VIBURNUM, Mo. (Sept. 13, 2016) — Between Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) and the Viburnum community will give a nod to the area’s rich mining history at the 30th Annual Old Miners’ Days festival. Old Miners’ Days draws thousands of people to Viburnum each year to enjoy music, food and family-friendly activities in the world’s second-largest lead mining district. The weekend’s events include the popular free underground tours of a Doe Run mine, the Grande Parade and a “Viburnum’s Got Talent” show and Lip Sync Battle.

The free mine tours are hosted Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The company also showcases some of its mining equipment such as haul trucks and loaders at the event, and provides an area where children can see how the equipment works.

David Major, maintenance planner at Doe Run and director of Old Miners’ Days, said that more than 100 Doe Run employees volunteer their time at the event. “Our employees get excited about inviting guests to join us beneath the earth’s surface to see a mine – and to show how mining helps power the world,” Major said.

Ross Conner, vice president – Exploration, Research and Technical Development, will give a State of the Mines address as part of the Opening Ceremony on October 1. He will share updates with the community on Doe Run’s current operations and the future of Missouri mining.

“We are proud to acknowledge the importance of mining and its connection to this community during Old Miners’ Days each year,” said Conner. “The minerals that are mined from the Viburnum Trend form part of the foundation for manufacturing sustainable products, such as lead-acid batteries. These products impact our lives on a daily basis and contribute to environmental sustainability, because lead is the most recycled of any of the base metals. Doe Run continues to explore the Viburnum region, which enhances not only the lifespan of the mining operations, but also the vitality of the surrounding communities.”

October also marks the observance of Manufacturing Day, and gives us a chance to recognize our lead-recycling employees who recycle more than 13.5 million lead-acid batteries each year. This creates secondary lead that can be manufactured into new batteries and other important products.”

Manufacturing Day will be recognized nationally on October 7 to celebrate modern manufacturing and its role in providing valuable products and jobs. The manufacturing industry plays an important role in the state’s economy; in fact, Missouri was recently named the sixth best state for job growth in advanced manufacturing, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution. For more information on Manufacturing Day, visit

Old Miners’ Days Schedule

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Friday, Sept. 30

5:30 p.m.                                 Tiny Tot Contest

6:00 p.m.                                 Little Miss, Junior Miss and Miss Viburnum Contests

Saturday, Oct. 1

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.              Pancake Breakfast for The Doe Run Company Retirees at the First Baptist  Church of Viburnum

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.              Vendor BoothsFood Booths and Carnival Rides

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.            Mine Tours: Sponsored by Doe Run

9:00 a.m.                                 Viburnum High School Band

9:30 a.m.                                 Viburnum High School Choir

10:00 a.m.                               Miss Viburnum Finalists

10:30 a.m.                               Children’s Parade

10:30 a.m.                               Opening Ceremony

11:00 a.m.                               Ozark Spirit Cloggers from Rolla

11:30 a.m.                               Tiny Tots

12:00 p.m.                               The Morton Family

1:00 p.m.                                 Grande Parade

2:00 p.m.                                 Junk Band Grace Community Church Youth Group

2:00 p.m.                                 Power Wheels Mud Bog (by the water tower): Sponsored by Blackie’s Auto

2:30 p.m.                                 Mud Bog Car Contest and Children’s Games (located under the water tower)

2:30 p.m.                                 Ashley Davis

3:00 p.m.                                 Tonya Abney & Son

6:30 p.m.                                 Viburnum’s Got Talent and Lip Sync Battle (Elmer P. Beard Gymnasium)

Sunday, Oct. 2

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.           Car Show

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.           Craft Booths, Food Booths and Carnival Rides

11:00 a.m.                               Community Church Service

12:30 p.m.                               Viburnum’s Got Talent Winners

1:30 p.m.                                 Tara Chandler

2:00 p.m.                                 Kevin and Kim Abney

2:30 p.m.                                 Mariah Coleman

2:45 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