Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. - The Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals rolls into Central Missouri, May 6-8, celebrating the 28th year of bringing classic cars and fun times to the Historic Bagnell Dam Strip in Lake Ozark.

This unique car show, which takes its name from the serpentine shape of the Lake of the Ozarks, is open to a variety of makes and models and brings in over 10,000 spectators from across the Midwest to check out all the cool cars, trucks and motorcycles on display along "the Strip" throughout the weekend.

For both safety and convenience, the Bagnell Dam Strip will be closed off to motor traffic during show hours on Saturday so that the 1,000 registered vehicles can be easily accessed and viewed by attendees and fellow show car owners.  

"The Strip is a fantastic location for this event," says Tim Jacobsen, director of the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau. "It allows everyone to be able to walk around and check out all the awesome cars and visit with the owners, who are all really proud of their cars and love to talk about them. So, it adds a level of intimacy and interaction between the attendees and participants. And, there are great restaurants and shops all right there, so it makes it really convenient and just adds to the overall feel of the event."

Magic Dragon has continued to grow in size and popularity since the inaugural "street meet" in 1989.  All of the cars on display are the major draw for visitors, but there's plenty going on throughout the weekend to keep attendees entertained.

K.C. Cloke, executive director of the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, says that there have been several additions to this year's Street Meet program. "Attendees will find a couple new highlights over the weekend, including a Corvette Corral, where different variations of Corvettes will be stationed. There will be an off-road zone where all of the big trucks will be on display and mounted on rocks and logs, and there will even be a vehicle-focused swap meet. It's going to be very exciting. And, we also have a record-breaking number of vendors for this year's event, so there will plenty of things to see and do."

The official show hours for the Magic Dragon Street Meet are noon until 5 p.m. on Friday, 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Sunday. 

Although the show doesn't officially kick off until Friday, many of the show cars begin to arrive on Thursday and there will also be an "Aces High" poker run that day.  

On both Friday and Saturday, Iguana Boat Sales hosts the first annual "Car Swap Meet," where visitors can buy all makes and models of cars and trucks, parts, accessories and more. The Swap Meet takes place at Lake Ozark RV Park & Campground, just off of the Bagnell Dam Strip at 70 Legion Road, and a free shuttle service will be provided to and from the Swap Meet to the Street Meet both days.  

On Saturday, there's a kids "fun zone" sponsored by Home Depot, where the younger attendees can participate in a "make-n-take" activity and take home a hand-built helicopter. There will also be a 50/50 raffle that evening. One of the highlights of the event happens at 5 p.m. that day when one lucky winner will be handed the keys to a brand new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro RS, compliments of the Lake Ozark Daybreak Rotary Club. 

Judging of the registered vehicles will take place Sunday morning from 9-11 a.m. Winners in 27 different competitive classes and the overall grand champion will be announced at 1 p.m. at the main stage located at Lake Ozark Live, 1508 Bagnell Dam Boulevard.

DJs from Cool 102.7 FM will be broadcasting live on location and blasting classic hits throughout the weekend adding to the authentic "street meet" vibe, which past attendees have likened to walking onto the set of the film American Graffiti.

For more information on the Magic Dragon Street Meet, including a full schedule of events and judging categories, visit, or like the event's Facebook page at

Many Lake-area lodging facilities offer special pricing for event attendees over the weekend. For a complete list of accommodations available at the Lake of the Ozarks, visit

For more information on other spring events, attractions and dining options at the "Best Recreational Lake" in the Nation, please call the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau (CVB) at 1-800-FUN-Lake. Or, visit the CVB's award-winning website at

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