Festivals and Events

Hail to the Chief!

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With President’s Day fast approaching, why not resolve to learn about former president Harry S. Truman and his many ties to Independence? You might be surprised to discover Truman and his family had more connections throughout this fascinating city than you might imagine. The obvious first choice on your journey of exploration should be the Harry S Truman Home National Historic ... Read More »

The Gift of Storytelling

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If you want to hear someone define the art of storytelling, asking a storyteller is a great place to start. “I’m an oral filmmaker. In telling stories, I’m taking the pictures that I see in my mind and moving them to your mind. I’ll use anything I have to move those pictures … my body, my voice, my attitude, my emotion, ... Read More »

Christmas Spirit on Display in Hermann

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If there was an award for Christmas decorations inside a home, Father Bill’s residence in Hermann, Mo., would win hands-down. The Rev. William Debo lives in the rectory adjoining St. George Catholic Church, whose bell tower stands high above this quaint river town in the hills of the Missouri River Valley. Every Christmas, the 21 rooms inside the three-story red ... 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 »

Ramble on Down to Sikeston this Fall

Are you looking for a convenient location that promises a weekend of fun-filled activities?  Look no farther than Sikeston, Missouri! Located half-way between St. Louis and Memphis, you find us at the junction of I-55, I-57 and U.S. 60. We invite you to celebrate fall and our cotton heritage with the 4th Annual Cotton Ramble Bike Ride and Cotton Festival ... Read More »

Fall Fun Abounds in Springfield

When it comes to fall festivals, Springfield is one fantastic place to visit. Around the area, you find car shows, cultural celebrations, food tastings, a multi-day fitness festival and more lined up for 2012 fall season. Need proof? Here’s some of what’s in store for August, September and October. Aug. 11 – 2nd Annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival & ... Read More »

Saddle Up for Fun at Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo

Are you looking for a convenient location that promises some of the best, fun-filled activities in the region?  Look no farther; the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo, Aug. 8-11, brings you nationally ranked rodeo talent with the very best in live country music entertainment. Wednesday evening, Aug. 8, The Band Perry, takes the Rodeo stage followed by Jerrod Niemann on Thursday, ... Read More »

Explore, Discover and Enjoy …

… all that Madison County, Missouri has to offer. Whether you’re planning to visit or relocate, you will fall in love with our beautiful, historic part of Southeast Missouri. Take a look around Fredericktown,as you enter from Highway 67, and enjoy local produce and crafts at the Madison County Farmer’s Market.  Opening on Friday, April 27, local growers and crafters ... Read More »

Go Batty at Unique Missouri Festival

The public is invited to Missouri’s first ever Bat Festival on Saturday, April 21, at Onondaga Cave State Park at the Leasburg exit off Interstate 44. Rob Mies, the director and founder of the Organization for Bat Conservation, is coming and bringing some of his furry friends, including a Malayan flying fox, which, with its six-foot wingspan, is the largest ... Read More »