This Week Around Pulaski County USA! (October 23-29, 2017)


This Week Around Pulaski County USA! (October 23-October 29, 2017)

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October 24: Ozarks Kirkwood/AAA Club- Alliance

October 27 & 28- Haunted House & Corn Maze
What: Haunted house and corn maze.
Where: 22474 Restful Lane, Waynesville
When: 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.
Cost: $15
Contact: Ruby’s Landing– 573-337-4305

Compressed Haunted House & Corn Maze

October 27 & 28- Rising Haunted Attraction
What: Haunted attraction
Where: 25238 Raleigh Road, Waynesville
When: 8:00 p.m. until Midnight
Cost: $10
Contact: Rising Haunted Attraction (Matt Perrine)- 573-765-3881

Compressed Rising Haunted Attraction

October 28- Route 66 Challenge
What: Route 66 themed strategy competition
Where: Starts at Old Town Antiques (Phelps County), ends in Pulaski County
When: Registration & check in at 7:30 a.m., event begins at 8:00 a.m.
Cost: $55 per team of two
Contact: Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce– 573-336-5121

Route 66 Challenge 2017

October 28- Zombie Run 5K
What: Not your everyday 5K!
Where: Waynesville City Park
When: Race begins at 11:00 a.m.
Cost: $25 adults, $15 kids
Contact: Columbia College (Mona Russell)- 573-329-4050

October 28 Zombie Run 5K

October 28- Crocker Truck or Treat
What: Truck or Treat
Where: Crocker Community Park
When: 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Contact: Crocker City Hall– 573-736-5327

October 28- Spooktacular Trail of Treats
What: Food, games, trick or treating, movie.
Where: Shady Dell Park, Richland
When: 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Contact: Richland Parks Department– 573-765-3532

October 28 Spooktacular Trail of Treats

October 28- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House
What: Supervised paranormal investigation of one of Waynesville’s oldest homes.
Where: 405 North Street, Waynesville
When: Investigation begins at dusk, call for exact start time.
Cost: $25 per person, reservations required
Contact: Crocker’s Optimistic Paranormal Society (Dawnmarie Cecora)- 573.528.2149

Paranormal Investigations

October 28 & 29- Uncle Buck’s Pumpkin Patch
What: Pumpkin patch and family-friendly autumn activities & concessions
Where: 10800 Highway D, Dixon
When: 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $6 admission (ages 2 & up)
Contact: Uncle Buck’s Pumpkin Patch (Marilyn Moehle)- 573.759.9045

Looking Ahead:
October 31- Paranormal Investigations of Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
October 31- Rising Haunted Attraction, Waynesville
October 31- Trick or Treat on Main Street, Dixon
November 4, 11, 18, & 25- Pulaski County Farmers Market, Waynesville
November 4- Moe Bandy Concert, Dixon
November 11- Veterans Day Parade, Saint Robert
December 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30- Pulaski County Farmers Market, Waynesville
December 2- Lighted Christmas Parade, Dixon
December 2- Ole Time Christmas at Shady Dell Park, Richland
December 3- Christmas on Main Street, Crocker
December 3- Holiday in the Park, Saint Robert
December 7- Christmas on the Square, Waynesville
December 8 & 9- Journey to Bethlehem, Crocker

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Belgian solar powered electric bicycle team overnights in Pulaski County USA

First Solar Bike Route 66 Journey


Belgian solar powered electric bicycle team overnights in Pulaski County USA

Saint Robert, MO- October 9, 2017

Baymont Inn & Suites General Manager Betsy Thomson is pleased to announce that Belgian telecommunications engineer Michael Voros, who is riding the famous Route 66 on an electric bicycle powered by the sun, and his support team, will be lodging at Saint Robert, Pulaski County, Missouri October 13, 2017 before continuing their westward journey October 14, 2017.

Voros has invented and built his solar bike piece by piece. His is the first electric bike sourced by solar panels to reach a speed of 20 miles per hour. The prototype, in its third evolution, consists of a Prodecotech Phantom X3 electric bike equipped with a homemade trailer of his design, constructed of carbon fiber. Each single piece will support the 6 HQST lightweight solar panels regulated by a high-tech computer. This equipment will allow Voros to travel for 60 days on solar energy. If necessary, Voros will contribute needed pedaling. The level of engineering of this bike is “completely innovative and unique, the first 500 watt electric bike straightly fed with 600 watt solar panels.”

Voros describes the challenge as not just technical, but also as a great human adventure: “The technical challenge is obviously what drives me, but it also brings a wonderful opportunity to meet and interact with the people I’ll meet along the way.”

Voros’ Solar Bike Route 66 journey will cover 2,448 miles, cross 8 states, ride through 45 cities—all in 60 days! Successful completion of his mission will set a global record.

Voros will be championing green energy as “the sustainable new way in serving our daily needs.” Voros will also be raising funds for the Willie Dixon Foundation during his adventure.

Follow Voros’ Solar Bike Route 66 journey via Facebook at or via his website

Voros will be accompanied by a film crew documenting his trip for Belgian national television.



Solar Bike Route 66

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Historic military convoy will stop in Pulaski County


Historic military convoy will stop in Pulaski County

Saint Robert, MO- August 22, 2017

The Pulaski County Tourism Bureau is pleased to announce the Military Vehicle Preservation Association ( 91st Anniversary Convoy with over 60 Historic Military Vehicles (HMVs) will retrace the original 1926 Route 66; launching from Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, 16 September, 2017 and scheduled to arrive in Santa Monica, California some 29 days later, on Saturday, 14 October. The procession will enter Pulaski County from the east on Historic Route 66 in late afternoon on 20 September, 2017 and is scheduled to travel to the John B. Mahaffey Museum Complex at Fort Leonard Wood for viewing of the HMVs from 5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to meet and greet the owners and take photos. Visitors should be prepared to provide a current driver’s license, proof of insurance and vehicle registration to gain access to the post. Visitors will not need a pass for this event.

September 20 MVPA MWR Flyer

World War II caused a marked decline in civilian and tourist traffic, but it stimulated new business along U.S. 66, when it acted as a military transport corridor moving troops and supplies from one military reservation to another. Motels saw an increase in occupancy, as families of servicemen stationed at military bases stayed for long stretches. But more significantly, Route 66 facilitated perhaps the single greatest wartime mobilization, as thousands of jobseekers headed to California, Oregon and Washington to work in defense plants.

Route 66 had its official beginnings in 1926 when the Bureau of Public Roads launched the nation’s first Federal highway system. Like other highways in the system, the path of Route 66 was a cobbling together of existing local, State and National roads. The highway quickly became a popular route because of the active promotion of the U.S. 66 Highway Association, which advertised it as “the shortest, best and most scenic route from Chicago through St. Louis to Los Angeles.

Each day’s plans have been carefully prepared, including a detailed route map, stopping locations for AM and PM breaks as well as lunch and dinner stops and lodging plans for all of the RT 66 ’17 teams.

This 2,400 mile / 29 day Convoy represents America’s longest Veterans’ parade, honoring the service and sacrifice of Veterans of all generations. Historic Military Vehicles on the Convoy will range from WWI-era to those just released from the US Armed Forces inventories. The privately owned HMVs include motor cycles, jeeps and large cargo trucks.

These Convoys (the MVPA has conducted 3 previous large-scale HMV Convoys) represent the ground forces legacy of the Nation, showcasing America’s Historic Military Vehicles of many types.

The Convoy will have the support of local, county and state law enforcement agencies in many areas along the Convoy route.

Follow the Convoy progress on line

Follow the Convoy on line with Facebook at

Find the schedule and detailed route map (available mid September) at

About MVPA: Established in 1976, the non-profit MVPA is dedicated to providing an international organization for military vehicle enthusiasts, historians, preservationists and collectors interested in the acquisition, restoration, preservation, safe operation and public education of historic military transport.



RT 66 ’17 Convoy Regional Section 1 Officer
Brad Nelson

Big BAM (Bicycle Across Missouri) Announces 2018 Ride on Missouri’s Historic Route 66

Date: August 3, 2017
Contact: Greg Wood Phone: 660-882-9898 ext. 106

To schedule an interview regarding Big BAM, please contact Greg Wood at above phone or email

Photos and maps available at or by request



Big BAM (Bicycle Across Missouri) Announces 2018 Ride on Missouri’s Historic Route 66

Boonville, MO – Missouri Life magazine has announced the fourth annual Big BAM (Bicycle Across Missouri) which will travel along Missouri’s historic Route 66 from Joplin to Eureka. This six-day event will begin on June 17 with a pre-ride party and festival at Schifferdecker Park in Joplin featuring live music. The 304 mile ride begins on June 18 and ends on June 22 in Eureka.

Four additional overnight towns will host the ride and they include Willard, Lebanon, Waynesville and Cuba. Each town will open their city parks to welcome hundreds of Big BAM participants and anyone who wants to attend. They will find free live music and entertainment from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the event area in each overnight town. The public is invited and encouraged to come enjoy the music and festivities.

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Big BAM works with local authorities all along the route to help create a safe and fun event. Big BAM places water and rest stations every 10 to 12 miles. “We also encourage people along the route to set up refreshment stands if they wish and to cheer on the riders,” says Big BAM executive director Greg Wood, who is also publisher of Missouri Life magazine. “We have riders coming in from all over the U.S. and many other countries. For some, this will be their first time in Missouri. We hope all the towns along the route will be joining in on the fun and welcoming Big BAM riders.”

This is the fourth year for the event and the first time Big BAM has been on a route in the southern half of the state. “We are very excited to have the 2018 route on Missouri’s historic Route 66,” says Wood. “This will get a lot of attention nationally and internationally.”

Information and registration for the ride can be found on The route map for the 2018 ride and photos of the 2017 ride can be found there as well as all the details.


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.

Wings by Theresa Goodrich Drive By Towns

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.

Roadhouse Bar & Grill Menu Page 2

Menu and prices subject to change.

Follow Roadhouse Bar & Grill on Facebook at for upcoming band announcements and food specials.

For more to see and do in Pulaski County, Missouri visit


Seda’s Gift Shoppe- Two Doors North of Route 66

By Laura Huffman

Seda’s Gift Shoppe, an unique emporium offering fun and useful gifts for all occasions, is located on the historic and charming Square in downtown Waynesville, Missouri. The current location is housed in what was formerly the Rexall Drug Store. Pam Seda, owner of the gift shop, fondly recalls walking to the drug store after school to get a vanilla Coke and a grilled cheese sandwich. Little did she know back then that she would be the proud owner of the building that today houses her successful shop.

Seda's Gift Shoppe, Waynesville MO

Seda’s Gift Shoppe in Waynesville, Missouri. Photo courtesy of Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

The premise of Seda’s gift shop was formed over fifteen years ago. While working retail and at the local cable company she pondered the idea of owning a business. Perhaps inspired by her grandfather, Pam and her husband Steve, decided to re-open his former business, Hill’s Antiques and Swap Shop. The determined coupled rolled up their sleeves and set about bringing the dormant store back to life. After a thorough cleaning and re-roofing the building, they realized that the location wasn’t ideal. The Seda’s decided to wait.

Seda's Gift Shoppe, Waynesville MO

Seda’s Gift Shoppe in Waynesville, Missouri. Photo by Laura Huffman for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

In September, 2002 the couple signed a lease on the building that had been the home of local landmark Parrish Floral for many years. This building was snuggled up to Route 66‘s curb and was just across the street from another local icon, Victory Pub. The Seda’s purchased $300 of inventory to sell at their new enterprise.

Eighteen months after opening their doors the Rexall Building (built in 1941 for Dr. C.A. Talbot) around the corner became available. Seda did not hesitate and purchased the building. The gift shop moved into the lower level and Seda’s Gift Shoppe has been a hit with browsers, shoppers, locals, and tourists ever since.

Seda's Gift Shoppe in Waynesville, MO

Seda’s Gift Shoppe in Waynesville, Missouri. Photo courtesy of Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

Seda’s strong roots to Pulaski County, five generations on both sides, makes community pride the cornerstone of her business. She also enthusiastically shares her love of Waynesville with Route 66 travelers from around the globe who stop in to find the perfect souvenir. Seda’s Gift Shoppe is just two doors north of the classic highway, directly next to Nona’s Kitchen in the famed Rigsby House.

Seda's Gift Shoppe in Waynesville, MO

Seda’s Gift Shoppe in Waynesville, Missouri. Photo courtesy of Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

To learn more about Seda’s Gift Shoppe at 107 North Benton in Waynesville follow their Facebook page at:

Download a free Waynesville Walking Tour brochure here.

To learn more about things to see and do in Pulaski County, Missouri visit!


Ultimate “Halloween in September” Road Trip Guide

A guide to scariest attractions, what to see, what to do, places to stuff your face, and where to rest your head!

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Do you bleed orange and black? Have you ever wished that Halloween lasted more than one day? Have you ever wanted to start your All Hallows Eve celebration in September? If you answered yes to any of the three keep reading!

Plan now for your spooktacular Pulaski County, Missouri road trip in late September! This weekend adventure will put you in the Halloween spirit!

Friday September 22/September 29

Jump right into the thrills and chills by arriving early at Haunted Hill to beat the line! This freakishly frightening trail has been described as Mid-Missouri’s most haunted outdoor attraction.
*Buy the speed pass to skip the long line.

UPDATE: Sadly, on August 21, 2017 Haunted Hill announced via Facebook that their attraction is now permanently closed. Nearby Rising Haunted Attraction opens September 29. 

Continue the screamfest during the Haunted River Float at Ruby’s Landing on the Gasconade River near Waynesville. A raft is your sanctuary as you paddle through the inky darkness that envelops the river. Who knows what is in the water? This float trip isn’t for the faint of heart! Make it safely back to land and roast marshmallows and Jiffy Pop over the campfire. A free night of camping is included in float trip admission so don’t forget the tent!

Saturday September 23/September 30

Hungry? Hit a mom and pop cafe for a hearty breakfast before a full day of exploring, adventuring, and ghoulish fun! Route 66 Diner is a favorite for locals and travelers.
*An early start is recommended to squeeze in all the fun!

Explore Route 66 for a few hours. The Visitors Center in Saint Robert offers free turn by turn directions. Don’t miss the legendary Devils Elbow area bridges, the fudge factory near Saint Robert, and downtown Waynesville. While in Waynesville take a picture of W.H. Croaker, explore the Farmer’s Market, visit the 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum and the Old Stagecoach Stop Museum and walk the Trail of Tears remembrance trail. *Don’t miss the boutiques, old fashioned candy shop, and eateries on the Square.

Hungry? Saint Robert is known for its delicious food! For an international twist try schnitzel at The Hub Restaurant, Mama Mia’s Greek gyros, or food truck pineapple fried rice at Mobile Thai Kitchen. Sweetwater Barbecue‘s pulled pork is so good that you will think someone’s Grandma is manning the kitchen.

Image by Jackie

Image by Jackie

Slow the pace during a short leisurely float on the Big Piney or Gasconade River. Pick an outfitter and your vessel (inner tube, raft, kayak, or canoe) for a carefree afternoon with Mother Nature.
*Pack a camera in your dry bag to grab stunning snaps along the way!

Cap off an evening you won’t forget as a ghost hunter with Crocker’s Optimistic Paranormal Society (C.O.P.S) during a Paranormal Investigation of the Historic Talbot House on North Street in Waynesville, Missouri. Built in 1899, the Talbot House is one of Waynesville’s oldest and most interesting homes. Paid reservations are required and spots are very limited so book your group today!
*Investigators must be 18 or older.

Grab some shut eye at one of Saint Robert’s hotels. Saint Robert has hotel choices that will fit any budget. Many hotels have an indoor pool or offer a free hot breakfast.
*Book directly with the hotel for the cheapest rate.

Sunday September 24/October 1

For a special treat grab a baker’s dozen of fresh, handmade, premium gourmet donuts at Lamb’s Donuts near the front gate of Fort Leonard Wood. These sweet treats have been fueling locals, visitors, soldiers, and law enforcement for years!
*For a savory start order the chorizo breakfast burrito.

Before saying goodbye to Pulaski County head to Uncle Buck’s Pumpkin Patch near Dixon to choose the perfect pumpkin for your Halloween jack-o-lantern.


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