What Rain?

What a rainy Labor Day Weekend in Pulaski County USA…but it didn’t stop us!  We began our holiday weekend with a concert at Music in the Barn in Dixon.  That’s right, I said The Barn, and that is just what it is!  We may be a little bit country out here, but we are proud of it!  The Barn was built in the early 2000’s by Bill and Rebecca Johnson in their hopes of creating a place for family friendly entertainment in their small town community of Dixon, Missouri.  You may be imagining a red barn, with dirt floors and animals, but this barn is quite the opposite.  With concrete floors, heat and air, combined with a state of the art stage and sound/lighting system, you wouldn’t even notice you were in a barn!  They have had many great acts over the last couple of years including Gene Watson, John Anderson, Pam Tillis, Marty Haggard, and just recently Restless Heart, to name a few.

Restless Heart put on an amazing show for the folks at The Barn this Labor Day Weekend!  Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman had such a great time, she asked me if she could write a guest blog this week and I graciously accepted.  Here is what she had to say:

“I discovered Music in the Barn a couple of years ago and have been fortunate enough to see several shows there.  My favorites were Gene Watson and T. Graham Brown, until this performance by Restless Heart.  Every song they sang took me back to a great memory of our married life.  Such great songs as, “I’ll Still be Loving You”, “Bluest Eyes in Texas” and “Tell me Why” all made me smile.  I was dancing in my chair and singing every word.  Thank you, Baker Family, for bringing good country music to Pulaski County.” – Loved it, LugeImage

Photo and Video by Cassie Lemus

After an amazing concert in Dixon on Friday night, Saturday was just as busy with the 40th Annual Railroad Days Festival in Crocker!  The thing I would like to mention is that Friday, Hurricane Isaac had moved in to our area and by Saturday he wasn’t budging.  This made for a very rainy weekend, but the folks of Crocker didn’t care; no storm was going to take away from their long-time tradition.  Vendors and music lined the streets of Downtown Crocker on Saturday, but the parade was the main attraction that day.  I never would have imagined that so many people would come out to watch the parade in the pouring rain, but small-town railroad pride is obviously stronger than a hurricane.  The sidewalks were lined with umbrellas and kids were running after candy being thrown from the floats.  It was almost as if no one noticed it was raining; except maybe the rain-soaked people in the parade…  All-in-all Crocker Railroad Days was successful regardless of the hardball that Mother Nature decided to throw at us!Image

Photo and Video by Cassie Lemus

The Biker Homecoming Rally, this weekend, put the “wild” in “wet n’ wild” out at the Shrine Club in Buckhorn!  This event was put on by the Freedom of the Road Riders and volunteers from the Christian Motorcycle Association were there to help.  The weekend was wet, which put a damper on some of the activities, but these bikers made the best of it and had a great rally.  They had a large bike show followed by great live entertainment every night of the rally.  If you love bikes and you have never been to one of our rallies, then you need to make plans to attend the next one!  They are always a lot of fun and people always come back the following year!Image
Photo by Jamie Roberts

The United States Army Prime Power School stopped in Pulaski County this weekend where they hosted a reunion for all individuals affiliated with the facility. The state-of-art school was completed in 2010 and was handed over to the 249th Engineer Battalion. The battalion generates commercial-grade electricity to military installations and federal relief organizations.  The reunion took place on September 1st with approximately 100 attendees.  The Market Basket out of Richland catered their luncheon at the school and nearly 25 of the attendees got together Friday night before the reunion and had dinner at the Cave Restaurant in Richland, in which they very much enjoyed!Image
Photo by Vern Moline

We may have had a very wet and muddy weekend over here in Pulaski County USA, but the fact that we had three successful events and a military reunion during a hurricane weekend just goes to show that we aren’t afraid of a little rain!  If fun is to be had, we will have it!  Please stay tuned to this weekend where we will have our first annual Saint to Saint Relay Race.  Runners in teams of four will run ten miles each until they complete the forty-one miles from Saint Robert to Saint James.  Saturday night, if you enjoy car shows, cruise on out to Crossroads in Richland for awesome classic cars and motorcycles!  Enjoy great music by a great DJ as well as food and prizes.  Be sure to come back next week, where we will recap all of the events that are going on this weekend.  It’s always a fun day in Pulaski County USA so get out of the house and do something fun!!

If there are any questions on events, please see our website at www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com or give us a call at 877-858-TOUR!

Until next week,
Cassie Lemus
Pulaski County Tourism Bureau

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