4 Things You Will Love In November!

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1. Veterans’ Day Parade (November 11)- There is no better place in all of Missouri to attend a Veterans’ Day Parade than Pulaski County, home of Fort Leonard Wood. Hosted by the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce, opening ceremonies begin at 11:00 a.m. and the parade steps off at 11:30 a.m. The parade route begins at Waynesville Middle School and ends at Waynesville City Park.

2. The Baker Band & Friends Variety Show (November 19)- You will love this event if you are a fan of the classic television variety shows like Hee Haw, or looking for good, clean family entertainment! The Barn, near Dixon, is a non smoking, no alcohol venue- and kids 12 and under are free!

3. Gone To Pieces Quilt Guild Quilt Show (November 19)- Join the ladies of the Gone To Pieces Quilt Guild at the St. Robert Community Center as they “Honor The Active” and display their award winning quilts. Quilting is a strong part of our Ozarks heritage. GTPQG has mastered the handcrafted folk art traditions and storytelling.

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4. City of Lights/Laura Ashley Concert (November 26)- Ring in a new tradition in Richland as they light up the city in a festive Christmas celebration. Rising country star Laura Ashley from Rogersville will be on hand to entertain the masses.

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For more ideas on things to see and do in Pulaski County, Missouri during November please visit www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com.

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

Pulaski County USA LogoEvents for the week of November 9, 2015-November 15, 2015

Welcome To The Following Groups:
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November 11- Veterans’ Day Ceremony & Parade
What: Honoring those who have defended our country
Where: Parade routes starts at St. Robert Municipal Center and ends at St. Robert Community Center
When: Ceremony begins at 11 a.m., parade following
Cost: FREE
Contact: Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce– 573.336.5121

November 14- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Year- round Farmer’s Market
Where: Downtown Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Pulaski County Farmer’s Market (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!

Looking Ahead:

November 21- Turkey Trot 5K/10K
November 21- Leona Williams & Ron Williams LIVE In Concert
December 3- Christmas On The Square
December 5- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House
December 6- Kiwanis Club Christmas Parade
December 6- Holiday In The Park
December 6- Christmas on Main Street
December 11- “Holidays from the Heartland”- 399th Army Band
December 11 & 12- Journey To Bethlehem
December 12- Richland Christmas Parade
December 12- Lighted Christmas Parade & Christmas In The Park
December 18 & 19- Route 66 Basketball Shootout

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.

Ingress Mission Spotlight: Purple Heart City (Saint Robert, MO)

Ingress agents already know that Pulaski County is road trip country! The area also has several missions that will make Ingress Mission junkies happy! This week we shine the spotlight on “Purple Heart City” created by Resistance Agent Ancell.

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Purple Heart City (Saint Robert, MO) Ingress Mission screenshot

Saint Robert is the youngest city in Pulaski County. The city sprouted up along the “spur” to Fort Leonard Wood in the early 1940’s and has always been proud to be home to our military heroes. In 2013, Saint Robert was the first city on the Interstate 44 corridor in Missouri to be named a Purple Heart City. This mission highlights several of Saint Robert’s salutes to the United States Armed Forces. You can complete the waypoints in any order.

Military Heroes War Memorial- Near the intersection of Missouri Avenue and Old Route 66, this memorial was dedicated May, 2013. The City of Saint Robert seal is flanked by the seals of the United States Army, United States Marine Corps, United States Navy, United States Air Force, United States Coast Guard and the US Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence insignia.

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Heroes Plaque- Located in the historic George M. Reed Roadside Park on Old Route 66. This memorial is dedicated by the citizens of the city of St. Robert to the brave service men and women and their families who have sacrificed to protect our nation.

Desert Storm Tank- Located near the Heroes Plaque this Desert Storm era M60 tank pays tribute to our Desert Storm combat veterans and is also a great photo opportunity.

M-60 Tank at George M. Reed Roadside Park in Saint Robert, MO.

M-60 Tank at George M. Reed Roadside Park in Saint Robert, MO.

War Memorial- Located on St. Robert Boulevard, west of Pulaski County Tourism Bureau and Visitors Center.

Image by Laura Huffman

Image by Laura Huffman

Patriotic Water Tower- Located on St. Robert Boulevard, east of Pulaski County Tourism Bureau and Visitors Center. This patriotic themed water tower was a finalist in Tnemec’s 2012 Tank of the Year competition.

Image via flickr user jimsawthat.

Image via flickr user jimsawthat.

For more points of interest on Pulaski County USA’s Veterans Memorial Trail order your free brochure by calling 573.336.6355 today!

Play Ingress in Pulaski County!

Play Ingress in Pulaski County!

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

Home to the 2015 National Speleological Society Convention
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July 13-17, 2015
Waynesville, MO
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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

The Spirit of Pulaski County

Pulaski County, Missouri has a long and proud tradition of patriotism. In remarkable spirit, citizens laid their cash on the barrel head in return for Uncle Sam’s war bonds during several War Loan Drives to support the war efforts of World War II. War Loan Drives were held nationwide and Pulaski County stepped up to the plate. The third War Loan Drive was held from early September through early October in 1943 with a national goal of $15 billion and the county quota was $336,000. With Dru Pippin as the chairman from the county, Pulaski County delivered $341,787, almost $6,000 over goal. Adjusted for inflation the money raised by Pulaski County in 1943 would equal $4,604,621.64 today. $75,000 of the monies raised bought a P-51 Mustang which was named “The Spirit of Pulaski County” by local bond buyers. After purchasing a Series E War Bond the buyer was able to submit a naming suggestion.

North American P-51 Bought with the 3rd War Loan Drive. "The Spirit of Pulaski County". P-1 Mustang. Photo courtesy of Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society.

North American P-51 Bought with the 3rd War Loan Drive. “The Spirit of Pulaski County”. P-1 Mustang. Photo courtesy of Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society.

Pulaski County, always patriotic and dutiful, had seen many of her citizens march off to war, but part of the rallying cry for the War Loan Drives was the memory of Wayne Lynn “Buck” Bandy. A graduate of Waynesville High School, Buck played trumpet for Navy Band Number 22, and was one of the many sailors lost on board the U.S.S. Arizona December 7, 1941.

Dru Pippin said of the successful War Loan Drives:

“This magnificent response to put idle dollars to work for victory is our message to our fighting men wherever they might be, that Pulaski County has gone to War too.”

This Third War Loan poster featured Superman.

This Third War Loan poster featured Superman.

Many businesses were advertisement sponsors for the War Loan Drives including Long’s Drug Store Sundries, United Army Store, Rigsby Service Station, Baker Hotel, Dr. C.A. Talbot, Owl Cafe, Clark’s Cafe, Chicago Military Store, Prewett Liquor Store, Bell Hotel, Bursons Cafe, Ford Cafe, Copeland Military Store, Sinclair Service Station, Blue Line Bus Service, Tut’s Cafe, Fort Wood Hotel, Ft. Wood Military Supply, 5% Beer Parlor, Safety Service Station and Bell Garage.

Today, over 70 years later, Pulaski County still fervently supports those who put their life on the line to fight for our freedoms. Pulaski County was the first Purple Heart County in the State of Missouri, and several of our cities have received the Purple Heart City designation as well.

Special Thank You to Steven M. Beattie and Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society for their contributions and images.

To plan your trip to Pulaski County, Missouri, home of Fort Leonard Wood, visit http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA, like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyUSA, or order your FREE Official Visitors Guide at email@pulaskicountyusa.com or 877-858-8687.