A festive way to help Joplin, Mo.

A festive way to help Joplin, Mo.

Here’s a fun way to help the victims of the devastating tornado that hit Joplin, Mo.: The Show Me Music and Arts Festival.

The three-day festival on June 17, 18 and 19 in Springfield, Mo., where there is, BTW, a museum that specializes in watercolors, will present popular musical acts, celebrity chefs and nationally touring comedians. Among the blast-from-the-past bands to perform are REO Speedwagon, which got its start in Champaign, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Other talent in the lineup: country stars Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, Big & Rich, Little Big Town and Kellie Pickler, and pop acts Train and One Republic. The YouTube sensation trio, The Cleverlys, will open the festival, after having performed at the Stage Coach Festival in Los Angeles.

The Chef’s Pavilion Stage will feature three Food Network chefs — Robert Irvine ("Dinner: Impossible"), Ellie Krieger ("Healthy Appetite") and Aaron McCargo ("Big Daddy’s House"). The Comedy Tent Stage will showcase six comedians.

Additional attractions include the usual for festivals: a Kid Zone with thrill rides, games and entertainment; the Show-Me Arts and Crafts area with more than exhibitors; and food and drink vendors.

Co-sponsored by the United Way of the Ozarks, the festival will raise money for long-term recovery for Joplin, where 134 people were left dead and property damage is estimated to be in the millions. Throughout the festival, Show Me Music Fest and United Way will coordinate four primary activities to raise money: a silent auction, a live auction, items for sale such as T-shirts and beach towels, and request for donations at all festival entrances.

All the money raised will go to the United Way of Southwest Missouri and St. John’s Mercy Hospital, which provides 80% of the charity care for uninsured patients in the region and took a direct hit from the tornado on May 22.

Weekend passes are $139. Multiple camping options are available starting at $70. VIP packages include VIP parking, VIP seating with air-conditioning, a private bar area, snacks, games and VIP restrooms. Individual day-passes are $39 for Friday, $59 Saturday and $65 for Sunday. To buy tickets online go to www.showmemusicfest.com.





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