Commercial Jet Service Connects Fort Leonard Wood Region with Dallas and Nashville

Contour Airlines offers Waynesville-St. Robert Regional Airport introductory fares for $49 each way

Smyrna, Tennessee (Sept. 21, 2022)—Contour Airlines today celebrates the company’s largest expansion with the introduction of service in seven markets across the eastern U.S., connecting the small communities to major airports in Charlotte, Dallas, Nashville, and Philadelphia through an interline agreement with American Airlines.

“Contour is excited to bring reliable jet service to the Fort Leonard Wood Region. Travelers will appreciate our low fares and worldwide connectivity through our relationship with American Airlines,” said Matt Chaifetz, CEO of Contour Airlines. “We thank the entire Fort Leonard Wood Region and the U.S. Department of Transportation for their support and selection of Contour and look forward to serving this market for many years to come.”

“We are excited to welcome back Contour Airlines to the Waynesville-St Robert Regional Airport (TBN)”, states Beth Wiles, Executive Director of the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau. “Connecting our region to two major airports and offering additional flights throughout the week will bring expanded services for travelers arriving for military graduations, military reunions, military travel, business travel related to economic development opportunities and also for our local community members as they plan their personal and business travel.”

To celebrate the launch of the new routes, Contour is offering an introductory fare of just $49 each way when purchased by October 31, 2022*. Tickets are available for sale beginning today at:

Contour Airlines service will begin at the Waynesville-St. Robert Regional Airport (TBN) on October 18 with service to Nashville (BNA) and Dallas (DFW).

This new service will include 12 round trip flights per week. As an American Airlines interline partner, Contour offers travellers the ability to ticket seamlessly from their originating airport and through a connecting hub to global destinations. Contour’s website,, now offers passengers the ability to search for connecting flight options including travel on American Airlines from their originating airport to their destination of choice.

Once all new routes are active, Contour will serve 26 markets across the United States. In support of this network growth, Contour has begun taking delivery of ten ERJ-140 aircraft that will be reconfigured to hold only 30 passengers, offering leather seats and expanded legroom in every row.

As one of the country’s largest Part 135 operators, Contour successfully recruits and develops pilots from a variety of backgrounds while serving small communities federally designated for Essential Air Service. Despite many carriers struggling to recruit and retain pilots, Contour has maintained industry-leading reliability while enjoying rapid growth. In 2022 alone, Contour will have added a total of ten Essential Air Service communities to its network, more than any other carrier in the country.

*Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights. Other restrictions apply; visit for additional details.

New Businesses – September

We like to think of Pulaski County as a cool community in the Ozarks. We have friendly and welcoming communities, with thriving downtowns and lots of fun opportunities. The Pulaski County Visitors Center is always excited to share information about area businesses, activities, and opportunities with travelers and locals!

Contour Airlines – Pulaski County

Contour offers first-class air service between Fort Leonard Wood (TBN) and Nashville International (BNA) and Dallas-Fort Worth (DAL) airports. Flight schedules transition to Contour in mid-October. Watch for the upcoming press release for more details.

Air service between Fort Leonard Wood region, Nashville and Dallas.
First-class comfort, with Contour Airlines

Sweet P’sRichland

Sweet P’s started out as a food truck, and is now is fired up to serve you from their new restaurant!  Pulled pork, Brots, Dogs, and Nachos in a variety of choices; Pulled pork, Farmhouse, and Chicken. Plenty of sides to choose from too….gotta try the ooey-gooey Mac and Cheese!

Amara’s Closet Fort Leonard Wood

Amara’s Closet has a large selection of beautiful women’s clothing – dresses, blouses, leggings, skirts, shorts, and more.  They also carry a selection of ladies’ purses, shoes, jewelry, and hats! Merchandise that is ordered may be picked up at the Waynesville store or shipped to your home.

Image courtesy of Amara’s Closet, Fort Leonard Wood

Lost in the Woods Cycle and SupplySaint Robert

A veteran-owned and operated motorcycle repair, service, and custom application shop.  If you would like long-distance touring bikes that run mile after mile with ease, come in and we will work with you!  Also offers audio setups.

Image courtesy of Lost in the Woods Cycle and Supply, St. Robert

Downtown Route 66 ApartmentsWaynesville

Vacation rental; Get your kicks on Route 66! Enjoy easy access to everything from these centrally located downtown apartments on Route 66. Shops, restaurants, and bars are a short walk away. Enjoy fishing in the Roubidoux spring, a walk in the Waynesville city park, visit museums, or explore nearby trails.

Image courtesy of Downtown Route 66 Apartments, Waynesville

Mid Century Farmhouse Richland

Vacation rental; A Missouri Century Farm well off the beaten path. A quiet retreat located next door to the owners home. While experiencing farm life, you will meet a variety of animals – alpacas, fainting goats, geese, dogs, and more!

Image courtesy of MO Century Farmhouse, Richland

Have a new business opening up? Email us at, call 573.336.6355 or stop by the Pulaski County Visitors Center, to learn about our Partner programs. We would love to meet you and share your business with tourists!

Extremicon 2022

Extremicon 2022 is September 17 & 18, and is central Missouri’s don’t miss event!   Extremicon is a combination of a Comicon and Horrorcon –  2-full days of celebrity guests, cosplay, cosplay contests, demonstrations, panels, tutorials and a wide range of artists, authors and merch!

You may order your tickets online , or purchase at the event. If purchasing at the door, bring a non-perishable food item to receive a $2 discount (only available at the door). Food items benefit the Good Samaritan of the Ozarks Food Pantry.

Special Guests!

Actor “Trick Talking Meat” John Anderson (Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2, Avengers, Stranger Things, Sleepy Hollow).

Actor Andrew Rothenberg (The Walking Dead, Supernatural, Chicago Fire, American Horror Story-Asylum, True Blood).

Actress/Singer Noelle Hannibal (Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Voyager, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer), her first appearance in Missouri.   The TAP on Route 66 will be hosting the Extremicon 2022 after party on Saturday September 17th, which Noelle Hannibal will also be attending!

Blondie aka Amber Rae -Cosplayer and lifelong gamer, artist and streamer.  

Visit Extremicon’s Facebook page for shout-outs from your favorite cosplayers, and  merchandise highlights!

Merchandise – Vintage Toys, Gaming Supplies, Comics, Anime, Artists, Authors, and more!

Art Full of Love –  Amazing creation of art prints, stickers and more.

Gerry Kissell – Known for his work with IDW Publishing (GI Joe, A-Team, Code Word: Geronimo), EA (Army of Two), and Warrior Publishing Group (Platoon, Saving Private Ryan, Starship Troopers). And Kissel Studios producing comics The Darker, Vindicated Inc., Earth Wars, and Sleepers.

Bare Bum Essentials – Purchase  your themed Bath bombs, Bath Soaps, and Squeeze Wax Amazing Bombs – Pennywise, Stranger Things and more!

Crazy Cowboy Light Sabers – Combat ready, battle grade duelling light sabers. We have replicas of character sabers from movies, cartoons, and games.

High Bar J Leather Works – Leather and Lightsabers.

Patience Warren – Limited edition Anime prints.

TP Sentertainment – Hard to find Anime products.

The Hoarding Dragon – Custom dice bags and jewelry, along with other gaming supplies.

Zombie Dave – Comic Artist.

Far Out Treats – Unique and fun food experience that’s Far Out.

Pop Heart Studio – Anime and Manga merchandise.   

Shakuita Johnson – Paranormal Author of over 20 books. 

And more…..Comic artist Gerry Kissell, Meraki House Comics, artist creator guild JW Curry, Scale Fire offering custom made dragon eggs, Author William Schlichter, artist Timothy Chiasson, Raven’s Loft, Steel City Toys, Sci-Fi Author Dodge Merrin, Children friendly, ghost and zombie author Sonia Rogers, author Jesse Teller, paranormal romance author N. L. Hoffman, the list keeps growing!

Cosplayers, Panels, Gaming, and Contests!

In addition to the special guests; Wofford Family Cosplay, CNC Shredder Cosplay, The 501st Legion and Rebel Legion Dantooine Base Star Wars Cosplay Groups.

BK Games will be holding Collectible Card Game Tabletop Tournaments. Which include Pokémon, Magic The Gathering, and Yugioh. Other tabletop gaming tutorials will be held on this weekend including Tortured Earth.

You won’t want to miss Extremicon 2022!  Staying the weekend?  Extremicon hotel sponsors are Super 8 and Fairfield Inn, both located in St. Robert.  Just mention you are here for Extremicon for your discounted room rate.  If no availability, visit Stay in PulaskiCountyUSA for alternatives.

Extremicon 2022 is located at the St Robert Community Center, 114 JH Williamson Dr, St. Robert, MO 65584.  Plenty of parking is available, at the community center, with additional parking at the St. Robert Water Park/Tiger Typhoon.

Dixon Cow Days Fall Festival – 2022

“Step right Up to the Greatest Show”, in Dixon Missouri, September 16th-17th! Two full days of family- fun and awesome live music in central Missouri.   In addition to the great fun, it’s the only festival in Missouri where you have a chance to win a cow!  Yes, a cow!

Over the course of 2-days you will browse craft vendors, and the cruise-in car and bike show, try out some tasty foods and enjoy plenty of live music.  The Kid Zone will also be open Friday 1pm-9pm and Saturday 1-am-9pm and features bounce houses, the Wrecking Balls.  Wrist bands are available, during the event, for the Kids Zone.  And everyone enjoys a chance or two at the dunking booth, so get your throwing arm ready!   Bring a chair or blanket, (and your dancing shoes) and check out what is happening at the Main Stage and Udder Stage!   

Live Music and More, Friday

The Main Stage sets the tone at 2:30pm with Hellen Russel and Company providing an enjoyable afternoon of lively Country, Blue Grass, Gospel and Hillbilly Rock music.  Opening ceremonies begin at 5pm. Following is a full evening of live bands; Ryan Voss – amazing country flavor and The ABLes Band will get you up and dancing with their Country, Blue Grass, Rock, Rhythm and Blues. 

Over at the Udder Stage is Open Mic! So plan to show off your singing, comedy routines, and poetry.  Let yourself shine, or cheer on your favorite!

Saturday Highlights

Start the day off right with the Dixon Cow Days/Donut Run/walk/bike 5k. This event is totally free and open to everyone! Start time begins at 8 am at the Dixon elementary school.

The Main Stage, strolls out the Youth Royalty Fall Festival Pageant, beginning at 10 am, followed by the hilarious Mullet Contest.  More music kicks up at noon with Country-Honky-Tonk artist Jordan Isakson.  A break in the music action occurs during the annual Dixon Cow Days parade at 2pm.  At 3:30, KC Ritz Band rocks Dixon with good ole’ Rock-n-Roll.  Followed by the driving Southern Rock of  Missouri Most Wanted Outlaw Band, and Jefferson City Missouri’s party-band, Five Turn Knot who will rock out the night!

The Udder Stage, opens up after the parade with Ashley Minzes Destination Dance. Then be ready to impress, or be impressed, during the Hot Dog Eating Contest at 5:15pm, followed by the 2nd session of Open Mic! at 6:30pm.

Plan your unforgettable weekend away in Pulaski County USA!

For more information about Dixon Cow Days, visit the Dixon Chamber of Commerce Facebook page

Patriot Day Festival 2022

The public is invited to join together in remembrance of the tragic events which took place September 11th, 2001, Patriot Day Festival will focus on patriotism, community, fellowship and music, Saturday, September 10th, 10 am to 8:30pm, in the Roubidoux, Waynesville City Park.

The Opening ceremony kicks off with the WHS JROTC Color Guard, Presentation of Colors and National Anthem, followed by the invocation and Moment of Silence by Brigade Chaplain JAJ Travis Hairston.

The focus of the event features the Remembrance Area. Throughout the day various activities will going on, so plan to spend the day. Peruse the classic car show and vendor booths. And there are plenty of activities planned for the kiddos, petting zoo, pony rides, bounce houses, festival games, face painting.

Various schools will be highlighting activities. Performances will be provided by the Richland School District, as well the Waynesville High School Band and Choir.

If you are looking for a new furry family member, the Waynesville-St Robert Animal Shelter will be showcasing available puppies and kittens from 11am-2pm.

Make sure to bring your chairs or a blanket and hang-out for live music from 3-8:30 pm. Songstress Ali Marie will be singing many of your favorites. Then start rocking it out with Dead Roads, and Nevermind the Scarecrow. It will be a fantastic evening of music in the park!

In addition to the festival, Food Trucks will be available at the Roubidoux Streatery, the Little Hero’s Playground, and the Splash Pad will be open. The Pulaski County Farmers Market will not be at their normal location. They will be joining Patriot Days on the festival grounds September 10th.

This event is coordinated by the Armed Services YMCA. Visit their website to see the full event schedule and connect with their Facebook for upcoming announcements.