Waynesville-St. Robert Regional Airport Announces Commercial Jet Service

On Tuesday, January 8, the City of Waynesville and the City of St. Robert joined with Contour Airlines at the Waynesville-St. Robert Regional Airport (WSRA) on Fort Leonard Wood (FLW) to announce the new commercial jet service that will begin on February 12, 2019.

Waynesville-St. Robert Regional Airport announced commercial jet service with Contour Airlines January 8, 2019.

Waynesville-St. Robert Regional Airport announced commercial jet service with Contour Airlines January 8, 2019.

The airport plays a large part in the region’s tourism industry. With over 150,000 visitors coming to the Fort Leonard Wood Region every year to attend military graduations, safe, fast, affordable flights into and out of the region are essential.

“The Contour jet service will allow local community members and those visiting the region to do so comfortably, quickly, and safely. We’ve seen the demand for this type of service grow over the years and we are excited about the positive impact it will have on our regional economy,” said St. Robert mayor George Lauritson.

This new daily jet service between Fort Leonard Wood and St. Louis will accommodate up to 30 passengers on each flight with a flight time of less than 30 minutes. Introductory fares will start at $29 each way for tickets purchased before January 22, 2019 and regular fares will range from $39 to $99 each way. Currently, tickets can be purchased through Contour’s website or by calling Contour at: 888-332-6686.

The new service doubles the daily capacity of the current local air service and as a result the cities, along with cooperation from their FLW partners, will soon be making temporary modifications to the existing commercial terminal to accommodate the increase.

“As cities, we are proud today to be moving forward in our plan to make our airport more accessible and user-friendly. We welcome jet service to our regional airport and are working for even more improvements in the future,” said Waynesville mayor Luge Hardman.

Securing jet service at the WSRA has been an important regional strategy in strengthening the future of FLW and the four-county region around the installation. The new jet service is an important quality of life improvement for the region and enhances FLW’s mission by making it easier and more efficient for official military travel to and from the installation itself.

Contour Airlines was founded in 1982. With the addition of the route between Fort Leonard Wood and St. Louis, they now provide service in seven states. Their Embraer regional jets will provide passengers with comfortable seating, a beverage and snack service, as well as a complimentary first checked bag, one carry-on item, and one small personal item for each passenger.

The Waynesville-St. Robert Regional Airport is located on Fort Leonard Wood and is one of two Army joint use airports in the country. The airport is open to the general public for normal commercial travel and also provides general aviation services. More information about the airport can be found on their website.

This Week Around Pulaski County USA! (October 8-October 14, 2018)

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA! (October 8-October 14, 2018)

October 12 & 13- Zombie Paintball
What: Defeat the Zombie Horde!
Where: 14400 Highway Z, Saint Robert
When: 7:00 p.m. until Midnight
Cost: $15
Contact: Combat Sports Uranus (Natalie Sanders)- 573-855-5065
https://www.facebook.com/CSUranus 

Zombie Paintball 2018 (1)
October 12 & 13- Rising Haunted Attraction
What: Haunted attraction
Where: 25238 Raleigh Road, Waynesville
When: 8:00 p.m. until Midnight
Cost: $13
Contact: Rising Haunted Attraction (Matt Perrine)- 573-433-5460
https://www.facebook.com/risinghauntedattraction

Rising Haunted Attraction

October 13- Route 66 Challenge
What: Route 66 themed strategy competition
Where: Registration/start line at Old Town Antiques, Interstate 44 Exit 179
When: Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., Challenge begins at 8:00 a.m.
Cost: Early Registration $45 per two-person team, Day Of Registration $55 per two-person team.
Contact: Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce- 573.336.5121
http://www.route66challenge.com 

Route 66 Challenge

October 13- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market
What: Mid-Missouri’s friendliest year-round Farmers’ Market!
Where: Farmers’ Market Pavilion at Roubidoux Spring Campground, Waynesville
When: 8:00 a.m. until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Pulaski County Farmers’ Market (Bruce Main)- 573.842.9079
https://www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyMOFarmersMarket 

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October 13- Oktoberfest
What: Family-friendly street festival.
Where: On the Square, Waynesville
When: 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Festival on the Square (Joann Goethe)- 573.842.5296
https://www.facebook.com/Route66FestOTS 

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October 13- Gearhead Bash
What: Car show- over 100 cars, trucks, & bikes, plus vendors!
Where: Shady Dell Park, Richland
When: 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Cost: Call for pricing.
Contact: Richland Park Department- 573.765.4421
https://www.facebook.com/richlandmoparkdept

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October 13- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House
What: Supervised paranormal investigation of one of Waynesville’s oldest homes.
Where: 405 North Street, Waynesville
When: Investigations start at dusk. Call for exact time.
Cost: $25 per person, reservations required.
Contact: Crocker’s Optimistic Paranormal Society (Dawnmarie Cecora)- 573.528.2149
https://www.facebook.com/ParanormalTalbotHouse 

Paranormal Investigations Sep. & Oct.

October 13 & 14- Stories Pumpkin Patch
What: Pumpkin Patch
Where: 25530 Republic Road, Waynesville
When: 10:00 a.m. until Dark
Cost: $5 admission (2 and younger FREE), Mid-Size Pumpkin $5
Contact: Stories Pumpkin Patch (C.D. Storie)- 573-433-4375
https://www.facebook.com/Stories-Pumpkin-Patch-318125881595386

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October 13 & 14- Happy Hollows Pumpkin Patch
What: Pumpkin Patch
Where: 10103 Beatty Road, Crocker
When: 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $5 adults (no pumpkin), $7 children (includes pumpkin) 2 and younger FREE
Contact: Happy Hollows Pumpkin Patch- 573-356-0985
https://www.facebook.com/HappyhollowspumpkinandChristmasTreePatch

Looking Ahead:

October 19, 20, 26, 27, & 31- Rising Haunted Attraction, Waynesville

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October 19, 20, 26, 27, & 31- Zombie Paintball, Saint Robert

Zombie Paintball 2018 (1)
October 20, 21, 27, & 28- Stories Pumpkin Patch, Waynesville

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October 20, 21, 27 & 28- Happy Hollows Pumpkin Patch, Crocker
October 20, 27, & 31- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville

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October 20 & 27- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market, Waynesville
October 20- Frisco Depot Museum, Crocker

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October 21- Zombie 5K Run, Waynesville

Zombie Run 5k 2018 (1)
October 26- Halloween in the Park, Saint Robert

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October 27- Trail of Treats Spooktacular, Richland

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October 27- Trunk or Treat, Crocker

Crocker Trunk or Treat 2018 (1)
November 3, 10, 17, & 24- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market– Waynesville
November 3- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
November 11- Veterans’ Day Parade, Waynesville

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November 24 through December 31- City of Lights, Richland

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November 30- PFAA presents “A Dickens Christmas Carol: A Traveling Travesty in Two Tumultuous Acts,” Waynesville
December 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market, Waynesville

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December 1, 7,8, 9, 14, & 15- PFAA presents “A Dickens Christmas Carol: A Traveling Travesty in Two Tumultuous Acts,” Waynesville
December 1- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville

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December 2- Christmas On Main Street, Crocker

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December 2- Kiwanis Annual Christmas Parade, Waynesville

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December 6- Christmas on the Square, Waynesville

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December 7 & 8- Journey to Bethlehem, Crocker

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December 8- Christmas Parade, Richland

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January 5- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
January 5, 12, 19, & 26- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market, Waynesville
February 2- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
February 2,9, 16, & 23- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market, Waynesville
March 2- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
March 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market, Waynesville
March 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 22, & 23- PFAA presents “12 Angry Men,” Waynesville
April 6- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
April 6, 13, 20, & 27- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville

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April 6, 13, 20, & 27- Old Stagecoach Stop, Waynesville

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April 20- Frisco Depot Museum, Crocker

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April 27- Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders Fun Day/Rendezvous, Dixon

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May 4- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
May 4, 11, 18, & 25- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
May 4, 11, 18, & 25- Old Stagecoach Stop, Waynesville
June 1- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
June 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
June 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29- Old Stagecoach Stop, Waynesville
June 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, & 22- PFAA presents “Pinocchio,” Waynesville
June 15- Frisco Depot Museum, Crocker

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

Send your Pulaski County event listings and flyers to laurah@pulaskicountyusa.com

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“This Week Around Pulaski County USA!” is powered by Pulaski County Tourism Bureau- the destination marketing agency for Pulaski County, Missouri. The bureau, funded by the hotel/motel transient 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 actively promotes events that will draw in visitors, tourists, and travelers from fifty plus miles away to experience Pulaski County. Courtesy listings for community events are provided on their online calendar at http://www.visitpulaskicounty.org.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 August 21-August 27, 2017

August 26- 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

August 26- 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

August 26- Tenth Annual Shrine BBQ Cookoff
What: Family-friendly fun and barbecue competition.
Where: 26920 Shrines Road, Waynesville
When: 1:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission, $8 plate (adult), $5 plate (ages 6-12), $12 all you can eat
Contact: Pulaski County Ft. Wood Shrine Club (Kevin Cordry)- 573.586.9801

BBQ Cook Off

Looking Ahead:

September 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, & 30- Haunted River Float, Waynesville
September 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
September 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville
September 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30- Paranormal Investigations of Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
September 2-Railroad Days, Crocker
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 22, 23, 29, & 30- Haunted Hill, Waynesville
September 23, 24, & 30- Uncle Buck’s Pumpkin Patch, Dixon

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

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

Roadhouse Bar & Grill- Seriously Good Times

By Laura Huffman

Roadhouse Bar & Grill owner Colby Schnetzler takes having fun seriously. Schnetlzer, a United States Army veteran, has been the master of ceremonies at the RB&G near Laquey, Missouri since 2009.

RB&G is a working man’s (and woman’s) blue collar, laid back, casual roadhouse that is tops when it comes to pub grub and live music. It isn’t uncommon to see the parking lot full of Harleys, Jeeps, and pickup trucks. The place is usually packed with hard-working folks spending their hard earned money on honest and authentic food. Don’t be surprised if you see a minivan or three in the crowd—busy soccer moms often bring the family in for a filling meal, or to grab a BOGO burger or pizza pie to take home for the evening meal.

Less than a mile from an early alignment of Route 66, Roadhouse Bar & Grill also attracts those exploring the Mother Road. Theresa Goodrich, author of the upcoming book “Two Lane Gems, Vol. 1”, toured Pulaski County with her husband, Jim, during their cross country trek. When asked her thoughts on RB&G she commented “Roadhouse Bar & Grill was one of our favorite stops on our cross-country road trip. The wings were big and juicy and the pizza was absolutely loaded with toppings.” Goodrich, who is based near Chicago, IL., further added “The only thing wrong with the place is that it’s not closer [to home]. I’d love to be able to listen to some live music on that epic deck and dive into those wings every weekend.”

Roadhouse Bar & Grill is a local favorite for pizza in Pulaski County, Missouri. Photo by Theresa Goodrich for Drive By Towns. Used with permission.

Roadhouse Bar & Grill is a local favorite for pizza in Pulaski County, Missouri. Photo by Theresa Goodrich for Drive By Towns. Used with permission.

Indeed, Roadhouse Bar & Grill’s epic outdoor deck is a local hot spot during Spring, Summer, and Fall. Families and friends gather around the tables to share food and laughter. Motorcyclists congregate here after a ride with a cold drink. Local bands play their hearts out to enthusiastic crowds on the outdoor deck. It is an epic deck.

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RB& G’s wings are also a hit with everyone who tries them. Image by Theresa Goodrich for Drive By Towns. Used with permission.

RB&G is also a hot spot in the live band scene. It isn’t just for local talent though. Schnetzler has brought in top notch entertainment from across Missouri and from coast to coast during his tenure.  Moccasin Creek, Confederate Railroad, Moonshine Bandits, The LACS, and Whitey Morgan and the 78’s have all stomped their feet on the RB&G stage.

Cold beverages, delicious food, friendly and outgoing staff, and the hottest bands all add up to a seriously good time at the Roadhouse.

Menu and prices subject to change.

Menu and prices subject to change.

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Menu and prices subject to change.

Follow Roadhouse Bar & Grill on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/roadhousemo for upcoming band announcements and food specials.

For more to see and do in Pulaski County, Missouri visit www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com.

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Looking for Eclipse lodging? Discover Pulaski County USA!

Looking for lodging near the path of  totality of the Great American Eclipse? Check out Pulaski County USA!

By Laura Huffman

When I was youngster, 35 years or so ago, I read Illustrated Classics Editions’ version of Mark Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.” All these years later, I can’t tell you much about the classic novel. But, I can vividly describe the scene that Twain painted of Hank Morgan, a time traveler, being tied to the stake to be burned alive as King Arthur commanded. Hank, having remembered the date of the solar eclipse from his history studies, and realizing that the knowledge can save his life, threatens to black out the sun if the flames creep closer. As the flames get closer to consuming the hapless hero the sky darkens and King Arthur relents. Hank is released from the stake and the sun is released from the inky blackness that had enveloped it. Hank goes on to enrich the Kingdom of Camelot and torment Merlin, the magician, for the remainder of the novel.

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In 2017 not many people on the planet would be fooled by Hank’s threat to black out the sun. Quite the opposite. People across the globe have been planning for August 21, the date of “The Great American Eclipse” for almost a year or more. Missouri, known as the “Show Me State” is expecting millions of travelers to descend on the cities, towns, and villages that are located in the path of the solar eclipse. The closer an area is to the center line- the longest duration of darkness (almost three minutes in some locations!) the more crowded you can expect it to be. Many Chambers of Commerce, Tourism Bureaus, and civic organizations are planning festivals, parades, and other events for the expected millions of visitors.

As the word continues to spread more and more hotels, motels, Airbnb’s, and campgrounds are filling up. Some locations have already announced that ALL of their rooms are booked and reserved. Don’t let this discourage you from making your eclipse plans. Pulaski County, home to Fort Leonard Wood, offers over 3,400 rooms and is less than 70 miles from the path of the eclipse! Cuba, nicknamed the “mural city”, will be dark for over a minute and a half, and is only 45 minutes west of Saint Robert on Interstate 44. Sullivan, which will have two and a half minutes of totality, is just an hour west on Interstate 44. Jefferson City, the capitol of Missouri, will experience 2 minutes and 29 seconds of totality and lies only 71 miles north of Saint Robert via Highway 17 and Highway 54.

Don’t miss the Great American Eclipse August 21st (it could save your life someday if you accidentally time travel like Hank!) and enjoy Pulaski County’s hospitality before heading to your astronomical adventure! Book your room today!

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Make a long weekend of it by exploring and floating Pulaski County USA! Home to heroes, history, and Route 66!

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*Drive times may vary on the day of the eclipse. Be prepared for congested roadways and increased travel times.

*Never look at the partial phases of the eclipse without proper eye protection.

All-American Ride in Pulaski County USA

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By Laura Huffman and Beth Wiles for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau

If your bike could talk it would ask, maybe even demand, to ride to Pulaski County. Home to legendary highways, scenic Ozark byways, timeless rivers, and iconic roadhouses, this day trip defines the classic American ride.

Starting in Saint Robert follow Route 66 east through Devils Elbow to J Highway and catch the north outer road east towards Jerome. D Highway winds through this town that was platted for General John C. Fremont at the close of the Civil War. The ninety-degree curve marks the beginning of your climb up Dixon Hill- terrain that has challenged railroad surveyors for over 150 years. At Dogpatch Corner turn right onto Highway 28 towards Dixon.

In Dixon, if you are hankering for home-style cooking pop into the Homeplate Bar and Grill on Elm Street. Returning to the road, turn west onto 4th Street/C Highway/Highway 133 towards Crocker. 133 meanders lazily along the Burlington Northern railroad tracks. You may recognize the rolling prairie landscape from indie movie favorite Dystopia: 2013.

Image by Brandon Giesbrecht

Image by Brandon Giesbrecht

Turn left onto Highway 17 and lean in as it snakes you through Crocker and into Waynesville, the home of Hoppers Pub and sixty-six different beers on tap.

Traveling west from Waynesville’s historic downtown square you will cross the “roaring” Roubidoux River atop the storied Route 66 arch bridge. T Highway careens through the Gasconade River valley before leveling off at the old Swedish settlement of Swedeborg. Turn left back onto Highway 133 and chase the train’s whistle into Richland- home of the Chopper Shop and local favorite, The Burger Stand.

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Leaving Richland, south on Highway 7, the road cuts a swath through a Gasconade river bend and plays hide and seek with itself in a section atop the rugged bluffs before diving into the river’s valley. Reward yourself with cold beverages at Pulaski County Shrine Club (home of Mid America Freedom Rally) or Nellie’s Gravel Bar.

A short side trip off of Route 66 at Interstate 44 Exit 156 (Waynesville) onto H Highway will take you to pay your respects to our American veterans at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Leonard Wood.

Route 66 east returns you to Devils Elbow on the Big Piney River. Shake the road dust off and head into Judy’s Place! You will most likely make a new friend or two before you leave. Cap off your tour with a trophy picture of your scoot on the all-American 1923 steel bridge with the stunning Sugar Bowl bluffs in the background.

All-American Ride in Pulaski County, Missouri

All-American Ride in Pulaski County, Missouri

For more ideas of things to see and do in Pulaski County stop by the Visitors Center in Saint Robert or online at www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com

UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2019

This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of September 12-September 18, 2016

Welcome To The Following Groups-
1st Engineer Military Reunion (September 12-16)
547th ECB Military Reunion (September 15-19)
W.O.W. 3 Women’s Conference (September 16-18)

September 16 & 17- Gun Show Swap Meet
What: Buy, sell, & trade!
Where: The Barn, 13015 Highway 28, Dixon
When: 8 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $3 admission
Contact: The Barn (Bill Johnson)- 573.433.9370

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Gun Show Swap Meet in Dixon this weekend!

September 16 & 17- Cow Days
What: Win a cow at this family-friendly street festival!
Where: Downtown Dixon
When: Friday- 5:30 p.m. until Midnight, Saturday 10:00 a.m. until Midnight
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Dixon Chamber of Commerce (Misty Russell)- 573.433.0678

September 16 & 17- 18th Annual Southern Gospel Reunion
What: Inspirational Southern Gospel performances
Where: Parker Fine Arts Auditorium, 1001 Historic Route 66 West, Waynesville
When: Friday- 7:00 p.m., Saturday: 6:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Layne Lercher- 573.774.0404

September 16 & 17- Haunted River Float
What: Nothing compares to the thrill of the Haunted River Float on the Big Piney River!
Where: 23455 Teak Lane, Saint Robert
When: 7:00 p.m until 10:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 per person
Contact: Lay Z Day Canoes & Camping– 573.336.8639

September 17- 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

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Visit the Museums on the Square in Waynesville this weekend!

September 17- 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

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Visit the Museums on the Square in Waynesville this weekend!

September 17- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House
What: Supervised paranormal investigation of one of Waynesville’s oldest homes.
Where: 405 North Street, Waynesville
When: Investigations start at dusk. Call for exact time.
Cost: $25 per person, reservations required.
Contact: Crocker’s Optimistic Paranormal Society (Dawnmarie Cecora)- 573.528.2149

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Paranormal Investigations every Saturday through October!

Pumpkin Patches:
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Looking Ahead:

September 23 & 24- Haunted River Float, Saint Robert
September 24- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
September 24 & 25- Storie’s Pumpkin Patch, Waynesville
September 24 & 25- Uncle Buck’s Pumpkin Patch, Dixon

Planning for Fall? Check out our A to Z Guide and our Annual Autumn roundup!

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

Autumn Activities In Pulaski County USA

Autumn Activities

Autumn in Pulaski County USA is the perfect season to gather your family and friends together creating memories that will last a lifetime. Pumpkin patches, corn mazes, hayrides, petting zoos, punkin’ chunkin’, hay stack mazes, float trips (even a haunted one!), farmers markets, haunted houses (even outdoor haunted trails!), paranormal investigations and Oktoberfest celebrations —there truly is something for everyone. Harvest some memories in Pulaski County, Missouri!

Events

Events

Cow Days (September 16th & 17th)
What: 33rd anniversary of Dixon’s signature family friendly downtown street festival. Lucky winners will receive a cow!
Where: Downtown Dixon
When: Friday Noon until 11 pm, Saturday 11 am until 11 pm
Cost: FREE
Contact: Dixon Area Chamber of Commerce (Misty Russell)- 573.433.0678
Website: www.dixonchamberofcommerce.com

Gun Show Swap Meet (September 16th & 17th)
Where: The Barn, 13015 Highway 28, Dixon
When: 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday
Cost: $3 admission
Contact: Bill Johnson- 573.433.9370
Website: www.thebakerband.com

18th Annual Southern Gospel Reunion (September 16th & 17th)
What: Two evenings of inspired Southern Gospel performances
Where: Parker Fine Arts Auditorium, Waynesville Middle School Campus, Waynesville
When: Friday- 7:00 pm start
Saturday- 6:00 pm start
Cost: FREE
Contact: Layne Lercher- 573.774.0404

Frog Hill Half Marathon & 10K (October 1st)
What: A unique and challenging half marathon that ends at Frogtoberfest
Where: Begins at East Elementary School, 1501 State Route F, Waynesville
When: Race starts at 8:30 am
Cost: Half Marathon- $50, 10K-$35
Contact: Team 413 Gracerunner Ministries (Melissa Martinez)- 573.433.6684
Website: www.facebook.com/froghillhalf

Frogtoberfest (October 1st)
What: Family friendly celebration of W.H. Croaker- Waynesville’s Frog Rock. A highlight is the frog race in Roubidoux Creek and “Kiddie Olympics”.
Where: Waynesville City Park
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE
Contact: Rhea Anne Mathews- 573.774.3050
Website: www.facebook.com/frogtober.fest

Route 66 Oktoberfest (October 15th)
What: Family friendly Oktoberfest street festival on Route 66!
Where: Downtown Waynesville
When: 11 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE
Contact: Audra Berrier- 573.774.3001
Website: www.facebook.com/Route66FestOTS

Zombie Run 5K (October 8th)
What: Not your every day 5K! The Walking Dead morphs into The Running Dead as you flee for your life from the Zombie horde in this spirited 5K.
Where: Begins on the Square in Waynesville
When: 4 pm
Cost: $15 Pre-registration
Contact: Waynesville Downtown Business Association (Cheryl Keeton)- 573.337.2494
Website: www.facebook.com/pages/WDBA-Zombie-Run/1441836812708942

Route 66 Challenge (October 29th)
What: Explore over 33 miles of Route 66 in this historical and spectacular competition of strategy. Take on adventures and unique detours.
Where: Start Line at Old Town Antiques, Doolittle. Finish Line at The Ark Community & Sports Center, Waynesville
When: October 29, 2016; check in at 7:30 a.m.; Event starts at 8:00 a.m.
Cost: Pre-registration: $35 for a team of 2, $5 for each additional team member; Event day registration: $45 for a team of 2, $5 for each additional team member
Contact: Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber (573) 336-5121
Website: www.route66challenge.com

Gene Watson In Concert (October 29th)
What: Country music star Gene Watson in an intimate, family friendly setting
Where: The Barn, 13015 Highway 28, Dixon
When: Doors open at 6:00 p.m., Show starts at 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $30 Adults, Kids 12 & under FREE
Contact: Bill Johnson- 573.433.9370
Website: www.thebakerband.com

Veteran’s Day Parade (November 11th)
What: Mid Missouri’s most patriotic Veteran’s Day Parade!
Where: The parade steps off at Waynesville Middle School and ends in Waynesville City Park.
When: Ceremonies begin promptly at 11:00 am and parade steps off at 11:30 a.m.
Cost: FREE
Contact: Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce- 573.336.5121
Website: www.waynesville-strobertchamber.com/veteransparade.php

“Honor The Active” Quilt Show (November 19th)
What: Quilt Show that honors Fort Leonard Wood’s active duty personnel. Will feature a variety of quilts, including several Missouri State Fair award winning quilts. Demonstrations, fabric & quilting supply vendors.
Where: St. Robert Community Center, Saint Robert
When: 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Gone To Pieces Quilt Guild (Bonnie Kinkel)- 573.774.9990
Website: www.GoneToPiecesQG.blogspot.com

Attractions

Attractions

Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House (Every Saturday beginning September 3rd through October 29th)
What: Supervised paranormal investigations of one of Waynesville’s oldest homes. An evening you won’t soon forget!
Where: 405 North Street, Waynesville
When: Investigation begins at dusk, exact start time will be confirmed during reservation.
Cost: $25 per person, paid in advance
Contact: Crocker Optimistic Paranormal Society (Dawnmarie Cecora)- 573.528.2149
Website: www.facebook.com/ParanormalTalbotHouse
Additional info- Reservations are required. Investigations are limited to groups of 8 so reserve your spot early! Participants must be 18+.

Pulaski County Farmers’ Market (Every Saturday September-December)
What: Mid-Missouri’s year round Farmers Market!
Where: Farmers’ Market Pavilion at Roubidoux Campground, Downtown Waynesville
When: Every Saturday, 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Bruce Main- 573.842.9079
Website: www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyMOFarmersMarket

Haunted River Float (September 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th, & 30th and October 1st)
What: Haunted river float on the Big Piney River
Where: 23455 Teak Lane, Saint Robert
When: 7:00 pm- 10:00 pm
Cost: 6 and over $25
Contact: Lay Z Day Canoes & Camping- 573.336.8639
Website: www.layzday.net

*UPDATE FOR 2017—Haunted River Float is now being held at Ruby’s Landing located at 22474 Restful Lane, Waynesville, Missouri. For more information contact 573-337-4305.

1903 Route 66 Courthouse (Every Saturday in September)
What: One of only two period courthouses on Route 66 in Missouri, this museum is on the National Register of Historic Places. 10 rooms of displays and amazing architectural details will charm and engage everyone! Guided tours, or explore at your leisure.
Where: On the Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE, donations gladly accepted
Contact: Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society (Denise Seevers)- 573.855.3644
Website: www.route66courthouse.com
Additional info- Motorcoaches, groups and field trips welcome by appointment. Call for details and to schedule. Gift shop available.

Old Stagecoach Stop (Every Saturday in September)
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 in the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On the Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE, donations gladly accepted
Contact: Old Stagecoach Stop Museum & Foundation (Jeanie Porter)- 573.336.3561
Website: http://www.oldstagecoachstop.org
Additional info- Motorcoaches, groups and field trips welcome by appointment. Call for details and to schedule.

Storie’s Pumpkin Patch (September 17th, 18th, 24th, & 25th. October 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th & 30th)
What: Pumpkin patch, family friendly activities
Where: 25530 Republic Road, Waynesville
When: Saturday & Sunday 10 am until dark
Cost: $6 per person, 2 years and under are FREE
Contact: 573.433.4375
Website: www.storiespumpkinpatch.com

Uncle Buck’s Pumpkin Patch (September 24th & 25th. October 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th & 30th)
What: Pumpkin patch, hayrides, straw maze
Where: 10800 Highway D, Dixon
When: 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $6 general admission for ages 2 and older.
Contact: 573.759.9045
Website: www.unclebuckspumpkinpatch.com

Happy Hollows Farm & Pumpkin Patch
What: Pumpkin patch, petting zoo, animal observation area
Where: 10103 Beatty Road, Crocker
When: Call for hours
Cost: Call for pricing
Contact: 573.433.6324
Website: www.happyhollowspumpkinpatch.com

For more Fall Family Fun ideas visit our A to Z Guide!

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Fall Activities: An A to Z Guide- Pulaski County, Missouri

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A-150Auto Tour- If you love Route 66 in the summer time you will be over the moon while exploring its historic pavement in the Fall! Pulaski County Tourism Bureau offers a free brochure with turn by turn directions of PulCo’s 33 mile stretch. Bring your camera!

B-150Bellefonte Loop- While traveling Route 66 in western Pulaski County, take a short detour to explore the Bellefonte neighborhood. Bellefonte was home to the Barlow, Clark, Elam, King, and Wyrick families and included a one room schoolhouse and a post office. The post office began operating November 30, 1830 and was discontinued December 15, 1922. From Highway AB (Historic Route 66) turn south onto Smokey Road. On the east side of the road is Rollins Cemetery. Continue south on Smokey Road and turn west onto Southbend Road. Robert Lincoln Barlow (1861-1936) refers to this road as “the bluff road” in his diary. This portion of the road runs west along a ridge overlooking the Gasconade River and will show off beautiful splashes of color this time of year. As you continue on Southbend the road will turn north, away from the Gasconade River, and loop through one of Pulaski County’s most beautiful farming areas. Be on the lookout for historic barns, turkey houses, and the Elam Century Farm. Southbend Road climbs “Red Hill” before reconnecting with Highway AB.

C-150Campfire- Gather your friends and family around a campfire and share ghost stories and s’mores.

D-150Dine- Many of Pulaski County’s unique eateries include seasonal selections on their menu. Visit http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com for a complete restaurant listing.

E-150Eat- Eat like a local by shopping for the season’s bounty at the Pulaski County Farmer’s Market. The market is open between 8:00 a.m. until Noon on Saturday and is located at the Farmers’ Market Pavilion at Roubidoux Campground in downtown Waynesville.

F-150Frogtoberfest- Plan to bring your family to Waynesville’s quirkiest festival! The festival will be held October 1st and celebrates W.H. Croaker, also known as Frog Rock.

G-150Gene Watson- Country music star Gene Watson takes the stage at The Barn, near Dixon, October 29th. The Barn is an alcohol/smoke free venue and children 12 and under are admitted free of charge.

H-150Haunted River Float- Love haunted houses? Take it to the next level with a haunted river float– climb into your raft and be scared out of your wits!

*UPDATE FOR 2017—Haunted River Float is now being held at Ruby’s Landing located at 22474 Restful Lane, Waynesville, Missouri. For more information contact 573-337-4305.

I-150Investigate- Have you ever wanted to be a Ghost Hunter? Here is your chance! Team up with Crocker’s Optimistic Paranormal Society as they lead a paranormal investigation of one of Waynesville’s oldest homes- the historic Talbot House.

J-150Java- Warm up with a hot cup of espresso from a local coffeehouse.

K-150Kentucky Bass- Go fishing on the Big Piney or Gasconade River! Our rivers have several species of bass- Largemouth, Smallmouth, Northern Rock (Goggle-eye) and Kentucky (Spotted). You might reel in a Channel Catfish also!

L-150Lexington Road- Looking for Fall color? Take a drive on Lexington Road. From Highway 17 North, just before WWII Okinawa Veterans Memorial Bridge turn north onto Lexington Road. This country road winds through a river valley, Shockley Bottom, and follows a bend of the Gasconade River. Towards the beginning of your drive keep your eyes peeled for Blue Heron and Century Farms. You might also see deer and turkey in the fields that neighbor the river. Follow Lexington Road until you reach Sawmill Hollow and turn east onto Laramie Road. Laramie Road will lead you to Y Highway. Extend your drive by following Y Highway North to Riddle Bridge Public Fishing Access to view Yellow Bluff.

M-150Museums On The Square- Turn back the pages of time by visiting the 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum and the Old Stagecoach Stop on the Square in Waynesville. Both museums are open on Saturday’s in September and during Route 66 Oktoberfest.

N-150National Forest- Backpack or day hike in Mark Twain National Forest.

Numeral 0-150Oktoberfest- October 15th is Route 66 Oktoberfest in downtown Waynesville!

P-150Pumpkin Patches- Pick a patch! Spend a day with the kids at one of Pulaski County’s pumpkin patches.

Q-150Quilt Show- See award winning quilts and demonstrations at the “Honor The Active” quilt show in Saint Robert November 19th.

R-150Rivers- Grab a paddle and kayak down the Big Piney or Gasconade River. The autumn scenery is a feast for the eyes!

S-150Southern Gospel- Plan to attend the 18th Annual Southern Gospel Reunion in Waynesville September 16th & 17th.

T-150Trestle Bridge- Bring your camera to the Trestle Bridge on Temporal Road for a unique photo op.

U-150Udderly Fantastic Fun- Bring the family to Cow Days in Dixon September 16th & 17th!

V-150Veteran’s Day Parade- Mid-Missouri’s most patriotic Veteran’s Day Parade takes place in Waynesville November 11th.

W-150(Bird) Watching- Autumn is fantastic for bird watching! Many species are winging their way south- and as the leaves fall from the trees spotting our feathered friends becomes easier. Bring your binoculars to Roubidoux Creek Conservation Area or Schlicht Springs Conservation Area.

X-150(e)Xtend Your Stay- Make one of Pulaski County’s lodging properties your home base as you explore the Ozarks.

Y-150Yellow Bluff- The Ozark Mountains are known for their rugged, timeless beauty. Yellow Bluff is a prime example and a fantastic photo op. Bring your camera to Riddle Bridge Public Fishing Access on Y Highway to capture the scene.

Z-150Zombie Run- Not your every day 5K! The Walking Dead morphs into The Running Dead as you flee for your life from the Zombie horde in this spirited 5K. Downtown Waynesville, October 8th.

*Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints while exploring Pulaski County. Enjoy these tours from the public right of way and do not trespass. Be mindful of hunting seasons when exploring public lands.

For our annual round up of Fall Events & Attractions read “Autumn Activities In Pulaski County USA“.

For more to see and do in Pulaski County, Missouri visit www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com

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