Leaves are Falling, Autumn is Calling….

Do you know where you need to be?  Right here in Pulaski County USA!

Here are a few reasons why!

Get your scare on!

Haunted River Floats at Ruby’s Landing, Waynesville –  Plan a weekend of ghoulish fun!  ½ mile float in 9 man raft, corn maze, haunted forest, haunted house, zombie paintball, axe throwing, and escape room!  Friday and Saturday nights September thru October.

Rising Haunted Attraction –  Every Friday and Saturday night in October (and of course Halloween!!) Come check out central Missouri’s scariest haunt on dry land!  See if you have what it takes to survive terror like you have NEVER experienced before!

Pick Your Pumpkin!

Stories Pumpkin Patch – A wholesome family setting with fun outdoor activities for kids.  A petting zoo, punkin’ chunkin’ slingshot, barrel train, hay maze, super slide, corn box.  Don’t forget the hayride to the pumpkin patch!   

Image courtesy of Stories Pumpkin Patch, Richland, MO

Arts, Crafts, and Antiques

Fall Harvests – Stop by area Farmer’s Markets for Missouri-grown produce and homemade goodness.  The Pulaski County Farmer’s Market along the Roubidoux River, in Waynesville are open every Saturday from 8 AM to 12 PM.  The Lost in the Woods Farmer’s Market off Missouri Ave. St. Robert opens Thursday evenings at 4:30 PM through September 30th.

Arts and Crafts!  Join Route 66 Community Art Gallery for their 2nd Saturday events!  Join artists from throughout the area.  It’s never too early to shop for Christmas!

Triple Creek Antiques is hosting their Fall Market event on September 10th and 11th – Crocker MO

Fall Festivals; Remembering 9/11 Patriots Day Festival – September 11th, Mid Missouri Fall Extravaganza – September 18th, Annual American Legion Post Craft Fair – October 2nd  Route 66 OktoberFest October 9th

The Great Outdoors

Nasty Pulaski Gravel Grind – October 2nd

Women’s Free Clinic – 12th annual 5k walk/run for Life – September 11th. Remembering  9/11 Patriot’s Day 9.11 Remembrance Ruck and 5k Fun Run.

Leap Frog 5k and Frog Hill ½ Marathon – October 1st and 2nd, great for families, kids, couples, and solo’s. Hard-charging runners to beginners.!

Nasty Pulaski Gravel Grind – October 2nd, 65-miles of intense cycling, or choice of the 25-mile course.

Scenic Drives…

Hop in the car or on the bike and check out Pulaski County’s fall scenery along Route 66 or Frisco Driving Tours!

Be sure to watch our Community Events & Activities Calendar for more fall events and activities.

There’s more than you think in Pulaski County USA. Spend some time exploring our amazing communities. Take a fall float along our gorgeous riverways, reserve a cozy cabin or relax and unwind at our local hotels. Start planning today!

Image courtesy of BSC Outdoors, Dixon, MO

Fall Crafting Activities

Crafting is great fun any time of the year. With fall settling in and holidays just around the corner, crafting becomes of greater interest. Crafting is an enjoyable activity for families, couples, friends, or solo (time to meet new friends!).

Many businesses offer monthly activities and private bookings. Plan a crafting activity to celebrate a birthday, family reunion, bachelorette party, or just to wind down and have some fun.

Crafting helps ease stress, builds self-esteem, and gives a sense of satisfaction. It allows you to express yourself and learn new skills. It is a great social activity to interact with others.

Whether you are from the area or visiting family, attending military graduation, or just enjoying a get-away, check into alternative activities to enhance your time throughout our communities.

Some of the local offerings coming up in September and October!

Piney River Taproom – One Tuesday a month join the Piney Taproom Brewery crew for a paint and sip. The September event is scheduled for the 14th!

Image courtesy of Piney River Taproom, Waynesville, MO

Eclectic Originals – Fall projects include a “Boo Project” on September 18th and a seasonable “Truck Project” on October 26th.  Eclectic also provides walk-in projects, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with numerous cutouts to choose from.

“I’m in the beginning planning stages to organize a Bootique Treat Walk throughout Waynesville. It will also be a murder mystery tour with each participating store having a clue. Watch for details!” – Cheryl Keeton, Owner

Image courtesy of Eclectic Originals, Waynesville, MO

BoPeep Ceramics – 1000’s of ceramic options offered in greenware and bisque. Choose your artwork to work on at home, or spend time in our community area. Ceramics make great gifts from decorative items to items you can use in your kitchen. Ceramics artwork can be enjoyed by all ages from toddlers to seniors. Start working on your Christmas decorations and gifts today!

The Blue Bee at Willis Farms – Welcome to the farm! The Blue Bee is an arts and crafts store specializing in make-and-take kits for on-the-spot craft time, or take them home. Workshops are Thursdays from 6 pm-8 pm or you may reserve for special dates.

“The Blue Bee is built on the foundation that CREATIVITY is how we CONNECT with ourselves and with others.” – Bethany Willis-Jones, a veteran wife,

Image courtesy of The Blue Bee

The Art Lab – Offers painting classes for any occasion. Kids’ classes and adult classes are available.  Walk-in hours are Tuesday-Saturday, or book your private party!

“October we will be doing our Carnivores paint event as well as our paint your pumpkin events. Watch for details!” – Sunju Petersen, Owner

Route 66 Community Art Gallery – Third Tuesday Paint Class is slated for September 14th.  Come on and express yourself during their acrylic pour painting class!

“The Art Gallery offers a variety of educational activities each and every month.  You may also book private photography lessons or acrylic pour painting class” – Jax Welborn, Owner

For more details or activities throughout Pulaski County, visit our online Community Event and Activity Calendar.

Businesses add your events to the Community Event and Activity Calendar by clicking, More, Ad Event!

September 2021 Events

Upcoming Events Occurring in Pulaski County, MO

September 4th: 49th Railroad Days – Crocker, MO

September 11th: Remembering 9/11 Patriots Day Festival – Waynesville, MO

September 15th: Culpepper & Merriweather Circus – Crocker, MO

September 17th: 1st Annual FFA Truck Pull – Dixon, MO

September 18th: Mid Missouri Fall Extravaganza – Waynesville, MO

September 18th: Frisco Depot Museum – Crocker, MO

Canceled → September 25th: Food Truck Festival & Swap Meet – Saint Robert, MO


Thursdays 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM Farmers Market & Artist Showcase – Saint Robert, MO

Saturdays 8 AM – 12 PM Pulaski County Farmers Market – Waynesville, MO

Saturdays by Appointment Only 10 AM – 4 PM Old Stagecoach Stop Museum – Waynesville, MO

Fridays & Saturdays September 10th – October 16th 3 PM – 10 PM Haunted River Float – Waynesville, MO


October 2nd: Frog Hill Half Marathon and 10K Run – Waynesville, MO

October 2nd: Nasty Pulaski Gravel Grind Bike Race – Waynesville, MO

Cancelled → October 9th: Route 66 Challenge – Pulaski County, MO

Upcoming Signature Events, and full PulaskiCountyUSA.com calendar.

During the pandemic changes occur rapidly. Contact event host to confirm event and to verify COVID procedures. In some situations masks and social distancing may be encouraged. If you do not feel well or have been exposed, choose to not attend.  Please follow CDC recommendations, and local Health Department recommendations and trends. 

To add your Pulaski County event to our Event Promotion Program, visit our online calendar

Celebrate Missouri, With Ice Cream Socials

Missouri’s Bicentennial

August 10, 2021, marks the 200th anniversary of Missouri statehood. Missouri 2021 encouraged communities across the state to commemorate the day with ice cream socials! Nothing brings people together like ice cream, and an ice cream social is the most appropriate way to celebrate Missouri since the ice cream cone is the official state dessert!

Ice Cream Socials in Pulaski County, Missouri

 Gypsy Sam’s Sweet Treats
(229 Route 66 East, Waynesville) From 5 PM-7 PM, August 10th celebrating Missouri’s bicentennial with free sample cones to everyone!  Register to win various door prizes, and a chance to win a 4oz cup of ice cream each week, for 1 year!

Missouri Governor Parson visiting about Ice cream with young entrepreneur Sam Keeton
Photo compliments of Gypsy Sam’s Sweet Treats

I Love Ice Cream And More

(690 Missouri Avenue, Saint Robert)  Join I Love Ice Cream and More as they celebrate Missouri’s 200th birthday, from 2 PM-5 PM for a free mini ice cream cone and yummy birthday cake!  Let’s celebrate the Great State of Missouri.

Creamy ice cream creations are a focus of I Love Ice Cream and More.
Photo compliments of I Love Ice Cream and More

Everyday is a great day for ice cream!

It’s long past time for you to indulge and discover the top locations for creamy delicious ice cream.  So check out the Ice Cream Trail, grab up some friends, load up the car, or plan a motorcycle ride for a sweet, cool, treat in Pulaski!

Pulaski County’s Ice Cream Trail

Everyday is a Great Day For Ice Cream!

Few things are better on a hot day than ice cream. It doesn’t matter if it’s in a bowl, a cone, or in the middle of a sundae, ice cream is the perfect summer treat. With so many flavors out there, there is a cold sweet treat for just about everybody. If you’re looking for an excuse to pick up something cold and sweet today, we’ve got you covered.

Burger Hut(406 S Commercial St., Crocker MO)  Opened in February 2021, in a remodeled gas station located right in the heart of Crocker. You will want to stop by, sit awhile and enjoy some of the best soft-serve ice cream available in chocolate, vanilla, and chocolate-vanilla twist.

“Our family came down from Montana and brought a berry syrup which has been a big hit. It will put you in mind of blueberry and raspberry.” – Jim Bailey, Owner

The Burger Stand  – (101 W Pulaski St, Richland) Offering up a special treat of soft-serve ice cream at great prices for over 12 years.  Shakes are the top seller – especially fresh fruit shakes!    You will find The Burger Stand on the southwest side of town, along Hwy 133S. Just look for Curly the Clown!”

“Curly has recently been refurbished.  People come to The Burger Stand from Waynesville, St. Robert, Roby, Richland, and even as far away as St. Louis!” – Carrie Turner, Owner

Image compliments of The Burger Stand, Richland, MO

Dairy Queen Grill & Chill (109 Brian Circle, Saint Robert), World renown Blizzards have returned to Pulaski County. Blizzards are available in over 50 ways, along with an array of sundaes and sweet frozen desserts.

Gypsy Sam’s Sweet Treats(229 Route 66 East, Waynesville) Where Sam is serving up delicious honey ice cream in over 20 mouthwatering flavors.  Her ice cream is made in Millersburg Missouri by Giofre Apiaries.  She recently opened her storefront, just west of the Waynesville Square.  Along with her shop, Sam may also be found around town, and at festivals across Missouri on her ice cream bike.

I Love Ice Cream and More(690 Missouri Avenue, Saint Robert) Has been in business for over 7 years, and the Banana Split is the most popular ice cream treat, followed by their Hot Fudge Sundaes. 

“We also offer a delicious fruit-flavored ice cream which features red, yellow, and blue colors.  It is a northern state treat and when our customers from the north stop in, they are so excited and say it reminds them of their childhood.” – Wendy Johnson, owner

Jackie’s Snackette(711 W 5th Street, Dixon) Chocolate milkshakes are a very popular item, but Chelsey and Justin serve up amazing creamy creations all day!  Check out the S’mores ice cream treat, topped with a fire-roasted marshmallow, or how about our dreamy  Nutter Butter!

We bought the business in January 2021, from Jamie Johnson, (Johnson’s Snackette), who suggested we rename the business after my Grandma who ran the businesses for 25 years operating under the name of Shepherd’s Snackette.  I also found out while in highschool, when Justin and I began dating that his grandmother, Chrissy Doyle also ran the snackette for years! Love is in the “ice cream!” – Chelsey Doyle, Owner/Operator

Image compliments of Jackie’s Snackette, Dixon, MO

Market Basket(302 W Washington Ave, Richland)  Come sit a spell and enjoy their delicious hand-dipped ice cream available in single and double-dip.   A fresh Brownie with a scoop or two of caramel praline pecan is just what you want, and need!  They currently offer 8 flavors of ice cream – old standbys are the caramel praline pecan, chocolate, vanilla, and birthday cake, with additional flavors rotating in seasonally.  Get there early for their sought-after waffle cone!

We have been in business for 19 years and are known as the “gathering place” to meet and enjoy visiting – Barb Bolan, Owner/Operator

Image compliments of Market Basket, Richland, MO

McDonald’s (St. Robert) and (Waynesville) Ice Cream has been featured on McDonald’s menu since the 1940’s. The traditional vanilla soft-serve in a crispy cone remains a favorite, 70 years later.

Wendy’s(209 St. Robert Blvd., Saint Robert) Frosty, the signature frozen dairy dessert of Wendy’s fast-food restaurants, has been a staple on the menu since the restaurant chain first opened in 1969.

Uranus Ice Cream Company – (14400 Highway Z, Saint Robert) Grab up a hand-dipped waffle cone and roam the complex, full of side-splitting humor and activity.  Cool off in the double-decker bus, or under their pavilion located next to the Guinness Book of World Records Largest Belt Buckle.

Uranus, Missouri

Health Conscious Ice Cream Alternatives!

If dairy is a “big no-no”, that doesn’t mean you have to forgo cool and creamy goodness! 

Fusion Nutrition(690 Missouri Avenue, Saint Robert) Opened in October 2020, Fusion Nutrition is dedicated to providing the community with delicious and nutritious shakes and teas.  Shakes are fruit, aloe, or coffee-based.

“We believe everyone wants to be healthier and have more energy!” – Amanda Mejias, Owner. 

Health Nutrition Avenue (232 Old Route 66, Saint Robert)  Serving gluten-free, keto shakes, Level Up teas, and slushies since opening 3 1/2 years ago. Watch their Facebook page for “sundae specials”, you would never know they are not traditional ice cream! They sell no dairy products and all the items are metabolism boost, energy boost, and FUNI.”

“Our healthy option products taste like ice cream!” – Michelle Baze, Owner

Smoovies Juice Shop (1018 Missouri Avenue, Saint Robert) Offers up 100% organic fruit “Smoovies”, a  great boost for the morning and a pick me up for the mid-day afternoon. No additives, artificial sweeteners or sugar, non-GMO, and non-dairy.

“This is a vegan shop making fresh-squeezed, fruit smoothies that taste great and offer super benefits for your body!” – Rebecca Peek, Owner

The delectable treats are offered in many flavors, Local favorites include – Oreo cookie, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Mangonada (Mexican candy drink), Strawberry Cheesecake, and Iced Oatmeal Cookie,

Ice Cream On the Go – Pulaski Food Trucks

Throughout the county will find food and ice cream trucks – watch for them at area parks, neighborhoods and festivals.

T’titasbic(100 Ashley May Lane – Waynesville) Delicious delicious Handmade Ice cream in 12 different flavors!

Catch em’ Where You Can…

Sweet Stop Ice Cream Truck – Dixon: Every other Thursday, Waynesville-Saint Robert-Fort Leonard Wood – Every other Wednesday.

Jack’s Ice Cream Truck Food Truck – every weekend throughout Waynesville-St Robert.