-- September 12, 2013 --

FALL 2013 




hat's new at the Lake of the OzarksRead all about what's coming up for the fall 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, Deb or Kyle.

null All eyes will be turned skyward at the Lake of the Ozarks Air Show at Camdenton Memorial Airport on Sept. 21.  Now in its third year, the annual event began as a way to honor the commitment of active military and veterans, as well as add an autumn event for the Lake of the Ozarks community and visitors. 



Aviation acts for the 2013 show include the Commemorative Air Force - Missouri Wing's AC-47 "Spooky" Gunship, which saw action in Vietnam, the TBM-3E "Avenger," which was utilized during the Korean Conflict and the P-51 Gunfighter, which took its place in history in 1945.  This year's lineup also features stunt flying by the Erik Edgren and Team Vortex air shows, as well as performances by the KC Flight Formation Team and Free-Fall Express Skydivers. The show's organizers note the event is enjoyed by people of all ages - from the Korean and WWII veterans who remember the roaring sound of the plane engines to children who wait for the event's Ping-Pong ball drop.


Attendance at the show has grown exponentially, from 4,000 the first year to more than 14,000 last year, making it the largest single-day event in Camden County.  "You know you're doing something right when they (attendees) tell other people and those people come, too," Camdenton City Administrator Brenda Colter said.



The show's location at the Lake is part of its draw for visitors, according to Airport Manager Corey Leuwerke.  "People come to the airshow and get to spend a weekend at the Lake," he said.  However, the event benefits the Camdenton community in many ways.  Local civic organizations are vendors of food at the event, reinvesting the proceeds into the air show or their own community projects.


The event is made possible by collaboration among the City of Camdenton, the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce, the Camdenton Memorial Airport and the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau.   Convention and Visitor Bureau Executive Director Tim Jacobsen also credits the local sponsors.  "Without our sponsors, the air show simply would not be possible," he said.


With all it has to offer, the Lake of the Ozarks Air Show is an event for everyone.  Camdenton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Trish Creach sums it up this way: "This is a top-notch, do-not-miss, must-attend air show at the Lake!"


To learn more, go to or call the Camdenton Memorial Airport at 573-346-0300.

null The City of Eldon invites you to celebrate all things turkey at their 28th Annual Eldon Turkey Festival on Sept. 28.  The community's pride in its status as one of Missouri's top turkey producers is the reason for the festival, but all of the activities are the reason to attend.  The fun starts early with the Turkey Trot & Gobble, Wobble 5K at 7:30 a.m.  Prizes and medals are awarded to the first-place finishers.  There will be a parade at 10 a.m., featuring bands, floats, antique and modified tractors and classic cars, as well as comedy and novelty acts. Stay all day to enjoy the full fun of the festival, including a 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, online at or by phone at 573-392-3752. 


Fishermen and fisherwomen looking to take home a big catch, and possibly a big cash prize, have three opportunities to enjoy the great fishing at the Lake of the Ozarks in the fall.  Oct. 5-6 is the Big Bass Bash on the Lake, with prizes of $60,000, $20,000 and $10,000 for the three biggest bass of the tournament.  The awards ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday at Public Beach #2 and everyone is invited to see the biggest fish of the weekend.  There are four official weigh-in stations and time slots will be assigned.  For more information or to register for the tournament, go to


Two weeks later is the Fall Buddy Bass State Fishing Championship on Oct. 19-20.  This will be the 29th year for this tournament, which will take off and weigh in from Captain Ron's Bar and Grill in Sunrise Beach.  Take off begins at 7 a.m. Saturday and all boats must be checked back in by 4 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday, with the awards ceremony following Sunday's check-in.  This year's event will also feature a Kids Fishing Derby on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Captain Ron's.  Last year's first-ever derby was a hit with little anglers and is likely to become a part of all future tournaments.  For tournament registration and information, contact the Lake of the Ozarks West Chamber of Commerce at


Finally, there's the Fall Classic Bass Buddy Tournament at Alhonna Resort in Lake Ozark, which gives anglers the chance to enjoy brilliant autumn colors and fantastic fall fishing at our great Lake.  Held this year Oct. 26-27 with takeoff at 7 a.m. Saturday from the resort, the tournament features 100% payback of tournament fees in prizes.  Weigh-ins are at 4 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, with prizes paid after the Sunday weigh-in.  For more tournament information and to register, click on the tournaments link on the Alhonna Resort website at:
Looking Ahead...

The Lake of the Ozarks fun doesn't stop when the weather gets cool. 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. 13-15


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


OCT. 5


Versailles is the home to the festival that has, since 1980, been celebrating apples. The apple will be showcased in all its delicious splendor as contestants go head-to-head in a homemade apple pie baking contest, and food vendors will be selling pies and dumplings, along with many other yummy apple creations. The event features a parade, sock hop, cruise night, beauty pageants, a fiddle competition and an arts and crafts fair around the town square. Find out more about the festival by visiting the Versailles Chamber of Commerce website or calling the City of Versailles at 573-378-4401.


OCT. 11-12


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.


OCT. 12


Draw cards at more than 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 or call 800-FUN-LAKE.
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