This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of April 24-April 30, 2017

Welcome to Pulaski County USA- Engineer Regimental Week!

April 29- Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders Fun Day/Rendezvous & Trade Fair
What: Family-friendly living history event- experience life in pre 1840’s fur trade and mountain man encampment.
Where: Kickapoo Trace Club, 16490 Cracklin Drive, Dixon
When: 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders (Earl Ellegood)- 573.855.0984

April 29 KTM Fun Day

April 29- 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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April 29- 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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Looking Ahead:

May 6- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
May 6- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse, Waynesville
May 6- Old Stagecoach Stop, Waynesville
May 13- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse, Waynesville
May 13- Old Stagecoach Stop, Waynesville
May 20- You Lead From The Front 5K/10K, Fort Leonard Wood
May 20- Vintage Market Day & Classic Car Cruise-In, Dixon
May 20- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
May 20- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville
May 26 thru May 29- Mid America Freedom Rally, Buckhorn
May 27- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
May 27- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville

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

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders Rendezvous & Fun Day

By Laura Huffman

In 1822, while serving as Missouri’s Lieutenant Governor, William Henry Ashley and Andrew Henry formed Rocky Mountain Fur Company. Ashley devised a plan to connect trappers and traders by meeting each year at a predetermined location to exchange furs, goods, and money. This system came to be known as the rendezvous system and the Rocky Mountain Rendezvous was held for fifteen years, beginning in 1825.

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloader Bob Stormer describes the importance of the rendezvous to the trappers and traders:

“Since the mountain men primarily survived by trapping, they needed a way to sell their furs without having to travel back east. The rendezvous provided them with a fairly convenient way to sell them. It also provided a source for them to resupply their necessities such as powder and lead balls, and food staples.”

Mountain women will be at the rendezvous too! Pictured: Lorie Cerda. Image courtesy of Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders.

Mountain women will be at the rendezvous too! Pictured: Lorie Cerda. Image courtesy of Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders.

The rendezvous most likely would have been a much anticipated event for those attending- a chance to socialize and prove themselves in games of might, chance, and precision. Occasionally tourists from as far as Europe would make the trek to attend the rendezvous festivities. James Beckwourth, a fur trader and author, described a Rocky Mountain Rendezvous as “Mirth, songs, dancing, shouting, trading, running, jumping, singing, racing, target-shooting, yarns, frolic”.

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders member Dave Cartner at the forge. Image courtesy of Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders.

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders member Dave Cartner at the forge. Image courtesy of Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders.

The rendezvous went the way of America’s fur trade and the beaver hat, but Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders are committed to keeping the rendezvous traditions and memory alive. Each April, on the last Saturday, for the last several years the club has invited the public to celebrate the Rendezvous spirit during their Rendezvous/Trade Fair & Fun Day. This year’s event will be held April 29th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Kickapoo Trace Club near Dixon. Admittance is free.

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders Rendezvous & Fun Day is held the last Saturday in April near Dixon, MO.

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders Rendezvous & Fun Day is held the last Saturday in April near Dixon, MO.

The event will include shooting, tomahawk throwing, fire starting and blacksmithing. The grounds will be filled with the sounds of laughter, logs being hewn, and the blacksmith’s hammer and anvil. Members of the club will be dressed in fringed buckskin and other period clothing and furs will hang on lodge poles. The aroma of “vittles” being prepared in a traditional dutch oven will hang in the air—and make your stomach growl.

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders will display primitive cooking skills- including the use of dutch ovens. Photo courtesy of Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders.

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders will display primitive cooking skills- including the use of dutch ovens. Photo courtesy of Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders.

Club members will be on hand to demonstrate the basics of black powder rifle firing (visitors will be able to fire a rifle) and the art of throwing a tomahawk for bragging rights. Hint- step forward when throwing and end with your hand pointing at the target.

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders Rendezvous is a family-friendly event and Stormer states that it would “make an excellent field trip” for homeschool families. The event is chock full of history, biology/mammalogy, science, and fun.

To learn more about Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders contact President Earl Ellegood at kickapootracemuzzleloaders@gmail.com.

To learn more about things to see and do in Pulaski County, Missouri, including restaurant and lodging guides, please visit www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com.

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of November 14-November 20, 2016

Welcome To The Following Groups:
Edgerton’s Travel- November 14

November 19- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market
What: Mid-Missouri’s friendliest Farmers’ Market- open year round!
Where: Farmers’ Market Pavilion at Roubidoux Campground, Waynesville
When: 8:00 a.m. until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Pulaski County Farmers’ Market (Bruce Main)- 573.842.9079

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November 19- Gone To Pieces Quilt Show
What: Hosted by Gone To Pieces Quilt Guild, this show will feature a variety of quilts, including several Missouri State Fair award winning quilts.
Where: Saint Robert Community Center, 114 J.H. Williamson Drive
When: 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. .
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Gone To Pieces Quilt Guild (Bonnie Kinkel)- 573.774.9990

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November 19- The Baker Band & Friends
What: Family-friendly variety show
Where: The Barn, 13015 Highway 28, Dixon
When: Doors open at 6:00 p.m., Show begins at 7:00 p.m.
Cost: Call for pricing
Contact: The Barn, Bill Johnson- 573.433.9370

Looking Ahead:

November 26- City of Lights Kick Off, Richland
November 26- Laura Ashley LIVE In Concert, Richland
December 1 through 31- City of Lights, Richland
December 1- Christmas On The Square, Waynesville
December 2 & 3- “A Seussified Christmas Carol”, Waynesville
December 3- Christmas Parade, Laquey
December 3- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
December 4- Kiwanis Club Christmas Parade, Waynesville
December 9 & 10- Journey to Bethlehem, Crocker
December 9, 10, & 11- “A Seuessified Christmas Carol”, Waynesville
December 10- Christmas Parade, Richland
December 10- Lighted Christmas Parade, 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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Events for the week of October 10-October 16, 2016

October 11- Kelly Miller Circus
What: America’s One-Ring Wonder!
Where: Waynesville Roubidoux Park
When: Show Times 4:30 & 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Adult $16, Child $8, early purchase discount available
Contact: City of Waynesville– 573.774.6171

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October 14 & 15- Haunted Hill
What: Mid-Missouri’s scariest haunted attraction!
Where: 22235 Red Wing Road, Waynesville
When: 8:00 p.m. until Midnight
Cost: $12 admission or $20 speed pass
Contact: Haunted Hill (Jackie or Shelly)- 573.337.3225 or 573.337.0928

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October 15- Route 66 Oktoberfest
What: Family-friendly Oktoberfest street festival!
Where: On the Square, Downtown Waynesville
When: 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Route 66 Fest (Audra Berrier)- 573.774.3001

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October 15- 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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Pumpkin Patches:
Happy Hollows Pumpkin Patch
Storie’s Pumpkin Patch
Uncle Buck’s Pumpkin Patch

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Looking Ahead:

October 21, 22, 23- Happy Hollows Pumpkin Patch, Crocker
October 22- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
October 22 & 23- Haunted Hill, Waynesville
October 22 & 23- Storie’s Pumpkin Patch, Waynesville
October 22 &23- Uncle Buck’s Pumpkin Patch, Dixon
October 29- Gene Watson Concert, Dixon
October 29- Route 66 Challenge
November 11- Veteran’s Day Parade, Waynesville
November 19- Gone To Pieces Quilt Guild Quilt Show, Saint Robert

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

7 Reasons Why You Should Add The Frog Hill Half To Your Half-Marathon Calendar

Whether you are a seasoned half-marathoner, or recently began training for your first event, the Frog Hill Half in Waynesville, Missouri is bucket list worthy. Missouri is home to over 50 annual half-marathons but the Frog Hill Half stands out in the crowd. In its third year this challenging race is picking up steam and drawing more runners and their families.

1. Centrally Located- Waynesville, the seat of Pulaski County, lies just north of Interstate 44 (Exit 156) and is approximately half way between Saint Louis and Springfield, Missouri. This makes travel to and from the Frog Hill Half a breeze.

2. Route 66- This storied pavement has been revered by “roadies” since the cross country highway was decommissioned in 1985. Runners can truly connect with America’s past during this portion of the course. A small portion of Frog Hill Half retraces part of the route ran during the Trans-American Footrace in 1928.

3. W.H. Croaker- Our list wouldn’t be complete without a mention of the race’s namesake. W.H. Croaker is an internationally famous landmark. Carved from an extra large boulder, the brightly colored green and yellow frog rock will silently cheer you on as you pass beneath during your descent into charming downtown Waynesville.

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W.H. Croaker- the namesake of the Frog Hill Half Marathon

4. Superior Hill- One portion of the course follows an antebellum road that is gravel and crushed rock. Don’t be lulled by the Ozark scenery as you pass by Roubidoux Spring and follow the river towards the historic Poor Farm. Superior Hill awaits you. This formidable challenge peaks just shy of a half mile and features a 9% grade. You will never forget completing this section of the course.

5. Amenities- Area amenities make the Frog Hill Half a destination. Arrive early and explore Pulaski County’s 33 miles of Route 66, shop the antique stores and gift boutiques, learn the tragic tale of the Cherokee, and feast at unique dining spots. Stay late and discover stunning scenery while kayaking the Big Piney or Gasconade River. Nearby Saint Robert has multiple lodging accommodations that will fit any budget. Race organizers have negotiated a race discount at Baymont Inn & Suites.

6. Family Friendly- The race is organized by Team 413 Gracerunner Ministries with a focus on the family. In addition to the half-marathon they offer a 10K the same day. The Leapfrog 5K takes place the evening before the featured race. The out-and-back course leads half-marathoners to Frogtoberfest at Waynesville City Park. This one-of-a-kind festival celebrates W.H. Croaker’s “birthday” and is jam packed with fun activities.

7. George Mallory- The famous mountaineer, after being asked why he wanted to climb Mt. Everest, famously retorted “Because it’s there”. You are a half-marathoner and Frog Hill Half is waiting to be conquered.

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Photo courtesy of Team 413 Gracerunner Ministries

Check out our A to Z Guide of Fall Activities in Pulaski County, Missouri!

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of June 27-July 4, 2016

June 28- Pick Your Own Blueberries
What: Don’t let a stranger pick your family’s blueberries!
Where: 13018 Highway D, Dixon
When: 8:00 a.m. until Noon
Cost: $2.85 per pond, call ahead for pre-picked pricing info
Contact: Meyer Tree & Berry Farm– 573.759.7998

July 2- These Colors Don’t Run 5K
What: Display your patriotism in this Red, White, & Blue color run!
Where: Davidson Fitness Center, Fort Leonard Wood
When: 8:00 a.m.
Cost: Varies
Contact: Fort Leonard Wood MWR– 573.596.4359

July 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

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July 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

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July 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: Investigations start at dusk. Call for exact time.
Cost: $20 per person, reservations required.
Contact: Crocker’s Optimistic Paranormal Society (Dawnmarie Cecora)- 573.528.2149

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Paranormal investigations in downtown Waynesville!

July 4- Independence Day Celebration
What: The most patriotic Independence Day celebration in Missouri! Featuring Everclear in concert and the Fort’s famous fireworks display!
Where: Gammon Field, Fort Leonard Wood
When: 3:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Fort Leonard Wood MWR– 573.596.6913

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For information on accessing Fort Leonard Wood contact FLW MWR at 573.596.4359

Looking Ahead:

July 30 & 31- Old Settlers Day & Civil War Reenactments, Waynesville
August 5- I-44 Shoot Out Truck & Tractor Pull, Richland
August 6- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
August 27 & 28- 7th Annual Kiwanis Gun, Knife, & Archery Show, Saint Robert
September 2 & 3- Haunted River Float, Saint Robert
September 3- Railroad Days, Crocker
September 3- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville

Pumpkin Patch Season is just around the corner!

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