Festivals and Events

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… 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 »

Branson’s Birthday Bash

Here are the notes from my speech at the opening of the Branson Centennial Museum: The novelist, poet and author of The Prophet, Khalil Gibran said, “Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your ... Read More »

Celebrate Spring in Sikeston

Ready to celebrate spring? Sikeston is the place to do it! Our spring event season in Historic Downtown Sikeston kicks off with Sikeston-in-Bloom and the Bootheel’s Best BBQ Cook-off on April 28. Both Sikeston-in-Bloom and the Cook-off will be held in Downtown Sikeston.  Sikeston-in-Bloom will be located in American Legion Square (corner of West Malone at North New Madrid Street) ... Read More »

Celebrating Small Town America

The Charleston Chamber of Commerce is busy making preparations for the 44th Annual Dogwood-Azalea Festival.  This festival, held the third weekend of April, is one of the premier springtime events in Southeast Missouri. An inferno of pinks, whites, and purples blaze throughout the springtime landscape of Charleston, reminding visitors to the small town located between the confluence of the Mississippi ... Read More »

Experience St. Pat’s Day in Rolla

Get your green on and join us for a century-old tradition; a celebration that pays homage to St. Patrick, the patron saint of engineers.  St. Pat’s in Rolla is a festival of music, games and off-the-wall activities!  The streets are painted green, a royal court is crowned and university students flaunt the creations of homemade wooden shillelaghs. It’s a celebration ... Read More »

Seasonal Celebrations Abound in Missouri

Christmas is 10 days away, which means you need to do two things: 1) Finish your shopping; 2) Enjoy the fun events happening around Missouri during this season of celebration. In every corner of the Show-Me State, celebrations of all sorts take place as 2011 winds to a close and 2012 draws near. Whether you’re interested in drive-thru light parks, ... Read More »

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 »

Fun Five at the Missouri State Fair

The Missouri State Fair officially is underway in Sedalia. For the next 11 days, people will flock to the Missouri State Fairgrounds for fun, food, carnival rides and games, food, concerts, food, livestock shows, car races, truck and tractor pulls, and, in case I didn’t mention it, food. There are countless reasons to plan your trip to the Missouri State ... Read More »