The 2013 GAS Race (Gasconade River Race)

The GAS Race is a twenty-seven mile canoe and kayak race that is held on the Gasconade River in Pulaski County, Missouri. The race starts near Waynesville, at Gasconade Landing, with a beautiful view of Pikes Peak Bluff, and ends downriver at Boiling Spring. Along the way, paddlers pass the towering 250 feet high bluffs at Portuguese Point, one of the most scenic sections of the 280 mile Gasconade River.

Pike’s Peak Bluff in Pulaski County, Missouri, overlooks the confluence of the Roubidoux and Gasconade Rivers. The Roubidoux River is a popular trout stream and the Gasconade River is a popular fishing and float stream. The Gasconade River, approximately 280 miles long, snakes its way through Wright, Laclede, Pulaski, Phelps, Maries, Osage and Gasconade counties in the Ozark Mountains before emptying into the Missouri River. It is the longest river completely in the boundary of Missouri and has been coined “The World’s Crookedest River”. A twenty-seven mile stretch in Pulaski County is home to the annual GAS canoe and kayak race, modeled after the Missouri River 340 (MR340) Race.

Pike’s Peak Bluff in Pulaski County, Missouri, overlooks the confluence of the Roubidoux and Gasconade Rivers. The Roubidoux River is a popular trout stream and the Gasconade River is a popular fishing and float stream. The Gasconade River, approximately 280 miles long, snakes its way through Wright, Laclede, Pulaski, Phelps, Maries, Osage and Gasconade counties in the Ozark Mountains before emptying into the Missouri River. It is the longest river completely in the boundary of Missouri and has been coined “The World’s Crookedest River”. A twenty-seven mile stretch in Pulaski County is home to the annual GAS canoe and kayak race, modeled after the Missouri River 340 (MR340) Race.

But, these competitors will not have time to see a bit of that. With their eyes on the prize, and their blades (paddles) slicing through the water, these racers knock out what would normally take a recreational floater 27 hours to do, in just over four hours.

Competitors in the GAS River Race socialize and discuss strategy at Gasconade Landing, near Waynesville, Missouri, before putting paddles in the water.

Competitors in the GAS River Race socialize and discuss strategy at Gasconade Landing, near Waynesville, Missouri, before putting paddles in the water.

Paddlers gather for a safety meeting shortly before race time. Safety is a priority in the twenty-seven mile race on the Gasconade River.

Paddlers gather for a safety meeting shortly before race time. Safety is a priority in the twenty-seven mile race on the Gasconade River.

The GAS race course takes competitors through some of the most scenic sections of the Gasconade River, including Portuguese Point (not pictured), approximately seventeen miles from the race start.

The GAS race course takes competitors through some of the most scenic sections of the Gasconade River, including Portuguese Point (not pictured), approximately seventeen miles from the race start.

After competing in the MR340 (Missouri River 340) race Team Aquaholics members Kevin Schwartz and Matt Green were inspired to host a race “on the most beautiful river in Missouri”. The GAS Race has called Pulaski County home for the last two years and we look forward to hosting them again in 2014!

kayak race beginning leader

The pack races under WWII Okinawa Veterans Memorial Bridge at the race start.

The pack races under WWII Okinawa Veterans Memorial Bridge at the race start.

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For more information about The GAS Canoe & Kayak Race please visit: http://theaquaholics.net/Home_Page.php
For more information about outdoor activities in Pulaski County please visit: http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com

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Events for the week of June 24th – June 30th, 2013

WELCOME TO THE FOLLOWING GROUPS:
June 25th: International Military Students
June 25th: Travel Masters

June 29th- James Dean Burton Poker Run
What: All type vehicle Poker Run
Where: Crocker VFW
When: Check In 9:00 am until 10:00 am, first bike out 10:00 am
Cost: $20 rider / hand, $10 passenger
Contact: Joe Burton 417-459-0901

June 29 James Burton Poker Run Flyer

June 29 James Burton Poker Run Flyer

June 29th- Janet’s Wish Poker Run
What: Poker Run
Where: Begins at Ozark Harley Davidson, ends at Pulaski County – Fort Leonard Wood Shrine Club
When: 11:00 am
Cost: $20
Contact: Billie 573-793-3367

June 29th- Derrick “Homeboy” Biggs Poker Run
What: Poker Run
Where: Roadhouse Bar & Grill, Laquey
When: Registration begins at Noon, first bike out at 1:00 pm
Cost: $15 per hand, $5 per extra hand or passenger
Contact: Anthony Bowman 573-690-7666

June 29 Derrick "Homeboy" Biggs Poker Run Flyer

June 29 Derrick “Homeboy” Biggs Poker Run Flyer

June 29th- Richland Farmer’s Market
What: Farmer’s Market
Where: 200 block of South Pine, Richland
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Travis Prewett: 573-765-4033

June 29th – Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Farmer’s Market & Gardening Class: “Seed Starting”
Where: Waynesville Park
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Clara Magoon: 573-586-8438

June 29th- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum Open
Where: Waynesville Square
When: 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Jan Primas: 573-435-6766

June 29th- 1903 Courthouse Museum Open
Where: Waynesville Square
When: 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Denise Seevers: 573-855-3644

Looking Ahead:

July 4th- Fort Leonard Wood 4th of July Celebration
July 5th & 6th- Red, White, & Blue Chili & Dutch Oven Cook-off & Country Music Festival
July 6th- City of Richland Independence Day Celebration
July 6th- Buckhorn Blast
July 6th-Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House

For more event listings in Pulaski County USA please visit our online calendar at: http://tinyurl.com/PulaskiCountyUSAEvents

2013 Remember The Removal Bike Ride

The 2013 Remember the Removal Bike Ride is the fifth annual bicycle ride commemorating the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation from its homelands during the winter of 1838-39.

The trek across the country is more than 900 miles taken over a three week period. The riders represent the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, stopping at places significant to the Trail of Tears.

The group stopped at the Roubidoux Spring, also known as Big Spring, at Laughlin Park in Waynesville, at the same site that their ancestors stopped 175 years ago. The encampments along the Roubidoux River at Waynesville were documented in journals by three men: Dr. W.I. Morrow (1837), Rev. Daniel S. Butrick (1839), and B.B. Cannon (1837). Those records led to Laughlin Park being designated as a certified site on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail in 2006. Laughlin Park is one of seven certified sites in Missouri.

Remember The Removal riders gather around as Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman welcomes them to Laughlin Park. Laughlin Park is one of seven certified Trail of Tears sites in Missouri.

Remember The Removal riders gather around as Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman welcomes them to Laughlin Park. Laughlin Park is one of seven certified Trail of Tears sites in Missouri.

The riders noticed differences at the site from their 2012 stop. Waynesville has an ongoing project to improve the Trail of Tears site with an interpretive walking trail with exhibits.

Following an overnight stay in Pulaski County USA, Remember the Removal riders headed west towards Springfield, continuing their trek to their final destination of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the capitol of the Cherokee Nation.

Riders take a well deserved rest along the banks of the Roubidox at the Big Spring in Waynesville, Missouri. June 14, 2013

Riders take a well deserved rest along the banks of the Roubidox at the Big Spring in Waynesville, Missouri. June 14, 2013

Remember The Removal riders pose for a picture at Roubidoux Spring (also known as Big Spring) in Laughlin Park, Waynesville, Missouri with Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman (orange shirt), Deloris Wood of the Missouri Trail of Tears Associaion, and Missouri District 122 Representative Steve Lynch.

Remember The Removal riders pose for a picture at Roubidoux Spring (also known as Big Spring) in Laughlin Park, Waynesville, Missouri with Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman (orange shirt), Deloris Wood of the Missouri Trail of Tears Associaion, and Missouri District 122 Representative Steve Lynch.

2013 Remember The Removal rider at Roubidoux

To learn more about Remember The Removal Bike Ride, and to follow their journey, please visit: http://www.facebook.com/removal.ride

To learn more about the City of Waynesville, Missouri’s role as an encampment on the Trail of Tears please visit: http://www.waynesvillemo.org/encampment.htm

To learn more about other historical sites in Pulaski County USA please visit: http://www.pulaskicountyusa.com

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Events for the week of June 17th – June 23rd, 2013

WELCOME TO THE FOLLOWING GROUPS:
June 18th thru June 21: 58th Transportation Reunion
June 18th: International Military Students
June 20th thru June 23rd: 84th Engineer Battalion Reunion

June 18th thru June 22nd- Tri-County Fair
What: County Fair
Where: Shady Dell Park, Richland
When: Tuesday Noon, Wednesday & Thursday 7:30 am, Friday & Saturday 10:00 am
Cost: General Fair Admission FREE
Contact: http://www.richlandtricountyfair.com

Tri-County Fair Schedule

Tri-County Fair Schedule

June 21st & June 22nd- American Family Rodeo
What: Rodeo
Where: Dixon Saddle Club
When: 7:00 pm
Cost: Adults $8, Kids (7-12) $5, Kids (6 & Under) FREE
Contact: Pam Hall (573)308-5898

American Family Rodeo, Dixon Missouri Flyer

American Family Rodeo, Dixon Missouri Flyer

June 21st & June 22nd- Ozark Rodeo Association Rodeo
What: Rodeo
Where: Crocker City Park
When: 7:00 pm
Cost: Adults $8, Kids (5-12) $4, Kids (4 & Under) FREE
Contact: Justin Smith (573) 528-0940

June 22nd & June 23rd- 26th Annual Cave State Cruisers Car Show & Fun Run
What: Car Show & Fun Run
Where: Waynesville City Park
When: Saturday 8 am until 4 pm, Sunday 8 am until 11 am
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Peggy Walker (573) 336-4140

26th Annual Cave State Cruisers Car Show & Fun Run Flyer

26th Annual Cave State Cruisers Car Show & Fun Run Flyer

June 22nd- Miles From Nowhere In Concert
What: Family friendly concert
Where: The Barn, 13015 Highway 28, Dixon
When: 11 am until 4 pm
Cost: Call for details
Contact: Bill Johnson (573) 433-9370

Miles From Nowhere at The Barn

Miles From Nowhere at The Barn

June 22nd- Open Road In Concert
Where: Trinity Club, Saint Robert
When: 7:00 pm
Cost: $7
Contact: (573) 336-0024

June 22nd- Richland Farmer’s Market
What: Farmer’s Market
Where: 200 block of South Pine, Richland
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Travis Prewett: 573-765-4033

June 22nd – Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Farmer’s Market & Gardening Class: “Fall Gardening”
Where: Waynesville Park
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Clara Magoon: 573-586-8438

June 22nd- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum Open
Where: Waynesville Square
When: 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Jan Primas: 573-435-6766

June 22nd- 1903 Courthouse Museum Open
Where: Waynesville Square
When: 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Denise Seevers: 573-855-3644

Looking Ahead:

June 29th- Poker Run for James Dean Burton
June 29th- Poker Run for Derrick “Homeboy” Biggs

For more event listings in Pulaski County USA please visit our online calendar at: http://tinyurl.com/PulaskiCountyUSAEvents

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Events for the week of June 10th – June 16th, 2013

WELCOME TO THE FOLLOWING GROUPS:
June 13th: City of Eureka
June 14th: Remember The Removal Bike Riders

June 12th thru June 15th- 10th Annual Pulaski County Regional Fair
Where: Saint Robert Community Park
When: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 4 pm until 11 pm, Saturday: Noon until 11 pm
Cost: General Admission FREE, ATV Rodeo $5, Bull Riding $10
Contact: Mike 573-512-2054

Pulaski County Fair Flyer

Pulaski County Fair Flyer

June 15th- Marine Corp Detachment Volkslauf 10K Fun Run
Where: Fort Leonard Wood
When: 7:30 am
Cost: $150 per adult time, $90 per youth team, $35 per individual
Contact: (573)596-0131 ext 6-2326

Marine Corp Detachment Volkslauf 10K Fun Run Flyer

Marine Corp Detachment Volkslauf 10K Fun Run Flyer

June 15th- The GAS Gasconade Canoe Race
What: 27 mile canoe and kayak race on the Gasconade River
Where: Starts at Highway 17 Bridge (Gasconade Landing), Ends at Boiling Spring Campground
When: Sign in starts at 8:30, Race begins at 10 am
Cost: $50 per paddler
Contact: http://theaquaholics.net/THE_GAS_2013.php

June 15th- 2nd Annual Adventure Run & Hawaiian Luau
Where: Gasconade Hills Resort
When: Starts at 9 am
Cost: Call for details
Contact: 573-512-0265

2nd Annual Adventure Run & Hawaiian Luau Flyer

2nd Annual Adventure Run & Hawaiian Luau Flyer

June 15th- Route 66 Freedom Fest
What: Family friendly street festival
Where: On the Square, Waynesville
When: 11 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE
Contact: 573-774-3001

Route 66 Freedom Fest Flyer

Route 66 Freedom Fest Flyer

June 15th- 8th Annual USO Military Support Motorcycle Ride
Where: Starts at Ozark Harley Davidson, Ends at Route 66 Freedom Fest, on the Square, Waynesville
When: Registration begins at 10 am, ride departs at Noon
Cost: $15 per motorcycle
Contact: 573-528-1528

8th Annual USO Military Support Motorcycle Ride Flyer

8th Annual USO Military Support Motorcycle Ride Flyer

June 15th- 2013 Laquey Hog Bash
What: Hog roast, horseshoe tournaments, live music, kid activities
Where: 28345 Sapphire Drive, Laquey
When: Starts at 1 pm
Cost: $5
Contact: 573-855-4631

Laquey Hog Bash Flyer

Laquey Hog Bash Flyer

June 15th- Richland Farmer’s Market
What: Farmer’s Market
Where: 200 block of South Pine, Richland
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Travis Prewett: 573-765-4033

June 15th – Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Farmer’s Market & Gardening Class: “Insects: The Good & The Bad”
Where: Waynesville Park
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Clara Magoon: 573-586-8438

June 15th- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum Open
Where: Waynesville Square
When: 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Jan Primas: 573-435-6766

June 15th- 1903 Courthouse Museum Open
Where: Waynesville Square
When: 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Denise Seevers: 573-855-3644

Looking Ahead:

June 18th-22nd: Tri-County Fair
June 21st & 22nd: Crocker ORA Rodeo
June 23rd: Miles From Nowhere In Concert at The Barn
June 22nd & 23rd: 26th Annual Cave State Cruisers Car Show & Fun Run

For more event listings in Pulaski County USA please visit our online calendar at: http://tinyurl.com/PulaskiCountyUSAEvents

Pulaski County Fair, FreedomFest, USO Support Ride, Volkslauf (60 Second Radio Spot)

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Pulaski County USA is overflowing with adventures June 14th and 15th. Bring the kids to the midway at the fair in St. Robert on Friday. And then head down to the family friendly Route 66 street festival in Waynesville on Saturday. Looking to get your motor running? It’s a great time to hit the open road in Pulaski County USA. You can show your patriotic pride on Saturday at the 8th Annual USO Military Support Motorcycle Ride. Or, if you are looking for a different type of run, lace up your tennis shoes and get motivated during the Marine’s 14th Annual 10K Volkslauf.

For details on all of these events, and a calendar of upcoming events, follow us on Twitter (@PulCoUSA), or log on to http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com

D.A.V. Harry L Herron Chapter No 49 Purple Heart Ceremony

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History was made June 3, 2013 when Disabled American Veterans Harry L Herron Chapter No 49 was recognized as a Purple Heart Supportive Chapter by the Military Order of the Purple Heart. D.A.V. Chapter 49 becomes the first service chapter to receive this designation nationwide.

This designation is another indicator of the prevalent patriotism that runs deep in Pulaski County USA. Pulaski County as a whole has been recognized as a Purple Heart County, and two of its cities, St. Robert and Waynesville, MO have both been recognized as Purple Heart Cities.

To learn more about the Purple Heart Trail and for information on booking your next military reunion in Pulaski County USA (a Purple Heart County and home of Fort Leonard Wood) please call 877-858-8687 or visit:

https://pulaskicountyusa.wordpress.com/purple-heart-trail/

Music: “We Were There” performed by U.S. Army Band