Rural Heritage Day in Ste. Genevieve

Rural Heritage Day is held every year in historic Ste. Genevieve.


The Lions Club 8th Annual Rural Heritage Day is returning to Ste. Genevieve later this month and organizers are still open for craftsmen and vendors to get involved with the festival.

Event Chairman Jack Donze said a wide array of old-style crafts will be on display during the Oct. 28 event, with room for more area craftsmen to show off their work.

“We have spinning, rug-making, blacksmithing, leatherworking, woodcarving and a lot of things like that,” Donze said.

The event draws between 2,000 and 3,000 people on average, according to Donze, providing a good opportunity for crafters to display their products to a large crowd.

In addition to the craftsmen there will be a large number of antique displays to further hearken back to the days of early Ste. Genevieve. On display will be tanned furs, antique pedal cars, a Civil War camp and World War II era equipment.

The event will also include a 10:30 a.m. parade at Old St. Mary’s Road, followed by country, gospel and bluegrass music as well as a hog butchery demonstration.

Historic homes will be open for tours as well, all in an effort to pay homage to the hardworking forefathers and foremothers of Ste. Genevieve. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with activities across the city.

The event is free, but a $3 donation is encouraged. Attendees are encouraged to stay into the evening for the annual Spirit Reunion in the historic Memorial Cemetery.

Craftsmen and women who wish to register for the event can contact Jack Donze at 573-883-6645.

Jacob Scott is a reporter with the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3616 or at


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