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Your guide to St. Joseph’s biggest summertime party in Civic Center Park

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Trails West! celebrates its 20th year


ill Clinton was president, the first Beanie Baby was released and “Jurassic Park” was a hit at theaters. The year was 1993, and in St. Joseph, residents attended their first Trails West! festival.

This year, the Allied Arts Council is proud to present, “Trails West! — Celebrating 20 Years of Arts and Entertainment” Aug. 17 to 19 in Civic Center Park. Twenty years ago, the stars aligned to create Trails West!. 1993 was the 150th birthday of St. Joseph, and Mayor Glenda Kelly wanted the city to celebrate. The Allied Arts Council had set a goal to create an arts festival, and luckily for St. Joseph, Karen Graves had moved to town. “When I moved here 21 years ago, I was surprised that there wasn’t an annual arts festival,” said Trails West! founder Graves. Graves had experience starting an arts festival in Salina, Kan., and the Allied Arts Council received a Missouri Arts Council grant, which paid for about 20 percent of the festival’s costs that first year. “Time was short and fundraising was huge,” Graves said. With the support of volunteers and sponsors, Trails West! was on its way. But, the Great Flood of 1993 almost caused the festival to be canceled before it even began. “We thought, ‘Maybe we shouldn’t be planning a party?’” she said. But the committee pushed onward with an August date, which turned out perfectly with the receding of floodwaters. “Everyone was so ready to celebrate,” Ms. Graves said. And, for the 20 years that have followed, St. Joseph has continued to celebrate artistry and the city’s unique cultural heritage with Trails West! in August. The unique blend of performing and visual arts has grown since 1993, creating more than a $1 million economic impact in 2011. During the past 19 years, Trails West! has received several awards for Best Festival. Teresa Fankhauser, in her seventh year as executive director of the Allied Arts Council, comments on her role in Trails West! over the years. “I am extremely excited to be a part of the 20th year of Trails West!. I am lucky enough to have been a part of the festival over the years as a volunteer in the beginning, and now a member of the Allied Arts Council’s staff and director of the Festival. I am proud to have a role in putting on this


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Claire Schiermeyer, 3, spins with butterfly bubble-making wands from the kids station last year at the Trails West! festival at Civic Center Park. event dedicated to the arts,” Fankhauser says. Every year, community-minded volunteers and staff spend tireless hours preparing for the funfilled festival, knowing that their hard work will pay off in a big way the weekend of the event. Main stage acts like Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Lee Ann Womack, Grand Funk Railroad and Blood, Sweat & Tears have helped make the festival a must-see for area residents. Planners spread talent throughout the weekend and feature up-and-coming performers, as well as bands that play songs everyone can hum along to, Ms. Graves said. This year’s main stage offers Uncle Kracker, Hunter Hayes, Tower of Power, Head East and Brian Howe of Bad Company. While enjoying the entertainment and taking in the visual arts, indulge in delicious festival foods of all sorts. Festival dining rivals any state or street fair. It offers everything from handmade onion

FESTIVAL HOURS ❯ 5 to 11 p.m., Friday, August 17 ❯ 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, August 18 ❯ Noon to 10 p.m., Sunday, August 19 ❯ Admission to the festival granted with a 2012 souvenir button or 2012 Trails West! T-shirt. Buttons, good for all three days of the festival, are $7 in advance and $10 at the festival gates. All festival guests over the age of 12 will need a button for admission. Trails West! T-shirts can be worn to the festival instead of purchasing a button. ❯ For more information about this year’s festival please visit

blossoms, freshly fried funnel cakes and giant turkey legs to just about any fried delicacy you can imagine. The variety of vendors will please the pickiest eater. Wash these mouthwatering treats down with an assortment of beverages ranging from freshly squeezed lemonade to a frosty brew at the beer garden. The visual arts are a vital part of the event. Painter Evelyn Jordan-Isaacs has participated in every Trails West! festival so far. “I think Trails West! has been great for the community because it brings arts to the people,” said the 83-year-old St. Joseph resident. “I can remember the first festival. It was a happy time.” She said she has built a good clientele that comes to see her every year in her booth. “I look forward to it every year, it just gets better and better,” she said. This year, the fine arts booths will be located on the northeast side of the festival, and craft booths will be nestled on northwest side of the grounds. The finest workmanship can be seen within the different art booths at the Trails West!. Ms. Jordan-Isaacs also complimented the fine musicians, craftsmen and culinary artists that make the event such a success. A program of the Allied Arts Council, the festival is coordinated by a volunteer steering committee and receives financial assistance from the St. Joseph Convention and Visitors Bureau, the City of St. Joseph and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. Admission to the festival is by souvenir button or 2012 Trails West! T-shirt. The buttons, good for admission to all three days of the festival, are on sale now for $7. They will be $10 at the festival gates. Guests 12 and younger are free when accompanied by an adult. Purchase your festival buttons at the Allied Arts Council office, your local bank, or at one of the many local businesses listed on the Trails West! website,

❭ Stage schedule 2012

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City Stage

❯ 5:30 p.m. — Loose Change

Family Stage

❯ 5:30 p.m. — St. Joseph Youth Chorale ❯ 6:15 p.m. — Rosalie Inglev ❯ 7 p.m. — Trouble Clefs

Main Stage

City Stage

❯ 8:30 p.m. — Tower of Power SATURDAY, AUG. 18

City Stage

❯ Noon — Turpin Tyme Ragsters ❯ 1 p.m. — Tyler Ahlgren ❯ 2 p.m. — Boderline Country ❯ 3:30 p.m. — Turpin Tyme Ragsters ❯ 4:30 p.m. — Under the Big Oak Tree ❯ 5:30 p.m. — Tyler Ahlgren ❯ 6:30 p.m. — Borderline Country

Family Stage

❯ 10:15 — Rockin Rob ❯ 11:15 — David Sandy ❯ 12:15 — Alford Music ❯ 1:15 p.m. — Turpin Tyme Ragsters ❯ 2:15 p.m. — Creative Arts Productions

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❯ 3:30 p.m. — Alford Music ❯ 4:30 p.m. — David Sandy ❯ 5:30 p.m. — J-Boyz ❯ 6:30 p.m. — Dance Arts Center

Main Stage ❯ 8 p.m. — Uncle Kracker with special guest Hunter Hayes

Other events ❯ 2 p.m. — Tom Hoehn, Theater Pops Organist, Francis Street First UMC Strolling Performers Up Up and Away, balloon artist Gordie the Organ Grinder Historical re-enactors

❯ Noon — RiverSong ❯ 1 p.m. — Under the Influence ❯ 2:15 p.m. — Gary McKnight ❯ 3:15 p.m. — Blue Oyster Culture Club ❯ 4:30 p.m. — Under the Influence

Family Stage

❯ Noon — Stone Lion Puppets ❯ 1 p.m. — Rockin Rob ❯ 2:15 p.m. — David Sandy ❯ 3:15 p.m. — Stone Lion Puppets ❯ 4:30 p.m. — Central’s Got Talent

Main Stage

❯ 6 p.m. — Bad Company former lead singer Brian Howe with special guest Head East Organ Pops Concert

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Trails West! 2012 brings nearly 30 musical entertainers to St. Joseph And the party continues — This year features entertainment acts from across the country Main stage acts include urban soul-music band Tower of Power, up-and-coming country artist Hunter Hayes, American country and rock musician Uncle Kracker, the legendary classic rock band Head East and former Bad Company lead-singer Brian Howe. FRIDAY NIGHT will feature soul music legends Tower of Power. Tower of Power celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2008

and continues to play soulful tunes around the world to soldout crowds. SATURDAY NIGHT Uncle Kracker, a multi-platinum rock and country artist, takes the Trails West! main stage. Despite his relatively recent breakthrough solo success in country music, Uncle Kracker scored a No. 1 hit with “When the Sun Goes Down,” his collaboration with Kenny Chesney. Opening for Uncle Please see MUSIC/Page 5


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Kracker is Hunter Hayes, a young, multi-talented musician, songwriter and performer. Nominated for the American Country Music (ACM) New Artist of the Year Award, Hayes is quickly rising as one of country music’s significant musical talents. SUNDAY NIGHT, the legendary classic rock band Head East takes the stage. For more than 40 years, Head East has performed powerful songs such as “Love Me Tonight,” “Since You Been Gone” and “Never Been Any Reason.” Also sharing the stage on Sunday is one of rock’s legendary voices, Brian Howe, formerly of the band Bad Company. Howe wrote and sold 19 million albums highlighted by such radio and video hits as “Holy Water,” “If You Needed Somebody,” “No Smoke Without a Fire” and “How About That.” Expanded musical talent performances are sure to please with plenty to listen to on the city and family stages at the Trails West! festival. The lineup on the city stage includes local favorites such as Borderline Country, Blue Oyster Culture Club, Under the Influence and “St. Joseph’s Got Talent” winner Tyler Ahlgren, among others. Opening the city stage on FRIDAY NIGHT is a regional favorite cover band Loose Change. Music ranging from unique ragtime-style music with the Turpin Tyme Ragsters to red dirt and traditional country band Borderline Country will perform on the city stage throughout Saturday. On Sunday, more local artists such

BRIAN HOWE | Sunday | 6 p.m. as the women’s a cappella group, RiverSong, and classic rock legends from Kansas City Under the Influence perform. Families enjoy lots of kid-friendly offerings at the family stage including inspirational music group Alford Music, magician David Sandy, young musical talent, the J-Boyz and puppeteers Stone Lion Puppets, among others. “One of the remarkable aspects of the Trails West! festival is the musical entertainment reflecting a vibrant and cultural community that we are a part of,” says Natalie Redmond, 2012 co-chair of the festival. “We’re integrating the best of the local and regional arts into one long-standing tradition found only in St. Joseph.”

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1. Family Stage 2. Handicapped Parking 3. Food Vendors 4. 7up! Pop 5. Food/Beverage Tickets 6. Button Booths 7. Picnic Areas 8. Fresco Dining 9. City Stage 10. Portable Toilets 11. Shuttle 12. Folk Artist Area 13. Bud Light Mobile Bar 14. Beer Garden 15. Children’s Art Area 16. Trails West!® Bistro 17. Police 18. First Aid 19. Re-enactors 20. Main Stage 21. Trails West!® Merchandise 22. Handicapped Seating 23. Artist in Action 24. Fine Arts Area 25. Duncan Carriage Rides 26. Dining Tent























Celebrating 20 Years of Arts and Entertainment August 17-19, 2012 Trails West!® Shuttle Service FREE WITH TRAILS WEST!® BUTTON

To help with traffic flow Trails West!® will offer shuttle service to and from the City parking garages and lots during peak times. The service is free. (See Downtown St. Joseph parking map to the left.) The shuttle runs every half hour. The shuttle drop off point at the festival is 10th and Frederick.


THANK YOU, 2012 SPONSORS! Producing a festival which has grown to the magnitude of Trails West!® requires significant financial support from the community, plus the work of hundreds of dedicated volunteers. We salute everyone whose generosity has been invaluable in making our city’s unique festival the best. With their support, they have shown what can be done when everyone works together toward a common goal. This is St. Joseph at its best.

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Leah Spratt Charitable Trust Joyce Rochambeau & René McCrary Commitee Members

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Bronze Sponsors KCP&L Ken Smith Autobody Murphy-Watson-Burr Eye Center Nestle Purina Petcare PTC Nestle Purina PTC

Biozyme, Inc. Black & Veatch Corp. First Bank of Missouri Herzog Joe & Anne Gray

Nodaway Valley Bank O'Malley Beverage Polsinelli and Shughart St. Joseph Metro Chamber Silgan Containers

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Come for the artists, stay for the food

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Dancers from the Dance Arts Center orchestrated a flash mob last year at Trails West!.

Hosting more than 20 fine artists and 20 crafters, three stages of entertainment, many re-enactors and new food, Trails West! creates an atmosphere of fun for everyone. However, this fun all comes with the mission of bringing the arts to the people and the people to the arts. This year the festival welcomes back 20-year veteran Evelyn Jordan-Isaacs of St. Joseph. Jordan-Isaacs has been a fine artist every year of the festival, specializing in pastels and oil paintings. Other local fine artists this year are Mary Korneman, Tom Swafford, Patricia Harding and Jeff Waggoner. Waggoner of Absent Art, creates beautiful pieces from wood. Waggoner mostly uses birch, which he transforms into modern looks by carving the wood to create an absence of space that reflects different shades and different lights. In the fine arts area, visitors will experience this year’s Artist in Action, Ann Holley from Longmont, Colo. Holley brings the ProtoHaus, which is a tiny dwelling of 125 square feet, to examine what people need to live in motion. Visitors can use their creativity to develop their own tiny house floor plans, prompting them to think about what is necessary. The fine art area also becomes home for the weekend to more than 20 fine artists displaying their works of jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, photography and paintings as well as many other favorites. On the west side of the festival, more than 20 folk artists set up camp for the weekend. Local Please see PAGE 9



Trails West! will provide an eclectic mix of artists, crafters and food CONTINUED FROM page 8 artists Doris Shoeberl and Darlene Middleton of D & D Glass Creations bring their repurposed glass items back to life in various different ways. Returning again this year is Keith Gregory with Kodiak Mountain Saw Works who creates wooden sculptures right before your eyes on festival grounds. CD & LL Enterprises brings its granite décor, such as candles and lazy susans, all with their own unique style. Of course the festival would not be the same without food vendors from all over the country. New to the festival this year is Mediterranean Foods. Mediterranean Foods has quite the spread to make your mouth water with a Mediterranean sampler, Greek sampler, shish kabobs and many other options. Also new this year is the Primal Knead, which brings a wood-fired grill that bakes the perfect pizza. Some have that sweet tooth that needs filled and Cappuccino Connections has just the right concoctions of chocolate-covered cheesecake, frozen cappuccinos and fruit freezers to help fix that.

Don’t forget to stay hydrated. Stop by one of the pop tents sponsored by 7UP, the Budweiser Mobile Bar, the Beer Garden or the Trails West! Bistro to quench your thirst. New to the beer garden this year are souvenir Trails West! beer mugs. The Trails West! Bistro is open from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday with wine and cheese pairings from 5 to 7 p.m.; from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday with food and wine pairings from 4 to 7 p.m.; and from noon to 10 p.m. Sunday for Sangria Sunday.

Children’s art

The children’s art area offers children of all ages opportunities to make different crafts and to participate in many activities. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, children will be able to create their own sand art masterpiece. On Saturday, Lowe’s brings its “Let’s Grow Together” workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The children’s art area also offers airbrush tattoos or face painting so that the kids can show their own artistic expressions. Hours for the Children’s Art area are 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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shuttle runs every half hour, and the drop-off point at the festival is Frederick and 10th streets. Shuttle service hours are 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Trails West! has provided affordable family entertainment for 19 years. Admission to the festival is by souvenir button or 2012 Trails West! pre-ordered T-shirt. Buttons may be purchased in advance for $7 or for $10 at any one of the four festival gates. Children 12 and younger are free when accompanied by an adult.

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Good neighbor park policy and rules

The festival is located at Civic Center Park, adjacent to City Hall, 1100 Frederick Ave. Downtown St. Joseph has several free parking garages and parking lots. The garage closest to the festival is at Ninth and Felix streets. A map of parking locations can be found at west_festival_policies.htm. To help with traffic flow, Trails West! will offer shuttle service to and from the city parking garages and lots during peak times on Aug. 18. The

Festival Entrances 12th and Jules 12th and Francis 10th and Francis Frederick (West side of City Hall)

To lessen the impact of more than 45,000 festival goers and to provide a comfortable experience for everyone, the festival is asking for cooperation with the following:

■ Pets and animals are not allowed in the festival. ■ Due to obvious hazards, glass, rollerblades, skateboards, scooters and bicycles are prohibited. Please see PAGE 11

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■ Please do not bring food or drink on to the grounds — food vendors on the grounds offer a wide variety of tasty options. If you wish to bring your own food, a picnic area is available for your use on the grounds of the Pony Express Monument between Frederick Avenue and Francis Street. ■ Blankets and chairs must be removed each evening of the festival. Following each night’s closing act, festival staff remove all blankets, chairs, etc., from the park. These items are turned in to the lost and found located at the volunteer check in on the northeast side of festival grounds. ■ Just a tip — BRING YOUR BAG CHAIRS! Seating is limited, and there are so many different venues to see you’ll want the mobility that having your own chair will bring. ■ When packing for the festival, drop trash in your own trash bag, and help us to leave the festival grounds in great shape. Please don’t drop trash on the ground or in our neighbors’ streets. ■ Seating at the festival is NOT reserved. Be aware that arriving early for the headline entertainment doesn’t guarantee a front-row seat. Also, note that most audience members prefer to stand during the concert. ■ All guests who purchase alcohol must wear a festival-supplied wristband. ■ Cans or bottles may NOT be brought into the park.

■ City ordinances prohibit guests from leaving the park (or any liquor-by-thedrink establishment) with an open container of alcohol.

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Guest services and handicap access Our goal is to provide access to all our guests for all of Trails West! Here are some of the ways we work to make your visit enjoyable.

■ Handicapped parking is located in the City Hall parking lot near the 12th and Jules entrance and on Francis Street between Ninth and 10th streets. ■ Large-print and Braille festival schedules are available at volunteer check in on the northeast side of the grounds. ■ American Sign Language interpreters will be available Saturday on the Family Stage from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., the City Stage from 1 to 2 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., the Family Stage from 2:15 to 3 p.m., and the Main Stage from 8 to 11 p.m. for Hunter Hayes and Uncle Kracker. ■ First aid is located on the southwest portion of the grounds. ■ ADA accessible portable restrooms are located in each of the two “porta-potty” locations. ■ A picnic area has been established for guests wishing to bring a picnic lunch. The green space at the Pony Express statue at 10th and Frederick will have picnic tables set up for your use.

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Trails West 2012  

Festival Celebrating 20 years of arts and entertainment. This year, the Allied Arts Council is proud to present, “Trails West! — Celebratin...

Trails West 2012  

Festival Celebrating 20 years of arts and entertainment. This year, the Allied Arts Council is proud to present, “Trails West! — Celebratin...