News Release 341

Fall Harvest Festival and open house planned Oct. 15 at Washington State Park

Volume 39-341 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., OCT. 5, 2011 --Experience the splendor and fun of fall at the second annual Fall Harvest Festival on Oct. 15 at Washington State Park near De Soto. This event will include a craft fair and an open house for public input followed by a free concert. All events are free and everyone is invited to attend.

The event will begin with a craft fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. sponsored by local Missouri artisans, crafters and hobbyists at the Big River day-use shelter. Homemade food and crafts will be available for purchase. Many artisans will demonstrate their crafts as well, providing a glimpse into some very interesting hobbies. A pumpkin painting contest, a free hayride, live folk music and other activities will also be available in the Big River day-use area.

The park's annual open house will also occur during this time. Meet with park staff on a one-on-one basis to learn more about what is new and coming in the future at Washington State Park. Suggestions for future projects are encouraged.

The Fall Harvest Festival continues with a live music concert by "Wildheart" at the campground amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. This concert is funded by a grant from the Missouri Arts Council and has an entertaining message about nature and the environment for people of all ages.

Those attending the evening concert are requested to park at the swimming pool parking lot and take advantage of the free shuttle service. Parking in the campground is very limited and is reserved for camp guests only. The shuttle service will be provided throughout the evening.

More information is available by contacting the park office at 636-586-5768. Group, tent and electric camping sites are available at the park. Camping reservations may be made through or the reservation hotline (877-422-6766).

Washington State Park is located 10 miles south of De Soto on State Hwy. 21. People requiring services or accommodations to attend the open house can make arrangements by calling the park directly at 636-586-5768 or by calling the Missouri Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For information about state parks and historic sites, visit