Big Weekend On Drake Harbor August 1 & August 2

Anita Campbell
County Reporter
Everything from cigar box musical instruments to local artists’ works to wines from all over the state and lots of music will be featured on Drake Harbor on Saturday, August 1.
Benton County Tourism and Recreation will be co-sponsoring the Fourth Annual Ozark Cigar Box Guitar Music Festival on Saturday, August 1 from 1 PM until 8 PM and Sunday, August 2 from 11 PM until 5 PM.
According to Benton County Tourism and Recreation Director Lynette Stokes, there will be something for everyone at the activity packed weekend on the Harbor.
“We want to encourage people to make a weekend of this unique opportunity in Warsaw,” said Stokes.  “We hope visitors and locals take the opportunity to enjoy our area while shopping in Warsaw and on the Harbor.”
In addition to the Ozark Cigar Box Guitar Music festival there will be the First Annual Benton County Art Walk featuring works by Benton County residents on August 1 from 1 PM until 7 PM. 
Inside the Warsaw Community Building there will be art displays for competition, local artisan vendors and a silent auction.
Also on August 1, the Benton County Community Foundation will host their Ninth Annual Wine Stroll on Drake Harbor from 4 PM until 7 PM.
The Benton County Wine Stroll, which is normally held in April, was postponed due to COVID-19.
The Wine Stroll brings hundreds of visitors and locals to sample wine from Missouri Wineries and Breweries.  Check-in will be in the upper level of the Community Building.  The pre-stroll paint class will be held from 1 PM until 3 PM in the lower level of the Community Building.
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the event.  Participants must be 21 and a photo ID is required to receive a wristband.  Tickets can be purchased locally at Wine, Antiques and More on 301 East Main Street in Cole Camp or Farmers Bank of Lincoln, 101 South Highway 65 in Lincoln or at Tracey Spry and Associates on 302 Main Street in Warsaw.
The last three years, the Ozark Cigar Box Guitar Music Festival was a huge hit. So much so that the American Blues Scene rated this festival the #4 of the Top Five Blues Festivals in Missouri.
Ryan and Julie Mackey, the founders of the event, had been involved with a guitar festival in Kansas City and when the event closed he helped to bring it to Warsaw.
This two-day family-friendly event will feature nationally-recognized musicians playing their hand-made instruments featuring all different genres of music. Artists and musicians will feature their homemade cigar box guitars, which are made of recyclable materials. As the name implies, the body is made of an empty cigar box. The head and neck can be made out of anything from broom handles to wooden slates or sticks and the actual body out of bedpans, skillets and anything in between. These cigar box guitars will be showcased for sale during the event. The musicians sell their creations starting at $20 and going up to around $500 on average.
International touring artists, nationally recognized and amateur musicians will be playing live bluegrass, rock, country and blues music using their handmade cigar box guitars.
The Knights of Columbus will sponsor a beer garden and there will be several food trucks serving the visitors.
A VIP pop-up tent will be available for $100 per day.  There will be tables and chairs available.
Attendees are also welcome to bring their own tents and chairs as they spend the day enjoying the music and food.
Stokes explained that volunteers are still needed for the Ozark Cigar Box Guitar Music Festival.  Golf car drivers and security check point personnel are needed for 2 or 3 hour shifts Saturday and Sunday.
“Without volunteers - we would not be able to have this event so any help is appreciated,” said Stokes.
For more information contact Stokes at 660-438-2090.
“We want to thank our generous sponsors for making this event continue to remain free,” said Stokes.  “Please shop downtown stores while visiting or if you live local.”
Sponsors for the weekend include:  Hawthorn Bank, the City of Warsaw, Statuary Gardens and 303 Ice Cream, Main Street Spirits, The Landing Bistro and Lounge, State Farm Insurance, Sterett Creek Marina, Campground and Motel, Drunken Minnow Bar and Grill, C. B. Gitty Crafter Supplies, and Benton County Tourism and Recreation.