Summer and fall at the Lake of the Ozarks are packed with fairs, festivals and fun. For more information about getaway packages, lodging, dining, shopping, events and attractions throughout the Lake area, contact the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau at 800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253) or visit the website at FunLake.com.
AUG. 31 & SEPT. 1
LABOR DAY FIREWORKS
Summer leaves the Lake of the Ozarks with a "bang," courtesy of Labor Day fireworks displays on Aug. 31 and Sept. 7 at Bear Bottom Resort in Sunrise Beach and on Sept. 1 at The Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark and Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach. Fireworks begin at dusk. See them from the shore or on the water in your own boat or aboard the Tropic Island or Celebration cruises. Learn more at FunLake.com.
HOT SUMMER NIGHTS
Catch the final night of the summer's best cruise event - Hot Summer Nights. The historic Bagnell Dam Strip is lined with cars, trucks and motorcycles of all makes and models for this monthly cruising event from May to September. DJ Leo Case "spins tunes" to keep you rockin' through the evening from 6-11 p.m. See all the event has to offer at CruiseHotSummerNights.com .
JIM STAFFORD AT THE MAIN STREET MUSIC HALL
Legendary entertainer Jim Stafford brings his own brand of family entertainment for another performance at the Main Street Music Hall. Guests will enjoy "two shows for the price of one," as Stafford performs during the Music Hall's "Reelin' in the Years" show, featuring hits from the '60s, '70s and '80s. For information and tickets, call 573-348-9500, or visit LakeMusicHall.com.
LAURIE HILLBILLY FAIR
The City of Laurie sponsors its 44th Annual Hillbilly Fair to celebrate the end of summer. With a parade, carnival rides, demonstrations, crafts and plenty of food, the fair attracts visitors of all ages to enjoy the day at the Laurie Fairgrounds. For a schedule of all the fair's events and attractions, visit CityofLaurie.com/hillbillyfair .
LAKE OF THE OZARKS AIR SHOW
Salute the commitment of our military and veterans and experience the world of aviation at the Lake of the Ozarks Air Show, held at Camdenton Memorial Airport. This annual event features air show acts, vendor booths, a ping-pong ball drop and plenty of activities for kids and adults alike. To learn more, go to LakeOfTheOzarksAirShow.com or call the Camdenton Memorial Airport at 573-346-0300.
28th ANNUAL ELDON TURKEY FESTIVAL
The City of Eldon invites you to celebrate all things turkey at their annual festival. Events include the Turkey Trot & Gobble, Wobble 5K, a parade, car show, demolition derby, figure eight derby, and the crowning of Lil' Mr. and Miss Gobbler. Vendor booths feature food of all kinds, including turkey legs, of course. More information is available from the Eldon Chamber of Commerce at EldonChamber.com .
OLDE TYME APPLE FESTIVAL IN VERSAILLES
Versailles is the home to the festival that has been celebrating apples since 1980. The event features a parade, sock hop, cruise night, beauty pageants and an arts and crafts fair around the town square. Food vendors will be selling apple pie and dumplings along with many other yummy apple creations. Find out more about the festival by visiting the Versailles Chamber of Commerce website or calling the City of Versailles at 573-378-4401.
GOLF WEEK ON THE LAKE OF THE OZARKS GOLF TRAIL
This week of tournaments, clinics, club fittings and more was designed to showcase the courses at one of the nation's premier golf destinations - the Lake of the Ozarks Golf Trail. Players can come for one event or stay the whole week with stay-and-play packages from the Lake's great lodging properties. For more information, visit GolfWeekontheTrail.com.
LIVING HISTORY/APPLE BUTTER DAYS
The Camden County Museum plays host to crafters, craft demonstrations, a quilt raffle and more, all centered around two autumn favorites - apple butter and apple pie. For more information about the festival, call 573-346-7191.
FALL HARBOR HOP
Draw cards at any of 40 locations around the Lake of the Ozarks to make a winning poker hand in the Fall Harbor Hop. Enter at any of the Harbor Hop locations and enjoy the stops around the Lake before turning in your hand by 7 p.m. For more information, visit FunLake.com or call 800-FUN-LAKE.
Note to Media: The summer and fall seasons are full of exciting travel stories at the Lake of the Ozarks! For more information, media assistance or high-resolution photos, please call The Beenders Walker Group toll-free at 800-544-8474 or e-mail Deb, Marjorie, Jo or Kyle.