September 28, 2012

Fall Travel Tips & Story Starters
Fun is Only a Hop Away at Central Missouri's  
Lake of the Ozarks

Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. -
Fall and winter are on their way and the Lake of the Ozarks has plenty of fun activities for the whole family available throughout the seasons. Read on for hot topics and tips to get you started on stories about the Lake of the Ozarks. For more info, color images or other assistance, please contact
Marjorie, Jo, Gene or Kyle at The Beenders-Walker Group.

Dog Days Harbor Hop Try your luck at building the perfect seven-card poker hand and have fun exploring the Lake area during the 27th Annual Fall Harbor Hop on Saturday, Oct. 13. A player "hops" by land or by lake to checkpoints (there are over 40 participating businesses on the Hop) with the object of completing the best poker hand. The player begins their hop by signing up and paying an optional entry fee of $15 at their first checkpoint stop. At each subsequent checkpoint the player then gets one card per hand, per location. Each hand is complete when the seventh card is drawn at the seventh location. A bonus eighth card can be purchased for $5 at the last checkpoint. To qualify, each hand must be turned in by 7 p.m. at the seventh and final stop. Prizes will be awarded for the top 10 poker hands at the Hop, as well as the four worst hands and 10 randomly selected winners. Winners will be notified by certified mail. The hours for the hop run 11 a.m.-7 p.m., with the exception of some establishments that will open at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. For more information, including participating businesses on the Hop and hours of operation, please call the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau at 1-800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253), or visit FunLake.com/HarborHop.


Art and Ambiance The Sharing and Caring Foundation of Camden County presents the first ever Lake of the Ozarks Festival of the Arts, Oct. 19 and 20, at Stonecrest Mall in Osage Beach. This family-oriented art show takes place from 5-7 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The booths at the festival will feature many different mediums and styles of art on display and for sale, including weaving, quilting, felting, metal art, sculptures, painting, woodcarving, jewelry, pottery, photography, stained glass, leathers, books and much more. Bryant Auction will auction off pieces of local art at 7 p.m. on Friday with proceeds benefiting the Sharing and Caring Foundation. Admission is free on both days of the festival. Entry forms and more event information may be found in the online brochures at CamdenSharing.org, or you may call 573-480-2003 for more details.


Smart fishermen won't pack up their rods and reels when the fall and winter seasons hit the Lake of the Ozarks. In fact, some of the Lake's biggest fish have been caught in the fall and winter months, including a 91-lb. blue catfish and a giant paddlefish that weighed in at over 134 lbs. Anglers will enjoy fishing for that next record catch in fall temperatures in the 60s and 70s, and in the winter months, several area resorts also offer fishermen shelter from the elements on a heated fishing dock. Some of these docks are even furnished with a couch and satellite TV. With 54,000 acres of migratory waters at the Lake, you can reel in just about any type of fish. Largemouth bass, spotted bass, white bass, blue catfish, flathead catfish, hybrid stripers, crappie, walleye and bluegill can all be caught almost any time of year. Start planning your fishing trip now by calling the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau at 800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253), or visit the Bureau's website, FunLake.com.


Figure out the mystery of The Yuletide Homicide Plot and enjoy great wine, food and accommodations during the Murder Mystery Dinner at 6 p.m. Nov. 30 at Casa De Loco Winery in Camdenton, Mo. Noted bootleg wine makers Bunny and Clyde have invited their closest friends and enemies to join them for an evening of fun and the word on the street is that someone wants to see Clyde dead. And that someone could be sitting right beside you. To reserve your spot in this interactive fun dinner or for more information, please call Casa De Loco at 573-317-9695.


The fall and winter 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.


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. 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.




The Christmas Show at the Main Street Music Hall in Osage Beach is one of the Lake's grandest holiday traditions. Don't miss this variety show with fantastic musicians, talented singers and a comedy routine that will brighten up your holiday season. The Christmas spectacular begins on Friday, Nov. 9 and continues on select dates until Saturday, Dec. 22. The show starts each scheduled night at 7 p.m. and admission is $19 for adults, $17 for seniors (55 or older) and $10 for children ages 5-12. For more information and a listing of shows and times, call the Main Street Music Hall box office at 800-348-9501 or visit LakeMusicHall.com.


NOV. 24-JAN. 1


Started by Father Fred Barnett, the Festival of Lights was the first official holiday lights display at the Lake of the Ozarks. The Festival of Lights is located at both the Shrine of St. Patrick and the National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church in Laurie. The Festival begins on Thanksgiving Day and runs through New Year's Day. Hours are 6-10 p.m. each evening and admission is free. For more about the Festival of Lights, the Shrine of St. Patrick or the National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church, please call 573-374-7855.


NOV. 26


Laurie's annual Christmas parade is full of Christmas cheer, lighted floats and fun for the entire family. The parade begins at 6 p.m. and the route travels up Highway 5 (Main St.) from Central Bank to the Laurie Terrace Mall, bringing joy to all who line the street. Santa will be on his sleigh at the end of the parade and will travel the length of the parade to the mall and will visit with all the little boys and girls.


NOV. 27-JAN. 1


For the eighth straight season, the city of Versailles will light up the city park for the Unity Circle of Lights from November 27 through January 1. The holiday light park is named after the "Unity Circle," a monument erected at the entrance of the city park to show cooperation among various entities in the community. The Unity Circle of Lights features more than 40-lighted displays, including several animated holiday scenes for the family. The park is open from dark until midnight and admission is free.


NOV. 27-JAN. 1


The 19th Annual Enchanted Village of Lights at Laurie's 27-acre fairgrounds delights visitors with more than 200 holiday displays. Admission is free of charge, although donations are accepted. For more information, call the city of Laurie at 573-374-8776 or visit the city's website at CityofLaurie.com.


DEC. 1


There are lots of activities for children of all ages at Camdenton's Christmas on the Square on Saturday, Dec. 1. The event features a petting zoo, delicious holiday food, holiday carols, a visit from jolly old St. Nick and much more. For more information about Christmas on the Square, call the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce at 800-769-1004.


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The fall and winter seasons are full of exciting travel stories at the Lake of the Ozarks!  For more information, media assistance or high-resolution photography, please call The Beenders-Walker Group toll-free at 800-544-8474 or email Marjorie, Jo, Gene or Kyle.


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