Herb Harvest Fall Festival Thank-yous

The Heritage Herb Garden at the Ozark Folk Center graces the park with visual colors and textures, sweet and pungent aromas, and helps us to interpret the history of the human use of plants.

The 27th Annual Herb Harvest Fall Festival took place October 6, 7 and 8. Thank you to everyone who supported and participated in this enjoyable and educational event. Special thanks go to the Herb Society of America's Ozark Unit. Members and fiber artist, Jeanette Larson transformed the Ozark Folk Center with flowers, fibers and flavors of South America. They stirred up delicious libations and snacks for the traditional garden party that proceeded the Lavish Herbal Feast. The group performed the Chilili folk dance of Bolivia.

Jennifer Blankenship and her team made beautiful table centerpieces in the Skillet Restaurant. Susan Belsinger created the Lavish Herbal Feast and lunch menus that contained dishes from every country in South America. The Skillet kitchen staff did a great job interpreting the recipes. The list of credits to the presenters and volunteers is lengthy. Those who came enjoyed their efforts and I am grateful beyond words.

Every facility in the park pulled together to serve not only the Herb Harvest Fall Festival but several special tour groups, a workshop and another large conference. It is an honor to work with the Ozark Folk Center State Park staff. I hope all of my readers know what a treasure you have in your own backyard. Visit www.ozarkfolkcenter.com to see all of the activities that are offered during the month of October. If I don't see you in the future—I'll see you in the pasture.