The Cherry Blossom Festival in Marshfield (MARSH, not MANS), Missouri is a big event. National level speakers come and present. There are reunions of TV show actors and prominent individual actors. I still haven’t made it, but I’ve wanted to for years. In the past few years they’ve made more of a connection with the both the TV show cast and with the Laura Ingalls Wilder/Rose Wilder Lane Home and Museum in nearby Mansfield. Last year they had a special meal as a fundraiser for the care of museum artifacts. This year they are adding a more formal connection with the museum, including a tour of the site as part of their scheduled events. Tickets go on sale for this year Washington’s Birthday, February 17, 2019.
Find information about this year’s VIP guests by scrolling down their Facebook page.
Learn more about the festival on their website.
So far this is the schedule they’ve released. I’ve retained their formatting except for making the individual days a heading.
Thursday, April 25 Cherry Blossom Schedule:
(10 AM-5 PM)- Cherry Blossom Quilt Show, sponsored by the Cherry Blossom Auxiliary- Marshfield Assembly of God
9 AM- Louis Picone, Presidential historian and author will speak about our U.S. Presidents- Marshfield Assembly of God.
10:30 AM- “Dear Mrs. Lincoln” Panel, featuring cast members from the historic production: Michael Learned, Conni Brazelton and other- Marshfield Assembly of God
11:30 AM- “The American Civil War” Panel, featuring panel members whose relatives were involved in the Civil War. Including Bertram Hayes Davis (Jefferson Davis descendant), Frances Pool (daughter of a Union veteran), Mary Todd Lincoln family member and others- Moderator, Tim Pletkovich – Marshfield Assembly of God
11:30 AM- 1 PM- Enchilada Dinner benefiting the Fordland Memorial Library- Marshfield Assembly of God Fellowship Hall
Tickets: $8, pay at the door
1:10 PM- Cherry Blossom Tea, Ginger Alden (Elvis Presley fiancée) will speak and hold a book signing- Marshfield First Baptist Church (Donations accepted)
3:10 PM- “Remembering WW II” Panel, featuring WW II veterans, including: Jack Hamlin, James Shipley (Tuskegee Airmen) and others. Moderator, Myra Miller- Marshfield Assembly of God
4:30 PM- Ella Dickey Literacy Awards, Honoring: Pamela Smith Hill, Gunther Skaletz (Holocaust Survivor), Louis Picone, Chris Noel (actress), Geraldine Hawkins, Resa Willis- Marshfield Assembly of God
4:30 PM- 7:30 PM- Fish Fry to benefit the Vivian Stuber Memorial Library of Niangua- Marshfield Assembly of God
Tickets: $9, pay at the door
5:45 PM- Bobby G and Lily Garst History Series: “Reflections of the Vietnam War” Panel, featuring Vietnam veterans and a USO performer. Moderator, Mary Achor- Marshfield Assembly of God
7:30 PM- Clifton Daniel (grandson of President Harry S Truman) brings to life his late grandfather in a one-man production on his life and career- Tickets: $25 (general admission)- Marshfield Church of the Nazarene
www.eventbrite.com or 808-345-4975
Friday, April 26th Cherry Blossom Schedule:
*Vendors on the historic Marshfield square from Noon-6 p.m.
*Nostalgia Fest Autograph Show will take place from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Marshfield Community Center. Featuring the VIP guests of the Cherry Blossom Festival, complete with a reunion of The Walton and Little House on the Prairie cast and numerous other VIP’s.
* Quilt Show (10 AM to 5 PM) – Marshfield Assembly of God
9 AM- Robert and Edith Garst History Convocation with Ed Asner (actor) being interviewed on stage- Carl and Glessie Young Community Auditorium
10:15 AM- Annual Missouri Walk of Fame Ceremony, Honoring six famous Missourians with stars on the historic Walk of Fame. Honorees include: Daniel Boone, Conni Brazelton, Paul Hennings, Ed Asner, Rose Wilder Lane – Marshfield Assembly of God
11:30 AM- Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum Luncheon- Celebrating the 45th anniversary of the television show, “Little House on the Prairie” with a panel of cast members. Moderator, William Anderson. The luncheon will benefit the fundraising efforts of the Wilder Home and Museum- Marshfield Assembly of God Fellowship Hall
Tickets: $25, www.lauraingallswilderhome.com or 417-924-3626
1 PM- Larry Cook, Presidential memorabilia collector and historian will speak about “Presidential Children”- Marshfield Assembly of God
2 PM- Missouri First Lady Teresa Parsons will ceremoniously plant a Cherry Blossom tree (Location TBA)
2:20 PM- 9th Annual Dred & Harriet Scott Reconciliation Forum- Hosted by the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation of St. Louis- Marshfield Assembly of God
2:30 PM- Demonstration Cooking class with Chef Roland Mesnier (former White House Pastry Chef)- Marshfield Assembly of God
Tickets: $50, www.eventbrite.com or 808-345-4975
3:10 PM- “Remembering Ronald Reagan” Panel, featuring personal memories from those who knew the 40th President throughout his life and career, including: Charles Patterson, Dr. James Broaddus (Commanding Officer at Camp David), James Kuhn (Assistant to the President), Betsy Koons Robertson (Deputy Press Secretary to Nancy Reagan), Rear Admiral James Symonds (First Commanding Officer of the USS Ronald Reagan), Hon. John L. Harmer (Former Lt. Governor of California). Moderator, Kevin Abney- Marshfield Assembly of God
6:30 PM- Edwin P. Hubble Medal of Initiative Dinner presenting Marshfield’s highest honor to several outstanding Americans. Honoring: Eric Scott (The Waltons), Christopher Radko, Carol Combs-Mueller (It’s a Wonderful Life) and others- Richard LaMotte will serve as master of ceremonies- Marshfield Assembly of God
Tickets: $30, www.eventbrite.com or 417-872-8174
*Annual Cherry Pie Contest & Auction will be held in conjunction with the Hubble Dinner. Drop off pies from 1 PM to 4 PM at the Marshfield Assembly of God.
Saturday, April 27th Cherry Blossom Schedule:
*Marshfield Lions Club Pancake Day from 6 AM-12:30 PM- $5 all you can eat- Marshfield Lions Club Building
*Vendors on the historic Marshfield square from 9 AM-3 p.m.
*Nostalgia Fest Autograph Show will take place from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Marshfield Community Center. Featuring the VIP guests of the Cherry Blossom Festival, complete with a reunion of The Walton and Little House on the Prairie cast and numerous other VIP’s.
8 AM- Randy and Mary Travis will share their testimony at the 9th Annual Presidential Prayer Breakfast, hosted by the Elkland Independent Methodist Church- Marshfield Assembly of God Fellowship Hall (Donations accepted for Zuzu’s House)
9:30 AM- Geraldine Hawkins, Presidential historian and author will speak about the relationship between Elliott and Eleanor Roosevelt—Marshfield Assembly of God
10:30 AM- “Camp David” Panel, featuring personal memories from those who have worked at or visited the famed Presidential retreat- Moderator, Kevin Abney- Marshfield Assembly of God
11:30 AM- “Legends of Television and Screen” Panel, featuring actors and actresses from several classic television shows and cinema classics- Darby Hinton (Daniel Boone), Ronnie Schell (Gomer Pyle show), Linda Kaye Henning (Petticoat Junction), Conni Brazelton (ER) and several others. Moderator, Richard LaMotte- Marshfield Assembly of God
12:00 PM- Marshfield High School Alumni luncheon- Marshfield Assembly of God Fellowship Hall
Advance tickets: $12, Available by calling 417-839-3560
1:20 PM- “Hidden Waters Wildflower Tour” conducted by Dan Beckner- Hidden Waters Nature Park (weather permitting)
1:20 PM- “Remembering Mamie Eisenhower”, Speaker Mary Eisenhower (granddaughter of President and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower)- Marshfield Assembly of God
2:20 PM- “Memories of President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush”- Personal remembrances from those who knew the 41st President and First Lady- Marshfield Assembly of God
2:30 PM- Cherry Blossom Cookie Decorating class with Desi Becht (Cherry Blossom committee member)- Marshfield Assembly of God Fellowship Hall- Advance tickets: $20 per person
www.eventbrite.com or 808-345-4975
3:20 PM- “Presidential Family Forum” Featuring descendants of many of the American Presidential First Families- Marshfield Assembly of God- Moderator, Larry Cook
10 Annual State Dinner
Speaker: Richard Thomas (John Boy, The Waltons)
5:30 PM- Doors open
6 PM- Dinner will begin
Marshfield Church of the Nazarene
Tickets: $60 per person
www.eventbrite.com or 417-872-8174
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