile crafts (quilting, sewing, embroidery, knitting, etc..)and woodworking. Entry fee $2 per item. Ribbons for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category plus a gift card for first place in each category. Pre-registration preferred by sending name, phone number, category to enter and description of item(s) to bigshoalcountryfair@yahoo.com. Entry fees can be paid the day of the fair. Items should be at the fair by 11AM Saturday Sept. 6. Walk in registrations will be accepted.

Other events scheduled throughout the day include: (all day)Missouri Town Dancers, Stable T Petting Zoo, photo booth, face painting, games and crafts. Fair goers will also have a chance to "milk a cow," "rope a steer" and the Hi-Striker strength tester. Of course there will be craft and farmer's market vendors, the Storybook Trail, a Civil War Encampment and garden activities.Other activities will include 4H demonstrations and an antique toy display from 10 - 11:30 a.m., from 2 - 4 p.m. the River and Prairie Storyweavers, Full O'Ballooney balloon twister - noon to 2 p.m. and a cookie walk at noon and 2p.m.

Sponsors for this event are DeLaval, Gladstone HyVee, Mid-Continent Public Library and Midwest Dairy.

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