On Oct. 17, nestled in the hills of Ste. Genevieve County in the township of Sprott, Chris and Jenny McTearnen will hold their “Second Annual Sprottfest, a Country Farm Festival”.
The event will be held on the McTearnen’s Farm, located eight miles from the Farmington city limits on Hwy EE. The day will feature a variety of products which showcase locally-grown and produced items including antiques, hand-crafted specialties, jams and baked goods, pumpkins and other farm fare.
“We love the farmers market and want to give the local farmers an opportunity to bring their products to an audience that might not see them otherwise,” said Chri McTearnin, who grew his own pumpkins this year.
There will also be several activities that show off the country lifestyle — an antique tractor show, a working team of draft horses, barnyard animals and more.
When Chris and Jenny moved to their farm three years ago the seed was planted to host an event that would bring all the things the couple loves about country life to their own township. When they began planning their festival last year, Chris immediately came up with the name Sprottfest, aptly named for the area in which they live.
“We had an ‘if you build it, they will come mentality,'” says Jenny, owner of the popular Jennie Annie’s boutique in downtown Farmington. And it worked. “We had several hundred people come and visit the farm last year and everyone had a great time.”
So this year they’re adding even more events and exhibitors to the festival, including a beer and wine garden showcasing brew and wine from local wineries. Special entertainment from local well-known talent Matt Pratt is also on tap. Chris will be serving up “Sprottbrats” and pork burgers from the Brewen Farm in Fredericktown as one of the main food features.
Grab family and friends and head to the country Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Watch for signs on State Route C. There will be a $5 charge per car.
Anyone interested in having a booth for antiques or any type of hand made goods can contact Chris McTearnen at (573) 760-6639.