Mountain Man Experience

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders Fun Day & Rendezvous

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Have a Mountain Man Experience during Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloader’s Fun Day & Rendezvous. The roots of traditional mountain man rendezvous reach back almost two hundred years!

In 1822, Missouri’s Lieutenant Governor, William Henry Ashley and Andrew Henry formed Rocky Mountain Fur Company. Ashley devised a plan to connect trappers and traders. They would meet each year at a predetermined location to exchange furs, goods, and money. This system came to be known as the rendezvous system. The Rocky Mountain Rendezvous was held for fifteen years, beginning in 1825.

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloader Bob Stormer describes the importance of the rendezvous to the trappers and traders:

“Since the mountain men primarily survived by trapping, they needed a way to sell their furs without having to travel back east. The rendezvous provided them with a fairly convenient way to sell them. It also provided a source for them to resupply their necessities such as powder and lead balls, and food staples.”

Mountain women will be at the rendezvous too! Pictured: Lorie Cerda. Image courtesy of Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders.

The rendezvous would have been a much anticipated event for those attending. A chance to socialize and prove themselves in games of might, chance, and precision. Occasionally tourists from as far as Europe would make the trek to attend the rendezvous festivities. James Beckwourth, a fur trader and author, described a Rocky Mountain Rendezvous as “Mirth, songs, dancing, shouting, trading, running, jumping, singing, racing, target-shooting, yarns, frolic.”

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders member Dave Cartner at the forge. Image courtesy of Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders.

The rendezvous went the way of America’s fur trade and the beaver hat, but Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders are committed to keeping the rendezvous traditions and memory alive. Each April, on the last Saturday, the club invites the public to have a Mountain Man Experience during their Rendezvous/Trade Fair & Fun Day. This year’s event will be held April 25th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Kickapoo Trace Club near Dixon. Admittance is free.

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders Mountain Man Experience

Visitors will have a mountain man experience during the Fun Day & Rendezvous! The event will include shooting, tomahawk throwing, fire starting and blacksmithing. The grounds will be filled with the sounds of laughter, logs being hewn, and the blacksmith’s hammer and anvil. Members of the club will be dressed in fringed buckskin and other period clothing and furs will hang on lodge poles. The aroma of “vittles” being prepared in a traditional dutch oven will hang in the air—and make your stomach growl.

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders will display primitive cooking skills- including the use of dutch ovens. Photo courtesy of Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders.

Club members will be on hand to demonstrate the basics of black powder rifle firing. Experience this hands-on by giving it a try yourself! Visitors will also have the opportunity to throw a tomahawk for bragging rights. Hint: step forward when throwing and end with your hand pointing at the target.

Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders Rendezvous is a family-friendly event. Stormer states that it would “make an excellent field trip” for homeschool families. The event is chock full of history, biology/mammalogy, science, and fun!

This Week Around Pulaski County USA! (March 9, 2020-March 15, 2020)

This Week Around Pulaski County USA

March 13, 14, & 15- PFAA presents “The Diary of Anne Frank”
What: Live theater
Where: Theater on the Square, 312 Historic 66 East, Waynesville
When: 7:30 p.m. curtain, Sunday matinee curtain 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Adults $10, Children 12 and under $5
Contact: Pulaski Fine Arts Association (Rhea Anne Mathews)- 573.842.7278
https://www.pfaa-tots.com

The Diary of Anne Frank at Theater on the Square

March 14- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market
What: Mid-Missouri’s friendliest year-round Farmers’ Market!
Where: Farmers’ Market Pavilion at Roubidoux Spring Campground, Waynesville
When: 8:00 a.m. until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Pulaski County Farmers’ Market (Bruce Main)- 573.842.9079
https://www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyMOFarmersMarket

Pulaski County Farmers Market

Looking Ahead:

Ten Events to Add to Your 2020 Calendar
Three More Events to Add to Your 2020 Calendar

March 20 & 21- PFAA presents “The Diary of Anne Frank,” Waynesville
March 21 & 28- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market, Waynesville
March 27 & 28- Kickin’ It Route 66 Barbecue Challenge, Saint Robert
Kickin It Route 66 Barbecue Challenge KCBS Sanctioned
April 4, 11, 18, & 25- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market, Waynesville
April 4, 11, 18, & 25- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
April 4, 11, 18, & 25- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville
April 4- Taste of Pulaski County & Basket Auction, Waynesville
Taste of Pulaski County & Basket Auction
April 18- 2nd Annual Hanna Hills Open, Laquey
Hanna Hills Open Laquey Missouri
April 18- Frisco Depot Museum, Crocker
April 25- Mountain Man Experience, Dixon
Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders Mountain Man Experience
May 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market, Waynesville
May 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
May 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville
May 16- Frisco Depot Museum, Crocker
Frisco Depot Museum Crocker Missouri
May 22, 23, 24, & 25- Mid America Freedom Rally, Buckhorn
Mid America Freedom Rally Buckhorn Missouri
June 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 19, & 20- PFAA presents “Always A Bridesmaid,” Waynesville
Always A Bridesmaid Theater on the Square
June 6, 13, 20, & 27- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market, Waynesville
June 6, 13, 20, & 27- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
June 6, 13, 20, & 27- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville
Old Stagecoach Museum On the Square Waynesville Missouri
June 13- FreedomFest, Waynesville
June 17, 18, 19, & 20- Pulaski County Regional Fair, Saint Robert
Pulaski County Regional Fair Saint Robert Missouri
June 20- Frisco Depot Museum, Crocker
June 20 & 21- Cave State Cruisers 33rd Annual Car Show, Waynesville
Cave State Cruisers Car Show Waynesville Missouri
July 4, 11, 18, & 25- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market, Waynesville
July 4, 11, 18, & 25- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
July 4, 11, 18, & 25- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville
July 18- Frisco Depot Museum, Crocker
July 25 & 26- 40th Annual Old Settlers Days, Waynesville
Old Settlers Days Waynesville Missouri
July 31 & August 1- Schwagstock 49, Waynesville
Schwagstock 49 Waynesville Missouri
August 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market, Waynesville
August 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
1903 Courthouse Museum on Route 66 Waynesville Missouri
August 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville
August 15- Frisco Depot Museum, Crocker
August 28 & 29- PFAA presents “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” Waynesville
Something Wicked This Way Comes Theater on the Square Waynesville Missouri
September 4, 5, 6, 11, & 12- PFAA presents “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” Waynesville
September 4 & 5- Midwest Bearfest 2020, Waynesville
September 5, 12, 19, & 26- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market, Waynesville
September 5, 12, 19, & 26- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, Waynesville
September 5, 12, 19, & 26- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville
September 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 & 26- Haunted River Float, Waynesville
Haunted River Float Waynesville Missouri
September 5- 48th Annual Railroad Days, Crocker
Railroad Days Crocker Missouri
September 18 & 19- 37th Annual Cow Days, Dixon
Cow Days Festival Dixon Missouri
September 18, 19, & 20- Missouri Trappers Association Fall Rendezvous, Saint Robert
September 19- Frisco Depot Museum, Crocker
October 2, 3, 9, 19, 17, 24, & 31- Haunted River Float, Waynesville
October 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market, Waynesville
October 3- Frog Hill Half-Marathon & 10K, Waynesville
Frog Hill Half Marathon & 10K Waynesville Missouri
October 3- Nasty Pulaski Gravel Grind Bike Race, Waynesville
Nasty Pulaski Gravel Grind Bike Race Waynesville Missouri
October 10- Route 66 Challenge, Pulaski County
Route 66 Challenge Pulaski County Missouri
October 10- Oktoberfest On The Square, Waynesville
Oktoberfest on the Square Waynesville Missouri
October 17- Frisco Depot Museum, Crocker
October 24- Trunk or Treat, Crocker
Trunk or Treat Crocker Missouri
November 7, 14, 21, & 28- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market, Waynesville
November 11- Veterans’ Day Ceremony & Parade, Waynesville
Veterans Day Parade Waynesville Missouri
December 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 18, & 19- PFAA presents “A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas,” Waynesville
December 5, 12, 19, & 26- Pulaski County Farmers’ Market, Waynesville
December 6- Kiwanis Annual Christmas Parade, Waynesville
Kiwanis Annual Christmas Parade Waynesville Missouri
December 6- Christmas on Main Street & Lighted Christmas Parade, Crocker
Christmas on Main Street Crocker Missouri

Missouri Trappers Association Plans 2020 Fall Rendezvous in Pulaski County

Kelly Turner
District 6 Director
Missouri Trappers Association
573-778-6358
turner.kelly1974@gmail.com

For Immediate Release:

Missouri Trappers Association plans 2020 Fall Rendezvous in Pulaski County

MTA will hold the 2020 Fall Rendezvous September 18-20, 2020 in St. Robert, Missouri. The event, which will be held at the Pulaski County Fairgrounds and St. Robert Community Center, will introduce an educational and fun convention of trapping demonstrations from the best trappers in the state and vendors to supply all trapping needs.

There will be hourly demos, a variety of vendors, trap setting contests, skillet toss and a washer tournament on Friday night.  Additionally, a fish fry is scheduled for Friday and a pork lunch on Saturday. This event is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.

To register as a vendor, reserve camping or general questions about the event contact Kelly Turner at 573-778-6358.

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https://www.missouritrappers.com/

About MISSOURI TRAPPERS ASSOCIATION- UTILIZING OUR ABUNDANT MISSOURI WILDLIFE

The Missouri Trappers Association’s mission is to preserve the heritage and profession of the fur trapper, create mutual understanding and goodwill with groups or individuals by practicing and teaching the skills that will conserve and maintain a balance of nature without misuse,and provide for the harvesting of renewable resources.

“Meat” the Competition BBQ Teams!

Saint Robert’s Kickin’ It Route 66 Barbecue Challenge has upped the ante and is now a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event! Whether you are competing or eating, this event has something for everyone- a kid’s BBQ competition, a military cook off, live music, kid’s bake off, adult bake off, and a Sportsman show!

BBQ Ribs

We caught up with a few of the teams to get a more in-depth look at the competition BBQ lifestyle, and the secrets to their success.

HIGH I QUE

Kickin' It Route 66 Barbecue Challenge graphic for High I Que based in Gardner, Kansas

Pulaski County Tourism Bureau: Tell us about your first BBQ competition win….

Randy VanSlyke: It was in Hays, KS. We thought we had done a decent cook but never thought we had done enough to win. There was a team called True Bud that was unstoppable that year and we beat them for the win. It was amazing. Since then we have had 9 other Grand Championships and 8 reserve grands, and a number of 700+ and 180 scores. 

PCTB: What’s your technique for developing flavor in your meat? A rub? A sauce? 

Randy: It is the entire process. Trimming, injecting, in some cases brining, rubs, and sauces. The bottom line though is tenderness. If you cook your meat to proper tenderness consistently you will place well more often than not. 

PCTB: What’s your favorite cut to cook at competition?

Randy: Ribs

PCTB: What can a weekend backyard barbecue aficionado learn from competition BBQ?

Randy: Fire management, and how to determine when the meat is really done. 

PCTB: For backyard barbecuers who are buying meat straight out of the case at their local grocery—what cut would you recommend mastering and why?

Randy: Brisket is the most challenging to cook because of what it is. But I say get good at what you like to eat.

SMOKIN’ DAN

Kickin' It Route 66 Barbecue Challenge graphic for Smokin' Dan based in Owasso, Oklahoma

PCTB: Tell us about your first BBQ competition win….

Dan Fike: First win was Smoke on the Border in Gravette Arkansas. Got two calls that day a 3 in chicken and 7 in pork. This was April of 2017. My fifth contest.

PCTB: What is a basic hour-by-hour breakdown of your team’s activities during a competition?

Dan: Light fire at 4 am and then it is something every fifteen minutes till we are done with the day at 1:30.

PCTB: What’s your favorite side to cook at competition?

Dan: Banana Pudding

PCTB: Outside of barbecue what is your favorite meal & sides?

Dan: A really good hamburger steak with brown gravy.

PCTB: For backyard barbecuers who are buying meat straight out of the case at their local grocery—what cut would you recommend mastering and why?

Dan: Master brisket. It is the hardest meat to cook. You’re trying to get it tender and keep it moist, while giving it a good flavor.

HEAVY SMOKE BBQ

Kickin' It Route 66 Barbecue Challenge graphic for Heavy Smoke BBQ based in O'Fallon, Missouri

PCTB: Tell us about your first BBQ competition win….

Chris Schafer: My first Grand Championship was at a 1-day event where you cook chicken, ribs, and tri-tip in 2014.  My first true 4 meat grand championship was in 2015. The day is a blur, to be honest.

PCTB: Is there a difference in how you cook for competition and how you cook in your backyard/catering/food truck?

Chris: If I’m cooking BBQ at home, I’m practicing so it’s the same as competitions. My food truck and catering company uses all the same recipes, but we cook low and slow where I’m hot and fast when I compete.

PCTB: Is there a book that you consider to be a BBQ Bible of sorts that backyard BBQers should have in their library?

Chris: Any book by Paul Kirk.

PCTB: How did you come up with your team name?

Chris: Cole Harte, my BBQ mentor who got me in to competition BBQ, used to have a saying when people asked why his BBQ was so good “Salt, Pepper, and Heavy Smoke.”  When I started my own team, I knew I didn’t want the name to be too long but wanted to honor my friend who got me started so I shortened it to “Heavy Smoke.”

PCTB: What can a weekend backyard barbecue aficionado learn from competition BBQ?

Chris: Learn to cook meat perfectly before you worry about flavors too much. Cooking it right is job #1.

PCTB: Do you use charcoal?

Chris: Natural Missouri hardwood lump charcoal from Timber Charcoal.

SKUNK RIVER BBQ

Kickin' It Route 66 Barbecue Challenge graphic for Skunk River BBQ based in Paola, Kansas

PCTB: Tell us about your first BBQ competition win….

Andrew Dean: It took 5 years to get the elusive first win. It was in Kansas City, KS at a contest we had taken Reserve Grand the year before. It was an amazing feeling knowing that all the hard work and practice had finally paid off. 

PCTB: What does BBQ mean to you?

Andrew: BBQ brings people together. Have you ever seen someone sad eating BBQ?!

PCTB: How did you come up with your team name?

Andrew: We are a team made up of family members, and we have all relocated to Kansas City from Central Iowa. The Skunk River is a river that has deep roots in central Iowa.

PCTB: What species wood to you prefer to use in competition?

Andrew: Pecan

PCTB: For backyard barbecuers who are buying meat straight out of the case at their local grocery—what cut would you recommend mastering and why?

Andrew: Start with chicken. It’s cheap, and easy to find.

MEAT RUSHMORE BBQ

Kickin' It Route 66 Barbecue Challenge graphic for Meat Rushmore based in Independence, Missouri

PCTB: Tell us about your first BBQ competition win….

Joel Fleetwood: Last year at the UMB Smokin’ Vault in KC. We won the wing category, finished second in sausage, and were top 3 in all 4 main categories to take down the grand championship.  

PCTB: What brought you in the competition BBQ fold?

Joel: Shortly after I got my first smoker, the show BBQ Pitmasters began airing. That really piqued my interest, to keep those competitive juices flowing. In 2012, we were given an opportunity by 2 of our teammate’s (Katie and Eric) employer to cook the American Royal after they had a company party there. After that, we were hooked! 

PCTB: Is there a difference in how you cook for competition and how you cook in your backyard or catering business?

Joel: The flavors are similar, but in competition everything is amped up with more flavor and intended to impress the judges in one bite. 

PCTB: Do you use charcoal?

Joel: Yes. Only the best, Royal Oak Charcoal 

PCTB: For backyard barbecuers who are buying meat straight out of the case at their local grocery—what cut would you recommend mastering and why?

Joel: Pork butt. It’s relatively affordable, provides a lot of meat, and works with a wide range of flavors so you can make it your own. 

GRAY WOLF BBQ

Kickin' It Route 66 Barbecue Challenge graphic for Gray Wolf BBQ based in Springfield, Missouri

PCTB: Tell us about your first BBQ competition win….

Ron Olson: I cooked with my brother, and a friend I went to high school with, in a rib contest in Wisconsin where I grew up. We won. It was exciting and a lot of fun.

PCTB: What is a basic hour-by-hour breakdown of your team’s activities during a competition?

Ron: Up at 5:00 and light the drum smokers, make some coffee and start cooking about 6:00. Brisket and pork on first, then ribs and chicken last.

PCTB: Do judges eat your barbecue differently than John Q. Public?

Ron: Yes. The public generally like fall of the bone and real tender. KCBS judges have a different criterion they judge on. They need to be tender and come off the bone clean with a little tug but not falling apart.

PCTB: Outside of barbecue what is your favorite meal & sides?

Ron: A Reuben sandwich and potato salad.

PCTB: For backyard barbecuers who are buying meat straight out of the case at their local grocery—what cut would you recommend mastering and why?

Ron: Ribs. It does not take as long to smoke them and are generally not too expensive.

TIM’S FULL BELLI DELI

Kickin' It Route 66 Barbecue Challenge graphic for Tim's Full Beli Deli based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin

PCTB: Tell us about your first BBQ competition win….

 Tim Schopp: Red, White and Bar-B-Que at Westmont, Illinois. 72 teams! The win was an unbelievable experience!

PCTB: What brought you in the competition BBQ fold?

Tim: Camaraderie and love of cooking.

PCTB: Briefly describe your equipment setup.

Tim: We cook on a 60-inch Myron Mixon water smoker.

PCTB: Outside of barbecue what is your favorite meal & sides?

Tim: Breaded pork chops.

PCTB: For backyard barbecuers who are buying meat straight out of the case at their local grocery—what cut would you recommend mastering and why?

Tim: How to determine marbling and fat.

Find inspiration for your weekend plans! Plan your Ozarks getaway around one of Pulaski County’s signature events. Food, fairs, half-marathons and more!

Five Free Homeschool Field Trip Ideas in Waynesville, MO

Learning is a lifelong process. I recently had a 93 year old woman happily tell me “I learn something new every day!” Learning is also fluid and is not only confined to a classroom. As a child’s teacher you can provide depth to your lesson plan with a hands-on interactive field trip.

Fortunately, these trips do not have to be pricey or even within an urban setting. Waynesville, located in the Ozark Mountains of Mid-Missouri, is a prime example of a small-town, budget-friendly, field trip destination. During a field trip to Waynesville you and your students will discover Native American history, pioneer history, and military history. Your lesson plans could also touch on geology, hydrology, architecture, geography, engineering, transportation, nature, and art, among other subjects.

Route 66

Route 66 has been described as America’s largest open-air museum. Waynesville lines both sides of the legendary highway that runs through it. A highlight is the downtown bridge that spans the Roubidoux River. The bridge was constructed in 1923 and is eligible to be nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. A sidewalk allows foot traffic to safely cross- and gives a bird’s eye view of the river below.

Roubidoux Bridge, a historic five-span concrete arch bridge on Route 66 in Waynesville, Missouri
Historic Route 66 bridge across the Roubidoux River in downtown Waynesville, Missouri.

Tip- Pulaski County Tourism Bureau offers a free Historic Driving Tour brochure that will deepen your understanding of the legendary Mother Road. Ask for the Waynesville Walking Tour guide also!

Trail of Tears Memorial

Trail of Tears Memorial is a thought provoking, poignant testimonial to an ugly, horrific event in American history. The memorial includes seven story boards, installed by the National Park Service, City of Waynesville, & the Missouri Trail of Tears Association. Signage begins at the natural spring and ends just north of the downtown bridge. The trail is hard surfaced and wheelchair accessible.

National Park Service Trail of Tears Signage at Laughlin Park in Waynesville, Missouri
Discover a hidden history at Waynesville’s Laughlin Park.
Family and dog enjoying Waynesville's Laughlin Park
Laughlin Park is a destination for families!

Tip- The trail continues to Roubidoux Park. Bring a picnic basket and discuss what you saw and learned over lunch.

Pulaski County Museum

Pulaski County Museum is in the 1903 courthouse building overlooking Route 66. This building housed Pulaski County’s government for over 85 years. The courthouse was designed by Missouri State Architect Henry H. Hohenschild. The upstairs courtroom is almost original to the day that it was built. Exhibits showcase items from the everyday life of Pulaski Countians.

Pulaski County Museum on Route 66 in downtown Waynesville, Missouri

Tip- The museum is open each Saturday April through September from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. Group tours by arrangement.

Old Stagecoach Stop

Old Stagecoach Stop is located on the downtown square, just a short walk from the Pulaski County Museum. This building has been a Waynesville landmark since the 1850s. It was used by the Union Army as a hospital during the Civil War. Each room in the two-story building represents a different use and era of the building’s life.

Old Stagecoach Stop in downtown Waynesville, Missouri

Tip- Admission is free. The Old Stagecoach Stop keeps the same hours as Pulaski County Museum. Group tours can be arranged. A wealth of historical information is included on their website.

Little Heroes Playground

We all know that play plays an important role in children’s development. Therefore, be sure to schedule recess at Waynesville’s Little Heroes Playground! This all-accessible play area is in Roubidoux Park.