Missouri Governor Parson and First Lady Visit Waynesville, the Birthplace of the Byway

It was Tuesday, July 27, 2021 when Missouri Governor Mike Parson and the First Lady traveled Pulaski County’s Route 66 to Waynesville as they continued the Bicentennial Tour on Historic Route 66.  The tour also stopped in Marshfield, Lebanon and Cuba.

The outdoor event opened with greetings and a warm welcome by Pulaski County Tourism Bureau President Rick Morris. Former Representative Jim Mitchell of Richland spoke to the significance of the event location. “It was Waynesville, in 1990, that then-Governor John Ashcroft signed legislation that designated the 307 miles of Route 66 that travels through Missouri as a historic byway” Mitchell said. Missouri was the first state to award the Highway the designation.  This was also the first legislation signed in Pulaski County, Missouri. The legislation was co-sponsored by former Representative Mitchell.

Speaker Luge Hardman, State of Missouri Route 66 Centennial Commission member, shared some of the incredible history of Pulaski County’s 33 miles of Route 66, and addressed continued growth throughout the county both by business investors and governmental entities.  

As Governor Parson addressed the audience, he encouraged “you to explore more Missouri history during Missouri’s Bicentennial year either on the road or through virtual tours.” He also reflected on his time in Pulaski County as a younger man , “I guarantee I would not be standing here today” if he had not started a military career at Fort Leonard Wood at the age of 19 years old.

A group photo op was taken at the 8-foot tall, 1,000 pound Route 66 Shield; a vision and community-sponsored project led by local businessman Tim Berrier.  The Governor and First Lady received a private tour of the 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, one of two Missouri courthouses located along Historic Route 66.

After a private tour of the 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, the governor and his wife left for their next tour stop discussing their desire to return to tour again.

Photos for this article were provided by the office of Governor Mike Parson

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Pics By Jax

Martel Goldman (Images located on his personal page) NOTE: His business page is: Seventy Times Seventy

Allen Hilliard Sports

Special thank you to the Pulaski County Historical Society and Courthouse Museum volunteer curators Mike and Denise Seevers, for coordinating the venue location. Special recognition to the volunteers and Crocker Preservation & Restoration Alliance, Waynesville Police Department, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, the Pulaski County Clerk, Dave Ernst, and Pulaski County Commissioners for their support and contributions to coordinating the event. 

The Bicentennial Tour highlights tourism attractions across the State of Missouri with visits to communities throughout the months of July and August.  Tourism is the second-largest revenue-generating industry for the state of Missouri and plays an integral part in the economic growth of the state of Missouri. For more information about the Missouri Bicentennial, visit  https://governor.mo.gov/bicentennial-celebrations

August 2021 Events

Upcoming Events Occurring in Pulaski County, Missouri.

August 6-7th: Route 66 Yard 100 Mile Yard Sale – Pulaski County, MO

August 7th: Fabulous Fakes Dinner Show – Dixon, MO

August 10th: Missouri’s Bicentennial Ice Cream Social Celebration – Several Locations in Pulaski County, MO

August 13th -15th: Float Trip Music Festival – Waynesville, MO

August 14th: Superhero Fest – Saint Robert, MO

August 14th: Battle of the Bands – Saint Robert, MO

August 28th: 31st Annual Armed Services YMCA Duck Race – Waynesville, MO


WEEKLY

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

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

Saturdays 8AM-12PM – Richland Farmers Market – Richland, MO

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


MONTHLY

Canceled for August 2021 First Friday 6PM-8PM – Dixon Chamber First Friday – Dixon, MO

Third Saturday 10AM-2PM – Frisco Depot Museum – Crocker, MO


SAVE THE DATE

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

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

Canceled → September 17-18th: Dixon Cowdays – Dixon, MO

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

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

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

Governor and First Lady Parson to Visit Waynesville

Missouri Governor Mike Parson and the First Lady will travel to Waynesville next week, Tuesday, July 27 touring Route 66 as part of the statewide Bicentennial Tour.

He and the First Lady will participate in a community meet & greet on the Historic Waynesville Square along with a tour of the 1903 Pulaski County Courthouse Museum. The event scheduled for July 27, 3:45 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. It is free and the community is encouraged to attend.

It was Waynesville, in 1990, that then-Governor John Ashcroft signed legislation that designated the 307 miles of Route 66 that travels through Missouri as a historic byway. The legislation was co-sponsored by former Representative Jim Mitchell of Richland. Missouri was the first state to award the Highway with such status and since then, our community has celebrated its history with festivals and events that are held all year long.

Speakers will include Governor Parson, Luge Hardman, Missouri Route 66 Centennial Commission member, and former Missouri State Representative Jim Mitchell. Pulaski County officials said it means a lot for the Waynesville community that Parson would choose to devote a tour stop to honor Route 66.

Pulaski County Courthouse along Route 66, Missouri

“I think it’s wonderful that Missouri and the governor recognize that Route 66 has such an importance to the state of Missouri and our local history,” Tourism Bureau Executive Director Beth Wiles noted. “We have so many domestic and international visitors that travel Route 66 each year; people are just in love with it!”

For more information about the Missouri Bicentennial visit – https://governor.mo.gov/bicentennial-celebrations

Pulaski County’s Rivers Never Disappoint

The Fallen Outdoors recently hosted a kayak fishing trip with Chad Hoover and six military veterans on the Gasconade River in Pulaski County, Missouri. Chad is a US Navy veteran as well as owner and founder of KBF – Kayak Bass Fishing. KBF is the nation’s foremost organization that engages, supports and informs kayak bass anglers, kayak bass fishing, and they host kayak tournaments and trips all over the country. Chad recently got involved with The Fallen Outdoors to help promote their mission of getting veterans on the water and into the woods and even though their day on the Gasconade didn’t provide trophy fish for all, it was still a successful day spent outdoors while making new friendships, and enjoying nature’s beautiful surroundings.

Guest blogger Jeremy Mitchell shared some highlights and photos of their recent outing on the river.

Pulaski county rivers can be fickle, but never disappoint. Six veterans hit the Gasconade River on a gloomy Thursday morning, in the hopes of finding some trophy smallmouth.

The overcast conditions should have set up perfectly for a great topwater bite, but nobody was able to find a consistent bite on anything but a Ned rig.

The fishing was below average but everyone still managed to catch fish during the eight mile float. 

The highlight of the day was the 18.25” smallie that Chad Hoover stuck with a Ned rig. Multiple fish like this during the course of a day are the norm on rivers in Pulaski County, so it made that one just a little more special on this particular day.

The rivers can definitely spoil you with beautiful views and aggressive fish, but when they just don’t want to play, you realize that there is still so much to learn before you can master the art of smallmouth fishing.

Despite the lackluster fishing, the camaraderie, friendly banter, and beautiful scenery made for an awesome day!

The Fallen Outdoors began in 2009 with their mission to organize outdoor adventures for veterans past and present, from every generation and from all branches of the military. Their aim is to connect Soldiers, Airman, Sailors and Marines with like-minded individuals along with teaching them a skill and passion they can continue for a lifetime. Today, TFO serves thousands of veterans a year across the United States. To learn more about The Fallen Outdoors visit their website or meet them at their Outdoor Expo.

For other events in Pulaski County USA, visit our event information at PulaskiCountyUSA.com

Photos and blog content provided by Jeremy Mitchell

July 2021 Events

Upcoming Events Occurring in Pulaski County, Missouri.

July 2nd: Celebrate Freedom 5k – Free Color Run – Fireworks Celebration afterwards – Dixon, MO

July 3rd: Buckhorn Blast – Waynesville, MO

Cancelled July 4th: Independence Day CelebrationFireworks Show Only @ Fort Leonard Wood, MO

July 17th: Ultra Sweaty Santa – 6 Hour Endurance Event – Devils Elbow, MO

July 24th: Pulaski County Farmers Market Christmas In July – Waynesville, MO

July 31st: Outdoor Expo by the Fallen Outdoors – Hunting, Fishing, Food & Crafts, Kids Activities & Support – Waynesville, MO

July 31st Richland Independence Day (Rescheduled from July 10) – Vendors & Fireworks – Richland, MO


WEEKLY

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

Saturdays 8AM-12PM – Richland Farmers Market – Richland, MO

Beginning July 10th: Saturdays 10AM-4PM – Old Stagecoach Stop Museum – Waynesville, MO


MONTHLY

First Friday 6PM-8PM – Dixon Chamber First Friday – Dixon, MO

Third Saturday 10AM-2PM Frisco Depot Museum – Crocker, MO


SAVE THE DATE

August 6-7th: Route 66 Yard 100 Mile Yard Sale – Pulaski County, MO

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

September 17-18th: Dixon Cowdays – Dixon, MO

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

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

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