-- AUG. 31, 2012 --


Fall Foliage


hat's new at the Lake of the Ozarks?  Read all about what's coming up for the 2012 fall 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.

Four Days of Thunder...

Lake of the Ozarks BikeFest Four days of thundering bikes and motorcycle-themed fun awaits you Sept. 13-16 at the 6th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest, brought to you by Budweiser. Bikefest boasts bike shows, some of the most scenic rides in Missouri, concerts, vendor villages and a chance to win a brand new motorcycle by visiting local businesses participating in the Full Throttle Midwest Passport Run. Five vendor villages will dot the Lake this year with one each at Dog Days Bar & Grill, Lake of the Ozarks Harley Davidson, Toad Cove at Camden on the Lake, the Dam Bait Shop & Campground, and the lower parking lot on the Bagnell Dam Strip. Each vendor village features its own unique foods, beverages, biker gear, motorcycle customization displays, beer gardens and much more. For specific information about the vendor villages, a listing of scenic rides and rules and regulations for the Full Throttle Passport Run visit

Red or White? ...

Enjoy the fall foliage in a fun new way by designing your own wine-tasting tour of the picturesque Lake of the Ozarks area's five wineries, each with its own unique style, flair and setting. Panoramic views, brick-oven pizzerias, live music, creative food and some of the best wine in the state await on a journey to Seven Springs Winery in Linn Creek, Casa de Loco Winery in Camdenton, Golden Rock Winery in Camdenton, Shawnee Bluff Winery in Lake Ozark and Eichenburg Winery in Cole Camp. Many local hotels and resorts have "Sip and Stay" winery packages available, combining great wine with a memorable lodging experience. For more about wineries, 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

The Planes! The Planes!

Acrobatic aerial artistry captivates huge crowds every year at the Lake of the Ozarks Air Show, set this year for Sept. 22 at the Camdenton Memorial Airport. This pull-out-all-the-stops air show features the return of the World War II-era B-25 "Billy Mitchell" Bomber. Watch as this glorious vintage warbird soars in the skies over Camdenton on four flights around the Lake. In addition to the B-25's return, show highlights will include patriotic tributes to our veterans, skydivers, Jet Truck racing, and performances by the KC Flight Formation Team and the Dave Dacy Air Show. For more information about the air show, visit or call the Camdenton Chamber of Commerce at 573-346-2227.

Top Turkey...

Join the Eldon Chamber of Commerce for the 27th Annual Eldon Turkey Festival Sept. 29 in downtown Eldon. Miller County (where Eldon is located) is one of the top turkey producers in the state and each year Eldon celebrates its high ranking. Enjoy this fun-filled, family event packed with a parade, pageants, arts and crafts, live music, miniature animal exhibits, and muscle car, tractor and motorcycle shows. And what would a turkey festival be without a taste of the bird itself? There'll be all kinds of turkey served at the festival, including turkey legs and a 100-foot turkey sandwich that will be built and given away to festivalgoers. There'll be rollicking turkey-themed games too: Turkey Bowling, a turkey egg toss and turkey calling seminars. For more information about the Turkey Festival, visit the Eldon Chamber of Commerce's website at online or call 573-392-3752.

A Golfer's Dream Come True...
For golfers who love to golf at the 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

Looking Ahead...

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,


SEPT. 8-9


Hot Summer Nights Hot Rod 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


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


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


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.   


OCT. 6


Olde Tyme Apple Festival 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 or call the City of Versailles at 573-378-4634, ext. 304.


OCT. 13


Dog Days Harbor Hop 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 best and worst 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


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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