Celebrate Missouri’s Rich Mining History at Old Miners’ Days
12 Sep 2017
VIBURNUM, Mo. (Sept. 12, 2017) — On Oct. 6-8, The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) and the Viburnum community will celebrate the region’s rich mining history at the 31st Annual Old Miners’ Days festival. The area is home to one of the world’s largest lead mining districts, and the festival attracts thousands of visitors to Viburnum each year to enjoy music, food and family-friendly activities.
“Mining continues to be one of the biggest employers in the area,” said Steve Batts, vice president – SEMO Operations of Doe Run. “This is our chance to celebrate how mining has been essential to our region for more than 300 years.”
Doe Run mine tours are one of the festival’s most popular events each year. Visitors will have the opportunity to go roughly 1,250 feet underground to see a working lead mine. Doe Run’s mines are a refreshing 65 degrees, and feature glittering rock faces and dramatic rock pillars. Free tours are offered for guests 12 and older on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests can register at Doe Run’s Old Miners’ Days booth, and buses will transport guests to and from the site.
“Old Miners’ Days is a great opportunity to showcase the importance of mining and its deep history in the community,” said Steve Batts. “Doe Run and our predecessors have been mining here since the late 1960s. As we approach 60 years in the Viburnum Trend, we appreciate the support we receive from our community.”
More than 100 Doe Run employees volunteer their time each year to make Old Miners’ Days a success. Mining equipment, such as haul trucks and loaders, will be on display, along with an area where children can see how the equipment works by moving sand with remote-controlled loaders.
Other activities include a parade, car show, children’s games, a talent show, vendor booths, and more. The events will take place next to the Viburnum High School on the Viburnum Center parking lot.
Old Miners’ Days Schedule
Learn more about Old Miners’ Days http://www.oldminersdays.com.
Friday, Oct. 6
5:30 p.m. Tiny Tot Contest
6:00 p.m. Little Miss, Junior Miss and Miss Viburnum Contests
Saturday, Oct. 7
8:30 a.m. Children’s Cross Country Race
9:00 a.m. Viburnum High School Band
9:20 a.m. Viburnum High School Choir
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mine Tours: Sponsored by Doe Run
10:00 a.m. Children’s Parade/Doggie Parade
10:00 a.m. Miss Viburnum Finalists, Tiny Tots
10:30 a.m. Opening Ceremony
11:00 a.m. Horseshoe Competition
12:20 p.m. Ozark Spirit Cloggers from Rolla
12:40 p.m. Tonya Abney & Connor Johnson
1:00 p.m. Grande Parade
2:00 p.m. Demolition Derby (by the water tower)
3:00 p.m. Children’s Games (by the water tower)
4:00 p.m. Harvest Assembly of God Puppets
4:30 p.m. Harvest Assembly of God Drama
6:00 p.m. Viburnum’s Got Talent, Lip Sync Battle, Chicago Sky Squad (Elmer P. Beard Gymnasium, free entry)
Sunday, Oct. 8
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Car Show
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Vendor and Food Booths
11:00 a.m. Community Church Service
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Car Show Results
12:30 p.m. Viburnum’s Got Talent Winners
1:00 p.m. Archery Contest
3:00 p.m. Burn Outs
3:00 p.m. Tractor Pull
3:30 p.m. Major Family
4:00 p.m. Flower Auction
About The Doe Run Company
Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and a global provider of lead, copper and zinc concentrates. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling centers, located in Boss, Missouri. The Doe Run Company and its subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit www.doerun.com and sustainability.doerun.com.