Demonstrators scheduled to show the old ways of doing things at 2018 Hootin an Hollarin

Demonstrators from past years’ festivals included Jim Mahan of West Plains, shown here carving faces into wooden canes at his booth in 2015. Jim said it took him about 20 to 30 minutes to finish the intricate faces on each cane. Ozark County Times file photo.

 By tradition, Hootin an Hollarin celebrates the “olden ways of olden days,” and several demonstrators are scheduled to show the crafts, methods and techniques of yesteryear. 

In the Century Bank parking lot, Lynn and Charlotte Taylor of Tecumseh will demonstrate making shingles and rope, and they may have some small engines on display. After making the rope, Lynn Taylor has been known to give samples to youngsters (and oldsters too) who’ve come to watch.

Butch Stone, Allen Flood, Guy Pace and others will be flint knapping – making arrowheads and perhaps other tools – in the grassy area beside the orange food truck on the southeast corner of the square.

Next to the information booth beside the main stage people old-time crafts will be demonstrated from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

From 10 a.m. to noon Friday and Saturday, Dawn Stone will demonstrate pulling cotton from bolls and carding it in preparation for spinning. At the same time Virginia McMurtrey will demonstrate how to make button necklaces. 

From 2 to 4 p.m. Friday and again on Saturday (Saturday hours hadn’t been set at press time) Shirley Dossett will demonstrate spinning wool.  

Throughout the day on Friday and Saturday demonstrators also will be showing knitting, crocheting and hand-quilting/piecing skills.

In that same area, the “Luna sisters” – Marilyn Tilley, Shirley Sinor and Sue Cockman – will be making bread and selling hot slices spread with homemade butter. 

Also, as mentioned in last week’s Times Jamie Green Kingsolver will show kids how to make their own rag dolls in a booth on the west side of the square opposite the school booths.

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