The annual Glade Top Trail Flaming Fall Revue will be held this weekend, with the highlight of the event being the program on Sunday at the Caney Picnic Area in the Mark Twain National Forest.
For more than five decades the Glade Top Trail has been an annual event of the Ozarks, originating in Ava and making the trek into the national forest.
Sponsored by the Ava Area Chamber of Commerce in association with the U.S. Forest Service and other civic and service organizations of the area, the Glade Top Trail was initiated so the local community could share the natural beauty of fall in the Ozarks with the rest of the world.
Sunday’s festivities will start early with the Ava Band Club hosting a pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Caney Picnic Area where the other events will take place later in the day.
At 10:30 a.m. a church service will be held “on the mountain”, and serving of the meal, as well as music and activities, will begin at 11:15 a.m.
The meal will consist of a brown beans and ham dinner for $4, or slow-cooked pulled pork dinner for $6.50. A child’s plate hot dog dinner will be available for $2.50.
Serving of the noon meal will begin at 11:15 and continue until 2:30 or as long as the food lasts.
Activities will include a turkey calling contest, scarecrow making contests, pumpkin painting, exhibits and fall activities.
At the end of the day there will be a dessert auction.
Music will be performed on the open air stage featuring local musicians including Silver Streak with Bethany Caudill, Backyard Bluegrass, Tony Ingerson & Jam Dandy, and national fiddle champion Jr. Marriott with Trustin Baker.
After an extremely dry summer, it looks like the fall rains came just in time to spring the fall colors into their prime just in time for this year’s Glade Top Trail. During the past week, the fall foliage has exploded into a kaleidoscope of bright red, yellow and orange along the wooded hillsides, and the weather should be ideal as well, not too hot and not too cold, for a beautiful fall afternoon in the Ozarks.
Bring your lawn chairs and your camera, and plan to spend the day in the Mark Twain National Forest, exploring the sites of interest marked along the trail which in 1989 was designated a National Scenic Byway. The Glade Top Trail, carved out of the Ozarks hills by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, is the only National Scenic Byway in Missouri.
To drive the Glade Top Trail from Ava, go south on Highway 5 to State Route A. Turn left onto Douglas County Road 409 and follow the U.S. Forest Service signs that identify the Glade Top Trail.
Other events planned this week, in conjunction with the Glade Top Trail are:
Ava Art Guild is hosting its annual Fall Art Show Oct. 15-20, open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and a free art workshop on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. These events take place at the Ava Art Gallery on East Washington Ave. (Highway 14) just off the Ava square.
Ava VFW and Ladies Auxiliary will be having their annual pancake and sausage breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 6 to 11 a.m., at the VFW Post, 402 W. Washington Ave., next to the Ava Post Office. Advance tickets are on sale now and tickets will also be available at the door.
Fall Fest Craft Fair at Ava Place, Saturday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Great food, craft vendors, musical entertainment and children’s activities. Located at 1000 NW 3rd Street in Ava.
Square Dancin’ and Fiddle Playin’ at Marriott Music on the Ava square Saturday night, Oct. 20, starting at 7 p.m. There will be a cover charge.
Ava Pride Band Booster Club Pancake Breakfast Sunday morning, Oct. 21, at Caney Picnic Area, 7-10 a.m.