Simple pastimes featured at Annual Spring Frolic

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Volume 37-078 For Immediate Release: March 25, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, -- Experience the pleasant side of frontier life when Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site near Ash Grove hosts its annual Spring Frolic on Saturday, April 18. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The Spring Frolic recreates a 19th century Ozarks festival featuring activities that were common on the Missouri frontier of the 1850s. Most of the activities during this event served as amusement during a time period when people did not have or use money for entertainment. Learn how you can use these simple entertaining activities together with friends, families and neighbors.

Attendees can take part in many of the games and pastimes that were enjoyed by the Boone family and their neighbors. A nature walk will be held at 9 a.m., followed at 10:30 a.m. by a 19th century "base" game, an early form of baseball. Visitors are invited to join in the game. Louie, the Springfield Cardinals' mascot, will make a special appearance from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and cheer on the teams. In addition to base, guests can enjoy pitching horseshoes, flying kites, listening to frontier stories and legends and fishing in the site's pond. Standard fishing license requirements will apply.

Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site is located 1.5 miles north of Ash Grove on State Highway V. The site includes Missouri frontiersman Nathan Boone's hewn log home, 400 acres of scenic Ozarks farmland and Boone's last resting place.

For more information, call the historic site at 417-751-3266 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at