Barry County Pioneer Days, which will be held at the Crowder College Cassville Campus auditorium on Saturday, April 17, will raise funds for activities and entertainment scheduled to be held at the Barry County Museum this summer.
Community members who attend Pioneer Days will be treated to free chili and have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction and a 50/50 cash drawing. The Possum Holler Fiddlers will perform at 5 p.m.
An old-fashioned pie auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. Several local groups, including Cassville High School FCCLA and Southwest High School FCCLA and art students, will be baking a variety of delectable desserts and decorating customized pie boxes for the auction.
Proceeds from Barry County Pioneer Days will help fund special musical performances and other entertainment currently being planned to complement the Smithsonian Institution's Museum on Main Street exhibit: "New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music," which will be on display at the Barry County Museum June 19 through July 31.
Al Brumley, Jr., an accomplished bluegrass, country and gospel singer who has performed with Merle Haggard, George Jones, Glen Campbell, Mel Tillis and Porter Wagoner, will kick off six weeks of activities at the museum with a performance on Saturday, June 19.
A Native American Pow Wow is scheduled to be held on Saturday July 10, and museum visitors will have an opportunity to view the Butterfield Stagecoach on Thursday, July 29.
Additional plans, including performances by the Cassville High School show choir and a barbershop octet from Cassville, are currently being scheduled to be held in conjunction with the exhibit.
Community members who attend the special performances and events will be encouraged to view the "New Harmonies" exhibit, which will include a selection of photographs, recordings, instruments, lyrics and artist profiles that trace the history of American music using familiar blues, country and western, folk and gospel songs.
For more information on Barry County Pioneer Days or New Harmonies, call Cherry Bailey at 417-847-1640 or e-mail her at cherry@barry comuseum.org. Student organizations interested in helping with Pioneer Days are also encouraged to contact Bailey.