The stage schedule has been set for the 43rd Annual Heritage Festival and Craft Show, which will be held Sept. 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Nifong Park, 3700 Ponderosa St.

Organized by Columbia Parks and Recreation, this free festival features traditional and roots entertainment on three stages, reenactors, a handmade craft show, and artisans dressed in 19th century attire demonstrating their "lost" trades.

The Heritage Festival will also feature a cowboy camp and mountain man camp. Visitors will be able to take hayrides around the park and try out crafts and games in the Burrell Health "Fun For Young'uns" area.

Attendees will enjoy live entertainment from a variety of genres including Native American, blues, Cajun, folk, bluegrass, traditional storytellers, puppet shows, and magicians. Saturday ghost stories will take place from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the Maplewood Barn.

The Boone County History & Culture Center will be welcoming Heritage Festival visitors in several venues in Nifong Park, including 3 historic structures in The Village at Boone Junction and the historic Maplewood House, built in 1877. The Museum will also be open and is admission-free and air conditioned. Families are welcome to tour the 12,000 square foot museum and art gallery. Hundreds of items are on display in addition to featured exhibits for Columbia's Bicentennial.

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Parking and handicapped-accessible parking will be available on site and south of Nifong Park at Discovery Office Park and the Columbia Sports Fieldhouse, 4251 Philips Farm Road. Visitors can walk to the park or take a free Parks and Recreation shuttle. Shuttles will drop off at the Boone County Historical Society and run both days from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Heritage Festival is coordinated by Columbia Parks and Recreation and sponsored by Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Boone County History & Culture Center, KPLA 101.5, KFRU 1400, the Missouri Arts Council, the Columbia Missourian, Machens Toyota and Burrell Behavioral Health.

Heritage Festival Performance Schedule:

Saturday, Sept. 18

Boonslick Stage:

11 a.m. Show-Me Dulcimers

12 p.m. Boone Howlers

1 p.m. River Ghost Revue

2 p.m. Dusty James & Abalone Pearl

3 p.m. The Upsides

4 p.m. James Oermann - fiddler

Maplewood Barn Stage:

12 p.m. Travis Dean & The Highway 39 Band

1 p.m. Beyond the Circle Native American Dancers

2 p.m. Kunama World African Arts

3 p.m. Chinese Dance Demonstration

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Maplewood Home Yard Stage:

11 a.m. Francis Scott Key portrayal

12 p.m. Pablo Baum Storytelling

1 p.m. Show-Me Dulcimers

2 p.m. Lemuel Sheppard

3 p.m. CoMo Dulcimers

4 p.m. Dusty James & Abalone Pearl

8 to 9:30 p.m. at the Maplewood Barn Stage: Ghost Stories

Sunday Sept. 19

Boonslick Stage:

11 a.m. Paul Fotsch

1 p.m. Mid Mo Magic Show

2 p.m. Mark & Sarah

3 p.m. Ironweed Bluegrass Band

4 p.m. Swampweed Cajun Band

Maplewood Barn Stage:

11 a.m. Mid Mo Magic Show

12 p.m. Good Turn Daily Bluegrass Band

1 p.m. Clark Academy of Irish Dance

2 p.m. St. Louis Express Band

3 p.m. Grupo Atlantico Cumbia

4 p.m. Columbia Community Band

Maplewood Home Yard Stage:

11 a.m. Francis Scott Key portrayal

12 p.m. Pablo Baum Storytelling - Terror on the Santa Fe Trail

For more information on the Heritage Festival, visit (search Heritage Festival) or call Parks and Recreation at 573.874.7460.

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