Four Things That You Do Not Want To Miss During March In Pulaski County USA!

If you miss any of these, your friends will poke fun at you around the water cooler Monday morning.

1. Opening Day of Trout Season
Date: Saturday March 1st
Time: 6:30 am
Where: Downtown Waynesville
Cost: FREE
Contact: City of Waynesville Parks- 573.774.6171

Do Not Miss Because: Don’t be packed like a sardine at the trout parks! Bring your trout tag to Waynesville and enjoy the elbow room while you fish the Roaring Roubidoux!

2. Payin’ For The Spayin’ 5K Winter Run
Date: Saturday March 8th
Time: 10 am
Where: Crocker Park, Crocker
Cost: $20 in advance, $25 day of
Contact: Pulaski County Humane Society- 573.452.3862

Do Not Miss Because: Kick off #PulaskiCountyUSA’s 5K season and run for the “paws cause”!

Kick off #PulaskiCountyUSA's 5K season and run for the "paws cause"!

Kick off #PulaskiCountyUSA’s 5K season and run for the “paws cause”!

3. Route 66 St. Patty’s Fest
Date: Saturday March 15th
Time: 11 am until 4 pm
Where: On The Square, Downtown Waynesville
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Audra Berrier- 573.774.3001

Do Not Miss Because: Find your pot o’gold at this family friendly street festival!

Find your pot o'gold at this family friendly street festival!

Find your pot o’gold at this family friendly street festival!

4. Taste of Pulaski County & Basket Auction
Dates: Saturday March 29th
Times: 11 am until 4 pm
Where: Saint Robert Community Center, St. Robert
Cost: Adults $10, Children 5-12 $5
Contact: Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce- 573.336.5121

Do Not Miss Because: #PulaskiCountyUSA is known for our melting pot cuisine- Tex-Mex, German, Thai, Greek and more- come out and sample our international and traditional dining!

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Events for the week of February 24, 2014-March 2, 2014

March 1- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Farmer’s Market
Where: Downtown Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Bruce Main- 573.842.9079

Pulaski County Farmers Market is held year round in Waynesville.

Pulaski County Farmers Market is held year round in Waynesville.

March 1- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House
What: Supervised paranormal investigation of one of Waynesville’s oldest homes.
Where: 405 North Street, Waynesville
When: Call for start time
Cost: $20
Contact: Crocker’s Optimistic Paranormal Society (Dawnmarie Cecora)- 573.528.2149

An evening you won't soon forget- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House in Waynesville, Missouri!

An evening you won’t soon forget- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House in Waynesville, Missouri!

In the case of inclement weather /bad road conditions always call ahead to confirm the status of the event that you are attending.

Looking Forward:

March 8: Payin’ For The Spayin’ 5K Winter Run
March 14: City of St. Robert’s Women’s Expo
March 15: Route 66 St. Patty’s Fest
March 15: Salute To The Troops

For more event listings in Pulaski County USA please visit our online calendar at: http://tinyurl.com/PulaskiCountyUSAEvents or “Like” us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyUSA
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Adventure Travel Series To Include Pulaski County Missouri

UNIVERSAL, ORLANDO- Pulaski County, Missouri has been selected as an overnight host destination for Season 8 FIREBALL RUN: America’s Frontier and its Race to Recover America’s Missing Children. Producers affirmed Pulaski County after receiving a Letter of Intent last year from Pulaski County Tourism Bureau Executive Director Beth Wiles and completing a site visit in early February. Several factors have led to the decision; particularly, Pulaski County has a robust and exciting pro-business community; an energetic, passionate and progressive Tourism Bureau; signature Midwest charm and hospitality as well as an abundance of history and attractions that will interest participants and excite audiences.

A reality-filmed series, FIREBALL RUN is the Most Epic Adventurally in America® a gripping and emotional 8 day, 2000 mile, life-sized trivia game, where America serves as the game board; 40 driving teams compete for glory, bragging rights, and a plastic road sign. All while aiding in a massive effort to recover America’s missing children.

America’s Frontier is this season’s theme. To move about the country and score, driving teams solve clues and accomplish tasks based on host destination points-of-interest, history, and culture.

Season 8 FIREBALL RUN: America's Frontier

Streamed live to a world-audience and filmed as part of a popular online TV series, the 2013 FIREBALL RUN elicited a whopping $56 million in media exposure for its host destinations. Pulaski County is one of eight host destinations selected and it will serve as Chapter 6 in the series.

Although a trivia game, there is nothing trivial about FIREBALL RUN’s message or results. Often referred to as “the most fun you will ever have, doing the most important thing you’ve ever done.” Each team is assigned a missing child from their hometown region and tasked with distributing posters along the route; the awareness campaign has aided in 42 child recoveries since 2007.

Pulaski County will have an official team competing in the event. The team and its missing child assignment will be announced by Presiding County Commissioner Gene Newkirk at a press briefing April 4, 2014, 10:00 a.m., at the Pulaski County Courthouse. Producers will be on hand for questions. Film crews will also be in Pulaski County filming the pre-selected sites for series inclusion. Sites included will be in Crocker, Dixon, Ft. Leonard Wood, Richland, Saint Robert and Waynesville.

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The adventure begins September 27 in Frisco, TX and finishes October 4 in Independence, MO. The public is encouraged to join the festivities in downtown Waynesville for an afternoon of live streaming, family fun, meet celebrity teams and see their rides on Thursday Oct.2 and again on Friday morning, Oct. 3 for the Day 7 green flag start. It will be epic!

This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of February 17, 2014-February 23, 2014

February 21 & 22- 5th Annual Saint Robert Outdoor Sportsman Show
What: Get geared up for Spring and Summer! Outdoor Vendors including: canoe & kayak, outdoor adventure guides, hunting & fishing clubs, ATV’s, trucks, camping, resorts, and much more!
Where: Saint Robert Community Center
When: Friday, February 21- 5 pm until 8 pm
Saturday, February 22- 10 am until 5 pm
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: City of Saint Robert (Trinity Edwards)- 573.451.2625

The City of St. Robert hosts their 5th Annual Outdoor Sportsman Show February 21st & 22nd.

The City of St. Robert hosts their 5th Annual Outdoor Sportsman Show February 21st & 22nd.

February 22- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Farmer’s Market
Where: Downtown Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Bruce Main- 573.842.9079

Pulaski County Farmers' Market is held year round in Waynesville, Missouri.

Pulaski County Farmers’ Market is held year round in Waynesville, Missouri.

In the case of inclement weather /bad road conditions always call ahead to confirm the status of the event that you are attending.

Looking Forward:

March 1: Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House
March 8: Payin’ For The Spayin’ 5K Winter Run
March 14: City of St. Robert’s Women’s Expo
March 15: Route 66 St. Patty’s Fest
March 15: Salute To The Troops

For more event listings in Pulaski County USA please visit our online calendar at: http://tinyurl.com/PulaskiCountyUSAEvents or “Like” us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyUSA
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Pulaski County, Missouri Outdoors & Wildlife: Woodpeckers

Downy Woodpeckers have been identified in Pulaski County at Schlicht Springs Access, Bloodland Lake (Fort Leonard Wood), Dixon Towersite, Fort Leonard Wood Towersite, and Roubidoux Creek Conservation Area. Downy Woodpeckers are smaller than their lookalike, the Hairy Woodpecker. Being able to differentiate between the two is one of the first identification challenges that beginning bird watchers master. Downy Woodpeckers can be spotted in open woodlands habitats, city parks, and backyards. A Downy Woodpecker’s diet consist mainly of insects, although they will consume berries, acorns, and grains.

You can find Downy Woodpeckers in woodlots, residential areas, and city parks.

AllAboutBirds.org Cool Fact:
Woodpeckers don’t sing songs, but they drum loudly against pieces of wood or metal to achieve the same effect. People sometimes think this drumming is part of the birds’ feeding habits, but it isn’t. In fact, feeding birds make surprisingly little noise even when they’re digging vigorously into wood.

Downy Woodpeckers have been sighted at Schlicht Springs Access, Bloodland Lake (Fort Leonard Wood), Dixon Tower Site, Fort Leonard Wood Tower Site, and Roubidoux Creek Conservation Area in Pulaski County, MO.

Downy Woodpeckers have been sighted in several areas across Pulaski County, Missouri.

Hairy Woodpeckers have been identified in Pulaski County at Riddle Bridge Access. Larger than their lookalike, the Downy Woodpecker, its bill is much longer than the Downy Woodpecker. Hairy Woodpeckers are often sighted in mature woodlands, parks, and even cemeteries. A Hairy Woodpecker’s diet consist mainly of insects, although they will consume fruit and seeds.

You can spot a Hairy Woodpecker by watching the trunks and main branches of large trees, looking for a boldly patterned black-and-white bird.

AllAboutBirds.org Cool Fact:
Hairy Woodpeckers sometimes drink sap leaking from wells in the bark made by sapsuckers. They’ve also been seen pecking into sugar cane to drink the sugary juice.

Hairy Woodpeckers have been sighted at Riddle Bridge Gasconade River Access in Pulaski County, MO.

Hairy Woodpeckers have been sighted in Pulaski County, Missouri.

Northern Flickers have been identified in Pulaski County at Riddle Bridge Access, Dixon Towersite, Laughlin/Roubidoux Parks (Waynesville) and Roubidoux Creek Conservation Area. They are large brown woodpeckers with black-scalloped plumage. Northern Flickers can be seen in open woodland habitats. Northern Flickers diet consists mainly of insects. In winter they will eat fruits and seeds.

You can spot a Northern Flicker by walking through open woods or forest edges, but scan the ground. You may flush a flicker from a feeding spot up into a nearby tree.

AllAboutBirds.org Cool Fact:
Although it can climb up the trunks of trees and hammer on wood like other woodpeckers, the Northern Flicker prefers to find food on the ground. Ants are its main food, and the flicker digs in the dirt to find them. It uses its long barbed tongue to lap up the ants.

Northern Flickers have been spotted at Riddle Bridge Gasconade River Access, Dixon Tower Site, Waynesville's Laughlin and Roubidoux Parks, and Roubidoux Creek Conservation Area in Pulaski County, MO.

Northern Flickers have been spotted in several locations across Pulaski County, Missouri.

Pileated Woodpeckers have been spotted in Pulaski County at Ross Access, Schlicht Springs Access, Bloodland Lake (Fort Leonard Wood), Dixon Towersite, Fort Leonard Wood Towersite, Laughlin/Roubidoux Parks (Waynesville) Mitschele Access, Roubidoux Creek Conservation Access. They are very large woodpeckers- “one of the biggest, most striking forest birds on the continent. It’s nearly the size of a crow, black with bold white stripes down the neck and a flaming-red crest.” Pileated Woodpeckers live in mature woodlands and have an affinity for dead trees. They primarily eat carpenter ants.

You can spot a Pileated Woodpecker in stands of mature forest with plenty of dead trees and downed logs.

AllAboutBirds.org Cool Fact:
A Pileated Woodpecker pair stays together on its territory all year round. It will defend the territory in all seasons, but will tolerate new arrivals during the winter.

Pileated Woodpeckers have been identified at Ross Big Piney River Access, Schlicht Springs Gasconade River Access, Mitschele Gasconade River Access, and several other locations in Pulaski County, MO.

Pileated Woodpeckers have been identified in many areas across Pulaski County, Missouri.

Red-bellied Woodpeckers have been identified at Ryden Cave Conservation Area, Riddle Bridge Access, Schlicht Springs Access, Bloodland Lake (Fort Leonard Wood), Dixon Towersite, Fort Leonard Wood Towersite, Laughlin/Roubidoux Parks (Waynesville) Roubidoux Creek Conservation Area, and Mitschele Access, all in Pulaski County, Missouri. They are medium-sized woodpeckers about the same size as a Hairy Woodpecker. Red-bellied woodpeckers are often found in a forest habitat, especially in river bottoms. They mainly eat insects and spiders, but will also eat acorns and grapes.

Identify a Red-bellied Woodpecker by its call. Once you learn its rolling call, you’ll notice these birds everywhere.

AllAboutBirds.org Cool Fact:
A Red-bellied Woodpecker can stick out its tongue nearly 2 inches past the end of its beak. The tip is barbed and the bird’s spit is sticky, making it easier to snatch prey from deep crevices. Males have longer, wider-tipped tongues than females, possibly allowing a breeding pair to forage in slightly different places on their territory and maximize their use of available food.

Red-bellied Woodpeckers have been spotted at Ryden Cave Conservation Area and several other areas in Pulaski County, MO.

Red-bellied Woodpeckers have been spotted in many areas across Pulaski County, Missouri.

Red-headed Woodpeckers have been spotted at Dixon Towersite and Mitschele Access in Pulaski County, MO. This bird has been described as a “flying checkerboard”. Its head is crimson red, its body is white, and its wings are half white and half black. They are the only North American Woodpecker with an entirely red head and neck. Red-headed Woodpeckers breed in deciduous woodlands with oak or beech, groves of dead or dying trees, river bottoms, burned areas, recent clearings, beaver swamps, orchards, parks, farmland, grasslands with scattered trees, forest edges, and roadsides. They eat insects, fruits, and seeds. Like Lewis’s Woodpecker, Red-headed Woodpeckers are very adept at catching insects in the air.

Look for Red-headed Woodpeckers in scattered, open woodlots in agricultural areas and dead timber in swamps.

AllAboutBirds.org Cool Fact:
The striking Red-headed Woodpecker has earned a place in human culture. Cherokee Indians used the species as a war symbol, and it makes an appearance in Longfellow’s epic poem The Song of Hiawatha, telling how a grateful Hiawatha gave the bird its red head in thanks for its service.

Red-headed Woodpeckers have been sighted at Dixon Towersite and Mitschele Gasconade River Access in Pulaski County, MO.

Red-headed Woodpeckers have been sighted at Dixon Towersite and Mitschele Gasconade River Access in Pulaski County, Missouri.

Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers have been spotted at Ryden Cave Conservation Area and Ross Access in Pulaski County, Missouri. They are fairly small woodpeckers and prefer a forest habitat, especially forests with young birch and maple trees. Just as their name implies, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers consume sap for the majority of their diet. They bore shallow holes in tree bark and lap up the leaking sap and any trapped insects with its specialized, brush-tipped tongue.

To find a sapsucker’s territory, keep an eye out for their distinctive, neatly organized rows of sapwells.

AllAboutBirds.org Cool Fact:
Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers have been found drilling sapwells in more than 1,000 species of trees and woody plants, though they have a strong preference for birches and maples.

Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers have been spotted by birders at Ryden Cave Conservation Area and Ross Big Piney River Access, near Fort Leonard Wood, in Pulaski County, MO.

Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers have been spotted by birders at Ryden Cave Conservation Area and Ross Big Piney River Access, near Fort Leonard Wood, in Pulaski County, MO.

To learn more about the size & shape, color pattern, behavior, habitat, food, nesting, migration, and conservation of Woodpeckers please visit www.allaboutbirds.org.

The Ozark Rivers Audubon Chapter meets the 2nd Thursday monthly at 7 pm at the Eugene F. Northern Community Center in Rolla, Missouri. You can visit them online at: http://ozarkriversaudubon.org/

For more information on bird watching in Missouri visit The Audubon Society of Missouri at http://www.mobirds.org.

For more information on birding, in Pulaski County, MO please read “Hitchhikers Guide To Birding In Pulaski County”

Take part in The Great Backyard Bird Count February 14-17, 2014! How many birds can you identify in your backyard and across Pulaski County? Tweet your Pulaski County wild bird photos to us at @PulCoUSA! #PulaskiCountyUSA

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For more information about things to do in Pulaski County, Missouri visit Pulaski County Tourism Bureau at http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com or http://www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyUSA.

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Events for the week of February 10, 2014-February 16, 2014

February 15- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Farmer’s Market
Where: Downtown Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Bruce Main- 573.842.9079

February 15- Narvel Felts LIVE In Concert
What: Family friendly evening of entertainment by international music star, Narvel Felts
Where: The Barn, 13015 Highway 28, Dixon
When: Doors open at 6 pm, show starts at 7 pm
Cost: $25, Kids 10 & Under-FREE
Contact: Bill Johnson- 573.433.9370

Narvel Felts performs at The barn, near Dixon, Saturday February 15th.

Narvel Felts performs at The barn, near Dixon, Saturday February 15th.

In the case of inclement weather /bad road conditions always call ahead to confirm the status of the event that you are attending.

Looking Forward:

February 21 & 22: Outdoor Sportsman Show
March 1: Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House
March 8: Payin’ For The Spayin’ 5K Winter Run

For more event listings in Pulaski County USA please visit our online calendar at: http://tinyurl.com/PulaskiCountyUSAEvents or “Like” us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyUSA
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Rival To The Mammoth Cave of Kentucky – July 24, 1857

The following was published in the Sacramento Daily Union newspaper July 24, 1857.

RIVAL TO THE MAMMOTH CAVE OF KENTUCKY.

-We have been furnished the following description of a large cave, in Maries county, by M. Meyer Friede, of St. Louis, who explored it on the Thursday, the 14th ult. The cave is known by the name of the Big Saltpeter Cave:

The cave is in Maries County, 1 3/4 miles from the Gasconade River, on a creek called Cave Spring Creek, in township 38, section 21, range 9, west. He went to the cave, guided by Mr. R.H. Prewett, a young man, about 25 years old, who was born and raised about a quarter of a mile from the place.

In front of the entrance was a small stone house, which the old settlers thought was built by the Indians, but is now in ruins.

The entrance goes straight in the rock on a level with the surrounding surface rock, is about one hundred feet wide, and, in the center, about twenty-five feet high, arched. Messrs. Friede and Prewett entered the cave for near four hundred feet, where it narrows to about twenty-five feet wide and fifteen feet high, and presents the appearance of an ante-chamber; from there they passed into a large chamber, about one hundred feet in height, where three galleries branch off; they then passed into the left gallery, which ascends near twenty feet on a bed of saltpeter. This gallery is called the Dry Gallery, and is about five hundred feet in length; the height varies from one hundred to about thirty feet. The ceiling and sides are composed of solid rock. Near the end is a large round chamber which Mr. Prewett calls the ball-room, and that gentleman states that his father had given balls in the chamber frequently; the last was in the winter of 1850, at which time there were about eighteen or twenty persons there. They went in the morning and stopped all day, and arrived at home in the evening, cooking and eating their meals in their subterranean saloon, and had a merry time of it.

This article about Big Saltpeter Cave in Maries County, Missouri,  was published in the Sacramento Daily Union Friday morning, July 24, 1857. The 2015 National Speleological Society Convention will be held July 13- 17, 2015 in neighboring Pulaski County. Waynesville, the host location, and county seat of Pulaski, is the heart of Missouri's cave country.

This article about Big Saltpeter Cave in Maries County, Missouri, was published in the Sacramento Daily Union Friday morning, July 24, 1857. The 2015 National Speleological Society Convention will be held July 13- 17, 2015 in neighboring Pulaski County. Waynesville, the host location, and county seat of Pulaski, is the heart of Missouri’s cave country.

After exploring this chamber, they retraced their steps and passed into the right branch (or fork) of the cave, where they ascended a rise of about twelve feet, and entered another gallery, the end of which is not known; they, however, explored it about three-fourths of a mile.

Mr. Prewett states that he has been in this gallery over two miles, and did not get to the end of it. In this gallery, the dropping of the water has formed stalactites of the most beautiful conceptions- statues of men and animals, and large columns, supporting the most beautiful arches, form the ceiling, which is from fifty to one hundred feet high, and forms several chambers of various sizes. The ceiling is decorated with different groups of spar, forming a variety of figures which represent the inside of a cathedral. The size of some of these chambers is about forty feet wide by over one hundred high, and looks like rooms in some feudal castle.

They were afraid their lights would give out, and therefore they retraced their steps to the main chamber, from which they ascended the middle gallery, where a large stream of clear water issues from the interior of the cave, and has a fall of about six feet, and falls in several round marble basins. The water has a pleasant taste. The water flows all he year round, without variation, in sufficient volume to drive a mill.

They ascended the galleries and found themselves in several beautiful chambers , leading from one to the other, in which, however, they did not penetrate to more than six hundred feet.

There is a strong draft of air setting in from the entrance. Inside of the cave the atmosphere was mild.

These chambers are of unusual height and extent.

They went in at 1 o’clock, and emerged from the cave at half past 3. —Jefferson City (Mo.) Inquirer

The 2015 NSS Convention "Hitchhikers Guide To Missouri Caving" logo includes Missouri cave diving in its design.

The 2015 NSS Convention “Hitchhikers Guide To Missouri Caving” logo includes Missouri cave diving in its design.

The 2015 National Speleological Society Convention will be held July 13- 17, 2015 in Pulaski County, Missouri. Waynesville, the host location, and county seat of Pulaski, is the heart of Missouri’s cave country.

To learn more about National Speleological Society visit: http://www.caves.org
To learn more about things to see and do in Pulaski County, Missouri visit: http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com

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