News Release 171

Fall Folk Concert and informational meeting scheduled at Bollinger Mill State Historic Site Sept. 29

Volume 39-171 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

The public is invited to an informational meeting, followed by the annual Fall Folk Concert on Sunday, Sept. 29 at Bollinger Mill State Historic Site in Burfordville. The information meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. and will end at 2 p.m. with the concert kickoff. During the meeting, visitors can ask questions and offer input on the site and its facilities and services. Highlights will include information on cultural and natural resource projects, maintenance and construction updates, and State Park Youth Corps contributions and accomplishments. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the open house is part of an ongoing effort to ensure that citizens have input on facilities and services offered in state parks and historic sites.

After the meeting, the Fall Folk Concert will begin at 2 p.m., featuring dulcimer player Rick Thum. Thum’s past festival performances have earned him the “most popular performer” title at the largest national dulcimer festival. He placed first at the 1994 Southwest Regional Dulcimer Contest and third in the 1995 National Championship. Rick was voted “Best Performer” and “Favorite Teacher” for several years running at the Evart Dulcimer Funfest. He has shared the stage with Mike Seeger, The Tony Rice Unit, Steve Kaufman, Norman Blake, and Bryan Bowers and opened for John Hartford, Norman & Nancy Blake, and Leo Kottke.

A visit to Bollinger Mill State Historic Site is also a great opportunity to log miles as a part of the Governor’s 100 Missouri Miles challenge. To celebrate Missouri’s distinction as the “Best Trails State” by American Trails and to encourage Missourians to enjoy the outdoors, Governor Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon are inviting Missourians to join them in completing 100 Missouri Miles of outdoor physical activity by the end of the year.

For more information and to take the Challenge, visit Participants can also share adventures, post photos and learn about upcoming events by connecting with 100 Missouri Miles on Facebook and Twitter.

Bollinger Mill State Historic Site is the site of a Civil War-era mill where visitors can learn how corn and wheat were ground into meal and flour by water power, just as it was done long ago. Burfordville Covered Bridge, the oldest of the four remaining covered bridges in the state, was built in 1858 and stretches 140 feet across the Whitewater River, which powers the mill.

Bollinger Mill State Historic Site is located at 113 Bollinger Mill Road in Burfordville. Individuals requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting or who want more information about the event can contact the site at 573-243-4591. For information about state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.