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- For Immediate Release August 2, 2012 - 

~ Find Your Fun This Fall in Columbia ~ 

  Columbia Convention
& Visitors Bureau

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Memorial Union The fall is a beautiful time in Columbia, Missouri with a number of fun and exciting festivals for the entire family and the dawning of a new era for the Missouri Tigers as they kickoff their inaugural season in the Southeastern Conference (SEC).


"It's so easy to keep yourself entertained in Columbia, especially in the fall.  The autumn weather is typically some of best and most beautiful weather of the year, which makes for great hiking and biking, and there's always something exciting going on," says Amy Schnieder, director of the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau. "From festivals to football, there is an event for everyone in your circle of family and friends." Read on for just a few of the exciting things going on around Columbia this fall. 

No Rush... the Boone Dawdle is On Its Way
Join fellow lovers of film and fun for the third annual Boone Dawdle on Saturday, Aug. 18 for a festive summertime event unlike any other. The Dawdle, an off-season True/False Film Festival event, kicks off in downtown Columbia, where cyclists will bike along the impressive Limestone bluffs carved by the Missouri River to arrive at the Blufftop Bistro at Les Bourgeois Vineyards in the sleepy little river town of Rocheport. Scattered along the trail will be beautiful vistas, intriguing stopping points, busking musicians and a few new surprises for this year's event. Those that prefer not to cycle to Les Bourgeois are welcome to drive their own vehicle or hop on the Dawdle shuttle. Once all the riders and commuters arrive, a delectable, local picnic-style dinner will be served along with Schlafly beer, wine and other beverages. There also will be a live band and a sunset screening of The Source, with a Q & A with the filmmakers to follow the film. For more information on the Dawdle - including a schedule of events and film and band descriptions - visit To register and order tickets, please visit 

The Past is Present at the 35th Annual Fall Heritage Festival  in Columbia 

Visitors will be taken back to the traditions of the past as they "listen, learn and see history come alive" at the 35th Annual Fall Heritage Festival and Crafts Show, Sept. 15-16, at the historic Maplewood Farm in Nifong Park. Organized by Columbia Parks and Recreation, this FREE festival runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and features artisans and tradesmen dressed in 19th century attire demonstrating their "lost" trades and selling their wares. Also featured are handmade craft areas, a Lewis and Clark outpost, cowboy chuck wagons and a youth-oriented "Fun For Young'uns" area. Attendees also will enjoy live entertainment on two stages including multi-national folk music, traditional storytellers and returning fest-favorites like the Haskell Indian Nations Dancers, Mountain Man Jim "Two Crows" Wallen, Professor Farquar's Great American Medicine Show and more. For more information on the Heritage Festival, please click here or call Columbia Parks and Recreation at 573-874-7460. 

The Roots 'n Blues 'n BBQ Festival Returns to Rock Downtown Columbia
The 6th Annual Boone County National Bank, Roots 'n Blues 'n BBQ Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21 and 22, in downtown Columbia. Roots n' Blues is a nationally recognized two-day event featuring renowned musicians from all over the world performing a variety of eclectic roots, blues, country, bluegrass, gospel, folk and soul music on three main stages. There also is a mouth-watering Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned barbecue contest with over 50 competitors from all over the country. And for those looking to run off a few of the calories from all the delicious BBQ, there is a sanctioned half-marathon and 10K. The festival is a fun, true and unique celebration of music, food and culture for all ages.


Featured performers this year include John Mayall, Al Green, Rodriguez, Marty Stuart, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, just to name a few. Passes for the 2012 fest are going fast, so order yours today at For more festival information, including musical lineups and registration forms for the BBQ contest, marathon and 10k, please visit 
Citizen Jane Film Festival Celebrates Women in Cinema

Film lovers of all ages and genders will flock to the Stephens College campus and downtown Columbia for the fifth installation of the Citizen Jane Film Festival the weekend of Oct. 19-21, 2012. The Citizen Jane Film Festival celebrates some of the most daring and accomplished works by women filmmakers while helping carve strong, non-stereotypical roles for women in the film industry, both in front of and behind the camera. Organizers craft an unforgettably festive weekend with interactive panels with filmmakers, in-depth workshops with industry professionals and one-of-a-kind parties and special events. The 2012 Citizen Jane Film Festival kicks off Friday, Sept. 19 at the ornate and beautifully restored Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts in downtown Columbia. For tickets and more information on the 2012 Citizen Jane Film Festival, please visit 

Tigers Kick Off Inaugural Season in SEC

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is known around the country for its fantastic teams and die-hard football fans, and now that the Missouri Tigers have joined those ranks, expect Faurot Field and downtown Columbia to take on an entirely new energy on game days. The Tigers' kick off their inaugural season in the SEC at home against the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday, September 8. You can preview Mizzou's 2012 football schedule and purchase tickets by visiting

Mizzou ColumnsColumbia features a mix of small town charm and friendliness with the amenities and cultural offerings of a big city. There is always something exciting to see and do in Columbia, so for more information on these events and other ways to have fun in Columbia, please contact Beth Mead or Megan McConachie at the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-652-0987 or at  


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