MAMMOTH SPRING -- Mammoth Spring State Park has been selected to as the site for the first Annual Ozark Region Competition Powwow May 14-15. The event's host is the Circle of Hope.
According to one of the event organizers, Kathy Jones, the powwow, which will feature competitive dancing of many Native American tribes from across the country, will be an excellent learning experience for families. She said elders from 60 plus to the tiniest of tots from different tribes will be at Mammoth Spring for the powwow.
"We are expecting 100 dancers to compete for prize money and at least four different drum groups from across the country, Jones said.
She said park officials have been supportive of the powwow and the VFW Vincent Lund Post 7831 agreed to lend the powwow the use of its electricity at the park. Jones said all veterans are invited to participate in the presentation of colors during the event.
The powwow will kick off May 14 at 1 p.m. with the final contest starting at 7 p.m.Sunday the contest will resume at 1 p.m. with dance and drum competitions.
There will be a $3 parking fee per car for the event; otherwise it is free. There will be native American food as well as Native American artisans and crafters.