Four Festivals That You Will Love In Pulaski County USA!

1. Cow Days- is a September tradition that dates back to the days of the Great Depression when Dixon merchants enticed customers to shop at their stores by rewarding them with a ticket for a free cow giveaway. Cows are still given away at this family friendly street festival- with a cash option. Food, bands, vendors, and people fill the streets during this one of a kind two day festival. It is udderly fantastic!

Learn more about Cow Days at http://www.dixonchamberofcommerce.com/CowDaysIndex

Live music is part of the family friendly fun at Cow Days in Dixon! Image by Van Beydler.

Live music is part of the family friendly fun at Cow Days in Dixon! Image by Van Beydler.

2. Railroad Days- Held each August in Crocker, MO for more than forty years. This tribute to Crocker’s Frisco Railroad heritage has been bringing crowds to downtown Crocker since 1972. A highlight of the festival is the parade. A beloved tradition, the parade is sure to warm your heart and have you clapping and cheering for the participants. Don’t forget to visit the Frisco Depot Museum during this street festival! Chock full of activities for your entire family! Full steam ahead- Railroad Days is sure to be a hit!

Learn more about Railroad Days at www.facebook.com/CrockerCityHall

Frisco Railroad Caboose in Crocker, MO

Crocker celebrates their railroading history every year during Railroad Days!

3. Frogtoberfest- Waynesville’s most unique festival is held each year in October. Celebrating “Frog Rock” (a/k/a W.H. Croaker) this family friendly birthday celebration for Waynesville’s unofficial mascot is guaranteed to generate smiles and laughter!

W.H. Crocker, the inspiration for Frogtoberfest! Photo by Cat Spencer.

W.H. Crocker, the inspiration for Frogtoberfest! Photo by Cat Spencer.

4. Mid-America Freedom Rally– Known far and wide as the mother of all motorcycle rallies in central Missouri! MAFR is three days jack packed with legendary times including amazing bands, vendors, street food, field events, bike shows, and poker runs. Do not miss Sunday’s midnight Rolling Thunder- a goosebump inducing tribute to those who gave all. Bring your bike, your better half, your tent and your cooler- but leave your pets, weapons, and attitudes behind. 18+ to enter.

Learn more about Mid-America Freedom Rally at http://www.midamericafreedomrally.com

Megan Oneal at 2015's Mid-America Freedom Rally. Photo by Dave Campbell of www.bikernet.com. Read Dave's coverage (NSFW) of this event at http://www.bikernet.com/pages/Mid_America_Freedom_Rally.aspx

Megan Oneal at 2015’s Mid-America Freedom Rally. Photo by Dave Campbell of http://www.bikernet.com.

This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of May 18, 2015-May 24, 2015

May 22-25- Mid America Freedom Rally XXVII
What: Largest motorcycle rally in Mid Missouri
Where: Pulaski County-Ft. Leonard Wood Shrine Club
When: Gates open the 22nd at Noon, events runs through the morning of May 26th.
Cost: MRO members $25 per person, Non-members $30
Contact: Freedom of the Road Riders (Anita Servos)- 573.821.6766

May 22-25 Freedom Rally

May 23- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Year- round Farmer’s Market
Where: Downtown Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Bruce Main- 573.842.9079

Pulaski County Farmers Market Logo

May 23- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum
What: One of only two remaining Route 66 period courthouses in Missouri. Listed in 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

Museums In Waynesville

 May 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 in 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 (Jan Primas)- 573.435.6766

Looking Ahead:
May 29: CXMMA International MMA Fights
May 30: Route 66 Summer Jam

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

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

1. National Wrestling Alliance Central-States Championship Wrestling “Missouri Rising”
Date: Saturday January 11
Time: Doors open at 6:00 pm, Bell at 7:00 pm
Where: Saint Robert Community Center
Cost: Advance: Ringside-$12, General-$8 At The Door: Ringside-$15, General $10
Contact: Charles Wilcox- 573.202.4344

Do Not Miss Because: Two words- Professional Wrestling!

"Missouri Rising" Professional Wrestling flyer

2. Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloader Trade Fair
Date: Saturday January 18 and Sunday January 19
Time: 9 am until 5 pm
Where: Saint Robert Community Center
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders (Earl Ellegood)- 573.855.0984

Do Not Miss Because: Looking to return to a simpler way of life? This is a primitive lifestyle enthusiasts and preppers dream!

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders Trade Fair flyer

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders Trade Fair flyer

3. Bluegrass In The Barn
Date: Saturday January 18
Time: Doors open at 6:00 pm, Show at 7:00 pm
Where: The Barn, 13015 Highway 28, Dixon
Cost: $20
Contact: Bill Johnson- 573.433.9370

Do Not Miss Because: You can never have too much pickin’ and grinnin’. A great family activity!

Bluegrass In The Barn flyer

Bluegrass In The Barn flyer

4. 7th Annual Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-Off
Dates: Saturday January 25
Times: 11 am until 3 pm
Where: Saint Robert Community Center
Cost: $5
Contact: Waynesville-Saint Robert Chamber of Commerce: 573.336.5121

Do Not Miss Because: From mild to wild, the Polar Meltdown is guaranteed to spice up your weekend! Bring a pal- your taste “buds” will thank you!

#PulaskiCountyUSA: Open For Business

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#PulaskiCountyUSA: Open For Business

Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center would like to advise everyone, that in spite of the recent flood event, #PulaskiCountyUSA is open for business! Our hoteliers are ready for your stay, our restaurants are ready to serve you a delicious meal, our museums are ready to show you a piece of history, our antique stores are ready to show you their treasures, and our outfitters are ready for your family’s float on the scenic and gentle Big Piney & Gasconade Rivers. Come spend the weekend with us and let us show you and your family why we are A Welcome Place In America’s Heartland! #VisitMO

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Events for the week of July 8th –July 14th, 2013

July 12th & 13th- Pulaski Fine Arts Association presents “Oliver Twist”
What: Community theater performance
Where: Theater On The Square, Waynesville
When: House opens at 7 pm, show starts at 7:30 pm
Cost: Adults $10, Children $5
Contact: Tracy Moran-573.855.6625

July 12th, 13th & 14th – Gospel, Bluegrass, & Fish Fry Festival
What: Benefit for renowned Bluegrass artist, Jimmy Allsion featuring Bluegrass & Gospel performances on an outdoor stage.
Where: Missouri Festival Park, Dixon
When: Friday 7 pm until 10 pm, Saturday 5 pm until 11 pm, Sunday 10 am until 12 pm
Cost: Donations accepted at gate
Contact: Missouri Festival Park- 573.759.2378
For information regarding Pulaski County lodging options contact Pulaski County Tourism Bureau- 573.336.6355

July 13th- Bark for Life & 4-Da Dawgs Car Show
What: Non-competitive canine walk event & car show
Where: Waynesville City Park
When: 9 am until 3 pm
Cost: $20 per participant
Contact: Christine Edwards- 573.855.0832

July 13th- Richland Cruise In
What: Car, Truck, & Motorcycle Cruise In
Where: Richland
When: 5 pm until 8 pm
Cost: FREE
Contact: Justin Walters- 573.855.1247

July 13th- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Farmer’s Market
Where: Waynesville Park
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Clara Magoon: 573.586.8438

July 13th- Richland Farmer’s Market
What: Farmer’s Market
Where: 200 block of South Pine, Richland
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Travis Prewett: 573.765.4033

July 13th- 1903 Courthouse Museum Open
Where: Waynesville Square
When: 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Denise Seevers: 573.855.3644

July 13th- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum Open
Where: Waynesville Square
When: 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Jan Primas: 573.435.6766

Looking Ahead:

July 19th & 20th- Ozark Rodeo Association Rodeo
July 19th, 20th, & 21st- Luau & Pig Roast
July 19th, 20th, & 21st- PFAA Presents “Oliver Twist”
July 20th & 21st- Doomsday Preppers & Storm Chaser & Severe Weather Festival
July 20th- 1st Annual Back Yard Games Tourney Motorcycle & Car Show

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Events for the week of July 1st –July 7th, 2013

WELCOME TO THE FOLLOWING GROUPS:
July 3rd: International Military Students

July 4th- “These Colors Don’t Run” 5K / 10K
What: 5K / 10K Color Run
Where: Davidson Fitness Center, Fort Leonard Wood
When: 7 am
Cost: $25
Contact: Fort Leonard Wood MWR- 573.596.4359

Flyer for Color 5K / 10K on Fort Leonard Wood in Pulaski County, MO

Flyer for Color 5K / 10K on Fort Leonard Wood

July 4th- MWR Independence Day Celebration
What: Car Show, Volleyball Tournament, Salute To The Nation, U.S. Army Soldier Show, 399th Army Band, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Dunk Tank, NASCAR Simulator, Concessions, Vendors, Fireworks
Where: Gammon Field, Fort Leonard Wood
When: Activities start at 3 pm
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Contact: Fort Leonard Wood MWR- 573.596.6913

Flyer for 4th of July Celebration on Fort Leonard Wood, in Pulaski County Missouri

Flyer for 4th of July Celebration on Fort Leonard Wood, in Pulaski County Missouri

July 5th & July 6th- Red, White, and Blue Chili & Dutch Oven Cook-Off
What: Chili & Dutch Oven Cook-Off
Where: Missouri Festival Park, Dixon
When: Call for details
Cost: Call for details
Contact: Missouri Festival Park- 573.759.2378
For information regarding Pulaski County lodging options contact Pulaski County Tourism Bureau- 573.336.6355

July 6th- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Farmer’s Market
Where: Waynesville Park
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Clara Magoon: 573.586.8438

July 6th:- Richland Farmer’s Market
What: Farmer’s Market
Where: 200 block of South Pine, Richland
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Travis Prewett: 573.765.4033

July 6th- Buckhorn Blast & Passport Poker Run
What: Family fun activities, passport style poker run, & fireworks
Where: Pulaski County-Fort Leonard Wood Shrine Club, Buckhorn
When: Passport Poker Run– Register between 8 am and 12 Noon, all passports returned by 7 pm
Family Day/Fireworks- Activities begin at noon and fireworks begin at 10 pm
Cost: Passport Poker Run– $15 per person, $25 per couple
Family Day/Fireworks– $5 per person, under 12 FREE
Contact: Mike “Taz” Moeller- 573.528.1528

Flyer for Buckhorn Blast & Passport Poker Run

Flyer for Buckhorn Blast & Passport Poker Run

July 6th- 1903 Courthouse Museum Open
Where: Waynesville Square
When: 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Denise Seevers: 573.855.3644

July 6th- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum Open
Where: Waynesville Square
When: 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Jan Primas: 573.435.6766

July 6th- Richland Independence Day Celebration
What: Pork Tenderloin Dinner & Fireworks
Where: Shady Dell Park, Richland
When: DJ entertainment and food begins at 6 pm, fireworks display begins at approximately 9:15 pm
Cost: Nominal fee for food, entertainment & fireworks display are FREE
Contact: Richland Park Board- 573.765.3532

July 6th- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House
What: Supervised paranormal investigation at the historic Talbot House
Where: Talbot House Antiques & Collectibles, 405 North Street, Waynesville
When: Call for start time
Cost: $20 per person, reservations required
Contact: Dawnmarie Cecora- 573.528.2149

Looking Ahead:

July 12th & 13th- PFAA Presents: “Oliver Twist”
July 13th & July 14th- Gospel, Bluegrass, & Fish Fry Festival
July 13th- 4-Da Dawgs Car Show

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The 2013 GAS Race (Gasconade River Race)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

kayak race beginning leader

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

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

3 group downriver

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

This Week Around #PulaskiCountyUSA

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

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

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

Pulaski County Fair Flyer

Pulaski County Fair Flyer

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

Marine Corp Detachment Volkslauf 10K Fun Run Flyer

Marine Corp Detachment Volkslauf 10K Fun Run Flyer

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

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

2nd Annual Adventure Run & Hawaiian Luau Flyer

2nd Annual Adventure Run & Hawaiian Luau Flyer

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

Route 66 Freedom Fest Flyer

Route 66 Freedom Fest Flyer

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

8th Annual USO Military Support Motorcycle Ride Flyer

8th Annual USO Military Support Motorcycle Ride Flyer

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

Laquey Hog Bash Flyer

Laquey Hog Bash Flyer

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

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

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

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

Looking Ahead:

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

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

Pulaski County USA Family Weekend Getaways (Radio Spot)

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A weekend getaway with the family only lasts a few days, but the memories last a lifetime. Come to Pulaski County and float the scenic Big Piney or Gasconade Rivers, or wet a line in our nationally recognized trout streams.

To learn more, follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyTourismBureauVisitorCenter), or log on to http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com

See Yourself Floating Pulaski County USA!

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blog entry imagePulaski County USA, centrally located in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri, is the perfect destination for your family fun getaway. Float our gentle rivers, the Big Piney and the Gasconade, scuba dive in an underwater cave, and take in our natural scenic beauty.

To plan your adventure call 877-858-8687 and order your complimentary Visitors Guide. We are always open online at www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com

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

Canoe outfitters on the Gasconade and Big Piney Rivers in Pulaski County, Missouri

Canoe outfitters on the Gasconade and Big Piney Rivers in Pulaski County, Missouri

River Hills Traveler Float Issue 2013I don't always float, but when I do, I prefer Pulaski County USA