By Jeff Fox

Thousands of people are expected this weekend at an event that offers a taste of life on the frontier in the years before the Civil War.

The 38th annual Missouri Town 1855 Fall Festival of Arts, Crafts and Music is “one of the longest running fun-filled fall festivals in the area,” said Michele Newman, director of Jackson County Parks + Rec.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Missouri Town 1855, which is east of Lake Jacomo in Fleming Park near Blue Springs.

The cost is $10 per car or van ($20 for a school bus or commercial bus). No pets allowed.

Missouri Town 1855 depicts frontier life, and the festival mirrors that. There will be hot apple cider and hayrides, children’s game and crafts of that era, cloggers and the Missouri Town Dancers.

Gordon Julich, superintendent of Historic Sites for Jackson County Parks≠ Rec, said the event attracts 8,000 to 10,000 visitors.

“It’s really a family event,” Newman added.

Newman said the cool weather expected to arrive overnight Friday is just fine.

“For this festival, we want it to be a little cool and crisp,” she said.