-- February 6, 2012-- 

~ SPRING 2012 ~
Spring Dogwoods on the Water

What's new at the Lake of the Ozarks?  Read all about what's coming up for the 2012 spring vacation season in this edition of the quarterly Lake Breaking NewsLETTER. For more information, color images or other assistance, please contact us toll-free at 800-544-8474 or email Marjorie, Jo, Gene or Kyle.


A Blooming Fun Festival...  


Families, start making plans to schedule a stay April 19-22 at the Lake of the Ozarks to commemorate the beloved Dogwood Festival's 62nd year in Camdenton. This four-day festival, presented by the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce, attracts over 10,000 visitors each year to celebrate the white-blossomed beauty of Missouri's state tree, the Flowering Dogwood. "These Dogwoods will be in full bloom when the annual event takes place and they are a sight to behold," said Trish Creach, executive director of the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce. "The 2012 Dogwood Festival has a big-time carnival environment, yet a small-town flavor and feel and is one of Missouri's most popular. It's a great way to reunite with old and new friends in a fun-filled atmosphere and celebrate the kickoff to spring at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks." Visitors to the Dogwood Festival can enjoy live music, food, a carnival, arts, crafts, beauty pageants, a hog roast, a fish fry, a parade, garage sales, a Shoebox Float Contest for kids, a golf tournament, a 5K Fun Run and much more. For more information about the Dogwood Festival, call the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce at 573-346-2227. For a full schedule of events, entry forms or details, visit the festival's website at


Southern Gospel Fans Rejoice!

Karen Peck & New River will perform at this year's Gospel Sing

Southern Gospel music is in the spotlight with three days of uplifting and inspirational song during The Great Lake of the Ozarks Gospel Sing, March 29-31 at the Main Street Music Hall (located at The Landing on Main Street) in Osage Beach. Acts scheduled for the 14th annual event are: Karen Peck & New River (owners of eight No.1 Southern Gospel hits), The Lesters, The Booth Brothers, The Dove Brothers, The Perrys and Higher Power Quartet. The Gospel Sing kicks off at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, with performances by The Perrys and The Dove Brothers. The Booth Brothers will continue the celebration on Friday with a 7 p.m. concert. Two performances are set for Saturday, March 31 - a matinee performance featuring the Higher Power Quartet, plus Karen Peck & New River, begins at 1 p.m. A 7 p.m. evening performance by The Lesters and Legacy Five rounds out the three-day event. A pass to all three concerts will cost $60-$75, based on seating location. Individual general admission tickets to each show are $17 in advance (or $19 after March 28). Children under 11 years of age are admitted free with an adult's paid admission. Special group ticket prices are available. For more information, please call 888-285-7464 or visit


Erin Go Bragh!  


Everyone is Irish at the Lake of the Ozarks on March 17! Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the Lake with two events on the Westside that are sure to bring out your festive spirit. Begin the day with the unique St. Patrick's Parade on the Water at Sunrise Beach. 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 & Grog, Coconuts Caribbean Beach Bar & Grill, and Richard Knoggin's Pub & Grill. Breakfast is at 9 a.m. and the parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at Ozark Bar-B-Que (10.5 mile marker) in Sunrise Beach. After the parade, explore the Lake's many activities, shops and sights. Then at 4 p.m. practice the "wearing of the green" and finish St. Paddy's on a high note on the St. Patrick's Day Short Bus Shuffle Pub Crawl. With the purchase of a $5 wristband, ride one of seven buses to more than a dozen Westside establishments to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with friends. Buses begin running at 4 p.m. and will run until 2:30 a.m. For more information about participating Pub Crawl venues or lodging, please call The Lake of the Ozarks West Chamber of Commerce at 573-374-5500 or visit the Chamber's website at


Spring Big Bass Bash...   


A $150,000 payout lures amateur anglers to the Lake of the Ozarks on April 21-22 for the Spring Big Bass Bash, sponsored by the Anglers in Action Tournament Trail. First place in the Big Bass competition earns $40,000, second place nets a cool $20,000 and third place wins $10,000.

Over 2,000 bass fishermen attended the event last year, with Kirk Fischer of Jefferson City, Mo. taking home the grand prize with a 7.47-lb. bass. This year, there are 160 guaranteed, bi-hourly payouts during the two-day tournament, a $1,000 bonus for the Big Bass in the Ladies Division and a Kids Division for children 12 and under. Two-day entry fees are $165 per person and one-day entry fees are $115 per person. The Kids Division is $10 per day. If you register before the Early-Bird Entry Deadline of April 9, you're entered to win one of 10 $500 prizes. Red Oak Resort & RV Park, Alhonna Resort,  Town and Country Motel and  Robin's Resort are the host lodging properties. Find out more about this tournament, including complete registration information, at or you can call 866-515-0102 for further details.



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




Twenty-two buses safely transport participants to over 20 bars and restaurants in the Lake of the Ozarks area for a night of fun, entertainment and great food. Buses start at 4 p.m. for passengers who purchase a $5 wristband. The fee includes drop off and pick up at participating hotels. For a complete schedule of events and participating hotels, motels, bars and restaurants, please visit For a complete listing of hotels, motels and resorts at the Lake, please contact the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau at 800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253) or visit the CVB online at




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 on the web.


MARCH 2 & 3


Liverpool Legends Sgt. PepperLiverpool 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,  


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 or call 573-365-2634 or 573-365-2637.


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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


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