NEMO hayfield to become new wedding venue

The new rustic barn will be built in the middle of a 50-acre Schuyler County field. (John Garlock/KTVO)

In the coming months, a northeast Missouri hayfield is going to be transformed into a new wedding and event venue.

The local economic development project is the brainstorm of the Shipley family of Unionville, Missouri.

Greg and Mitzi Shipley and their children, Jacob and Samantha, are the ones behind it all.

Their new facility will be built on 50 acres at the intersection of Highways 63 and 136 in Schuyler County, right across the road to the north from

Tri-County Electric.

The new venue will be called Whippoorwill Acres.

"We knew that we had a piece of property that was a great location for southern Iowa and northern Missouri, and we just felt like that we needed to give this a try," said Mitzi Shipley.

"The barn's going to be all wood frame,” said Jacob Shipley. “We're getting some rough-cut timbers out of Colorado that's going to give it that nice rustic feel as you go into the building. It will be all wood sided."

The barn will have a full-service bar, a caterer’s kitchen and a bridal suite.

There will also be an outdoor patio area.

The Shipleys hope for construction on the new barn to get underway anytime now.

Recent rains have delayed the project by about three weeks.

An Amish crew from southeast Iowa will be building it.

The family hopes to have the barn up by early fall.

The target opening date is March 2018.

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