Run, Dance and Play in Pulaski County USA

If you needed a good run this past weekend, you definitely had your chance!  The Young Marines of Pulaski County put on the Trot for Tots 5K in Saint Robert while the Crocker Athletic Department put on the Crocker 5K Fun Run and 11K Challenge.  Both events supported great causes and were well attended!

The Crocker Fun Run 5K and 11K Challenge
Photo by Ashley Burton

There were actually many events going on this past weekend.  It appears that the cooler weather of Fall is bringing everyone together.  Richland had their “Pickin’ in the Park” Swap Meet, the VFW Post 3168 had a Poker Run to support Toys for Tots and Coats for Kids, and Secrest Arena hosted the 2012 Championship Youth Bull Riding Finals.

The Mom Prom was probably one of the more unique events that took place.  This was the 2nd Annual Mom Prom put on by a group of health care professionals to raise money for those people who need it most.

“TONYA’S HOPE began in 2010 after a group of nurses and paramedics found out that a co-worker had stage 4 breast cancer, her name is Tonya, we realized as we watched her bravely go through the process of treatment and surgery that insurance does not pay everything… we thought… what about gas to drive to treatments? What about all the co pays when you can’t work because you are sick? What about daily living expenses? Tonya is the reason that we now hold fundraisers and help those who need it.”

This ladies only event was well represented by women of all ages dressed in formal attire to casual attire.  The nice thing about this event is that they didn’t require a dress code, but for this year’s theme, Mardi Gras, they supplied beads and masks for everyone who attended!  The event also supplied snacks, from candy to sandwiches, as well as entertainment.  With popular dance/party music, hula hoop contests, dance contests and much more, the Mom Prom was alive with laughter and smiles the entire night.

Photo by Cassie Lemus

Our local, and amazingly scary, haunted house opened this past weekend!  Haunted Hill is “Missouri’s most frightening haunted experience” and last year over 40 adults weren’t able to finish.  This 3/8 mile trail has 15 different themes and employs nearly 60 actors/monsters!  Can you make it through?  Come on down to Pulaski County USA and find out!
We had a great visit from First State Community Bank at the Visitors Center this week!  They arrived in two busses from Columbia and Sullivan and then combined onto one bus for a guided tour along Route 66 with local historian Terry Primas.  We were lucky enough to follow along and get some great shots of the tour and Route 66.  We are so happy they enjoyed their tour and we hope to see them again!

First State Community Bank Bus Tour
Photo by Cassie Lemus
Tonight we have our hometown Waynesville High School Homecoming Game!  The crowds gathered for the parade today and will most-likely storm the stadium tonight especially with the Waynesville-Saint Robert Chamber of Commerce serving up free hotdogs and soda!  Tonight is also the opening of the Theater on the Square’s production of Frankenstein.  The dress rehearsal last night was amazing, so I can only imagine how great opening night will be!  Frankenstein will run for the next three weekends on Fridays and Saturday with a matinee show on Sunday, October 7th, so don’t miss it!  Tickets are available at the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau!

Waynesville Homecoming Parade

Production of Frankenstein
Photos by Cassie Lemus

Run for a cause this weekend with Run for the Paws and Run for Life.  Both are 5K races in Pulaski County!  Run for the Paws raises money for the local Humane Society and the Run for Life raises money for the Free Women’s Clinic.  Tomorrow night head on out to Dixon where Music in The Barn presents the Baker Band and friends!  They will have Nashville Song Writers Billy Arr and Wanda Kay, and from Lebanon, MO they will have Bill Lee!  Don’t miss a great show!  We hope that you have a great weekend and are able to get out of the house and do something fun!

Until next time,
Cassie Lemus
Pulask County Tourism Bureau


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