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Rain eventually puts damper on Heritage Craft Festival | Sun returns to shine on event Sunday

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Linda Hoffman works on a watercolor painting while visitors stroll past on Arrow Rock's Main Street Saturday, Oct. 13, during the first day of the 44th Heritage Craft Festival.
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Mary Burge was pleased with the traffic through the Sites House Saturday, Oct. 13.

Burge has been portraying Nannie Sites, wife of Arrow Rock's 19th century gunsmith, for maybe 30 years, so she is probably as qualified as anyone to judge turnout at the event.

She and other participants had worried the forecast for rain might keep crowds away -- as it had during the drenched Saturday in 2007.

Tessa Bird, 2, grins up at Dr. Tom Hall, president of Friends of Arrow Rock, while her parents, Greg and Caitlin Bird of Sedalia, learn about the gun making from gunsmith Jim Duncan in the John P. Sites gunsmith shop.
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But for most of the morning and into the afternoon, a steady stream of visitors arrived at the historic village in eastern Saline County to see a wide range of craft products and demonstrations.

Shortly after noon, sprinkles arrived and fitfully developed into a steady rain. Many visitors had come prepared with umbrellas, and organizers distributed plastic ponchos.

But about 2:30 p.m. the rain increased and finally put a damper on the festivities.

Ponchos were a popular garment during the afternoon hours Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Heritage Craft Festival in Arrow Rock.
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Sunday was brighter, if a bit breezy, and even bigger crowds arrived to enjoy the festival.

One special guest at the event was Missouri Humanities Council Executive Director Geoff Giglierano, who said it was a rare opportunity for him to dress in period clothes and really enjoy a festival.

"This is my living history fix," he said. "It's like a vacation."

Dr. Tom Hall, president of the Friends of Arrow Rock, thanked Giglierano for attending.

"We're thankful to have him here," Hall said. "The council has been a terrific help to us."

Hall noted there are now three Saline Countians on the council's board -- Pam Riggs, Wicky Sleight and the newest addition, Pam Parsons.

Giglierano spent time during the festival at the John Sites Gunshop, working with gunsmith Jim Duncan.

Contact Eric Crump at ecrump@marshallnews.com

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