News Release 594

Event celebrates community history at Bollinger Mill State Historic Site

Volume 38-594 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., OCT. 15, 2010 – Remember the past and have a day of fun at “George Fest 2010” on Oct. 23 at Bollinger Mill State Historic Site in Burfordville. The event, which will feature some old time favorites and a few new ones, is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.   

“George Fest” is named for George F. Bollinger, who built the first mill at the site in 1800. An avid outdoorsman who treasured life, music and people, the 19th century entrepreneur led the community in shaping the future of Cape Girardeau County. 

The day will be filled with activities for everyone. A display of antique tractors by members of the Egypt Mills Tractor Club will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The White Water Band will perform a toe-tapping bluegrass music concert from 2 to 4 p.m.  Frank Ryan, a historical interpreter, will present “The Man of All Trades” at 5 p.m.  Visitors can enjoy a bonfire and Halloween stories told by Marilyn Kinsella, storyteller, from 6 to 8 p.m.      

A special invitation is being extended to everyone named George in an effort to set a record for the most Georges in one location. All Georges are asked to sign the guest book when they arrive and a count of the number of Georges will be kept. 

All visitors are invited to wish Hairy, the mill’s resident cat, a happy birthday. Any gifts received on her behalf will be donated to the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri.

Bollinger Mill State Historic Site is located at 113 Bollinger Mill Road in Burfordville. For more information, contact the site at 573-243-4591 or the Missouri Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For information on state parks and historic sites, visit