-- January 18, 2012-- 

Bigger, Better Mardi Gras Pub Crawl at the Lake 

Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. - Get into celebration shape for Fat Tuesday with a festive tour of Lake of the Ozarks bars and restaurants on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the 11th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl.


"Last year, over 5,700 people attended the Pub Crawl and it's getting more popular every year," said Pub Crawl coordinator Jeff Carroll. "In fact, most of the people who attend the Pub Crawl have turned it into a weekend getaway with shopping and sightseeing and when the weather is nice some of them will get in a round of golf or they get out onto the Lake. There's just a lot to do at the Lake, so it's best to stay a few days and experience as much as you can. I think the word is spreading that the Lake is a beautiful place to visit year around."


This year, a fleet of 22 buses is scheduled to transport Mardi Gras-themed revelers on a safe and fun Pub Crawl to more than 20 Lake-area restaurants and bars.  Buses begin departing from participating hotels, motels and resorts at 3 p.m. and bar/restaurant buses will operate from 4 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.


Throughout the celebration, 20 of the buses will complete continuous circuits of the bars and restaurants on the Pub Crawl and will make numerous stops at each venue in order to accommodate the shuttle riders. Two express buses will make regular stops at only three specific Pub Crawl locations. According to Carroll, a uniformed security guard will be on each of the buses to ensure that partygoers have a safe and enjoyable evening.


To ride the buses, participants must purchase a $5 Mardi Gras Pub Crawl wristband, which includes entry into all participating bars and restaurants, bus transportation between Pub Crawl venues and drop off/pick up at participating hotels and motels. A wristband can be purchased either in advance or on the night of the event at all participating Pub Crawl locations.


"The wristbands are a real bargain," said Carroll. "For just five bucks, you don't have to pay a cover charge at any of the participating Pub Crawl bars. You don't have to drive and you don't have to worry about parking at each place. So for anyone looking for a fun night out at the Lake, it's a no-brainer."


Entertainment is varied at the Mardi Gras Pub Crawl's featured nightspots with options ranging from live music (blues, rock and country) to DJs and karaoke. Participating restaurants cover an assortment of menu choices, including Ozark-style barbeque, Chicago-style pizza, Mexican cuisine, prime rib, seafood and much more. And, of course, the shuttle riders will have the opportunity to collect Mardi Gras beads and other souvenirs along the route.


Having a Blast at the Mardi Gras Pub Crawl "Our Pub Crawl is just a safe way to go out and have a great time around the Lake of the Ozarks," said Carroll. "Enjoy some outstanding live entertainment and experience the delicious food we have to offer. And the great thing is, you can leave your keys at the hotel or at home and we'll chauffeur you around the area to the best bars and the best restaurants."


Bus riders must be 21 years of age and have a valid ID. Riders are asked to drink responsibly. No alcohol is allowed on the buses and no alcohol can be carried into or out of any establishments on the tour. Buses will only make scheduled stops on the Pub Crawl route.


For a complete schedule of entertainment and for an up-to-date listing of hotels, motels, resorts, bars and restaurants participating in the Pub Crawl, visit LakePubCrawl.com. If you need additional information, please call the Lake of the Ozark Convention & Visitor Bureau at 800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253) or visit the CVB's website at FunLake.com.


Fairs, great festivals and fun events can all be found at the Lake of the Ozarks! For more information about these and other getaway packages or for info about lodging, dining, shopping, events and attractions throughout the Lake area, contact the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau at 800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253) or visit the CVB's website at FunLake.com.




Earn your badge of bravery by running into frigid waters for charity or come out and cheer on your friends during the Polar Plunge at Lake of the Ozarks State Park's Grand Glaize Beach (Public Beach No. 2) in Osage Beach. The mix of water and possibility of freezing temperatures in February might not sound appealing, but this is an event all about fun and fundraising. Crazy costumes, music and loads of laughs accompany this festival to benefit local athletes competing in the Special Olympics. To find out more about this event, please call Crystal Chalk at 573-256-6367 or visit Somo.org on the web.


MARCH 2 & 3


Liverpool Legends - Abbey RoadLiverpool Legends, the world's premier Beatles tribute band, will invade Osage Beach's Main Street Music Hall (at the Landing on Main Street) for the fourth straight year. The Legends are scheduled for two performances at the Music Hall - one on Friday, March 2 and another on Saturday, March 3. Shows start at 8 p.m. on both evenings. Watch as the Liverpool Legends take you on a Magical Mystery Tour through the Beatles' entire career, as well as the solo work of John, Paul, George and Ringo. Premium seats are $30 for adults and children; regular reserved seating is $25 for adults and $20 for children. For more information, please call 800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253) or visit the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau's website, FunLake.com.





Have a festive and happy St. Paddy's Day with two events on the Westside of the Lake of the Ozarks: the St. Patrick's Parade on the Water and the St. Patrick's Short Bus Shuffle. Start the day off on the Lake at Sunrise Beach with the unique and enjoyable St. Patrick's Day Parade on the Water! Decorate your boat and participate in the parade or watch from the shore at one of four sponsored parade stops - Ozark Bar-B-Que, Jolly Rogers Grub n' Grog, Coconuts Caribbean Beach Bar & Grill and Richard Knoggin's Pub & Grill. Breakfast will be served at Ozark Bar-B-Que at 9 a.m. and the parade will start at 10:30 a.m. The parade route will begin at Ozark Bar-B-Que at the 10.5 mile marker in Sunrise Beach and will travel down the Gravois Arm of the Lake. Later that afternoon you can experience even more Irish revelry. With the purchase of a $5 wristband, you can ride one of seven buses for the St. Patrick's Day Short Bus Shuffle. This pub crawl features more than a dozen Westside restaurants and bars where you can connect with your inner Irish and celebrate St. Paddy's Day in style. The Pub Crawl begins at 4 p.m. For more information about participating Pub Crawl venues, the Pub Crawl route and lodging, call The Lake of the Ozarks West Chamber of Commerce at 573-374-5500 or visit the Chamber's website at LakeWestChamber.com.


MARCH 24-25



3nd Place Big Bass BashThis bass tournament at Alhonna Resort in Lake Ozark, offers a great way to start a new fishing season at the Lake of the Ozarks. And to top it all off, this tournament often occurs during the bass's natural spawning period. According to organizers, seven- and eight-pound fish are not uncommon in this tournament. Cash Prizes are given on Sunday. For more information about this tournament, go to Alhonna.com or call 573-365-2634 or 573-365-2637.


MARCH 29-31


Three days of uplifting and inspirational gospel acts highlight this music festival held at the Main Street Music Hall (at the Landing on Main Street) in Osage Beach. This year's featured artists include: The Perrys, The Booth Brothers, The Dove Brothers, Higher Power Quartet and more. On March 29 and 30, performances begin at 7 p.m. On March 31, a matinee performance is scheduled at 1 p.m. For ticket information, please call 888-285-7464 or visit GreatLakeoftheOzarksGospelSing.com.


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For more information about Lake-area festivals and events or for more info about local lodging facilities, please call the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau at 800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253) or visit FunLake.com.


The winter season offers exciting travel stories at the Lake of the Ozarks. For more information, media assistance or high-resolution photos, please call The Beenders-Walker Group toll-free at 800-544-8474 or email Marjorie, Jo, Gene or Kyle. 


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Phone: 800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253) Fax: 573-348-4292 

P.O. Box 1498  Osage Beach, MO 65065

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 Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl

Lake of the Ozarks Polar Plunge


Lake of the Ozarks West Chamber of Commerce 


Alhonna Resort 


Early Bird Open Buddy Bass Tournament 


Liverpool Legends 


Main Street Music Hall 


Great Lake of the Ozarks Gospel Sing 



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