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Events for the week of September 18-September 24, 2017

Welcome to the following groups:
September 18: Czech Route 66 Association (Česká asociace Route 66)
September 20 & 21: Military Vehicle Preservation Association Route 66 Convoy
September 20-22: Midwest Wanderer travel bloggers (Skip & Connie Reed)

September 20- MVPA’s Historic Military Vehicle Display
What: Meet and greet & photo opportunity with MVPA Route 66 Convoy
Where: John B. Mahaffey Museum Parking Lot, Fort Leonard Wood
When: 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Contact: Fort Leonard Wood MWR– (573)563-5034/4145

September 20 MVPA MWR Flyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 22 & 23- PFAA presents “Dracula”
What: Community theater production
Where: Theatre on the Square, 312 Historic 66 East, Waynesville
When: Curtain at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Adults $10, Children 12 & under $5
Contact: Pulaski Fine Arts Association (Rhea Anne Mathews)- 573.774.3050

September 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 PFAA Dracula

September 22 & 23- Haunted River Float
What: Haunted float trip on the Gasconade River
Where: 22474 Restful Lane, Waynesville
When: First float at dark, last check-in at 10:00 p.m.
Cost: $25.00
Contact: Ruby’s Landing– 573.855.9567

Haunted River Float on the Gasconade River near Waynesville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 23- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum
What: One of only two remaining Route 66 period courthouses in Missouri. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Last day for 2017 season.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society (Denise Seevers)-573.855.3644

1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum

September 23- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum
What: Pulaski County’s oldest building has served as a private residence, a stagecoach stop, a Civil War hospital, and a hotel on Historic Route 66. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation (Jeanie Porter)- 573.336.3561

Old Stagecoach Stop

September 23- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House
What: Supervised paranormal investigation of one of Waynesville’s oldest homes.
Where: 405 North Street, Waynesville
When: Investigation begins at dusk, call for exact start time.
Cost: $25 per person, reservations required
Contact: Crocker’s Optimistic Paranormal Society (Dawnmarie Cecora)- 573.528.2149

Paranormal Investigations

September 23 & 24- Uncle Buck’s Pumpkin Patch
What: Pumpkin patch and family-friendly autumn activities & concessions
Where: 10800 Highway D, Dixon
When: 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $6 admission (ages 2 & up)
Contact: Uncle Buck’s Pumpkin Patch (Marilyn Moehle)- 573.759.9045

Looking Ahead:

September 29 & 30- Haunted River Float, Waynesville
September 29, 30 & October 1- MidKnight Hollowfest, Waynesville
September 30- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville
September 30, October 7, 14, 21, & 28- Paranormal Investigations of Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
September 30, October 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, & 29- Uncle Buck’s Pumpkin Patch, Dixon
September 30, October 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, & 31- Rising Haunted Attraction, Waynesville
October 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, & 28- Haunted House & Corn Maze, Waynesville
October 7- Oktoberfest, Fort Leonard Wood
October 7- Frog Hill Half Marathon & 10K, Waynesville
October 8- Trail of Treats Spooktacular, Richland
October 20- Halloween in the Park, Saint Robert
October 28- Truck or Treat, Crocker
October 28- Route 66 Challenge, Pulaski County
October 28- Zombie Run 5K/Trunk or Treat, Waynesville
October 28- Halloween Glow Run, Waynesville
October 31- Trick or Treat on Main Street, Dixon

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

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of September 11-September 17, 2017

September 15, 16, & 17- PFAA presents “Dracula”
What: Community theater production
Where: Theatre on the Square, 312 Historic 66 East, Waynesville
When: Friday and Saturday curtain at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinee curtain at 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Adults $10, Children 12 & under $5
Contact: Pulaski Fine Arts Association (Rhea Anne Mathews)- 573.774.3050

September 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 PFAA Dracula

September 15 & 16- Cow Days Festival
What: Win a cow at this family-friendly street festival!
Where: Downtown Dixon
When: Friday events start at Noon, Saturday events begin at 10:00 a.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Dixon Area Chamber of Commerce (Ann Major)- 573.759.2121

September 16 & 17 Cow Days

September 15 & 16- Haunted River Float
What: Haunted float trip on the Gasconade River
Where: 22474 Restful Lane, Waynesville
When: First float at dark, last check-in at 10:00 p.m.
Cost: $25.00
Contact: Ruby’s Landing– 573.855.9567

Haunted River Float on the Gasconade River near Waynesville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 16- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum
What: One of only two remaining Route 66 period courthouses in Missouri. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society (Denise Seevers)-573.855.3644

1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum

September 16- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum
What: Pulaski County’s oldest building has served as a private residence, a stagecoach stop, a Civil War hospital, and a hotel on Historic Route 66. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation (Jeanie Porter)- 573.336.3561

Old Stagecoach Stop

September 16- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House
What: Supervised paranormal investigation of one of Waynesville’s oldest homes.
Where: 405 North Street, Waynesville
When: Investigation begins at dusk, call for exact start time.
Cost: $25 per person, reservations required
Contact: Crocker’s Optimistic Paranormal Society (Dawnmarie Cecora)- 573.528.2149

Paranormal Investigations

September 16 & 17- 8th Annual Kiwanis Gun, Knife, & Archery Show
What: Two days of buying, selling, & trading
Where: St. Robert Community Center, 114 J.H. Williamson Drive, Saint Robert
When: Saturday 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Sunday 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $5 entry fee (valid for both days)
Contact: Kiwanis Club of Pulaski County (Jerry)- 573.433.6507

September 16_17 Kiwanis Gun Show

Looking Ahead:

September 22, 23, 29, & 30- Haunted River Float, Waynesville
September 22 & 23- Pulaski Fine Arts Association presents “Dracula”, Waynesville
September 23 & 30- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
September 23 & 30- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville
September 23 & 30- Paranormal Investigations of Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
September 20- Military Vehicle Preservation Association Route 66 Convoy, Fort Leonard Wood
September 23, 24, & 30- Uncle Buck’s Pumpkin Patch, Dixon
September 29, & 30- Rising Haunted Attraction, Waynesville

Love Halloween? Celebrate early with our “Ultimate Halloween in September Road Trip Guide!”

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

Tens of thousands fright fans flock to the Haunted River Float in south-central Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Tens of thousands fright fans flock to the Haunted River Float in south-central Missouri

Waynesville, MO- September 7, 2017

Haunted River Float organizer Glen Clark is thrilled to announce that Haunted River Float trips continue to scare up a great time at their new location in Pulaski County, Missouri. After Spring flooding in late April devastated the original location at Lay Z Days Canoes and Camping on the Big Piney River near Saint Robert, Clark quickly teamed up with the staff at Ruby’s Landing on the Gasconade River near Waynesville, Missouri. Together the Haunted River Float staff and the Ruby’s Landing team continue to offer Missouri’s only river based haunted attraction- an experience like no other in the Show Me State.

Haunted River Float participants raft down the Gasconade River after nightfall drapes the water in darkness. The setting can be frightening in its own right- but a team of dedicated actors amp up the adrenaline with a series of scary scenarios that play out in the water alongside and near your raft. You are almost guaranteed to scream at least once during your nearly hour long water adventure.

Adding to the uniqueness of the Haunted River Float is the hayride to the river put-in location. After disembarking the raft fright fans can navigate the corn maze and brave the haunted house. One night of primitive camping at Ruby’s Landing is included in the $25 admission price.

Are you brave enough to conquer Missouri’s ONLY Haunted River Float?

Join almost 20,000 other Haunted River Float followers on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/TheHauntedRiverFloat.

Haunted River Float was first organized in 2013 and operated at Lay Z Days Canoes and Camping through 2016. In 2017 the event was moved to Ruby’s Landing located at 22472 Restful Lane, Waynesville, Missouri. The event has expanded each year since its premiere and continues to draw multitudes of Halloweniacs for a thrill like no other in Missouri. Haunted River Floats are offered every Friday and Saturday during September.

Haunted River Float on the Gasconade River near Waynesville

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Freedom Rock Tour comes to Saint Robert, Missouri

By Laura Huffman

Saint Robert, Missouri Mayor George Lauritson couldn’t imagine a better location to host a Freedom Rock than Pulaski County’s patriotic “Gateway to Fort Leonard Wood.” During a previous tenure as Mayor, in 2002, Lauritson brought the tanks that are displayed throughout the city to town. He had also envisioned a “Military Rock Art Park” that displayed crests and symbols from units attached to Ft. Leonard Wood. In his most recent term of service as Mayor he has been able to turn that vision into reality at a location between Interstate 44 and St. Robert Boulevard.

Saint Robert's Military Rock Display

Saint Robert’s Military Rock Display. Image courtesy of Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

Michael Myers, now a Saint Robert alderman, noticed that the military rock art reminded him of Freedom Rocks that he had seen across Iowa. Myers approached City Council and after particulars were hammered out between city officials and the artist, Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II, it was announced that Saint Robert would be the location of Missouri’s third Freedom Rock.

The Freedom Rock project began in Greenfield, Iowa after Sorensen watched “Saving Private Ryan.” Sorensen decided that he would cover up the graffiti on a large rock beside the highway near town with a mural thanking America’s veterans. Since 1999 Sorensen has returned to the original Greenfield Freedom Rock and painted a new tribute each year before Memorial Day. The Greenfield Freedom Rock is especially poignant as veterans have asked to have their ashes mixed into Sorensen’s paint.

The Freedom Rock 2017

The Freedom Rock, Greenfield, Iowa, 2017 rendition. Image courtesy of the artist, Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II.

Sorensen’s paint isn’t the typical “off the rack” paint found at local hardware and home improvement stores. The natural pigment used in some of his blue hued paint is mined in Afghanistan and the finished paint can cost as much as $600 a gallon. The canvas for Sorensen’s Freedom Rock at Saint Robert is a slab of Missouri limestone, quarried at Laquey, in Pulaski County, measuring 9 feet by 10 feet at its widest point. The unpainted rock slab has a retail value of approximately $12,000. The limestone rock is set in 12 inches of concrete and a structure has been built over the stone to help protect it from the elements.

Many of the Freedom Rocks use a granite slab as Sorensen’s canvas. He states that Saint Robert’s porous limestone Freedom Rock creates challenges and will give it a different look than some of the ones that he has previously painted. His methodology remains the same though—a quick “scrape” of Missouri’s military history for inspiration and then sketching his vision directly onto the rock itself in pencil before bringing the detailed work to life with vivid colors.

Saint Robert’s Freedom Rock will feature Medal of Honor recipient General Leonard Wood and the Rough Rider era. It also will pay tribute to Fort Wood’s history as a training installation with a scene of a Drill Sergeant interacting with soldier-in-training during basic combat training. The reverse side of the limestone will depict “The Spirit of Pulaski County,” a North American P-51 Mustang aircraft that was purchased for the World War II effort  during the third War Loan Drive. The “skinny side” of the slab will be painted with the Fallen Soldier Battle Cross and the top of the rock will be draped in a painted American flag.

Sorensen’s Freedom Rocks are crafted with endurance in mind. Other than the original Freedom Rock, he does not return to repaint them. The quality of materials that he uses and three protective sealants, including one layer of vandal frustrating sealer, should protect the vividness of his art work and images for forty years.

Sorensen is excited to unveil his latest Freedom Rock in Saint Robert, Missouri’s second Purple Heart City. He noted that motor coaches in Iowa plan day trips that center around visiting four or five of his rocks. “Freedom Rock groupies” travel to visit each installation. Karen Hood, CTIS, Military Reunion Coordinator for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau commented that reunion groups will especially appreciate the patriotic tribute. Leisure travelers planning a Freedom Rock themed road trip will be able to explore Missouri’s northeast (Maryville) to the stunning Ozarks of the south central region (Saint Robert) before traveling to southeast riverside town of Cape Girardeau.

Missouri's First Freedom Rock, Maryville, Missouri

Missouri’s First Freedom Rock, Maryville, Missouri. Image courtesy of the artist, Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II.

Cape Girardeau Freedom Rock

Missouri’s Second Freedom Rock, Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Image courtesy of the artist, Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II.

Mayor Lauritson and the City Council plan to continue the celebration of Saint Robert’s patriotism after the Freedom Rock is completed. The brick chimney from the former U.S.O. is being rebuilt alongside Missouri Boulevard and the site will play host to another rock- this one recognizing Missouri’s Medal of Honor recipients as well as the Show Me State’s missing in action service members. Lauritson would also like for that area to include displays honoring the Navy and Marines, and possibly a fighter plane to symbolize the Air Force.

An official unveiling ceremony for Saint Robert’s Freedom Rock will be announced soon.

For more things to see and do in Pulaski County, Missouri, please visit http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of September 4-September 10, 2017

Welcome to the following groups:
September 5: Norwegian Veteran’s Association for International Operations
September 7: 589th Engineer Battalion
September 7-9: 19th Combat Engineer Battalion Vietnam & Attached Units

September 8 & 9- PFAA Presents “Dracula”
What: Community theater production of “Dracula”
Where: Theatre on the Square, 312 Old Route 66, Waynesville
When: Curtain at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Adults $10, Children under 12 $5
Contact: Pulaski Fine Arts Association (Rhea Anne Mathews)- 573.774.3050

September 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 PFAA Dracula

September 8 & 9- Haunted River Float
What: Haunted float trip on the Gasconade River
Where: 22474 Restful Lane, Waynesville
When: First float at dark, last check-in at 10:00 p.m.
Cost: $25.00
Contact: Ruby’s Landing– 573.855.9567

Haunted River Float on the Gasconade River near Waynesville

September 9- Shrimpfestival & Fly-In
What: Fresh water prawn harvest festival.
Where: 15750 Conway Road, Dixon
When: 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission- dinners and shrimp by the pound available
Contact: Show Me Shrimp Farm (Paul Smith)- 417.664.2307

September 9 Shrimpfestival & Fly In

September 9- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum
What: One of only two remaining Route 66 period courthouses in Missouri. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society (Denise Seevers)-573.855.3644

1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum

September 9- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum
What: Pulaski County’s oldest building has served as a private residence, a stagecoach stop, a Civil War hospital, and a hotel on Historic Route 66. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation (Jeanie Porter)- 573.336.3561

Old Stagecoach Stop

September 9- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House
What: Supervised paranormal investigation of one of Waynesville’s oldest homes.
Where: 405 North Street, Waynesville
When: Investigation begins at dusk, call for exact start time.
Cost: $25 per person, reservations required
Contact: Crocker’s Optimistic Paranormal Society (Dawnmarie Cecora)- 573.528.2149

Looking Ahead:

September 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, & 30- Haunted River Float, Waynesville
September 16, 23, & 30- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
September 16, 23, & 30- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville
September 16, 23, & 30- Paranormal Investigations of Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
September 15 & 16- Cow Days, Dixon
September 16 & 17- 8th Annual Kiwanis Gun, Knife, & Archery Show, Saint Robert
September 15, 16, & 17- PFAA Presents “Dracula”, Waynesville
September 20- Military Vehicle Preservation Association Route 66 Convoy, Fort Leonard Wood
September 22 & 23- PFAA Presents “Dracula”, Waynesville
September 23, 24, & 30- Uncle Buck’s Pumpkin Patch, Dixon
September 29, & 30- Rising Haunted Attraction, Waynesville

Love Halloween? Celebrate early with our “Ultimate Halloween in September Road Trip Guide!”

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

URANUS IS THE GUINNESS WORLD RECORD TITLE HOLDER

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 29th, 2017

Team Uranus
Uranus Inc.
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lindsay@uranusmissouri.com

URANUS IS THE GUINNESS WORLD RECORD TITLE HOLDER FOR
“THE WORLDS LARGEST BELT BUCKLE”

Uranus, Missouri: Guinness World Record Headquarters notified Mayor Louie R. Keen that Uranus is now the Title Holder for “The World’s Largest Belt “.

The “World’s Largest Belt Buckle” pays homage in its appeal to the Midwestern Lifestyle. The Mayor’s motto is “It’s gotta be BIG if it’s in Uranus!”. What better way to do that then to have “The World’s Largest Belt Buckle” establishing its home in Uranus, Missouri.

The “World’s Largest Belt Buckle” comes in at 13.371 W x 10.12 H (FEET). Created and designed locally. The process took over a year and a half to complete. Team Uranus, The Mayor, Ed Wilson, Travis Baur, and Nick Nickels along with many staff members helped put this together. John Mackey was the certified surveyor. The witnesses were Julie Marlea Harmon, Local business owner of Nona’s Kitchen and Beth Wiles from the Pulaski County Tourism. This process was certified by Guinness World Book of Records.

Uranus, Missouri: One Stop Shop #1 Tourist Destination on Route 66 with all things fun in The Heart of Uranus.

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of August 28-September 3, 2017

September 1 & 2- Railroad Days
What: Family-friendly festival celebrating Crocker’s heritage as a railroad boom town.
Where: Downtown Crocker
When: Events begin at 3:00 p.m. Friday and 8:00 a.m. Saturday
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Crocker City Hall– 573.736.5327

September 1 & 2- Haunted River Float
What: Haunted float trip on the Gasconade River
Where: 22474 Restful Lane, Waynesville
When: First float at dark, last check-in at 10:00 p.m.
Cost: $25.00
Contact: Ruby’s Landing– 573.855.9567

Haunted River Float on the Gasconade River near Waynesville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 2- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum
What: One of only two remaining Route 66 period courthouses in Missouri. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society (Denise Seevers)-573.855.3644

1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum

September 2- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum
What: Pulaski County’s oldest building has served as a private residence, a stagecoach stop, a Civil War hospital, and a hotel on Historic Route 66. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation (Jeanie Porter)- 573.336.3561

Old Stagecoach Stop

September 2- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House
What: Supervised paranormal investigation of one of Waynesville’s oldest homes.
Where: 405 North Street, Waynesville
When: Investigation begins at dusk, call for exact start time.
Cost: $25 per person, reservations required
Contact: Crocker’s Optimistic Paranormal Society (Dawnmarie Cecora)- 573.528.2149

Looking Ahead:

September 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, & 30- Haunted River Float, Waynesville
September 9, 16, 23, & 30- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
September 9, 16, 23, & 30- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville
September 9, 16, 23, & 30- Paranormal Investigations of Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
September 9- Shrimpfestival & Fly-In, Dixon
September 15 & 16- Cow Days, Dixon
September 16- 8th Annual Kiwanis Gun, Knife, & Archery Show, Saint Robert
September 20- Military Vehicle Preservation Association Route 66 Convoy, Saint Robert
September 23, 24, & 30- Uncle Buck’s Pumpkin Patch, Dixon
September 29 & 30- Rising Haunted Attraction, Waynesville

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Love Halloween? Celebrate early with our “Ultimate Halloween in September Road Trip Guide!”

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