A fall-festival-inspired grand opening is set for Oct. 7-10 for Finley Farms & The Ozark Mill just south of Springfield.

The celebration includes a concert by The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, farm-inspired food, a curated marketplace, live music by local musicians, hands-on workshops, farm tours, family-friendly activities, and more.

The ticketed event is open to the public, with general admission starting at $5 and free entry for kids ages 12 and under. To purchase tickets or see the schedule of events, visit finleyfarmsmo.com/grand-opening.

“We are so excited to have the community come out and celebrate the grand opening of The Ozark Mill,” said developer Megan Stack. “We couldn’t think of anyone better than The Ozark Mountain Daredevils to kick off the festivities in true Ozarks fashion. Between the food, drinks, marketplace and workshop, there’s a little something for everyone.”

Throughout the sprawling gathering place, guests will also find photo ops, educational experiences, food trucks, critter corrals, a beer garden and more. Additionally, guests will be able to connect with nature by taking a walk across the historic Riverside Bridge to The Chapel, a wooded venue located on the banks of the Finley River. Overflow parking will be available at Finley River Park.

Finley Farms, 802 Finley Farms Lane in Ozark, includes an on-site workshop, riverside restaurant, speakeasy, and museum. The project was developed by Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris and multiple generations of his family. Located at the Ozark Mill, built in the 1800s and operated until 1993, the project also includes a general store and event spaces.

Susan Wade, public relations manager for the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, said the project is a great addition to the area's tourism mix. 

"We're excited about this project," Wade said. "It adds something new to all the things there are to see and do in the Ozarks. People are going to love it."

The Ozark Mill at Finley Farms

Oct. 7 

  • 7 a.m.-8 p.m. - The Workshop open to the public
  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. - The Ozark Mill open to the public
  • 5 p.m. - Gates open, $35 general admission 
  • 6 p.m. - Ribbon cutting and remarks by the Morris family 
  • 7 p.m. - Music by Nate Fredrick, Springfield native turned Nashville singer/songwriter
  • 8 p.m. - Concert by The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

Oct. 8

  • 7 a.m.-8 p.m. - The Workshop open
  • 11 a.m.-9 p.m. - The Ozark Mill open
  • 5 p.m. - Gates open, $5 general admission, kids 12 and under free
  • 7 p.m. - Family movie night featuring Hocus Pocus and s’mores 
  • Additional programming includes a critter corral, farm tours and kids activities

Oct. 9

  • 7 a.m. - Gates open, $5 general admission, kids 12 and under free
  • 7 a.m.-8 p.m. - The Workshop open
  • 9 a.m.-6 p.m. - The Marketplace featuring live music and a critter corral
  • 11 a.m.-9 p.m. - The Ozark Mill open
  • 6 p.m. - Music by Maddi Warren featuring Alli Butler
  • 7 p.m. - Concert by Dawson Hollow
  • Additional programming includes standup paddleboarding on the Finley River, a botanical printmaking workshop, farm tours and kids activities. Music by Brian Bulger, Dallas Jones & Jimmy Rea and Joe Majerus.

Oct. 10

  • 7 a.m. - Gates open, $5 general admission, kids 12 and under free
  • 7 a.m.-4 p.m. - The Workshop open
  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. - The Marketplace featuring live music and a critter corral
  • 11 a.m.-4 p.m. - The Ozark Mill open
  • Additional programming includes sunrise yoga, a houseplant and propagation workshop, farm tours and kids activities. Music by Bryan Copeland, Abbey Waterworth and Lyal Strickland.

For more information, visit https://finleyfarmsmo.com/. For more information about things to see and do in the Springfield area, visit https://www.springfieldmo.org/ or call the Convention & Visitors Bureau at 417-881-5300 or 800-678-8767.