Pulaski County Tourism Bureau releases expanded Route 66 Driving Tour brochure.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Pulaski County Tourism Bureau releases expanded Route 66 Driving Tour brochure.

Saint Robert, MO- March 28, 2018

Pulaski County Tourism Bureau Executive Director Beth Wiles is delighted to announce her team has expanded the Route 66 Driving Tour brochure. The free guide, first offered in 2001, now includes 66+ points of interest, 10 detour worthy side trips, and 7 roadie inspired tips to enhance your Route 66 experience in Pulaski County, Missouri.

The brochure takes inspiration from Jack D. Rittenhouse’s 1946 A Guide Book to Highway 66 and is adapted from Route 66 in Pulaski County, Missouri (a local history) by noted Route 66 historian and author, Terry Primas. The updated version includes 20+ vintage Route 66 postcards, almost triple the prior amount. The images were provided by John F. Bradbury, Jr. Collection and noted Route 66 author and aficionado Joe Sonderman. The expansion project was managed by Tourism Bureau content creator Laura Huffman. Huffman is also a local historian and life-long Route 66 enthusiast. She remarked that the guide was produced “by a Route 66 fan for Route 66 fans. It’s a keepsake.”

For the first time in the seventeen-year history of the booklet, it now includes detailed directions to Pulaski County’s abandoned “ghost section”, a short two-lane 1930’s alignment at the former Morgan Heights community. The brochure also details Waynesville’s significance to Route 66 as the “Birthplace of the Byway.”

For the first time in the seventeen-year history of the Route 66 Driving Tour brochure, it now includes detailed directions to Pulaski County’s abandoned “ghost section”, a short two-lane 1930’s alignment at the former Morgan Heights community. Image courtesy of Joe Sonderman/www.66postcards.com.

For the first time in the seventeen-year history of the Route 66 Driving Tour brochure, it now includes detailed directions to Pulaski County’s abandoned “ghost section”, a short two-lane 1930’s alignment at the former Morgan Heights community. Image courtesy of Joe Sonderman. http://www.66postcards.com.

The turn-by-turn directions guide visitors, travelers, tourists, and roadies to Route 66 alignments that date to the 1920’s, 1930’s, & 1940’s. Pulaski County’s boundaries include 33 miles of drivable Mother Road.

Wiles says, “the Bureau’s expanded Route 66 Driving Tour brochure is being released just as Route 66 fans begin hitting the legendary road to tour, explore, and discover.” She noted that the complimentary guide also includes driving tours of historic Fort Leonard Wood and of the former Frisco Railroad line through Dixon, Crocker, and Richland. She also noted that the beefed-up pamphlet is an example of Pulaski County’s tourism dollars at work. “The brochure is designed to engage Route 66 travelers with our Route 66 communities, namely, Devils Elbow, Saint Robert, Waynesville, Laquey, and Gascozark.”

The updated guide has been submitted to the Route 66 Association of Missouri’s magazine, Show Me Route 66, for inclusion in an upcoming issue.

The free turn-by-turn guide can be preordered by contacting Pulaski County Tourism Bureau at 573-336-6355 or via email at email@pulaskicountyusa.com. It will also be distributed to Pulaski County businesses that cater to travelers along the route. Pulaski County residents can pick up a copy at the Visitors Center at 137 St. Robert Boulevard, Saint Robert.

Pulaski County Tourism Bureau is the destination marketing agency for Pulaski County, Missouri. The bureau, funded by the hotel/motel guest tax, promotes tourism throughout the county and markets their destination to fuel the local business climate and broaden the local tax base. The Bureau has actively promoted Route 66 to the traveling public for nearly twenty years.

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Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center
Executive Director
Beth Wiles
573-336-6355
bethw@pulaskicountyusa.com

UPDATE: 

17 April 2018

The expanded Route 66 Driving Tour brochures have arrived hot off the printer’s press!  The Tourism Bureau will begin shipping copies for those who pre-ordered Wednesday, 18 April 2018. If you are in the area feel free to stop by the Visitors Center in Saint Robert to claim yours!

Hot off the printer's press! Order yours today!

Hot off the printer’s press! Order yours today!

 

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Pulaski County, MO set to host the 2018 River Bassin’ National Championship

Presented by Jackson Kayak
$75,000 in cash/prizes at stake

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Dec 6, 2017 – Kayak fishing in wild waters continues to grow in popularity, thanks to the abundance of eager bass, awe inspiring scenery, solitude, and the childlike anticipation anglers feel while exploring these waters. The River Bassin’ Tournament Trail not only allows fisherman of all skill levels a chance to fish these wild places, but do so competitively. The 2018 grand finale will be held in the beautiful Ozarks, at Ruby’s Landing in Waynesville, MO, on September 22nd, 2018, and is an open tournament for all to enter.

Despite nearly $75,000 in cash/prizes on the line, the tournament has a laid back festival feel to it. Spectators and anglers attending the event will experience great food, music, have a chance to demo kayaks, play yard games and win numerous random prizes; some may get the chance to spin the River Bassin’ Prize Wheel, where participants can win big or even lose a fishing lure of their own! There will be two Jackson Kayak door prize giveaways, with proceeds benefiting local non-profits. Anglers can choose to enter several divisions besides the mandatory Individual Division ($50) – Team (2 anglers) + $30 per person, a new Super Team division (5 anglers) + $20 per person, Youth $30, Top Lady Angler $50, College Kayak Anglers $30, and a new Fly Fishing division + $20.

Aside from the championship, anglers can get involved during the entire 2018 season by fishing in three tournament categories: 1) River Bassin’ Club Series tournaments (approx 30 events) that are held throughout the country by various kayak fishing clubs, 2) River Bassin’ Online Regionals (5), which are season-long events (Feb 1 – Sep 16) where anglers compete against those in their own regions, and 3) The final National Championship tournament in the Ozarks. Anglers vying for the coveted River Basser of the Year (RBOY) or River Bassin’ Team of the Year (RBTOY) titles, and prizes, will be earning points as they fish these tournaments throughout the year. Club Series events are worth 100 points to the winning angler/team, while the Online Regionals carry a 200 point total for a victory. An angler’s top Club Series score will be combined with their top Online Regional score heading into the championship, which is worth 300 points for the win. The angler and team with the highest combined point total after the championship will be the 2018 RBOY & RBTOY Champions, and will take home over $15,000 and $8,000 in cash/prizes, respectively.

“I got into kayak fishing to be able to catch fish in less pressured wild places, such as rivers or creeks, that my boat couldn’t get to. Large reservoirs and lakes already have plenty of competitive series, so I wanted to
give kayak anglers a chance to have fun competing in the locations where the kayak really excels!”

– Drew Gregory, River Bassin’ Founder & President

The Friday before tournament day, there will be a non-mandatory “meet n greet” and rules Q&A, lead by tournament founder and host of the Hooked on Wild Waters TV show, Drew Gregory. This is the perfect chance for anglers to socialize, ask questions, get some last minute advice or just hang out and talk kayak fishing with Gregory and other pros in attendance.

Pulaski County was chosen due to its river-rich resources, the abundance of healthy bass populations living in these scenic waters, and being geographically centralized with easy interstate access. For these reasons, anglers will flock from all regions of the country to attend.

River Bassin’ is an eco-friendly catch, measure, photo, release tournament, in which anglers kayak in rivers within a specified radius targeting black bass; they then measure and photograph their fish via smart phone, release them, and upload the photo to the live leaderboard, where fans can follow along with their favorite anglers in real time. The top three bass (inches) will be the winner.

For more information or to register, visit riverbassintrail.com or call 706-540-4280.

Top sponsors include Under Armour, GoPro, Jackson Kayak, Orion Coolers, Z-MAN Lures, Bending Branches Paddles Smith Optics, 13 Fishing, YakAttack, Thule, Power-Pole, Kokatat, Raymarine, Tennessee Trailers, Boonedox, Plano, Buck Knives, Anchor Wizard, Lucid Fishing, Tackle Warehouse, Suspenz, Mountain Khakis, Ice Mule, Nocqua, Seal Line, Goal Zero, YakLights, Kanu-Lock, Line Cutterz, Hi-Seas, The Rod Glove, Cablz, Gamakatsu hooks, RAM Mounts, SPRO Lures, Gator Guards, official media sponsor Kayak Angler Magazine, local non-profit Ozarks Smallmouth Alliance, & retail sponsors Ozark Mountain Trading Company, the Alpine Shop & many more.

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Pulaski County, MO set to host 2018 River Bassin’ National Championship

Belgian solar powered electric bicycle team overnights in Pulaski County USA

First Solar Bike Route 66 Journey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Belgian solar powered electric bicycle team overnights in Pulaski County USA

Saint Robert, MO- October 9, 2017

Baymont Inn & Suites General Manager Betsy Thomson is pleased to announce that Belgian telecommunications engineer Michael Voros, who is riding the famous Route 66 on an electric bicycle powered by the sun, and his support team, will be lodging at Saint Robert, Pulaski County, Missouri October 13, 2017 before continuing their westward journey October 14, 2017.

Voros has invented and built his solar bike piece by piece. His is the first electric bike sourced by solar panels to reach a speed of 20 miles per hour. The prototype, in its third evolution, consists of a Prodecotech Phantom X3 electric bike equipped with a homemade trailer of his design, constructed of carbon fiber. Each single piece will support the 6 HQST lightweight solar panels regulated by a high-tech computer. This equipment will allow Voros to travel for 60 days on solar energy. If necessary, Voros will contribute needed pedaling. The level of engineering of this bike is “completely innovative and unique, the first 500 watt electric bike straightly fed with 600 watt solar panels.”

Voros describes the challenge as not just technical, but also as a great human adventure: “The technical challenge is obviously what drives me, but it also brings a wonderful opportunity to meet and interact with the people I’ll meet along the way.”

Voros’ Solar Bike Route 66 journey will cover 2,448 miles, cross 8 states, ride through 45 cities—all in 60 days! Successful completion of his mission will set a global record.

Voros will be championing green energy as “the sustainable new way in serving our daily needs.” Voros will also be raising funds for the Willie Dixon Foundation during his adventure.

Follow Voros’ Solar Bike Route 66 journey via Facebook at www.facebook.com/SolarBike66 or via his website www.solarbike66.com

Voros will be accompanied by a film crew documenting his trip for Belgian national television.

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Solar Bike Route 66

Laure Froidecoeur

laure@solarbike66.com

+32 477 863 751

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

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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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Haunted River Float
Glen Clark, Founder
(573) 337-4305
layzday@yahoo.com

URANUS IS THE GUINNESS WORLD RECORD TITLE HOLDER

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 29th, 2017

Team Uranus
Uranus Inc.
5733368758
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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Historic military convoy will stop in Pulaski County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Historic military convoy will stop in Pulaski County

Saint Robert, MO- August 22, 2017

The Pulaski County Tourism Bureau is pleased to announce the Military Vehicle Preservation Association (www.MVPA.org) 91st Anniversary Convoy with over 60 Historic Military Vehicles (HMVs) will retrace the original 1926 Route 66; launching from Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, 16 September, 2017 and scheduled to arrive in Santa Monica, California some 29 days later, on Saturday, 14 October. The procession will enter Pulaski County from the east on Historic Route 66 in late afternoon on 20 September, 2017 and is scheduled to travel to the John B. Mahaffey Museum Complex at Fort Leonard Wood for viewing of the HMVs from 5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to meet and greet the owners and take photos. Visitors should be prepared to provide a current driver’s license, proof of insurance and vehicle registration to gain access to the post. Visitors will not need a pass for this event.

September 20 MVPA MWR Flyer

World War II caused a marked decline in civilian and tourist traffic, but it stimulated new business along U.S. 66, when it acted as a military transport corridor moving troops and supplies from one military reservation to another. Motels saw an increase in occupancy, as families of servicemen stationed at military bases stayed for long stretches. But more significantly, Route 66 facilitated perhaps the single greatest wartime mobilization, as thousands of jobseekers headed to California, Oregon and Washington to work in defense plants.

Route 66 had its official beginnings in 1926 when the Bureau of Public Roads launched the nation’s first Federal highway system. Like other highways in the system, the path of Route 66 was a cobbling together of existing local, State and National roads. The highway quickly became a popular route because of the active promotion of the U.S. 66 Highway Association, which advertised it as “the shortest, best and most scenic route from Chicago through St. Louis to Los Angeles.

Each day’s plans have been carefully prepared, including a detailed route map, stopping locations for AM and PM breaks as well as lunch and dinner stops and lodging plans for all of the RT 66 ’17 teams.

This 2,400 mile / 29 day Convoy represents America’s longest Veterans’ parade, honoring the service and sacrifice of Veterans of all generations. Historic Military Vehicles on the Convoy will range from WWI-era to those just released from the US Armed Forces inventories. The privately owned HMVs include motor cycles, jeeps and large cargo trucks.

These Convoys (the MVPA has conducted 3 previous large-scale HMV Convoys) represent the ground forces legacy of the Nation, showcasing America’s Historic Military Vehicles of many types.

The Convoy will have the support of local, county and state law enforcement agencies in many areas along the Convoy route.

Follow the Convoy progress on line http://www.convoyontheair.org/

Follow the Convoy on line with Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MVPAConvoy

Find the schedule and detailed route map (available mid September) at http://www.visitpulaskicounty.org/

About MVPA: Established in 1976, the non-profit MVPA is dedicated to providing an international organization for military vehicle enthusiasts, historians, preservationists and collectors interested in the acquisition, restoration, preservation, safe operation and public education of historic military transport.

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RT 66 ’17 Convoy Regional Section 1 Officer
Brad Nelson
563-508-4167
Email: dogtag3@me.com

Big BAM (Bicycle Across Missouri) Announces 2018 Ride on Missouri’s Historic Route 66

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2018 Big Bam logo
Date: August 3, 2017
Contact: Greg Wood Phone: 660-882-9898 ext. 106
Email: greg@missourilife.com

To schedule an interview regarding Big BAM, please contact Greg Wood at above phone or email

Photos and maps available at www.bigbamride.com or by request

 

 

Big BAM (Bicycle Across Missouri) Announces 2018 Ride on Missouri’s Historic Route 66

Boonville, MO – Missouri Life magazine has announced the fourth annual Big BAM (Bicycle Across Missouri) which will travel along Missouri’s historic Route 66 from Joplin to Eureka. This six-day event will begin on June 17 with a pre-ride party and festival at Schifferdecker Park in Joplin featuring live music. The 304 mile ride begins on June 18 and ends on June 22 in Eureka.

Four additional overnight towns will host the ride and they include Willard, Lebanon, Waynesville and Cuba. Each town will open their city parks to welcome hundreds of Big BAM participants and anyone who wants to attend. They will find free live music and entertainment from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the event area in each overnight town. The public is invited and encouraged to come enjoy the music and festivities.

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Big BAM works with local authorities all along the route to help create a safe and fun event. Big BAM places water and rest stations every 10 to 12 miles. “We also encourage people along the route to set up refreshment stands if they wish and to cheer on the riders,” says Big BAM executive director Greg Wood, who is also publisher of Missouri Life magazine. “We have riders coming in from all over the U.S. and many other countries. For some, this will be their first time in Missouri. We hope all the towns along the route will be joining in on the fun and welcoming Big BAM riders.”

This is the fourth year for the event and the first time Big BAM has been on a route in the southern half of the state. “We are very excited to have the 2018 route on Missouri’s historic Route 66,” says Wood. “This will get a lot of attention nationally and internationally.”

Information and registration for the ride can be found on www.bigbamride.com. The route map for the 2018 ride and photos of the 2017 ride can be found there as well as all the details.

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