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Making Holiday Memories in St. Joseph

Many communities across Missouri offer excellent ways to usher in the holiday season, and St. Joseph is no exception. Events and activities in Northwest Missouri are guaranteed to cheer up even the stingiest Grinch! For instance, did you know one of the major outdoor holiday lights displays in Northwest Missouri is found in St. Joseph’s largest park, Krug Park? Beginning ... Read More »

Holiday Time at Lake of the Ozarks

Lake of the Ozarks is known for summer fun on the water, but many people don’t realize the Lake Area creates a completely new atmosphere during the winter holidays. With three drive-thru light parks spread throughout the Lake Area, it’s no wonder people travel from all over to visit Lake of the Ozarks during the holidays. There are lots of ... Read More »

Step Back, Step Out with Holiday Events at State Parks, Historic Sites

Here is a recipe for a delicious Christmas celebration – a French feast with 13 different desserts. That’s the menu at the Felix Valle House State Historic Site in Ste. Genevieve from 1 p.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9. The free event, called Le Reveillon, re-creates the customs of a French Christmas from the 1830s, when Felix Valle and his wife, ... Read More »

Las Posadas Procession Reenacts the Story of Mary and Joseph

Among the dozens of activities and performances filling the 30-day Christmas Traditions festival in St. Charles is the Spanish heritage jewel entitled “Las Posadas.” The traditional story of the journey of Mary and Joseph, and their search for lodging, is reenacted in a 10-block procession of carolers, historic characters, the Lewis & Clark Fife and Drum Corps and hundreds of ... Read More »

Missouri has Central Role in Wildlife Migration

North America’s greatest wildlife migration is underway – and Missouri is smack dab in the middle of it. Millions of ducks, geese, swans, pelicans and other waterfowl are on their annual trek to warmer climes for winter, generally along four major flyways (the Atlantic, Mississippi, Central and Pacific) that go north to south across the continent. The Mississippi Flyway starts ... Read More »

Christmas Print Evokes Holiday Nostalgia

If you love nostalgic Christmas prints featuring our Missouri Route 66 heritage, the newest public art commission by Viva Cuba is one you can add to your gift list. The commission to Missouri artist Ray Harvey allows citizens to take public art into their homes. Harvey was commissioned to bring elements of Cuba’s past and present to life for a ... Read More »

Veterans Day in Pulaski County USA

There’s no better place to spend Veterans Day than alongside your veterans in Pulaski County USA, Home of Fort Leonard Wood. But first, how did Veterans Day come to be?  Your history lesson, courtesy of the Department of Veterans Affairs Website: The Treaty of Versailles officially ended World War I (“The Great War”) on June 28, 1919, even though fighting ... Read More »

Vote Vino, Pulaski County’s Hometown Star!

Pulaski County USA is proud to support Waynesville native Vino Alan, a contestant on FOX’s “The X Factor” this year!  He took the stage with confidence in Kansas City, on Sept. 15, to prove to the judges that he indeed has the “X Factor” that will win him the $5 million dollar recording contract. Although some judged Alan on his ... Read More »

Fall Road Trip through the Ozarks

Take a minute to enjoy this photo essay, which showcases beautiful fall color in the Missouri Ozarks. The photos were taken by Tom Uhlenbrock, a Missouri Division of State Parks staffer and frequent contributor to the VisitMOBistro. Read More »