Steam Festival

Join your friends and neighbors in a celebration of St. Joseph. It has been a long hard year but come August the community will gather to celebrate the best of St. Joseph. The Allied Arts Council and the City of St. Joseph invite you to St. Joseph 2021: from steam to S.T.E.A.M., St. Joseph’s commemoration of Missouri’s Bicentennial, and celebration of St. Joseph highlighting our journey from frontier town to a City of Innovation. This free event scheduled for August 20 & 21, 2021 explores all that is wonderful about St. Joseph- past- present- future.


T-Shirts are HERE!

Place your order NOW before they’re gone!

Buy a piece of St. Joseph History. The festival logo and artwork have been reproduced in a classic fit tee-shirt in heather gray that is a 50/50 cotton polyester blend that won’t shrink or fade.  They are available in adult sizes small, medium, large, extra-large, 2 XL, and 3 XL.  All sizes $15 each.

Living History Activities

Sponsored by the St. Joseph Historical Society

Friday 5 PM – 9 PM

  • Learn the game of  Cricket with Dr. Tom Melville

  • Stick Horse Racing,  and other activities provided by the Pony Express  and Andrew County Museums

Saturday 10 AM – 8 PM

    • Displays of furs and knots by Missouri Conservation Department throughout the day

    • Step back in time and meet early settlers as they go about their everyday lives.

    • Before there was Nintendo- before there was electricity – children played outdoor games. Let the little ones discover the job of simple games.

      •  Potato sack races

      • Three-legged races,

      • Hopscotch,

      • Marbles

      • Jump rope

    • Pioneer Story Reading at  12  PM, 2 PM & 4 PM

    • Western wagons will be on display


Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers Needed – Sign Up Now!


Saturday 8:00 PM 

A musical salute to the Citizens of St. Joseph with selections from “I am St. Joseph”

Saint Joseph Symphony Band
The St. Joseph Community Chorus
The St. Joseph Youth Chorale

Activities for the Family

  • Check out a book at the Rolling Hills Library

  • Take your turn at a sewing machine

  • Participate in a community  3-D chalk art project

  • Use colored sand to create a keepsake

  • Create a paper plate flag

  • Plant some seeds

  • Build a wooden car or a spinning top


Food Vendors

Enchilada Lady
Oregon, MO
Mexican Food/Enchiladas

Just Nuts
Olathe, KS
Almonds, Pecans and Cashews

Keck’s Root
Odessa, MO
Root Beer

Kona Ice
Shawnee, KC
Shaved Ice

Kountry Kids Kettle Korn
Hiawatha, KS
Kettle Korn

Made 2 Grill
Hanover, KS
Brats, Tenderloin, BBQ Sandwich, etc.

Thee Kitchen
St. Joseph, MO
Mexican Food/Hot Dogs

Vanzino’s BBQ
Rosendale, MO

The following government agencies provided financial and operational support:



Music Stage

Friday, August 20, 2021

  • 5:15 p.m. – Maria the Mexican

  • 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. – SOCA Jukebox

Saturday, August 21, 2021

  • 10:00 a.m. – Mid-City Excellence St. Joe Stixx

  • 11:00 a.m. – St. Joseph Arts Academy

  • 1:00 p.m. – Phil Vandel

  • 3:00 p.m. – St. Joe Big Band

  • 4:00 p.m. – Mid-City Excellence St. Joseph Gospel

  • 5:00 p.m. – Fresh Cut Grass

  • 5:45 p.m. – Missouri Music Hall of Fame

  • 6:00 p.m. – Penni Lawrence Band

Chautauqua Tent

Chautauqua” is an Iroquois word with a few meanings— “a bag tied in the middle” or “two moccasins tied together,” and describes the shape of Chautauqua Lake, located in southwest New York. This area was the setting for the first educational assembly (Chautauqua Institution) and so provided the name of the movement.

Today, Chautauqua is experiencing a renaissance. People are discovering that lifelong learning is one of the keys to living a happy, fulfilling life.

Friday 5:30 PM – 7  PM

  • Jump through history as dance reflects the times- Dance Arts Center

Saturday 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM

  • 10:30 a.m. “Over a Barrel” – Gary Wilkinson

  • 11:30 a.m. “Walter & Eliza’s Excellent Adventure” -East Buchanan Students

  • 12:30 p.m. “Baseball in St. Joseph” – Bob Slater/Chuck Kempf

  • 2:30 p.m. “Walter & Eliza’s Excellent Adventure – East Buchanan Students

    3:30 p.m. Story Teller, Will Stuck

    4:30 p.m. Missouri Fables – Anthony Glise

Thank you, St. Joseph
2021: from steam to S.T.E.A.M. Sponsors!

Producing a festival requires significant financial support from the community, plus the work of hundreds of dedicated volunteers. We salute everyone whose generosity has been invaluable in making our City’s’ St. Joseph 2021: from steam to S.T.E.A.M. festival possible. With their support, they have shown what can be done when everyone works together toward a common goal. This is St. Joseph at its best.

Title Sponsor

Associate Sponsor

Anonymous Charitable Trust, U.S. Bank, N.A., Trustee  

Leah Spratt Charitable Trust, Commerce Trust Committee, Trustee

Supporting Sponsors


Action Electric  ~  Code Ninjas  ~  Derr Equipment ~  East Hills Optimist Club  ~  Mosaic Life Care   ~  Nestle Purina ~  PTC  ~ Nodaway Valley Bank


Belt Entertainment ~ Cabinets, Counters & More   ~  Commerce Bank of St. Joseph   ~  Cosentino’s Price Chopper  ~  Felix Street Gourmet  ~  Ideker, Inc. ~ Lanham Music  ~ Lifeline Foods   ~  Midland Steel Company   ~  St. Joe Petroleum Co./Fastgas Convenience Stores ~  Sunshine Electronic Display, Inc.


Dr. & Mrs. Ed Andres   ~  Anonymous   ~  Dave’s Diesel Service Inc.
~  Deluxe Truck Stop   ~  Eileen Dyer ~ East Hills Veterinary Clinic ~  Eric Brumback State Farm Agency  ~ Farmer’s State Bank  ~ Graves Real Estate Appraisal  ~ Jo Anne & Marty Grey   ~  Mr. & Mrs. Clark W. Hampton ~  Hausman Metal Works & Roofing, Inc.   ~  Hy-Vee  ~  Chet & Helen Jones Family Trust ~  Will & Devon Kariker  ~ Dr. Elizabeth Kennedy  ~ Jennifer Kneib-Dixon  ~ Don & Sara Mahaffy  ~ Mayor Bill McMurray  ~ Missouri American Water ~ Jerry & Sandra Mogg  ~ Dr. & Mrs. Carlos Moya  ~ Drs.  Scott & Carrie Clark-Murphy  ~  Bill & Roseanne Mytton   ~   Gordon & June Robaska  ~  Dr. Jim & Carol Roever  ~   Cherie Seibert  ~  Sertoma Club  ~  Mark & Janell Sonnenmoser  ~  Nola Stickler  ~  Lorene Walker

A Special THANK YOU to

S.T.E.A.M. Innovation Zone

St. Joseph is full of Makers – from the woodworkers to the manufacturers of equipment used around the world St. Joseph innovates and creates.



Altec – Bringing Truck

Belt Entertainment – Bowling

Buchanan County EMS – 
EMS Unit and Demonstration

Code Ninjas – 
Interactive station

Daughters of the American Revolution – 
Missouri Coloring Sheets
Eagle Radio – 
Be a Broadcaster!

Gray Manufacturing – 
Demonstrating lift on Hillyard truck

Greg Hatten – 
Wooden Boat Construction

Hillyard Industries – 
Hillyard’s Basketball Legacy and Contributions to Cleaning Science

Kansas City Section of the American Chemical Society – 
Create your own gummy worms

Lifeline Foods, LLC – Games with Corn

Missouri Western State University STEM Departments – Science and Engineering Activities

Nerdbots – Found object art

Performing Arts Association – Chalk Art

Rolling Hills Library – Bookmobile and Sew & Go

St. Joseph Fire Department – St. Joseph Fire Department Safety Trailer

St. Joseph Police Department – St. Joseph Police Department armored Bearcat

St. Joseph Woodworkers Guild – Woodworking Demonstrations

Tortoise Run Farm / Pony Express Amphibian & Reptile Society / Remington Nature Center

Triumph Foods – Farm to Table with Activities and Games

Tyson Foods – Protein Extraction in Action

Visual Artists

2sisters Wearable Art
St. Joseph, MO
Steampunk Art

Art Attack
St. Joseph MO

Candace Castle
St. Joseph, MO

Cat Designs Jewelry
St. Joseph, MO

ColorPop LLC
Easton, MO
Face Painting/Henna Tattoos

Crawford’s Photography, LLC
DeKalb, MO

Crystal Collage ART wears
Hilton Head, SC

Denny’s Dollhouses & Barns
St. Joseph, MO
Wooden Dollhouses and Barns

designs by B.R.C. &
Stallsworth Designs
St. Joseph, MO
Variety of Handmade Items

DLRogersbooks, LLC
Archie, MO

Felicity Crafting Co
St. Joseph, MO
Fiber/Wearable Art

Garrett Derr Photography
Oregon, MO
Landscape and Wildlife Photography

Pat Harding
St. Joseph, MO

It’s A Girl Thing
St. Joseph, MO
Hairbows, etc.

KD Classiques
Parkville, MO
Painting/Pen & Ink

John Keck
St. Joseph, MO
Mixed Media

Moonlight Leather
St. Joseph, MO
Handcrafted Leather Items/Oil Painting

Moshers Goodies & More
St. Joseph, MO
All Natural Soaps and Scrubs

Northland Artists Gallery
Platte City, MO
Oil Paintings and Mixed Media

Lori Rodriquez
St. Joseph, MO

Sisters of Solace
St. Joseph, MO
Candles and Body Products

Vicki Smith
St. Joseph, MO
Acrylic painting

Stone Frog Studio
St. Joseph, MO
Photographic Art and Graphics Home Décor/Textiles

Wanda Taylor
Cameron, MO
Colored Pencil

The KC Crochet Guy
Kansas City, MO
Handcrafted Crochet Dolls & Animals

Turning Edge
St. Joseph, MO

Twister Soaps
Smithville, MO
Usable Luxury Soap Art

Willovy’s Creativity
St. Joseph, MO
Mixed media