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 will be available 2 p.m.-7 p.m. every Friday through October at a building adjacent to Gifford Lumber Company, located at 149 Commercial Drive. Before you continue to explore, stop by GT Express and YKnot Diner to fill your tank and enjoy some great food.  If you’re in a hurry, call ahead and try the new drive-up window for YKnot Diner: 573-561-2500.

One of the highlights of summer in Fredericktown is our annual Azalea Festival.  “May Time Is Azalea Time”… and you won’t want to miss this year’s festivities as we celebrate 50 years of family fun!  Throughout the weekend (always the first full weekend in May) May 4-6, 2012, there is a variety of entertainment including Johnny Fever; events and happenings will include historic sites open with reenactors in period dress at Battle of Fredericktown Civil War Museum, Berryman Cabin and Captain’s Creek Log School.  If history isn’t your style, there will be pig races, a mini-rod tractor pull, an antique tractor pull, an abundance of crafts and food, carnival rides, and more. Visit the Madison County Chamber of Commerce website for a full schedule of events for this exciting weekend.

During the Azalea Festival, join us for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Fitness for All Children – Project Happy Feet Playground, which is designed to allow children with disabilities to play with everyone else. As there are no other playgrounds like this within 100 miles, we truly feel it’s a benefit not only to Fredericktown, but to the region as a whole. The ribbon cutting is 10 a.m. on May 5; the playground is located on North Main Street, in Azalea Park.

If you join us by way of Highway 72, from Jackson/Cape Girardeau area, you’ll enjoy visiting Twisting V Grille at Vance Vineyards just before you get into town. They have delicious food and great entertainment, plus wine tasting and a beautiful setting to relax.

As you continue to explore Madison County, you’ll enjoy visiting Cherokee Pass where you can fill up your gas tank at Cherokee Pass Mobile Station and then continue down Route A to historic Marquand. Once you’re in Marquand, stop by Marquand Market for a delicious meal or some deli items and relax in the beautiful city park. We are truly blessed in Madison County to have a variety of outdoor recreation areas to enjoy. Stop by the Chamber Office to get your brochures or call ahead of time to plan your visit by receiving a visitor’s packet.

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Missouri Hidden Treasure: When you enter historic, downtown Fredericktown, you find one of our many hidden treasures – The Loft: Community Arts Center, located above the Madison County Chamber of Commerce at 120 W. Main St. Stop by to enjoy art created by local artists in a variety of painting techniques, photography, sculptures, pottery, quilting and more. There is also a display created by local students.

Enter to win a Missouri Hidden Treasures Giveaway: http://VisitMOtreasures.com.

Written by Sandy Francis, executive director of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce

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