This Week Around Pulaski County USA! (February 12-February 18, 2018)

This Week Around Pulaski County USA! (February 12-February 18, 2018)

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February 17- Pulaski County Farmers Market
What: Mid-Missouri’s friendliest year-round farmers market.
Where: Farmers Market Pavilion at Roubidoux Spring Campground & RV Park, Waynesville
When: 8:00 a.m. until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Pulaski County Farmers Market (Bruce Main)- 573-842-9079
https://www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyMOFarmersMarket

Weekly (year-round) Farmers Market at Roubidoux Spring Campground & RV Park, Waynesville

Weekly (year-round) Farmers Market at Roubidoux Spring Campground & RV Park, Waynesville

February 17- Show Me State Winter Classic
What: The best RC pullers in Missouri competing to be the best at the Show Me State Winter Classic.
Where: The RetroPlex, 512 Old Route 66, Saint Robert
When: Noon- 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $25 first truck, $15 second, third, & fourth truck. Call for spectator pricing.
Contact: Outlaw Lane RC Track- 573-433-5344
https://www.facebook.com/events/337866463361514

FEbruary 17 Show Me State Winter Classic

February 17- Bluegrass at The Barn presents The Hunt Family Band
What: Bluegrass performance in a family-friendly atmosphere.
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 info
Contact: Bill Johnson- 573-433-9370
https://www.facebook.com/events/163359077617831

February 17 The Hunt Family Band

Looking Ahead:

February 24- Pulaski County Farmers Market, Waynesville
February 24- Pulaski County Pageant, Waynesville

Pulaski County Pageant
March 3- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville

Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House
March 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31- Pulaski County Farmers Market, Waynesville
March 3- RCW Richland Rumble Wrestling, Richland
March 10- Ham & Bean Dinner Show, Dixon
March 16 & 17- Outdoor Sportsman Show & BBQ Cook Off, Saint Robert
March 24- Annual Taste of Pulaski County & Basket Auction, Saint Robert

Taste of Pulaski County
March 24- Easter Egg Hunt, Richland
April 13 & 14- Sportsman’s Gun Show, Dixon
April 28- Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders Fun Day/Rendezvous & Trade Fair, Dixon
May 25 through May 28- 30th Annual Mid-America Freedom Rally, Buckhorn
June 1 through 3- Extremicon Volume 2, Saint Robert

Extremicon
June 20 & 21- Big BAM on Route 66, Waynesville
June 27 through June 30- Tri-County Fair, Richland

June 27 30 Tri-County Fair
July 7- Independence Day Celebration, Richland
July 28 & 29- Old Settlers Day, Waynesville

July 28 & 29 Old Settlers Day
September 14 & 15- Cow Days Festival, Dixon

Cow Days September 14_15

September 15 & 16- Hunting, Fishing, & Outdoor Show, Saint Robert
September 21 through 23- River Bassin’ Open Championship, Waynesville

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October 13- Gearhead Bash, Richland
October 13- Route 66 Challenge, Saint Robert
October 27- Trail of Treats Spooktacular, Richland
November 11- Veterans’ Day Parade, Waynesville
December 8- Christmas Parade, Richland

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

Email your event information and flyer to laurah@pulaskicountyusa.com

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA! (February 5-February 11, 2018)

This Week Around Pulaski County USA! (February 5-February 11, 2018)

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February 10- Pulaski County Farmers Market
What: Mid-Missouri’s friendliest year-round farmers market.
Where: Farmers Market Pavilion at Roubidoux Spring Campground & RV Park, Waynesville
When: 8:00 a.m. until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Pulaski County Farmers Market (Bruce Main)- 573-842-9079
https://www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyMOFarmersMarket/

Weekly (year-round) Farmers Market at Roubidoux Spring Campground & RV Park, Waynesville

Weekly (year-round) Farmers Market at Roubidoux Spring Campground & RV Park, Waynesville

February 10- Comedy Jam
What: Performances by B Cole, Ray Lipowski, Kym Dobbs, & Marlon Mitchell. Hosted by Jay Deep.
Where: St. Robert Community Center, 114 J.H. Williamson JR. Drive, Saint Robert
When: 8 p.m.
Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
Contact: C&B Entertainment (Cynthia Brown)- 573-452-1136
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February 10 Comedy Jam

Looking Ahead:

February 17 & 24- Pulaski County Farmers Market, Waynesville
February 17- Show Me State Winter Classic, Saint Robert
February 17- Bluegrass at The Barn with The Hunt Family Band, Dixon
February 24- Pulaski County Pageant, Waynesville
March 3- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
March 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31- Pulaski County Farmers Market, Waynesville
March 3- RCW Richland Rumble Wrestling, Richland
March 10- Ham & Bean Dinner Show, Dixon
March 16 & 17- Outdoor Sportsman Show & BBQ Cook Off, Saint Robert
March 24- Annual Taste of Pulaski County & Basket Auction, Saint Robert

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

Email your event information and flyer to laurah@pulaskicountyusa.com

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA! (January 15- January 21, 2018)

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA! (January 15- January 21, 2018)

January 20- Pulaski County Farmers Market
What: Mid-Missouri’s friendliest year-round farmers market.
Where: Farmers Market Pavilion at Roubidoux Spring Campground & RV Park, Waynesville
When: 8:00 a.m. until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Pulaski County Farmers Market (Bruce Main)- 573-842-9079

Weekly (year-round) Farmers Market at Roubidoux Spring Campground & RV Park, Waynesville

Weekly (year-round) Farmers Market at Roubidoux Spring Campground & RV Park, Waynesville

January 20- Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-Off
What: Cooking competition.
Where: St. Robert Community Center, 114 J.H. Williamson Jr. Drive, Saint Robert
When: 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Cost: $5, age 4 & under FREE
Contact: Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce– 573-336-5121

Polar Meltdown by WSRCOC

Looking Ahead:

January 27- Pulaski County Farmers Market, Waynesville
January 27Gateway Elite Wrestling LIVE, Crocker
February 3, 10, 17, & 24- Pulaski County Farmers Market, Waynesville
February 3- Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House, Waynesville
February 17- Show Me State Winter Classic, Saint Robert
February 17- Bluegrass at The Barn with The Hunt Family Band, Dixon
February 24- Pulaski County Pageant, Waynesville

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

Email your event information and flyer to laurah@pulaskicountyusa.com

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Pulaski County USA- Experiences Required!

Experience Pulaski County’s 33 miles of Route 66! The legendary Main Street of America will lead you to:

• Ozark Mountain scenic wonders
• engineering marvels
• nostalgic roadhouses and diners
• chef-owned restaurants
• trophy trout streams & feisty smallmouth bass fishing
• countless acres of Mark Twain National Forest to explore
• canoeing and kayaking on the Big Piney & Gasconade rivers
• antique and boutique shopping
• museums and more!

Devils Elbow, long known for its rugged beauty and plentiful fishing, is an Instagram worthy destination. Don’t miss the Sugar Bowl bluff, Shelden’s Market & Post Office, the world-famous Elbow Inn, and the 1923 steel two-span through truss bridge. Nearby Hooker Cut was once the deepest cut ever made for road construction.

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1923 Route 66 Bridge, Devils Elbow

Saint Robert, established in 1951, celebrates its roots as the gateway to Fort Leonard Wood with several military monuments and memorials placed through-out the town. The City commissioned mural painter Bubba Sorenson to create a stunning, patriotic Freedom Rock on St. Robert Boulevard in 2017. Grab a take-out lunch from the retro 1950’s Route 66 Diner and picnic at George M. Reed Roadside Park. The park is one of only two remaining roadside parks on Route 66 in Missouri. It is also the future home of the Route 66 Neon Park. Looking for lodging? From branded nationwide hotels to mom and pop Route 66 motels to Airbnb rentals, Saint Robert has you and your family covered!

Images of Pulaski County, Missouri on May 30th and 31st, 2017.

Saint Robert, Missouri

The quirky and whimsical Frog Rock cheerfully greets you as you descend into Waynesville, the county seat. The charming town square hosts two museums- Old Stagecoach Stop and Route 66 Courthouse Museum. The Henry H. Hohenschild designed courthouse served Pulaski County citizens from 1903 until 1989. Both museums are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and are open to the public (limited hours) April through September. Photographers and artists will be drawn to many buildings that line Route 66 in town. History buffs and nature lovers will want to tour Laughlin Park’s Trail of Tears Memorial and Roubidoux Spring. Driving an RV? Stay at the city’s Roubidoux Spring Campground & RV Park. Dining, shopping, and trophy trout fishing are all within walking distance of the campground!

Images of Pulaski County, Missouri on May 30th and 31st, 2017.

Old Stagecoach Stop, Waynesville

Route 66 isn’t the only timeless path through Pulaski County. Highway 133, designated in the 1930’s follows a military trail that was blazed during the Civil War. During 1869 the Southwest Pacific Railroad (later the Frisco Railroad) laid tracks along this route and Dixon, Crocker, and Richland were born. Today, these former boom towns are home to unique eats, historic architecture, Midwestern charm, and fun festivals.

Images of Pulaski County, Missouri on May 30th and 31st, 2017.

Courthouse Museum, Waynesville

Some people say that Pulaski County is always celebrating something. They’re right! Families love Old Settlers Day (July), Railroad Days (August), Cow Days (September), and county fairs in both Saint Robert and Richland in June. Numerous other festivals, events, performances, rodeos, and tournaments attract visitors from across the United States to Pulaski County each year.

July 28 & 29 Old Settlers Day

For Old Settlers Day information and details visit http://www.route66courthouse.com.

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To plan your Pulaski County experience request or download a free Visitors Guide at www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com.

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I’m Dreaming of a NEON Christmas!

By Laura Huffman

I’m a traditionalist at heart when it comes to Christmas. However, it is hard not to get hopped up on neon when you work with Beth Wiles. Wiles, in addition to serving as the Executive Director of Pulaski County Tourism Bureau, also volunteers as the President of Pulaski County Route 66 Preservation.

Why does Wiles dream of neon year-round? Pulaski County Route 66 Preservation’s signature project is the installation of a Neon Park at George M. Reed Roadside Park in Saint Robert, Missouri. The Neon Park will feature neon signs rescued from Route 66’s roadside and professionally restored to their colorful glory.

Route 66 Neon Park rendering by Ireland Architects. Rendering and signs are for illustration purposes only.

Route 66 Neon Park rendering by Ireland Architects. Rendering and signs are for illustration purposes only.

Pulaski County Route 66 Preservation, a 501 (C) (3) not-for-profit, has already acquired five noteworthy signs for the completed project: Modern Cabins (Oaks Court, Saint Robert), St. Louis Motel, Stanley Cour-Tel Motel, and LinAir Motel. The group is in discussions concerning acquisition of several more neon beauties.

Route 66 Neon Park rendering by Ireland Architects. Rendering and signs are for illustration purposes only.

Route 66 Neon Park rendering by Ireland Architects. Rendering and signs are for illustration purposes only.

The completed Neon Park will be a brilliant, iconic beacon for Route 66 travelers, neon sign enthusiasts, photographers, and folks from all walks of life. After dark the Neon Park will be magical!

How can you play a part in making Saint Robert’s Neon Park a reality? One way to help is by purchasing neon items from the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center gift shop. A variety of fun and splashy novelty items, from fedoras to sunglasses, will make for unique stocking stuffers and are New Year’s Eve essentials! To plan your purchase visit the online store at: https://squareup.com/market/pulaski-county-tourism-bureau-and-visitors-center. ALL proceeds from these items will go towards the completion of the Neon Park project.

For other ways to make your tax-deductible donation or contribution please visit https://www.visitpulaskicounty.org/rt66preservation/contact.html. For corporate sponsorship considerations contact Beth Wiles at 573-336-6355 or via email at bethw@pulaskicountyusa.com

In the meantime, have a very Merry Neon Christmas and a Happy New Year!

This Week Around Pulaski County USA! (November 27-December 3, 2017)

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA! (November 27-December 3, 2017)

November 27 thru December 3- Richland’s City of Lights
What: A downtown holiday light experience. Friday & Saturday night also include Village Market.
Where: Richland’s downtown, Frisco Park, & Shady Dell Park
When: Nightly, 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Richland Chamber of Commerce (Sara Cassidy)- 573-765-3028

November 25-December 31 City of Lights

November 27 thru December 3- Christmas Lights at Devils Elbow Bridge
What: A must see for Route 66 roadies, photographers, and kids of all ages!
Where: Downtown Devils Elbow on Route 66
When: 4:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission. Donations for lights accepted at Pulaski County Tourism Bureau in Saint Robert.
Contact: Pulaski County Tourism Bureau– 573-336-6355

A taillight flare adds an extra zip to the festive lights on the Devils Elbow Bridge. Photo by Shawn Helgerson.

A taillight flare adds an extra zip to the festive lights on the Devils Elbow Bridge. Photo by Shawn Helgerson.

December 1 & 2- PFAA presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”
What: Live theater
Where: Theatre on the Square, 312 Historic 66 East, Waynesville
When: Curtain at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Adults $8, Children 12 & under $5
Contact: Pulaski Fine Arts Association (Rhea Anne Mathews)- 573-774-3050

December 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 PFAA

December 2- Pulaski County Farmers Market
What: Mid-Missouri’s friendliest year-round farmers market.
Where: Farmers Market Pavilion at Roubidoux Spring Campground & RV Park, Waynesville
When: 8:00 a.m. until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Pulaski County Farmers Market (Bruce Main)- 573-842-9079

Pulaski County Farmers' Market is held year round in Waynesville, Missouri.

Pulaski County Farmers’ Market is held year round in Waynesville, Missouri.

December 2- Laquey Christmas Parade
What: Christmas parade along Route 66
Where: Laquey
When: Parade steps off at 11:00 a.m.
Cost: FREE
Contact: Buckhorn-Laquey Lions Club (David Hokanson)- 573-528-8840

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December 2- Ole’ Time Christmas at Shady Dell Park
What: Christmas festival
Where: Shady Dell Park, Richland
When: 3:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: City of Richland Parks Department– 573-765-5187

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December 2- Lighted Christmas Parade
What: Christmas parade of lights
Where: Dixon
When: Parade steps off at 6:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Contact: Dixon Area Chamber of Commerce (Ann Major)- 573-759-2121

December 2 Lighted Christmas Parade Dixon

December 3- Waynesville Christmas Parade
What: Christmas parade along Route 66
Where: Waynesville
When: Parade steps off at 2:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Contact: Kiwanis Club of Pulaski County (Tim Berrier)- 573-774-3001

December 3 Waynesville Parade

December 3- Holiday in the Park
What: Holiday festival
Where: Saint Robert Community Center, 115 JH Williamson JR Drive, St. Robert
When: 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: City of Saint Robert Parks & Recreation– 573-451-2625

December 3 Holiday in the Park

December 3- Christmas on Main Street
What: Christmas festival
Where: Downtown Crocker
When: 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Crocker City Hall– 573-736-5327

December 3 Christmas on Main Street

Guide your sleigh to Pulaski County USA!

Guide your sleigh to Pulaski County USA!

Looking Ahead:

December 4-December 31- City of Lights, Richland
December 4-January 5- Christmas Lights at Devils Elbow Bridge, Devils Elbow
December 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, & 17- PFAA presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”, Waynesville
December 9, 16, 23, & 30- Pulaski County Farmers Market, Waynesville
December 7- Christmas on the Square, Waynesville
December 8 & 9- Journey to Bethlehem, Crocker
December 9- Richland Christmas Parade, Richland
January 13- Bluegrass at The Barn with Jimmie Allison & the Ozark Rounders, Dixon
January 20- Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-Off, Saint Robert

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

Send your Pulaski County event listings and flyers to laurah@pulaskicountyusa.com

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Freedom Rock Tour comes to Saint Robert, Missouri

By Laura Huffman

Saint Robert, Missouri Mayor George Lauritson couldn’t imagine a better location to host a Freedom Rock than Pulaski County’s patriotic “Gateway to Fort Leonard Wood.” During a previous tenure as Mayor, in 2002, Lauritson brought the tanks that are displayed throughout the city to town. He had also envisioned a “Military Rock Art Park” that displayed crests and symbols from units attached to Ft. Leonard Wood. In his most recent term of service as Mayor he has been able to turn that vision into reality at a location between Interstate 44 and St. Robert Boulevard.

Saint Robert's Military Rock Display

Saint Robert’s Military Rock Display. Image courtesy of Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

Michael Myers, now a Saint Robert alderman, noticed that the military rock art reminded him of Freedom Rocks that he had seen across Iowa. Myers approached City Council and after particulars were hammered out between city officials and the artist, Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II, it was announced that Saint Robert would be the location of Missouri’s third Freedom Rock.

The Freedom Rock project began in Greenfield, Iowa after Sorensen watched “Saving Private Ryan.” Sorensen decided that he would cover up the graffiti on a large rock beside the highway near town with a mural thanking America’s veterans. Since 1999 Sorensen has returned to the original Greenfield Freedom Rock and painted a new tribute each year before Memorial Day. The Greenfield Freedom Rock is especially poignant as veterans have asked to have their ashes mixed into Sorensen’s paint.

The Freedom Rock 2017

The Freedom Rock, Greenfield, Iowa, 2017 rendition. Image courtesy of the artist, Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II.

Sorensen’s paint isn’t the typical “off the rack” paint found at local hardware and home improvement stores. The natural pigment used in some of his blue hued paint is mined in Afghanistan and the finished paint can cost as much as $600 a gallon. The canvas for Sorensen’s Freedom Rock at Saint Robert is a slab of Missouri limestone, quarried at Laquey, in Pulaski County, measuring 9 feet by 10 feet at its widest point. The unpainted rock slab has a retail value of approximately $12,000. The limestone rock is set in 12 inches of concrete and a structure has been built over the stone to help protect it from the elements.

Many of the Freedom Rocks use a granite slab as Sorensen’s canvas. He states that Saint Robert’s porous limestone Freedom Rock creates challenges and will give it a different look than some of the ones that he has previously painted. His methodology remains the same though—a quick “scrape” of Missouri’s military history for inspiration and then sketching his vision directly onto the rock itself in pencil before bringing the detailed work to life with vivid colors.

Saint Robert’s Freedom Rock will feature Medal of Honor recipient General Leonard Wood and the Rough Rider era. It also will pay tribute to Fort Wood’s history as a training installation with a scene of a Drill Sergeant interacting with soldier-in-training during basic combat training. The reverse side of the limestone will depict “The Spirit of Pulaski County,” a North American P-51 Mustang aircraft that was purchased for the World War II effort  during the third War Loan Drive. The “skinny side” of the slab will be painted with the Fallen Soldier Battle Cross and the top of the rock will be draped in a painted American flag.

Sorensen’s Freedom Rocks are crafted with endurance in mind. Other than the original Freedom Rock, he does not return to repaint them. The quality of materials that he uses and three protective sealants, including one layer of vandal frustrating sealer, should protect the vividness of his art work and images for forty years.

Sorensen is excited to unveil his latest Freedom Rock in Saint Robert, Missouri’s second Purple Heart City. He noted that motor coaches in Iowa plan day trips that center around visiting four or five of his rocks. “Freedom Rock groupies” travel to visit each installation. Karen Hood, CTIS, Military Reunion Coordinator for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau commented that reunion groups will especially appreciate the patriotic tribute. Leisure travelers planning a Freedom Rock themed road trip will be able to explore Missouri’s northeast (Maryville) to the stunning Ozarks of the south central region (Saint Robert) before traveling to southeast riverside town of Cape Girardeau.

Missouri's First Freedom Rock, Maryville, Missouri

Missouri’s First Freedom Rock, Maryville, Missouri. Image courtesy of the artist, Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II.

Cape Girardeau Freedom Rock

Missouri’s Second Freedom Rock, Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Image courtesy of the artist, Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II.

Mayor Lauritson and the City Council plan to continue the celebration of Saint Robert’s patriotism after the Freedom Rock is completed. The brick chimney from the former U.S.O. is being rebuilt alongside Missouri Boulevard and the site will play host to another rock- this one recognizing Missouri’s Medal of Honor recipients as well as the Show Me State’s missing in action service members. Lauritson would also like for that area to include displays honoring the Navy and Marines, and possibly a fighter plane to symbolize the Air Force.

An official unveiling ceremony for Saint Robert’s Freedom Rock will be announced soon.

For more things to see and do in Pulaski County, Missouri, please visit http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com

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