The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

September 11, 2011

Barnyard Days festival returning to fall date

NEOSHO, Mo. — Steve and Tammy Roark have been host to the fall festival Barnyard Days on their family’s Circle R Ranch north of Neosho for the past 16 years, attracting nearly 20,000 people annually to the arts and crafts event.

Inspired by his sister’s battle with breast cancer, Steve Roark envisioned a new purpose for the family farm’s annual festival. Earlier this year, Barnyard Days was held on Mother’s Day and proceeds were donated to the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks. But a low turnout has convinced the Roarks to return the festival to its fall date.

He said Barnyard Days will be held Oct. 1-2 at the Circle R Ranch located on 10970 Old Scenic Drive north of Neosho. But the intent on making it an event to help the BCFO remains.

Roark said BCFO is the only organization in the area that helps women battling breast cancer with many of their daily financial obligations. He said the organization assists women and their families with rent, utilities, groceries, clothing and car repairs. Roark said the organization is not dedicated to research, but rather support for breast cancer patients and their families.

“The Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks is the only organization that provides direct financial support for families during treatment,” he said. “They try to take the financial burden away so women can focus on recovery.”

Roark said last year the BCFO distributed approximately $80,000 to women in the Joplin area.

He said the festival will continue to be held on the grounds of the historic Circle R Ranch for years to come.

Maps to the ranch and more information are available at circle-r-festivals.com. Roark said there are still a limited number of booths available for vendors and artists. Those wishing to secure a space should contact Roark at 417-825-4623. 

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