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Ann Rutherford     Arminta Jones
The 2013 Cherry Blossom Festival here in Marshfield is dedicated to the memory of these two extraordinary ladies, Ann Rutherford and Arminta Jones. They both were strong supporters of the festival and were encouraging from the festival's beginning. We miss them both and celebrate their legacies as we gather here this spring. Ann Rutherford's beautiful pink suit will be on display throughout the festival weekend.  Ann and Arminta were former recipients of the Edwin P. Hubble Medal of Initiative, our city's highest honor.
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2013 Cherry Blossom Festival 3 day schedule
Venue Address
Carl and Glessie Young Auditorium 370 State Highway DD (on back of Marshfield High School)
Marshfield Assembly of God 1538 W. Washington
Marshfield Senior Center 228 N. Crittenden
Marshfield United Methodist Church 220 S. Elm
Marshfield Lions Club Building 210 W. Maple
Marshfield Junior High School 660 N. Locust
Webster County Square Madison, S. Clay, E Jefferson, S. Crittenden
Venue Address
Blackberry Creek Retreat 5086 State Highway KK
Holy Trinity Catholic Church 515 E. Washington
Webster County Library 219 W. Jackson
Webster County Museum 219 S. Clay
The Crossing SW corner of Jackson & Clay
Masonic Lodge 263 E. Washington
Whitestone Wedding Chapel 2669 State Highway CC

pdf 2013 Vendor Form
download form and follow instructions
Email for more information
2013 Sponsors of the
Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival in Marshfield
Alice Lucas Sheila's Place
Blackberry Creek Retreat The Marshfield Mail
The Dickey House Freda's Uptown Cafe
TelComm Credit Union Lawson Law Office
Carlson's Auto Body Fraker Funeral Home
Replogle & Berkstresser, LLC Housholder Law Firm
Bob and Mary Clair Empire Bank
Linda Lott Webster Electric Cooperative
DD Hamilton Title Co. Liberty Bank
The  Viola Weeks Memorial
Fiddle Contest at the Cherry Blossom Festival
Over $800 in Cash & Prizes!
Saturday, April 27, 2013

click to view a pdf with more information!

To pre-register email
Autograph Signing
Judy Norton & Mary McDonough
(Mary Ellen & Erin from the Waltons)
& Dawn Wells (Mary Ann from Gilligan's Island)

Friday, April 26
10:30 AM - Noon
1 PM - 4 PM
at The Crossing

They will also be signing autographs at
Marshfield Assembly of God on Saturday, April 27 from 1 PM-4 PM.
Friday night Hubble Dinner tickets
still available
ticket price is $20 each

to reserve your ticket
Ken Hechler Party Invite

RSVP requested but not required... or call 417 859-3506

Joseph Yakovetic & Ann Rutherford
Joseph Yakovetic with Ann Rutherford
Joseph Yakovetic will once again have his beautiful paintings and prints on
display and for sale this year!

See more of Joseph's incredible artwork on his web-site:
There will be a live auction
following the Presidential Family Forum
Saturday, April 27
at Marshfield Assembly of God

Auction proceeds will benefit the
Plains Better Hometown Program
hometown of Jimmy Carter

Several Presidential memorabilia items will be auctioned off
Read more about Jimmy Carter's hometown here:
Plains, GA
Ken Hechler
RSVP requested but not required ... or call 417 859-3506
Erik Lindbergh

Erik LindberghErik Lindbergh

Lindbergh will be the
guest speaker at the

 2nd Annual
Robert & Edith Garst
History Convocation

Carl & Glessie Young Community Auditorium
Friday, April 26
9 AM

Clifton Truman Daniel
Guest Speaker
Thursday, April 25 10:45 AM
Masonic Lodge

Clifton Truman Daniel

Daniel will also be participating in the panel
"My Grandpa, The President"
Friday, April 26 at 11:15 AM
held at the Crossing

English Tea

hosted by Holy Trinity Catholic Church

on Thursday, April 25 at 2:00 PM

Speaker: Victoria Price

Victoria Price

(The Cherry Blossom guest authors will also be set up at the tea for book-signings)
Joe Daues
Joe Daues will be the moderator for
"Television Legends"
Friday, April 26
4 PM
at The Crossing
Orscheln's Parking Lot
Friday, April 26 - 3-7 PM

“America’s Warriors”

Webster County Historical Museum

G.I. Joe action figures & dolls representing warriors from General George Washington to current day military people

On display from April 25, 2013 (during the festival) thru Veteran’s Day in November

"Speech Writing for the Presidents"
at The Crossing
9:30 AM Thursday, April 25

James Humes
Special Speaker: James C. Humes

2013 Ella Dickey Literacy Award

Julia Flynn Siler
Bill & Susan Hayes
Janis F. Kearney
Paul Burrell
Benedicte Valentiner
2013 Walk of Fame

Debbie Reynolds - actress
Grant Wistrom - football
Vincent Price - actor
Barry Williams - actor
Charles Lindbergh - aviator
The Browns - musicians
Pam King Jewelry
Pam King designed this beautiful bracelet and earrings for the 2013 Cherry Blossom Festival.
Silver plated with Lucite flowers and Swarovski crystals.  Bracelet $26 / Earrings $10.
Contact Pam at for more information.
Webco Manor will host a
"Cherry Blossom Hat Parade"
Wednesday, April 24, 2 PM
at the nursing home
Event is open to the public
Thursday, April 25, Noon
Marshfield Post Office

Cherry Blossom tree planting
in honor of
Maggie Peterson Mancuso
(Charlene Darling of the Andy Griffith show)

Hosted by the Marsfield Tree City USA Committee
Masonic Lodge
Order of the Easter Star
Webster Chapter 439

hosting the
Cherry Blossom Festival Quilt Show
on Thursday, Friday & Saturday
opens at 9:30 AM
Cherry Blossom 5K Run/Walk to benefit Fordland Clinic
Saturday, April 27
7 AM
219 S. Clay St
Register here:
Tom Washington, Mary Achor, & Billie Washington
Tom & Billie Washington with Mary Achor in the middle at the 2012 Cherry Blossom Festival
Essay by Mary Achor
Paul Burrell
Paul Burrell
Paul Burrell, author of The Way We Were, Remembering Diana
will receive an Ella Dickey Literacy Award
at the State Dinner
Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 7 PM
(doors open at 6:30 PM)

Burrell will also be the speaker for the State Dinner

Visit Burrell's web-site at PaulBurrellRVM.Com

The Way We Were, Remembering Diana
Jonathan Sandys will be at the State Dinner and will introduce Paul Burrell.  Sandys will also be on the Founding Mothers Panel.

Jonathan Sandy's bio from 2010
Jonathan Sandys
Jonathan Sandys, great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill
Ella Dickey Literacy Award 2013 recipient Benedicte Valentiner is the author of Bedtime - and other stories from the President's Guesthouse.

Click on Valentiner's name to access her web-site where the book can be purchased or you can view a fascinating tour through Blair House with Benedicte.
Friday, April 26, 11:15 AM
at The Crossing
"My Grandpa, The President"

Scheduled panel participants:
James Hoover, George Cleveland, Clifton Truman Daniel
Fundraiser Breakfast for the
Marshfield Senior Center
228 N Crittenden St

Friday, April 26
7 AM     $5

Pancakes and Sausages
Juice or Milk
Coffee & Tea also available
Presidential Prayer Breakfast

Special Speaker: Mary McDonough (Erin Walton)
Mary McDonough

Hosted by the Elkland Independent Methodist Church
Whitestone Wedding Chapel
Saturday, April 27
8:30 AM
(donations accepted)
Dred Scott Reconciliation Forum
Hosted by the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation

Friday, April 26
2:35 PM
The Crossing
Missouri Walk of Fame Ceremony
Friday, April 26, 1 PM
The Crossing

Special music will be provided by the Marshfield Christian School
Founding Mother's Panel
History about the wives of our Founding Fathers
Saturday, April 27
1:30 PM
Marshfield Assembly of God

Mary Achor

Moderated by author & Presidential historian Mary Achor

Participants include:
 Tom Washington (Washington family),
Richard Gatchell (Monroe family),
Jonathan Sandys,
& Linda Carr-Kraft (Jefferson family)

Presidential Descendant Forum
Saturday, April 27
2:45 PM
Marshfield Assembly of God

Immediately preceding the forum
Bertram Hayes-Davis
will present an update about
"Beauvoir - The Jefferson Davis Home and Presidentail Library"

Cherry Blossom State Dinner
(tickets sold out)

Saturday, April 27
7 PM

Blackberry Creek Retreat

(doors open at 6:30 PM)
Desiree Young's winning 2012 pie
Desiree Young's 2012 Winning Pie

Cherry Pie Contest & Auction
held during Hubble Dinner on Friday evening
This popular event gives you bragging rights on being the best
cherry pie maker of the year!

Elsie Myers is our wonderful Pie Chairperson 
Call Elsie at 417-859-3258 for more info
Barry Williams (Greg Brady of the Brady Bunch) will be receiving a star on the Missouri Walk of Fame at the 2013 festival.  Barry's biographical information can be found at

Ella Dickey Literacy Awards

Presented by the Webster County Literacy Council
4:30 PM Thursday, April 25
at the Crossing

*will also include book signing by local authors*

Hubble Award Dinner
Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Friday, April 26, 2013
2013 Hubble Medal of Intiative recipient
Jere Gettle

(click for bio)
Jere Gettle
Julie Siler
Author & Journalist Julia Flynn Siler 

2013 Ella Dickey Literacy Award.

Her most recent book, Lost Kingdom: Hawaii's Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America's First Imperial Adventure (Atlantic Monthly Press) is now available in paperback.  
For more information, please visit:
Local authors attending this year's festival....

(links here lead to Amazon pages)

Kaye Calkins

Charlie Dines
Jean Rosenow
Laurence Stoll
Ursula Gorman
Brenda Brinkley

see each author's info below
Brenda Brinkley  An award winning writer and photographer, Brenda Brinkley is a lifelong resident of Webster County.  Her short stories have been published in Echoes of the Ozarks, Voices, Cuivre River and Writing on Walls anthologies.  She writes regularly for Ozarks Farm & Neighbor, and has also been published in Grit Magazine, Capper's, the Ozark's Mountaineer, and a host of other publications.  Her photography has graced magazine and anthology covers. 
Laurence Stoll Laurence Stoll and his wife Lucy celebrated their 65th wedding aniversary in 2102.  He is a native of Southeast Kansas presently living in Southwest Missouri.
"The Happy Accident" is Laurence's first novel. 

"It is the story of one man's search for true love and an abiding faith, in a world where they are both elusive. Part fact, part fiction, told in a way that leaves you wondering which is which."
Kaye Calkins Read more about Kaye Calkin & her book - click here!

Also check out Kaye's blog 
First time author Ursula Gorman’s passion for reading led her to start writing down story ideas that she thought would make a great book. This habit led her to write her first novel, Old Acquaintances.  Mystery, suspense and intrigue have always been her book style of choice and so it was only natural she follow the same path in her writing. She credits the Lord for allowing her to pursue her dreams of writing and for her supportive family. Ursula lives with her husband and two children in the Missouri Ozarks. Ursula Gorman
Read more about Charlie & his book by clicking here! Charlie Dines
Jean Rosenow, writer of women's fiction and Christian romance, is a Missouri native with a background in farming. Her stories celebrate the dignity in everyday people and leave the reader feeling hopeful and encouraged.
Visit Jean's website at
Jean Rosenow
Janis F. Kearney
will be receiving a
2013 Ella Dickey Literacy Award
Janis Kearney
Bill & Susan Hayes
will be receiving a
2013 Ella Dickey Literacy Award
Bill & Susan Hayes