Barbara Brueggeman

Barbara Brueggeman
Barb Brueggeman is the Web Editor for the Missouri Division of Tourism. She loves birding, being outdoors, and can't resist a good a cappella singing group.

Show Me Holiday Events

Everyone celebrates the holidays a little differently. Are you “O Holy Night” or “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer”? Do you prefer eggnog or cocoa … beautifully decorated homes or fabulous lights displays … a holiday classic play, ballet or concert or wild winter fun? Whatever your pleasure, here’s just a sampling of Show-Me State fun to suit your …

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Show-Me Five: Caramel Apples

Once upon a time, there were candy apples. Invented around the turn of the 19th century with Christmas shoppers in mind, they feature a bright red hard sugar shell, traditionally flavored with cinnamon. That original sugar-coated apple was overshadowed in the 1950s when Kraft Foods developed a way to use leftover caramel candy from Halloween. Caramel apples … you’ll know …

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Show-Me Five: Missouri Pie Shops

Let’s all be honest: as the cold weather settles in, you want comfort food and the holidays give you the perfect excuse to suspend the diet. November in the Show-Me State: it’s the perfect recipe for pie! Incredible bakeries abound in Missouri so narrowing down a selection can be tough. Every one of our Show-Me Five gets rave reviews on …

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It’s Deer Season in Missouri

It’s autumn. The leaves are falling, the days are cool and crisp, it’s the time of year when the thoughts of men and women across the country turn to … deer hunting. And it doesn’t get much better than in the Show-Me State. In fact, Wide Open Spaces rated Missouri No. 3 in the top 10 places to hunt whitetail …

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It’s Fall In Missouri And The Smell Of Apple Butter Is In The Air

Missouri’s festival season is one fun time after another, with imaginable appeal to sight and sound, taste and joy. But I challenge you to find any event anywhere that simply smells as wonderful as the Kimmswick Apple Butter Festival. It’s the first thing to strike you as you arrive at this huge festival (more than 100,000 people attend each year) …

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Show-Me Five: Missouri Pumpkin Beers

Drink a toast to fall! If you ask the man on the street to define what “seasonal” beer in the fall means to them – my money is on the answer being Pumpkin Ale. Normally available only a few months each fall, it’s the brew for which the beer-drinking public waits all year. I’ve actually had friends keeping countdowns to …

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Show-Me Five: U-PICK Apple Orchards

There is nothing that says autumn more than a bite of a fresh, crisp apple picked right off the tree. Give it a quick polish, sink your teeth in and let all that delicious sweetness explode in your mouth. Missouri has apple orchards throughout the state that feature different varieties, from sweet to tart and everything in between.  Let us …

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Show-Me Five: Ballooning Missouri

If someone asks you “Would you like to fly in my beautiful balloon?” – say yes! A view from the sky, floating along with the birds, is a view of Missouri you will never forget. Flights take off at dawn and dusk – and cool autumn weather is perfect for flying a balloon. Most flights last an hour, but plan …

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BOTTOMS UP! At Missouri Beer Festivals

I have always associated summer with beer: nothing better on a blistering Missouri summer day than an ice-cold brew. With Labor Day (the unofficial end of summer) in the rear view mirror, and the official start of fall just around the corner, you might think beer-drinking season is winding down. But, happily, you’d be wrong. First, there are always some …

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2017 Fall Festival Season In Missouri

From the dawn of man, autumn has been a season of celebration. The heat has started to diminish, the harvest is in, there’s a break in the rhythm of farm life and the winter has yet to isolate one homestead from another.  It was a time of plenty, feasting, music and camaraderie. Although the world has changed and most people …

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