September 26, 2013

Fall Travel Tips & Story Starters
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Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. -
Autumn at the Lake of the Ozarks is so good you can taste it!  The beauty of the foliage and the crisp bite in the air will whet your appetite for fun.  And fun is what you'll find at the Lake-area's fall festivals. For more info, color images or other assistance, please contact
Marjorie, Jo, Deb or Kyle at The Beenders-Walker Group.
Apples to Apples: Lake Area Festivals Offer Taste of Autumn

The Lake of the Ozarks area's two apple festivals provide fun activities for the whole family.


When asked why the town of Versailles chose apples as the centerpiece for its fall festival, a chamber spokesperson said they chose apples because of a large apple orchard which used to be located just south of the community.  Begun in 1980, Versailles' Olde Tyme Apple Festival now is celebrating its 34th year. 


As the festival's name implies, apples are the centerpiece of the fun at this festival.  Food vendors will be offering sweet apple treats like caramel apples, apple dumplings and apple butter.  Attendees can find apple quilts and other apple-themed products at more than 300 booths in the arts and crafts fair held around the town square. 


Competition is fierce, but friendly, as apple pie bakers bring their best creations to be judged on taste and appearance.  Bragging rights are on the line, plus prizes are awarded for the top three finishers.  Contest entries later are auctioned off to festival attendees.


While the festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, the fun begins the night before.  Friday evening's activities include a car cruise, a sock hop and the crowning of a King and Queen to reign over the festivities. 


The Olde Tyme Apple Festival 5K run gets an early start at 7 a.m. on Saturday and is followed by the annual parade at 10 a.m.  The parade features bands, street performers and floats decorated to incorporate this year's theme, "A Taste of the Country."  There will be one boy and one girl winner in the Baby Dumplings contest for babies up to age 2 and the Apple Tarts contest for toddlers. 


Fiddlers will rosin up their bows for the 1 p.m. Olde Tyme Fiddle contest, keeping listeners' toes tapping.  Vintage cars and tractors will be on display throughout the day.  The evening activities include a Compact Figure 8 Race at the Morgan County Fairgrounds on Highway 52 and local performers showing their talents in a production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie" at the Royal Theatre.  The play will be performed on Thursday through Sunday evenings, as well as the following weekend.


An Olde Tyme Apple Festival 3-person scramble golf tournament is scheduled for a noon shotgun start on Sunday, Oct. 6, at Rolling Hills Country Club, located at the junction of Highways 52 and 5.  The tournament is open to all golfers and the club will handle pairings for individual golfers.  To register for the tournament, contact Rolling Hills at 573-378-5109 or go to the club's website at PlayRollingHills.com.


Find out more about the festival by visiting the Versailles Chamber of Commerce website or calling the City of Versailles at 573-378-4401. 


A week later, Oct. 11-12, apples are celebrated in Linn Creek at Apple Butter Days.  The Camden County Museum plays host to crafters for a day of craft demonstrations, taking visitors back in time to an era when household items were made by hand.  The air will be filled with the scent of apples as apple butter and apple pies are prepared on-site.  Attendees will be able to buy jars of apple butter while it is still warm from the fire under the big iron kettle where it is cooked.  Apple pies will be available hot from the oven, as well, by the pie or by the slice.


Other demonstrations include the making of lye soap over an open fire; Native American flute-making; lace tatting; rug weaving; blacksmithing; rope-making; and the use of herbs and spices for making medicine. 


Re-enactors are on hand, all in period costumes, representing Missouri residents from the Civil War era, early settlers and Osage Indians.  Ladies will demonstrate what life was like as a Civil War laundress, scrubbing clothes clean on washboards.  Stories will be told about one of the nation's first businesses - fur trapping and trading. 


Children can enjoy a free pony ride as their families make a full day of the festival, including a bowl of soup or chili as they browse the vendors' offerings, topped off with an apple dessert.  For more information about the festival, call 573-346-7191.



The fall season is loaded with fun fairs, festivals and events at the Lake of the Ozarks. For more information about fall 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. 12


Harbor Hop is traditionally the end of the boating season at the Lake of the Ozarks.  Visitors enjoy the breathtaking fall scenery as they draw cards at more than 40 lakeside locations around the Lake of the Ozarks to make a winning poker hand.  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.


NOV. 8 to DEC. 22


The Christmas show at the Main Street Music Hall in Osage Beach is one of the Lake of the Ozarks' most entertaining holiday traditions. This rollicking variety show features a cast of musicians and singers belting out Christmas carols, gospel hymns, musical impersonations and comedy. The show is presented Friday and Saturday evenings in November.  Performances are held Tuesday through Saturday evenings in December, along with Sunday matinees.  For more information and a full list of show dates and times, call the Main Street Music Hall box office at 800-348-9501 or visit LakeMusicHall.com.


NOV. 9


Much like the Mardi Gras Pub Crawl, this event will cover multiple venues around the Lake, giving participants the opportunity to experience the best of the Lake's nightlife.  Shuttle buses will take participants to sponsored locations giving them a great opportunity to enjoy the beautiful fall scenery along the way.  Each of the participating restaurants and bars will have live entertainment.  Find out more a LakeStockFallCrawl.com .


NOV. 16, 2013, to JAN. 1, 2014


Visitors will be delighted to see more than 200 holiday displays at the 20th Annual Enchanted Village of Lights at Laurie's 27-acre fairgrounds.  These animated displays are dazzling creations designed to celebrate the holiday season, Lake of the Ozarks style.  This activity delights kids of all ages.  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.


NOV. 22-23


Open each day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Camden County Museum in Linn Creek is the place to come for unique holiday gifts.  Vendors will be offering a variety of Christmas crafts and gifts and lunch will be available, as well.  For more information call the museum office at 573-346-7191.


DEC. 7


The Courthouse Lawn in Camdenton is the venue for a free event for the whole family.  Games, crafts, entertainment, a petting zoo and more will be available from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  A free lunch of hot dogs and hot chocolate will be served and Santa will visit, as well.  For more information, visit the Camdenton Chamber of Commerce website at: CamdentonChamber.com or call the chamber at 573-346-2227.


DEC. 14


The Young Museum Players will present this holiday play by Houston playwright Pat Cook at the Camden County Museum in Linn Creek.  When Santa Claus goes missing from a high school's annual Christmas show, a group of students find themselves becoming Christmas Scene Investigators to ensure the show goes on.  The curtain goes up on this Christmas mystery at 4:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be provided.  Admission is just $5 per family.  For more information, contact the Camden County Museum at 573-346-7191.


DEC. 14


One of the Lake of the Ozarks' favorite Christmas traditions, this parade features floats with a decidedly Lake-inspired flair.  This year's theme is "An Old-Fashioned Christmas."  The parade begins at 1 p.m. on Bagnell Dam Blvd. at the Route 242 intersection and heads east down Bagnell Dam Blvd.  More information is available at FunLake.com.     

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The history and heritage of the small towns and their signature festivals make great fall stories.  For more information, media assistance or high-resolution photography, please call The Beenders-Walker Group toll-free at 800-544-8474 or email DebMarjorie, Jo, or Kyle.


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Phone: 800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253) Fax: 573-348-4292 

P.O. Box 1498  Osage Beach, MO 65065

Website: www.FunLake.com  Email: Info@FunLake.com   

Quick Links



Olde Tyme Apple Festival


Apple Butter Days


Eldon Chamber of Commerce


Fall Harbor Hop


Lake Stock Fall Crawl


City of Laurie


Camdenton Chamber of Commerce



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