Just how distracting is an anvil shot? Think about a sonic boom heard through noise-killing headphones. Think Motörhead in an echo chamber. Or just head to the Osage River Mountain Man Festival & Rendezvous Friday through Sunday, September 16 through 18, to see -- and hear -- for yourself as Gay Wilkinson, former World Anvil Shooting Champion, showcases his talent twice a day.
Of course, there's more to the festival than exploding anvils: There are contests for knife-throwing and fire-starting, crafts, folk art and souvenirs. Also, historical re-enactors demonstrate how what is now the land surrounding, um, Party Cove was probably once home to traders, trappers and others who stayed behind after Lewis & Clark had struck out farther west. Plus, for those whose historical re-enactment experience isn't complete without a chance to jeer the French -- and for those who honor the role the French played in the development of America -- on Saturday and Sunday, the French Colonial Artillery drills.
The Mountain Man Festival is held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the American Legion Campground at the foot of Bagnell Dam at the Lake of the Ozarks (www.funlake.com). Adults pay $5 for admission to all three days of the festival; children twelve and younger are free with a paid adult admission. For more information call the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at 800-451-4117.