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Ride up to Pony Express PumpkinFest

I’ve always been a fan of fall.  My Irish skin doesn’t fare well in the hot summer months, so when the temperatures begin to dip around 70, my soul lets out a sigh of relief. I don’t know what I like more … the beautiful fall colors, the crisp morning air, the warm smells of comfort food, or just getting ... Read More »

Enjoying the Madison County Fair

Is there a place other than Missouri where you can find tractor shows, truck shows, cow-milking contests, greased-pig contests, turtle races, tug of war, pumpkin-seed spitting, goat milking, and carnival rides all in one place?  I doubt it, because Missouri has some of the best county fairs around, and, fortunately for Missourians, we have entered county-fair season. Madison County Fair ... Read More »

Where can a guy get a burger at this hour?

One thing was for sure. When I moved to Kansas City, I’d be going to Town Topic. Growing up in Wichita, my dad talked about burgers from Town Topic the way other people would about meeting the president. Or bungee jumping. Or watching the Royals clutch the ’85 pennant. That’s just how much he loved it. And whether it’s true ... Read More »

Branson to host Benefit for Joplin

I’m constantly amazed at the spirit of the American people. Faced with a winter and spring filled with unrest and wars throughout the world, an uncertain economy and rising gas prices, oil spills in the gulf, nature storming through the land and pounding them with everything from ice to floods to fires to tornadoes, our fellow Americans have shown themselves ... Read More »

Lots to do Year-round at Lake of the Ozarks

Due to the central location of the Lake of the Ozarks, many people visit the Lake for a variety of reasons.  One reason is because of all the great events that are going on throughout the summer season, making the Lake a fun vacation spot for all ages. For an absolutely splashing good time with your favorite jumping dog, the ... Read More »

Explore Washington County

Council Bluff Lake in Belgrade, Mo. (Photo by Melissa Gilliam)

Tucked away in south-central Missouri are nearly a half a million acres of quiet Ozarks hills, beautiful lakes, charming businesses and great destinations for day trips and overnight getaways. Whether you’re looking for camping, hunting or shopping, Washington County is worth exploring. Washington County boasts beautiful landscapes and outstanding opportunities for enjoying the outdoors. Mark Twain National Forest covers much ... Read More »

Civil War Murals on Route 66 in Cuba, Mo.

The Civil War-related murals in Cuba, Mo.

People usually don’t think of Route 66 in conjunction with the Civil War, but as the U.S. commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Cuba, Missouri, known as the “Route 66 Mural City” can boast a Civil War attraction. As part of its outdoor mural project, Viva Cuba, a community betterment organization, commissioned 12 outdoor murals along the Route ... Read More »

Every Time I Float …

Floating is a great way to spend a day in Missouri.

… down one of our rivers, the beauty of Missouri never ceases to amaze me. Whether it’s a beautiful sunfish that puts up a good fight or a lone wildflower surrounded by blades of grass, there’s something around every corner for anyone who gets in a canoe.  I’m always looking for that next piece of serenity, but I also realize ... Read More »

Make the Most of Your Missouri Fishing Trip

Here's a brown trout taken from Lake Taneycomo, near Branson.

“The fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad,” is a quote from famous author and fisherman, not necessarily in that order, A.K. Best. And every time I read this quote, I think to myself and laugh a little, because that must have been a day Mr. Best didn’t use a fishing guide. Missouri is blessed with an ... Read More »