Competitions And Schedule Of The Annual Black Gold Walnut Festival

Black Gold Walnut Festival.

Black Gold Walnut Festival.

Alton, Mo. – The 36th Annual Ozark Black Gold Walnut Festival is on Saturday, October 2, 2021. They will have a baking contest, pumpkin carving contest, music, and much more!


There is a woodworking contest, baking contest, and a pumpkin carving contest. Also, the best decorated booth will get $100.00.


For the woodworking contest, entries must be turned in by 10:00 am at the Chamber booth on the courthouse lawn. The two categories are furniture and craft/sculpture/carving. First places in either category will receive $50.00.


In the baking contest, there are three categories: cake/pie, candy, and quick breads/cookies. The baked goods must have walnuts in them. Entries must be turned in by 10:00 am to the Chamber booth. First places in each category will receive $25.00.

Pumpkin Carving

The pumpkin carving contest is open to 1-11 year olds and 12-15 year olds. The carving contest will be open from 9:30-11:30 am. It will take place right in front of the courthouse. Pumpkins and the carving tools will be supplied. First place in each category will receive $25.00, second place will receive $15.00, and third place will receive $10.00.

The Schedule

At 9:00 am, the National Anthem will be sung. From 9:30 am until 10:30 am, the elementary and junior high and high school choirs will sing. From 10:30 am until 11:00 am, the Walnut Idol will take place. If you want to sing, register at the sound booth before ten in the morning. Then from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm, the Red Line Band, Highway W Band, Eli and T-Bone, and the Baker Family will perform.

On Friday night, the one mile and 5K run/walk will take place at the Alton High School. Registration begins at 5:30 pm and the races start at 6:30 pm. If you want to learn more about the race, you can go here.

Recent Chamber Meeting

A Chamber of Commerce meeting was held on September 28, 2021, for last minute discussion of the Walnut Festival. They have two more $20 spaces left for vendors. The application must be sent in by September 29th. There was a mix-up in the communication, so the South Central Baptist Association will not have a kid’s corner. The Chamber is looking for someone with inflatables though.

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