7 Time-Honored State Fair Traditions

Each year there’s something new to see, and yet some components of the Fair date back from before Missouri actually had a designated State Fair. Let’s take a walk through time and look at some of the State Fair’s most proud traditions.


Hear Live Music in This Reeds Spring Couple’s Home

In 2014, with a board of five and a host of volunteers, the Rock House Center for the Arts gained nonprofit status with the mission “to enrich and educate the community through the presentation and support of live music and the visual arts.”


Painter Peter Manion Time Travels For Inspiration

“The first piece evolved from me getting older, feeling vulnerable, thinking about the time that has gone by, my career, and if I’m good enough,” he says. “I think the work, all my work, as with all artists, evolved from a real personal place. And that place is usually some type of fear or loneliness.”


Mark Littell Shares His Wildest Stories

Country Boy is Mark’s second book, following his 2016 memoir, On the Eighth Day, God Made Baseball. Mark, who used to enter games to John Denver’s “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” describes his latest work as a coming-of-age nonfiction story about how his character formed while growing up in Missouri.


Meet a Missouri Artist: Patty Carroll Finds a Woman’s Place in Photographs

Artist Patty Carroll explores themes of women’s identifications to domesticity woven with photographs, fabrics and craft items.


From Graffiti to Murals For Children

A Kansas City graffiti artist applies his skills to a mural for Mercy Children's Hospital.


This Missouri Illustrator Was Norman Rockwell’s Idol

“You have brought more freshness, charm, and vitality to illustration than any other living illustrator.” Norman Rockwell wrote these words in a letter to graphic illustrator Al Parker in 1948.


After Twenty Five Years the Haygoods Are Still in Tune

They say the family that plays together stays together. For the past quarter century, the Haygoods have been living that adage while delighting thousands in Branson.