CLARKSVILLE, Mo. | The soaring tradition of Eagle Days returns on Saturday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 26 to the Clarksville Apple Shed, and vendors are encouraged to join the weekend event to help raise funds for the second day's festivities.
Linda Blakey, a member of the Raintree Arts Council board, said the decades- long tradition will include Missouri Department of Conservation representatives bringing live birds to the Apple Shed to view. During a previous Eagle Days, attendees got to meet Omega, an eagle that MDC officials rescued and released in the area. Each hour, people can come in and view the eagles and learn more about the national bird. Every half-hour, a movie will be shown in the Apple Tree theater.
Blakey encourages people to dress warmly for the show. She said MDC funding has been reduced for the program, and the Raintree Council is funding Sunday's festivities. To help raise funds for the free event, the council is encouraging vendors with goods and services like wildlife- related items, art, taxidermy and homemade food.
Blakey welcomes vendors to join the weekend event, with a cost of $60 for two days. Setup for vendors will be from 6:30-7 a.m. Saturday. Blakey said members of the Missouri Naturalist Society will join volunteers with the Raintree Arts Council to help. At this time of year, eagles love to come to the Mississippi River for a meal of fish.
“They will come in and sit around the ice, and the churning of the water of the dam then brings up the fish,” Blakey said, noting that the usual ice isn't present so far. “But now, people will see them resting in the trees around the bluff here in Clarksville — even behind the church and the bank and the American Legion.”
Spotting scopes will be available in the park, and Clarksville Riverview Restaurant, Steamboat Bistro, Cherry's Bar and Grill and White Field Farm will all be serving up food. On Saturday, Clarksville United Methodist Church will serve fried chicken.
“You get a lot of good homemade cooking this weekend, for sure,” Blakey said.
Blakey said the Antique Mall will be open, and several other shops will be open during the weekend. The Apple Shed will be busy with activity from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, with the last show at 4 p.m., and from 10 a.m. Sunday, with the last show at 4 p.m.
More information on the event or how to join as a vendor is available by contacting Blakey at 573-754-0335.