Regional Outreach and Education Supervisor AJ Hendershott, Missouri Department of Conservation, explains the steps of making a bow for bowin' and spikin' fish at the Twin Pines Heritage Day. Other demonstrations include blacksmiths, basket makers, mandolin craftsmen and turkey call makers.

Step back in time at the annual “Heritage Day Festival” April 14 at Twin Pines Conservation Education Center in Winona.

This will be the fifth year run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and celebrated the heritage and resources of the Missouri Ozarks.

The event will once again feature an old fashioned fish fry sponsored by the Conservation Heritage Foundation. Dennis McSpadden of Van Buren will cook catfish, fries and hush puppies with assistance from the Twin Pines volunteers, along with U.S. Forest Service’s Jane Mobley and students from the Mingo Job Corps. Along with the meal, there will be demonstrations throughout the day including making soap, sassafras paddles, john boats, fishing gigs, spinning, weaving, oak baskets, rope making and more. New this year will be Dave Ferguson crafting Eminence-style fence post callers and Keith Smith leatherwork.

Music will be provided inside the center from 1 to 3 p.m. by The Bakers of Birch Tree. A kid’s corner will feature games Ozarks youngsters played in days gone by. Volunteers will offer hikes for tree identification and birding, fishing for the whole family and archery lessons for the kids.

There is no cost, and registration is not required. Parking will be off site on the Paramount Inc. parking lot with shuttles running throughout the day. Twin Pines is located in Winona on U.S. 60, 1.3 miles east of the intersection with North Highway 19. For more information call 573-325-1381.

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