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Family fun is waiting at Missouri's largest agricultural showcase. The annual Missouri State Fair is steeped in tradition and heritage, dating from the first fair in 1901. The fairgrounds set the stage for an 11-day event that includes nearly 30,000 entries of Missouri's best livestock and competitive exhibits.
The State Fair includes a diverse lineup of entertainment options. The main grandstand provides 11 days of exciting entertainment, ranging from concerts to tractor pulls to internationally acclaimed entertainers.
In the arena, watch rodeo, bull riding and motorsports. The free professional entertainment and exhibits located throughout the grounds keep everyone entertained for hours and help make the State Fair very affordable for families. Free shows such as a circus under a big top, and the new Swashchucklers Comedy Pirate Show are just a sampling of the fun.
The fairgrounds offer public camping year-round; during the fair camp sites start at $20 per night.
Admission: $8 ~ ages 62+, $6 ~ ages 6-12, $2 ~ younger than 6, free. Parking is free. Special discounts on admission and carnival ride tickets are offered throughout the event.
Spend rodeo Saturday in downtown Sikeston at the Cowboy Up! Arts Festival. The fun begins with the Rodeo Parade, followed by a day of rodeo excitement.
Events and exhibits take place at the Sikeston Depot Museum and Art Gallery, and next door in Legion Square. Meet the rodeo clowns; enjoy cowboy and western arts and crafts; concessions; and pony rides. Live music by Anna Catherine DeHart, Kennedy Frohawk, and The Baker Family.
While downtown, visit antique and collectibles shops, boutiques and specialty stores.
Lee Ward, a mortician by trade, historian and writer, will give a presentation at the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site about Jesse James and his death. The historic site will co-sponsor other activities throughout the week as part of the Lexington Fair, which runs from Aug. 18-24.
This program showcases steamboats and the Missouri River. Held in the Lohman Building, one of the earliest riverboat landings still standing in Missouri, this program will highlight the building, the importance of steamboats, and the "Big Muddy."
This program continues the programming series, "Museum after Hours," which occurs on the first Wednesday of each month.
Missouri State Museum galleries stay open until 9 p.m. The program will take place in the Lohman Building, located at 100 Jefferson Street, in the exhibits area on the ground floor. Entrance is at the corner of Jefferson and Water streets.
Downtown presents the second-annual "Sunday Funday." In the 200 Block of High Street (J. Pfenny's block), the street will be closed and there will be live music, beverages and activities for kids too.
From this fun zone, you will be able to watch the state championship bike race that is happening that day -- the cyclists will come down the 100 block of High Street and turn left onto Madison. The Missouri State Criterium will bring top level cyclists from around the state (including Mid-Missouri) together for a state championship bike race. The course is fast .85 mil loop around the State Capitol and through downtown Jefferson City.
“Sunday Funday” runs from noon to 4 p.m.; the races began at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m.
Join us for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Glasgow at Stump Island Park. More than 100 Civil War reenactors will recreate the battle and have demonstrations for you and your family.
There will be a parade downtown and a ladies tea (see brochure). A period Civil War ball will be held 7:30 p.m.-midnight with a fiddler and caller for your dance enjoyment. Wear your best period gowns and suits, as this is an event you will not want to miss.
At this special family event, re-enactors will bring the 19th century village to life with skits; demonstrations; skirmishes; food stands; craft vendors; a mercantile; and other activities. Wear comfortable clothing and good walking-shoes.
Although admission is free, some activities charge for their services (cash only).
Shoal Creek Living History Museum, located in Hodge Park, is dedicated to bringing 19th century Missouri to life through special events, programs, tours and reenactments. The grounds are open daily, dawn to dusk.
Note: this special event is offered on the dates specified only.
The Cotton Ramble Bike Ride begins and ends at the Sikeston Depot Museum in downtown Sikeston. Riders travel along shaded, tree-lined streets with majestic homes constructed in the early 1900s. This event is not a race. It is designed to allow riders to choose their routes based on their own level of training.
Choose from 13-, 26-, 65- and 100-mile rides. The longer routes leave town, traveling along fields of cotton, soybeans and corn. On the 26- and 65-mile routes you can visit two working cotton gins, each offering free tours. All routes are well marked and include rest stops with refreshments and toilet facilities.
While downtown, enjoy the Harvest Festival and Antique Tractor Show in Legion Square (adjacent to the Depot). You're invited to enjoy downtown's galleries, antique and collectible stores, and boutique shopping.
Registration at the Depot Museum: Oct. 10, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.; Oct. 12, 7:30 a.m. Ride begins at 8:30 AM at the Red Caboose.
Arrow Rock hosts one of Missouri's oldest and most popular heritage festivals featuring traditional and modern hand-crafted items, historic reenactments, living history presenters, entertainment and food.
You will see booths featuring weaving, spinning, needlework, rug hooking, bobbin lace, gunsmithing, blacksmithing, soap making, rope making, pottery, woodworking, printing and medical exhibits.
Note: Address is for Friends of Arrow Rock office. The festival takes place throughout the Village of Arrow Rock.
The Jefferson City Cultural Arts Commission would like to extend a special invitation to the 4th Annual Wine and Design 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at The Village Square, originally Warwick Village. The evening will offer a wine tasting and pairing of hors d'oeuvres along with a unique art auction as well as artist’s booths, musical entertainers and more.
The cost is $10/ticket and proceeds will go to outdoor public art installations (Advance ticket purchase as Art Bazaar, Brew House and Carrie’s Hallmark).
Discover how a young boy growing up in the small village of Hannibal became one of the world's most beloved authors.
A self-guided tour of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum gives you the chance to explore the Hannibal of Samuel Clemens and experience the amazing stories he created through the his power of imagination.
The properties include six historically significant buildings; plus two interactive museums whose collections include 15 original Norman Rockwell paintings and a wealth of Twain artifacts.
The Boyhood Home is designated a National Historic Landmark.
Admission: $10; ages 60+, $8.50; ages 6-17, $6; younger than 6, free.
In the Patee House Museum, you can climb aboard an 1860 train and ride a vintage carousel—indoors. The museum houses an 1877 railroad depot; a stagecoach; automobiles; trucks; fire trucks; wagons; buggies and carriages; a horse-drawn hearse; a real gallows; a blacksmith shop; the dressmaker's shop; model railroads; antique furniture and toys; western art; and a wing designed to look like the streets of Old St. Jo in the 1860s-1880s.
Constructed in 1858 as a luxury hotel, the building has been a hotel three times; a girls college twice; the Union Army Provost Marshal's office during the Civil War; the headquarters for the Pony Express; and a shirt factory.
Admission: $6; age 60+, $5; ages 6-17, $4; younger than 6, free.
(One block away, visit the home where the infamous outlaw Jesse James was shot and killed on April 3, 1882.)
On April 3, 1860, a lone rider, the first of his kind, left Pikes Peak Stables in St. Joseph, marking the start of the Pony Express. Brave riders, carrying saddlebags filled with our nation's hopes and dreams, traveled more than 2,000 miles west to California.
Today, the stables house a modern, interactive and educational tribute to the history and legend of the Pony Express. Experience exciting, educational, state-of-the-art exhibits chronicling the need, creation, operation and termination of the Pony Express.
Whatever your age, you’re sure to be captivated by the stories and images of an era long passed. A 60-foot diorama depicts the diverse terrain over which the riders traveled.
Admission: $6; ages 60+, $5; ages 7-18, $3; younger than 7, free.
One of the nation’s leading comprehensive art museums, containing more than 33,000 works of art. Areas of notable depth include: Oceanic art; pre-Columbian art; ancient Chinese bronzes; and European and American art of the late 19th and 20th centuries, with particular strength in 20th century German painting.
The museum offers a full range of featured exhibitions, a research library, four conservation labs, a varied annual schedule of special events, and community and school programs.
The East Building expansion opened June 29, 2013, increasing the museum’s public space by 30 percent. It added: more than 300 parking spaces; a fully accessible entrance on Fine Arts Drive; a new Education Center; and reinstalled galleries in the Main Building.
Located in Forest Park, the Saint Lewis Art Museum is the only permanent building remaining from the 1904 World’s Fair.
Closed Thanksgiving and December 25. Check our website for exhibits, schedules and holiday hours.
Kansas City's oldest remaining brick residence is located in the Westport area. The Greek Revival mansion was built in 1855 by early settlers, John and Henrietta Harris. The bricks for the mansion were made on the premises.
The house stood prominently on the Battle of Westport Civil War Battlefield. In the fall of 1861, the Harris home was used as headquarters for the Union Army.
The house was moved to its present location in 1922. The house is restored to its 1850s appearance.
Visit our website for details and special event schedules.
Built in 1906, this renovated and remodeled Missouri-Pacific Depot is now owned by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. It houses the Aurora Historical Society Museum, filled with memories of yesteryear of Aurora and surrounding communities.
Built in 1893, our beautiful Victorian house was the home of Allen Percy Green, the owner/operator of the Green Refractory, a world renowned fire-brick manufacturer.
Four guestrooms. Guests are served a full, hot breakfast. Our ample common areas total more than 5,000 square-feet. The beautiful grounds cover half an acre. We enjoy a 99.7% customer satisfaction rate.
A multitude of indoor and outdoor activities are available in the area. The National Churchill Museum in Fulton is a 30-minute drive; the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City is 50 minutes away.
Visit our website for more information, area attractions, photos and reservations. Special packages are available with a two-work-day notice.
Acorn Ridge offers four charming guestrooms, each with a king bed, private bathroom, and nice views. At check-in, you are greeted with our signature Grandma Stumpe's cookies. A full breakfast is served.
We are less than one mile from the Katy Trail, Augusta Brewery, Mount Pleasant Winery, and Augusta Winery.
Whether you are looking for an easy get-away, or searching for a unique bed & breakfast, we have what you need.
Rooms available Fridays and Saturdays only. Please explore our website for details and reservations.
Displays include items of historical note, from pioneer materials and American Indian relics and arrowheads, to collections of military objects, including a cannonball that struck the courthouse during the 1862 Battle of Kirksville.
This museum, in a former school, documents the history of Agency, from the 1836 Platte Purchase to the present. After the Platte Purchase, Agency Ford was a thriving community, but, slowly, flooding caused the town to nearly vanish. Open by appointment.
Hands-on environment for all ages. On display is a Cobra helicopter, a T-33 jet aircraft, Army Jeeps, trucks and other restored military equipment.
Take an imaginary flight in a Cobra helicopter. Type a message on a teletype machine. Have a personalized dog tag made.
We host birthday parties.
Admission: $5; ages 6-11, $3; ages 5 and younger, free.
In 1894, this roller mill and one-room schoolhouse was the focal point of the Alley Spring community.
Park rangers in period costume show you how the mill worked, and how school was taught in the one-room schoolhouse. A variety of historic programs are offered.
Open June thru August.
NOTE: Alley Mill will be closed or access limited much of the summer in 2014 for restoration work. Check the website or call for details.
Low and slow pit barbecue at its finest. We have sandwiches; plate dinners; a kids menu; specialty items; pizzas; and desserts.
Bring the family for a relaxed lunch or dinner.
Amenities include interior corridors, free Wi-Fi and breakfast. Eight miles from Roaring River State Park.
Each of our locations provides access to Kansas City's attractions. Each location offers you free local calls, free hi-speed wireless Internet access, outdoor pool, and coin-operated laundry.American Inns offer three locations in the Kansas City, Missouri, area: I-70 and Woods Chapel Road in Blue Springs; I-70 and Noland Road in Independence; and I-35 and Armour Road in North Kansas City.
Our North Kansas City location is a full-service location featuring Spirits Restaurant and Spirit's Alibi Lounge. Should you have a meeting or reunion planned, allow us to assist you in North Kansas City or Independence in our meeting facilities.
Located in the historic 18th and Vine Jazz District, the American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of a uniquely American art form.
Activities include interactive exhibits; films; the Changing Gallery; the Blue Room Jazz Club; and the Gem Theater, a 500-seat performing arts center.
We offer education and community-based programs, traveling exhibits, live musical performances and special events.
Closed all federal Holidays, except Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Admission: $8; younger than 12, $3. Combo tickets with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum: $10; younger than 12, $5.
Hands-on, interactive museum of agricultural history. The American Royal is Kansas City's famed barbecue, rodeo, horse and livestock show venue. Tours available.
A steakhouse with a full menu; daily lunch and dinner buffet. Breakfast buffet available Fri.-Sun.
One suite with jetted tub. Be sure to see our Lionel model trains layout when you stay with us. We are located seven miles north of Jefferson City, on Route 54 at the Route OO exit. The Katy Trail is four miles; Lake of the Ozarks is 40 miles, there is a winery four miles away. We have a large parking area.
All rooms have queen or king beds; 30-inch flat-screen TV; USA Today; free local calls; phones with data ports and voice mail. Continental breakfast includes a hot waffle bar. Branson is 30 miles.
We invite you to stay at our hotel, located 6 miles from Truman Lake, at the western trailhead of Katy Trail State Park. We are right at the center between Kansas City and Springfield/Branson area. We are pet-friendly. Pets must weigh less than 25 pounds.
We have meeting facilities of more than 8,000 sq. ft. An atrium of 5,900 sq. ft., a town hall of 2,100 sq. ft. and a Boardroom. We can accommodate from 10 to 500 people.
See our website for details, reservations and a list of nearby businesses and attractions.
Rooms include free local calls, data port phone, hairdryer, smoke detector, fire sprinkler, and electronic locks. Suites include a sofa and desk. The facility has interior corridors, ice and vending machines; coffee in the lobby. We have free maps and guides to area attractions. Located off Route 60, on Route 181, 65 miles south of Rolla; 75 miles east of Springfield.
Newly constructed in August 2009, this Americas Best Value Inn has won our company's "Best of the Best" awards since the day it was opened. We offer a free hot breakfast buffet and are less than five minutes from the Main Gate of Fort Leonard Wood.
The exhibit titled A Rural Way of Life, interprets the rich heritage of Andrew County from 1841 into the 21st century. It explores the history of farming, as well as small towns. Learn how families pulled together to make their farms a success.
Admission: $3; ages 55+ and student, $2; younger than 14, free.
The museum is in the ancestral home of Fred and Mabel Ruth Anheuser. It is located 25 miles south of downtown St. Louis. The home, built in 1867, sits at the south end of the town by the Mississippi River at Water's Point.
The Anheuser family bought the estate in 1916 and used it as a summerhouse until 1945, when Mabel-Ruth and her husband Frederick Straub Anheuser moved there. The Anheuser collection includes family heirlooms, antiques, portraits, and a family library.
Accenting the collection are Mrs. Anheuser's Westward Ho Crystal collection and a pair of 1904 hand-carved World's Fair beds. The grounds feature splendid views of the river; bald eagles are often spotted soaring above the bluffs.
Private events may be scheduled on the grounds, overlooking the Mississippi River.
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