Celebrate Fall Along Missouri Highway 36

Cool fall days are just around the corner. I hope you are getting ready to celebrate those by traveling through Northern Missouri! What? Not sure what to do? We have an eclectic mix of activities along Missouri’s Highway 36 sure to hold your interest through the next couple of months.

Dozens of outstanding Americans were inspired in Missouri, and it is here where genius has defined and influenced our culture and character today. These innovators and innovations are some of the most famous in our nation’s history. Travel their road and experience their stories, and so many more, for yourself.

As for events, let’s start with Labor Day weekend’s World Sheep and Fiber Arts Festival in the historic town of Bethel, Missouri  (Sept. 1-2). Enjoy demonstrations, entertainment, delicious German food, a parade, talent contest, tractor show, and tours of colony homes in downtown area. Entertainment includes: Shearing demonstrations, fiber arts competition, silent fleece auction, working sheep dogs and mutton busting. While in the area, drive down to Shelbina’s City Wide Garage Sale and check out the great deals (Sept. 1).

On Sept. 29, explore Macon and attend A Day of Remembrance: A Civil War Event. Activities include portrayals of Civil War characters on a tour of the town, a quilt show, a cannon firing, and a tent city by reenactors from Farris’ Missouri Artillery Battery, a Sons of the Confederacy Group.

Also on the 29th in St. Joseph, members of the Museums Association of St. Joseph participate in Smithsonian’s Museum Day when visitors can get free admission to participating museums and some will have special activities. Find specific information at the St. Joseph CVB website.

October is swimming in events here in North Missouri! Look for the Brunswick Pecan Festival on Oct. 5-7. Brunswick is known to have the World’s Largest Pecan; join the community and celebrate.

And the next weekend, Oct. 12-14 in St. Joseph, you should attend 14th Annual PumpkinFest. Each night, plan to see “Great Pumpkin Mountain” (including more than 800 carved pumpkins) magically light up the area. The event is held at the Pony Express National Museum.

It’s that time of year again when the Indian Creek Campground at Mark Twain Lake is invaded by a full cast of creepy characters! From 6 p.m.-9 p.m. on both Friday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 20, everyone is invited to check out this year’s best decorated campsites.

This is a great chance for the little ones to “sharpen their trick-or-treating skills” or for the older ones to come see what all the excitement is about. The event is free and everyone is invited to come in costume. Don’t forget your flashlight! The Indian Creek Campground is located south of Monroe City.

Finish off the month in St. Joseph with Mount Mora Cemetery’s Voices of the Past. This annual event gives people the opportunity to “meet” some of St. Joseph’s most fascinating citizens and hear their historic tales while touring the cemetery.  The dates are Oct. 25-26; tours are held in the evening and reservations are mandatory. Go to StJosephMuseum.org for more information.

You can find information on these and other events by going to events calendar at the Missouri Highway 36 Heritage Alliance website.

Written by Beth Carmichael, director of development and special projects, for the St. Joseph Convention and Visitors Bureau