August 28, 2012 

Lake of the Ozarks Becomes "Hog Heaven" During Bikefest

LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. - The Lake of the Ozarks is the place to be for "hog" fans Sept. 13-16 during Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest, a four-day festival celebrating bikers, motorcycles and the scenic Lake area.


Lake of the Ozarks BikefestThe festival, brought to you by Budweiser, plays host to over 10,000 bikers each year, entertaining them with fun, food, entertainment and some of the most scenic rides in Missouri. The festival, one of the Lake's newer events, also is one of its most popular events. Free entry to Bikefest sponsored events is a major factor in its popularity.


"This event just continues to grow every year," said Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau Executive Director Tim Jacobsen. "With our numerous scenic rides and over 100 bars and restaurants, our area was just tailor-made for bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts."


Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest To improve the Bikefest experience for everyone, the festival has increased its vendor villages from three to five this year. These vendor villages will be located at Dog Days Bar & Grill, Lake of the Ozarks Harley Davidson, The Dam Bait Shop & Campground, Camden on the Lake, and in the lower parking lot at the Bagnell Dam Strip. Each village showcases its own unique forms of live entertainment, food, beverages, custom bike displays and biker-themed merchandise.


For an up-to-date list of vendors and live entertainment schedules, please visit LakeoftheOzarksBikefest.com. Bikefest's official website also provides motorcycle riders with three printable maps of recommended scenic rides. These rides range from 84 to 115 miles and can take a minimum of two hours to complete. Riders can expect picturesque wooded views, a tour of two of the area's popular state parks and stunning vistas of the sparkling Lake of the Ozarks.


Hot Summer Nights Aerial Another highlight this year is Bikefest's affiliation with the finale of the Lake's popular car and motorcycle festival, Hot Summer Nights, Friday (Sept. 14) on the historic Bagnell Dam Strip. This series finale features a patriotic tribute to wounded war veterans and a street party on Bagnell Dam Blvd. from 6 to 11 p.m.


"During the entire four-day event, we've decided to close the center lane of the Bagnell Dam Boulevard strip for free motorcycle parking," said Jacobsen. "This is just a way for us to give back to the motorcycle community and say thanks for coming to the Lake of the Ozarks."


Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest And if that isn't enough for the motorcycle enthusiast, event organizers are offering a chance to win a Harley Davidson motorcycle in the Full Throttle Midwest Magazine Bikefest Passport Sweepstakes. The Passport Run takes motorcycle enthusiasts on a tour of 27 Lake's participating businesses, restaurants and nightspots. Bikefest visitors can get a passport at any of the participating businesses on the Passport Run. Passport participants visit each location on the run, passports are stamped as proof of their visit. Riders who visit all 27 locations are eligible for entry in a drawing for a new motorcycle.  Full contest rules, including information on how to submit completed passports, are on Bikefest's Passport Run webpage at LakeoftheOzarksBikefest.com.


For more information about Bikefest or for details about hotels, motels, condominiums, resorts, campgrounds and RV parks in the Lake of the Ozarks area, visit the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau online at FunLake.com or call 1-800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253).


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The summer and fall seasons are loaded with fun fairs, festivals and events at the Lake of the Ozarks. For more information about getaway packages, 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 Bureau's website, FunLake.com.


SEPT. 8-9


The City of Laurie's Fairgrounds will be the host for the Laurie-Sunrise Beach Rotary Club's 8th Annual Westlake Street Machine Fall Follies Car Show on Sept 8-9. This custom motor vehicle show features many makes and models of cars, trucks, drag boats and motorcycles on display for motor vehicle enthusiasts. Vehicles will be judged in their respective categories. This event also features parts dealers, food vendors, a beer garden, a duck race and an "engine blow" raffle. All event proceeds will go to the Westlake Aquatic Center. For more information, call 573-374-9500 or 573-280-5552.


SEPT. 14


Hot Summer Nights will host the finale of its cruising series on the Bagnell Dam Strip in Lake Ozark on Sept. 14. The finale will feature all makes and models of cars, trucks and motorcycles, a street party on the Bagnell Dam Strip and a tribute to wounded war veterans. Visitors attending the event will enjoy classic cars, trucks and motorcycles, contests, giveaways, helicopter rides, live entertainment and much more. For more information about Hot Summer Nights, call 573-964-1008 or visit CruiseHotSummerNights.com.


SEPT. 14-16


Have a heaping helping of fun and great food at the 43rd Annual Hillbilly Fair Sept. 14-16 at the Laurie Fairgrounds. This good-hearted celebration of the Ozark Hillbilly offers carnival rides and games, food and craft vendors, a parade, live music, karaoke, a tractor pull and a variety of live demonstrations, including martial arts, dancing and a firefighter demo. For a full schedule of events and a map, visit the City of Laurie's website at CityofLaurie.com.


SEPT. 15-16


Commemorate the Civil War's 150th anniversary with two thrilling reenactments of the Battle of Monday's Hollow at a Living History and Civil War Reenactment Weekend, Sept. 15-16, at the Missouri Trapshooters Association Grounds. The Civil War festival will feature a multitude of activities and will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The reenactment of the Battle of Monday's Hollow will start at 1 p.m. each day and is expected to last 45 minutes to an hour. For more information, visit the Camden County Historical Society & Museum website


SEPT. 22


Take flight with the 2012 Lake of the Ozarks Air Show on Sept. 22 at the Camdenton Memorial Airport. This full-scale air show presents a salute to our military, the return of the B-25 "Billy Mitchell" Bomber, the Team Vortex Air Show, a Ping Pong Ball Drop and brand new acts including the KC Flight Formation Team, the Dave Dacy Air Show & Wing Walker, the Free Fall Express Sky Dive Team, and Jet Truck racing. For more information about the air show, visit LakeoftheOzarksAirShow.com or call the Camdenton Chamber of Commerce at 573-346-2227.


SEPT. 30 - OCT. 7


For golfers who love to golf at Lake of the Ozarks, it's like a dream come true: the first-ever Golf Week on the Lake of the Ozarks Golf Trail , Sept. 30 - Oct. 7. And it's no dream - it's an unprecedented, solid week of golf tournaments, golf exhibitions, golf clinics with PGA pros, great contests, deals and much more! The highlight of the week is the 2-day Golf Week Fall Invitational Tournament being held October 1-2 at Osage National Golf Resort and The Oaks at Tan-Tar-A Resort. The best part is the tournament is FREE. All you have to do is book your lodging on the Trail for two nights during the tournament (Sunday, Sept. 30 through Oct. 2). For complete details on how you can participate in Golf Week, visit GolfWeekOnTheTrail.com.  


OCT. 6


The Olde Tyme Apple Festival, named the best festival in Central Missouri for several years by the readers of Rural Missouri magazine, enters its 33rd year in downtown Versailles. The festival's highlights include a grand parade, an Olde Tyme Fiddler's Contest, beauty pageants, apple pie contests, a wide variety of music concerts, roasted turkey drumsticks, kettle corn, numerous arts-and-crafts booths around the town square and much more. To find out more about the Olde Tyme Apple Festival, visit the Versailles Chamber of Commerce website at VersaillesChamber.com or call the City of Versailles at 573-378-4634, ext. 304.


OCT. 13


Extend the boating season into autumn with this annual Lake-wide poker run on the water, featuring dozens of participating businesses. Participants will "hop" from Lakefront restaurants and marinas collecting playing cards to compete for the best overall poker hand. Prizes will be awarded for the winning hands. For more information on the Fall Harbor Hop, please contact the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau at 1-800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253) or visit FunLake.com/HarborHop.


OCT. 19-20


Apple butter and apple pies are the centerpieces for this fall festival at the Camden County Museum in Linn Creek. Apple Butter Days festivities consist of craft booths and demonstrations, a quilt raffle, a chili and soup lunch, as well as homemade apple butter and apple pies. For information on the festival or for booth availability, call 573-346-7191.

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