Rural Missouri - November 2012 - (Page 3)

C O N T E N T S Features 10 4 Departments Comments National and statewide news Columns Hart to heart Doing away with the ‘old scrub bull’ New book chronicles MFA’s impact on artificial breeding 5 12 Cooperation among co-ops 2012 annual meeting marks 75 years for AMEC 10 photo courtesy of MFA Incorporated 14 Outdoors Addicted to duck calls 16 Out of the Way Eats Cookin’ From Scratch 24 Hearth and Home The turkey’s entourage 30 Marketplace Classified ads 14 Addicted to duck calls John Koepp is a national champion duck call maker 20 Redefining rustic The world’s best oak log homes begin life in New Bloomfield 20 32 Around Missouri Missouri happenings 36 Neighbors The Fightin’ Parson 38 Just4Kids Fun stuff from Buddy 22 Best of rural Missouri Vote for your favorite places to travel, shop and eat across the state 29 Sleep like the grain Farm couple converts grain bin into a bed-and-breakfast 29 About our cover M issouri is blessed with a number of remarkable show caves open to the public. One of the most unique is Fantastic Caverns, located just north of Springfield. The cave, which is served by Ozark Electric Cooperative, was first discovered in 1862 when a farmer’s dog crawled through what was then a narrow opening. It wasn’t fully explored until five years later when a group of intrepid women responded to a newspaper challenge. As shown in the photo at left, you can still find their names written on the cave’s walls with candle smoke. What makes Fantastic Caverns so unique are the Jeep trams, shown on our cover, that carry visitors through the cave on a guided tour. This makes the 1-mile, 50-minute tour accessible to just about anyone, including seniors, children and those in wheelchairs. Inside the cave are natural wonders created by the constant drip of acidic water through soluble limestone. Tour guides point out stalagtites and stalagmites, towering columns with colorful mineral stains, large desposits of flowstone and delicate draperies. They also tell how the auditorium room was once used for weekly country music concerts in the 1950s and mid-1960s. A trip through Fantastic Caverns combines equal parts of awe and wonder with a lesson in history and science. In fact, the cavern is known as “Missouri’s oldest classroom.” The tour costs $22.50 for adults and $14.50 for children. A discount for groups of 20 or more is available. The cave is open from 8 a.m. to dusk year-round except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. For more information, call 417-833-2010 or visit www. Cover and photo at left by Jim McCarty NOVEMBER 2012 3

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - November 2012

Rural Missouri - November 2012
Doing away with the ‘old scrub bull’
Cooperation among co-ops
Addicted to duck calls
Out of the Way Eats
Redefining rustic
Best of rural Missouri
Hearth and Home
Sleep like the grain
Around Missouri

Rural Missouri - November 2012