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If chocolate is your thing, you will not want to miss this event! The theme for this year's festival is "Berried in Chocolate." The festival will be held in the National Guard Armory Building, West Plains.
Contestants bring their favorite chocolate for judging, tasting and the auction. Admission is free but visitors to the festival can buy 'tasting tickets,' ten for $5. The festival begins at noon, the auction begins at 1 p.m.
Additional items for the auction are donated by individuals and local businesses. The Chocolate Festival proceeds benefit the Christos House, women's and children's shelter in West Plains.
The 20th Annual Old Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival, will be held downtown West Plains. You are invited to celebrate the Old Time music and the distinctive culture of the Ozarks Highlands. This festival strives to acknowledge the many able local performers, the need to save these expressive traditions and maintain the focus of authenticity.
Old Time Music will be performed for two full days from our main stage, featuring outstanding local and regional artists representing the musical traditions of the Ozarks. The second stage is designed to bridge the gap between the generations of musicians in an effort to keep the traditional music of the area alive and well through the interpretations of new performers.
Outside activities also include exhibits, mule jumping, singing, cooking stage, blacksmiths, spinners and weavers, quilters, candle makers, traditional basket makers as well as numerous food vendors. Inside the air conditioned comfort of the West Plains Civic Center you can enjoy various workshops and jammin' sessions. Around the festival you'll find jig dancers, workshops, fiddlers, banjos, string bands, pickers and more. On the 'What's Cookin' Stage' you'll find demonstrations of traditional Ozark cookin' with a dash of entertainment to boot!
Craft Beer Tasting: West Plains BrewFest at the West Plains Civic Center is a fun way to sample a variety of craft beers and locally prepared hors d'oeuvres in a casual atmosphere.
Brewery representatives will serve and discuss their products.
Proceeds are used to award the annual Gatewood Family Fine Arts Scholarship to a local graduating high school senior, and to promote the arts in the West Plains area.
This large craft show is held annually in the West Plains Civic Center.
A wide range of vendors will be available at this year’s event, ranging from jewelry to woodworking and everything in between. The show consists of locally-made items from crafters throughout the area; no flea market items are allowed.
All proceeds go to youth-oriented projects in the area. Admission is $2 per day, children 14 and younger admitted free if accompanied by an adult.
The incredible acrobats of China will be coming to the West Plains Civic Center to perform.
This group creates a revolving line-up of award-winning favorites like Human Strength & Beauty, Plates Spinning, Jar Jugglers, Diabolo, Magic Clock, Butterfly Lovers, Spinning Girls, and more.
Over 40 acrobats bring the Orient to you in a fast paced, exciting production. You are in for an amazing experience.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance at the West Plains Civic Center box office or by calling 877-256-6034.
One performance only.
Enjoy an evening of old-fashioned family fun, entertainment and food. This “haunting” has something "frightful" for all ages.
This annual event is held in the Galloway Creek Nature Park. Take Business 63 (Porter Wagoner Blvd) north; turn right on Girdley Street; pass under the railroad bridge, then turn left onto County Road 1770. The park is one-half mile on the left.
This Heart of the Ozarks Bluegrass Association (HOBA) event features gospel and bluegrass music. Everyone is invited to participate in the jam sessions scheduled throughout the event.
There is plenty of room for camping, from primitive spots to full hookups with water and electric.
Free beans and cornbread Thursday night with paid admission (5 p.m.-7 p.m. or until the beans run out); biscuits & gravy Saturday morning.
The event is held at the HOBA Bluegrass Park, rain or shine. Concessions open during shows. No pets allowed in concert or concession areas.
Visit our website for details, schedules and driving directions.
Don’t miss John Michael Montgomery in concert at the West Plains Civic Center.
An auction consisting of items donated by local businesses and individuals will be held prior to the concert. Event is held in the Joe Paul Evans Arena located inside the West Plains Civic Center.
Tickets are $22 at the door and $17 in advance. Children aged 12 and under, $5. You can purchase advance tickets at the Civic Center box office or by calling 877-256-6034.
Proceeds from this annual concert benefits Cystic Fibrosis Research.
The Southern Missouri Home Builders’ Association’s Annual Home & Garden Show features a variety of products and services designed for building, renovating, updating, decorating and living in our homes.
The 2014 Show will be even better than in the past, (hard to imagine, but there you are!) with some new exhibitors offering food preparation demonstrations and information on everything from cooking and baking to drying, canning, preserving, “Dutch oven” cookery, and … you name it!
Home décor joins the traditional building booths and you will be able to find information on siding, roofs, insulation, countertops and bath fixtures, electronic systems, farm, lawn and marine tools and equipment, heating and air systems, summer outdoor living ideas, landscaping and web design. Local bankers are available to discuss how to finance your home building or updating projects. And the Internet Café offers a place to sit, put up your feet; have a free cup of coffee and relax a bit.
So, mark your calendar for March 1-2 and come spend the weekend with us at the 2014 Home & Garden Show.
Bring the family and enjoy some of the biggest and loudest monster trucks at the Heart of the Ozarks Fairgrounds in West Plains Missouri.
If you are looking for a healthy, tasty dining experience in West Plains, A La Carte Cafe offers a menu of fresh foods featuring local sources. As our local providers' fresh produce is offered seasonally, our menu will remain flexible to take advantage of the freshest in-season veggies. We celebrate the seasons by using as many local ingredients as we can source. All our dishes are made from scratch using the freshest we can find. On Friday nights, we have live music to listen to while enjoying your meal.
Low and slow pit BBQ at its finest! We have sandwiches, plate dinners, kids menu, specialty items, signature pizzas and desserts. Formerly Potter's Dawg House, we have combined our menu and theirs. Bring the whole family for a relaxed lunch or dinner.
Cafe 37 offers excellent food, a wonderful atmosphere, great service, a relaxing decor and a unique dining experience.
Located inside the renovated, circa 1886 West Plains Opera House.
This area contains forest, savanna, and dolomite glades. Facilities/features include firearms and archery ranges and the Caney Mountain Natural Area (1,330 acres). Interpretive nature programs are held at various times during the year. This area is located five miles north of Gainesville on Route 181, then .50 mile west on a gravel entrance road.
The bakery handcrafts small batches of pastries and breads. All pastry dough and fillings are made from scratch using organic and natural ingredients, and locally sourced ingredients.
Located on the southeast corner of the West Plains Courthouse Square.
We have 17 sites, 30- and 50-amp full hookups, mostly shaded; big rig sites; clean restrooms; in-ground pool; large showers; a playground; shuffleboard; horseshoes; fishing pond, a rec room with a big library, and a hall for private events. No permanent residents. Weekly and monthly rates available. Open April-September. Eight miles south of town on Route 17. We are a GOOD SAM RV Park
A 1,000-acre ranch, one mile from the Jacks Fork River and Alley Spring Mill; five miles from the Current River. We offer unique lodging adventures, including our tree retreat; sheepherder's wagon; log cabin and the old red barn; as well as modern ranch houses for groups. There is a museum of horse-drawn equipment and farm primitives; a three-acre lake; and two miles of running streams. All outside activities are free.
We have self-guided ranch tours; a small-animal area; walking trails; camping; labyrinth; and a four-level overlook deck. Our air-conditioned main hall is available for private events.
Quality farm-fresh fruits and veggies are available at D&D Produce. The produce is hand-picked weekly for this location. Assorted varieties of jams and jellies are for sale.
A long, narrow ridge—known to early settlers as The Devils Backbone—is the main attraction in this 6,687-acre Wilderness. Elevations reach from 1,020 feet at the highest point to 680 at the lowest. Thirteen miles of trails (rated Moderate) follow the Backbone (and four other ridges), dropping off into surrounding forested hollows. Horses are allowed; no motorized/mechanical transportation allowed.
The area is ideal for day-hikes and overnight backpacking. Four trailheads offer good entry points. Three springs in the area flow into the North Fork of the White River, which transits the area. On the northern boundary are campsites and a canoe launch. Do not build rock fire rings.
The U.S. Congress designated the Devils Backbone Wilderness in 1980. Check the area’s website for details, a map, and restrictions.
Two crucial rules: 1> Do Not Carry in Your Own Firewood! (Moving firewood around the country spreads forest pests like the Emerald Ash Borer and Gypsy Moth.) 2> On and near any waterway, glass containers and glass bottles of any kind, and all foam-type food and beverage coolers are prohibited by Missouri law.
Note: the address and phone shown are for the Mark Twain National Forest office responsible for this wilderness area; however, the map pointer indicates the approximate location of this Wilderness Area.
Downtown Antique Mall is located on the historic Courthouse Square in West Plains, Missouri. The mall occupies the old Aid Hardware building, built in 1914. With its high pressed tin ceilings, hardwood floors, and “Window on the Square” cafe it is a great setting to shop for antiques. The mall has more than 22,000 square feet of display space and features more than 80 dealers in 100 booths. Mall dealers specialize in coins, advertising, toys, depression glass, Fenton, clocks, primitive furniture, Victorian furniture, Indian artifacts, books, and much more.
Fiddlesticks Gifts and Collectibles offers 115 booths with 80 vendors. All types of antiques and flea market items.
There is something for everyone; gift certificates are also available.
We offer kayak, raft and canoe rentals. The spring fed North Fork of the White River is Missouri’s eighth largest spring system.
Looking for something unique? Try our tree-house cabins at River of Life Farm.
Enjoy the Ozarks and Mark Twain National Forest, which join the ranch on three sides. The North Fork of the White River runs through the ranch, offering two miles of river frontage for swimming, fishing and water activities. Bring your horses and enjoy the trails. The ranch offers miles of scenic trails. Covered horse stalls available.
Cabins sleep 16. The bunkhouse features air-conditioned, private rooms: six accommodate two people; one takes four people. RV hookups (50/30/20 amp) and tent space available.
Amenities include a shower house, restrooms and a laundry room. There is a cave on the property which you may explore, for a fee.
Open March thru November.
Riding at the Flying R Ranch provides a variety of trails and varied terrain. Trails are constantly being developed with the goal of giving you a great trail-riding experience.
Nearly all the trails begin at the camp, near the stalls. From this point, ride down to the North Fork of the White River and begin your adventure. Bring your horses and enjoy the miles of scenic trails. Covered horse stalls are available.
Flying R Ranch is joined on three sides by Mark Twain National Forest. The White River runs through the ranch, offering two miles of river frontage for swimming, fishing, equestrian, and water activities.
We have cabins on-site; they sleep 16. The bunkhouse features air-conditioned, private rooms: six accommodate two people; one takes four people. RV hookups (50/30/20 amp) and tent space available.
Amenities include a shower house, restrooms and a laundry room. There is a cave on the property, which you may explore, for a fee.
Often called the Little Grand Canyon, the gulf was created when the ceiling of a giant cave collapsed more than 10,000 years ago. An uncollapsed remnant of the original cave forms a 250-foot natural bridge.
The gulf winds for more than a mile between vertical walls as high as 130 feet. Hiking trails, scenic overlooks and picnic sites are available. Located six miles west of Thayer.
The Grand Villa is a 60-unit hotel. Rooms include two queen beds or a king bed; some have jetted tubs. Fax and copying services, boardroom-style meeting facilities (seats 15) are available.
A restaurant is adjacent.
Rooms include free local calls; no surcharge for using a calling card, 32-inch flat screen TVs; buy on-demand movies and games. Hotel includes: meeting rooms; coffee and tea in the lobby 24 hours; complimentary hot breakfast; USA Today; and message and fax services. At I-44, Exit 186.
Exhibits include 200 sketches and paintings by L.L. Broadfoot. The museum's collection includes memorabilia of Jan Howard and Porter Wagoner as well as sports items of baseball greats Preacher Roe and Bill Virdon. American Indian artifacts, dating to 5,000 B.C., antique farm implements, an Ozark still, World War I and World War II military items, and vintage clothing are also included in the displays. The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, noon-4 p.m., April through October.
Nineteen RV spaces with full hookups. Daily, weekly, monthly rates; free cable TV and Wi-Fi. Laundromat. Can accommodate long-term RVs in full sized mobile home spaces, if available. Quiet park. Open year-round.
A 65-unit hotel with interior corridors, free local calls and free hot breakfast featuring pancakes, biscuits and gravy and our famous cinnamon rolls.
The location of Holiday Inn Express offers easy access to the area's major businesses. Guests appreciate the beautiful state parks, historic mills and area entertainment. A 100-percent, no-smoking hotel.
The Archery Shop repairs all types of bows; offers shooting lessons; and sponsors weekly tournaments.
The shooting range is open to the public at $5 per hour.
We offer a full line of outdoor clothing, archery and hunting equipment, guns, ammo and other items.Read more
This is a Missouri Affiliate Welcome Center.
We are your regional information station for attractions, events and accommodations throughout the Greater Ozarks Region.
Locally made items for sale in our gift shop. Picnic tables, a pet-walking area and RV dump station are available.
November-March, we are closed Sundays.
Ozark Mountain Jamboree has been entertaining people in the Ozarks for 28 years with great bluegrass, country and gospel music. It is located on the grounds of Ozarks Mountain Springs RV Park & Cabins, off Route 60 between the towns of Mountain View & Willow Springs, Missouri.
We have live music every Friday Night all year long and some special Saturday night events during camping season. Our house band plays from 7pm till 8:30 then we have open mike session where everyone is welcome to participate so bring your instruments or talents and enjoy a night of Great Music with us!!!
Hit the Links in Southeast Missouri
Grab the driver and let 'er rip on courses across Southeast Missouri.
U.S. 63 Itinerary Part II
A scenic drive in this section of the Show-Me State offers outdoor fun, golf and wine tasting.
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