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, or left to see what’s shaking at Wooden Nickel Saloon.

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 Roadhouse Bar & Grill– the “other” headquarters of Mid America Freedom Rally.

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 off the road dust and settle into the Elbow Inn’s mouthwatering BBQ. 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

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of June 13-June 19, 2016

Welcome To The Following Groups:

Vandalia Bus Lines/ St. Matthias Golden Achievers Club- June 13
Crossroads Bank- June 16
Lifestyle Tours- June 17
Remember The Removal Riders-June 17

June 14, 15, 16, & 17- Pick Your Own Blueberries
What: Don’t let a stranger pick your family’s blueberries!
Where: 13018 Highway D, Dixon
When: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:00 a.m. until Noon, Saturday 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $2.85 per pond, call ahead for pre-picked pricing info
Contact: Meyer Tree & Berry Farm– 573.759.7998

June 15 thru 18- Pulaski County Regional Fair
What: County Fair
Where: Saint Robert Community Center, St. Robert
When: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 4 p.m.-11 p.m., Saturday Noon-11:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Pulaski County Regional Fair (Carl Boone)- 816.261.6051

June 17- Trail of Tears National Historic Trail Centennial Event
Where: Laughlin Park, Waynesville
When: 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: National Park Service (Carole Wendler) 505.988.6092

June 17, 18, & 19- PFAA Presents “Gifted”
What: Pulaski Fine Arts Association theater production
Where: Theater On The Square, 312 Historic Route 66, Waynesville
When: Friday & Saturday 7:30 p.m. curtain, Sunday Matinee 2:30 p.m. curtain
Cost: Adults $10, Children 12 and under $5
Contact: Pulaski Fine Arts Association (April York)- 573.337.1184

June 18- 11th Annual USO Military Support Motorcycle Ride
What: Organized motorcycle ride to support the USO
Where: Begins at Ozark Harley-Davidson, Ends at Route 66 Freedom Fest, Waynesville
When: Registration begins at 10:00 a.m., kickstands up at Noon
Cost: $15 per motorcycle
Contact: Freedom of Road Riders Local 28– 573.586.7221

18 June USO Ride

June 18- 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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1903 Route 66 Museum, On The Square, Waynesville

June 18- 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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Old Stagecoach Stop, On The Square, Waynesville

June 18- Route 66 Freedom Fest
What: Family friendly street festival
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Route 66 Fest (Audra Berrier)- 573.774.3001

June 18 Freedom Fest

Looking Ahead:

June 21-25 Tri County Fair, Richland
June 24-26 Pulaski County Pride, Waynesville & Saint Robert
June 24 & 25- PFAA Presents “Gifted”, Waynesville
June 25 & 26- Cave State Cruisers 29th Annual Car Show, Waynesville
July 2- Paranormal Investigations of Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
July 30 & 31- Old Settlers Day & Civil War Reenactments, Waynesville

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

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!

Pulaski County USA LogoEvents for the week of June 15, 2015-June 21, 2015

Welcome To The Following Groups:
June 19- Remember The Removal Riders
June 20- The Great Race

June 17-20- Pulaski County Regional Fair
What: Family friendly county fair
Where: St. Robert Community Center Fairground
When: Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday 4-11 pm, Saturday Noon-11:30 pm
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Carl Boone- 816.261.6051

Pulaski County Regional Fair will be held in Saint Robert June 17th-20th!

Pulaski County Regional Fair will be held in Saint Robert June 17th-20th!

June 19- Unveiling of Trail of Tears Wayside Exhibits
What: Official unveiling of 7 Trail of Tears exhibits. Sponsored by National Park Service in partnership with Trail of Tears Association, City of Waynesville, and Pulaski County Tourism Bureau. Honored guests include Remember The Removal Riders.
Where: Laughlin Park, Waynesville
When: 9 am
Cost: FREE
Contact: Trail of Tears Association (Deloris Gray Wood)- 573.729.2545

Unveiling of seven Trail of Tears Wayside exhibits takes place in Laughlin Park June 19th. One of only seven certified sites in Missouri. Sponsored by  National Park Service in partnership with Trail of Tears Association, City of Waynesville, and Pulaski County Tourism Bureau. Honored guests include Remember The Removal Riders.

Unveiling of seven Trail of Tears Wayside exhibits takes place in Laughlin Park June 19th. One of only seven certified sites in Missouri. Sponsored by National Park Service in partnership with Trail of Tears Association, City of Waynesville, and Pulaski County Tourism Bureau. Honored guests include Remember The Removal Riders.

June 20- 16th Annual Volkslauf
What: 10K Mud Run hosted by United States Marine Corps
Where: Building 1702, Fort Leonard Wood
When: Check In begins at 6 am, Race begins at 8:30 am
Cost: $150 per adult team, $90 per youth team, $35 per individual. Pre race registration discounts.
Contact: Gunnery Sergeant Robert Sallee- 843.441.7526

Hosted by the United States Marine Corps Detachment at Fort Leonard Wood the 16th Annual Volkslauf is a motivated 10K Mud Run.

Hosted by the United States Marine Corps Detachment at Fort Leonard Wood the 16th Annual Volkslauf is a motivated 10K Mud Run.

June 20 & 21- Meyer Tree and Berry Farm
What: Pick your own blueberries
Where: 13018 Highway D, Dixon
When: Saturday 8 am-5 pm, Sunday Noon-5 pm
Cost: By the pound, call for pricing specifics
Contact: Meyer Tree & Berry Farm (Marvis Meyer)- 573.759.7998

Create lasting memories with your family as you pick your own blueberries at Meyer Tree and Berry Farm near Dixon, MO!

Create lasting memories with your family as you pick your own blueberries at Meyer Tree and Berry Farm near Dixon, MO!

June 20- 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 Farmer's Market is held year round in downtown Waynesville!

Pulaski County Farmer’s Market is held year round in downtown Waynesville!

June 20- 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

Visit the Museums On The Square in downtown Waynesville! On the National Register of Historic Places!

Visit the Museums On The Square in downtown Waynesville! On the National Register of Historic Places!

June 20- 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

June 20- 10th Annual USO Military Support Motorcycle Ride
What: 200+ riders support the military by supporting the USO
Where: Ride begins at Ozark Harley Davidson in Lebanon and ends at Route 66 Freedom Fest on the Square in Waynesville.
When: Registration begin at 10 am, ride departs at Noon.
Cost: $15 donation per motorcycle
Contact: Freedom Of Road Riders Local 28- 573.586.7221

Show your patriotic pride and support the USO and our military during this annual motorcycle ride!

Show your patriotic pride and support the USO and our military during this annual motorcycle ride!

June 20- Route 66 Freedom Fest
What: Family friendly street festival
Where: On the Square, Downtown Waynesville
When: 11 am-4 pm
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Route 66 Fest On The Square (Audra Berrier)- 573.774.3001

Bring your family to downtown Waynesville for this street festival! Vintage cars from The Great Race will be on hand and watch 200+ motorcycles roll into town for the conclusion of the USO Support Ride.

Bring your family to downtown Waynesville for this street festival! Vintage cars from The Great Race will be on hand and watch 200+ motorcycles roll into town for the conclusion of the USO Support Ride.

June 20- Rockapalooza 2015
What: Live music festival
Where: Roadhouse Bar & Grill, Laquey
When: 2-11 pm
Cost: $7
Contact: KFLW (Tracy O’Quinn)- 573.336.5359

Looking Ahead-
June 23-27: Tri-County Fair
June 23-28: Meyer Tree and Berry Farm
June 27 & 28- 28th Annual Cave State Cruisers Car Show

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National Speleological Society Convention will be held July 13-17, 2015 in Waynesville, Missouri.

National Speleological Society Convention will be held July 13-17, 2015 in Waynesville, Missouri.

A Featured Destination in FIREBALL RUN: America’s Frontier
Premiering Summer 2015

FIREBALL RUN: America's Frontier premiers in its entirety Summer 2015.

FIREBALL RUN: America’s Frontier premiers in its entirety Summer 2015.

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

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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

This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

Pulaski County USA LogoEvents for the week of June 16, 2014-June 22, 2014

Welcome To The Following Groups:
River Smallies Anglers- June 18-22
Vietnam Landclearing Association Reunion- June 19-22

June 16 thru 21- Remembering Our Fallen
What: Pictorial tribute to Missourians who have lost their lives in the line of duty since 9/11.
Where: First State Community Bank, 112 McClurg Street, Richland
When: 9 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE
Contact: First State Community Bank- 573.765.3221

Remembering Our Fallen, a touring photo display, will be in Richland June 10th-21st.

Remembering Our Fallen, a touring photo display, will be in Richland June 10th-21st.

June 21 & 22- Cave State Cruisers 27th Annual Car Show & Fun Run
What: Classic car show
Where: Waynesville City Park
When: Saturday- 8 am until 3 pm
Sunday 8 am until 11 am, awards presented at 1 pm
Cost: FREE admission for spectators
Contact: Cave State Cruisers (Allen Ousley)- 573.201.7776

Cave States Cruisers return to Waynesville City Park June 21 & 22 for their annual Car Show & Fun Run.

Cave States Cruisers return to Waynesville City Park June 21 & 22 for their annual Car Show & Fun Run.

June 21- Richland Farmers Market
What: Farmers Market
Where: Frisco Park, Richland
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Travis Prewett- 573.765.4033

Richland Farmers Market is held Saturdays, 8 am until 12, in Frisco Park.

Richland Farmers Market is held Saturdays, 8 am until 12, in Frisco Park.

June 21- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Farmer’s Market
Where: Waynesville City Park
When: 8 am until 1 pm
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Bruce Main- 573.842.9079

Pulaski County Farmers Market has extended their hours! Now open until 1 pm!

Pulaski County Farmers Market has extended their hours! Now open until 1 pm!

June 21- 1903 Courthouse Museum Open
What: Historic courthouse on 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: Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society (Denise Seevers)-573.855.3644

Both of Waynesville's Museums are FREE admission and located on the Square.

Both of Waynesville’s Museums are FREE admission and located on the Square.

June 21- 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

June 21- USO Military Support Motorcycle Ride
What: Organized motorcycle run
Where: Departs Ozark Harley-Davidson, Ends at Route 66 Freedom Fest
When: Registration begins at 10 am, Kickstands up at 12 Noon
Cost: $15 donation per motorcycle
Contact: Freedom Of The Road Riders Local 28- 573.528.1528

USO Military Support Motorcycle Ride rides Route 66 from Lebanon to Waynesville Square June 21st.

USO Military Support Motorcycle Ride rides Route 66 from Lebanon to Waynesville Square June 21st.

June 21- Route 66 Freedom Fest
What: Family friendly street festival on Route 66
Where: Waynesville Square
When: 11 am – 4 pm
Cost: FREE
Contact: Seda’s Gift Shoppe- 573.774.6910

Don't miss this family friendly street festival on Route 66 in Waynesville.

Don’t miss this family friendly street festival on Route 66 in Waynesville.

June 21- National Wrestling Alliance Central-States Championship Wrestling
What: Professional wrestling
Where: Wood Elementary School, 7076 Pulaski Avenue, Fort Leonard Wood
When: Doors open at 6:00 pm, Doors open at 7 pm
Cost: At The Door- Ringside $15, General $10
Contact: Charles Wilcox- 573.202.4344

Professional wrestling returns to Pulaski County June 21st.

Professional wrestling returns to Pulaski County June 21st.

Looking Ahead
June 24 through 28- Tri-County Fair
June 28- 18 Hole 2 Person Scramble Tournament
June 28-Tri-County Fair Annual Motor Show
June 28- SMTTPA Truck & Tractor Pull
June 28- Dixon AFR Rodeo

For more event listings in Pulaski County USA please visit our online calendar at: http://tinyurl.com/PulaskiCountyUSAEvents or “Like” us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyUSA
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Pulaski County USA’s central location, winding country roads, storied Route 66 pavement, and community support for those who ride make us a welcoming destination for our two wheeled and three wheeled friends.
For a calendar of rallies, runs, and rides log on to http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com.
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Experience the open road in Pulaski County USA!

Experience the open road in Pulaski County USA!