Old Settlers Days – 2022

Come experience the Living History encampment featuring the Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders located along the banks of the beautiful Roubidoux River at the Waynesville Missouri City Park, July 30-31st.  Peruse the period crafters and enjoy the great food vendors.  Visit with the Muzzleloaders and learn about life in the 1800s. The Civil War Ladies Aide Society will feature their living history display along with demonstrations throughout the day.  You will also want to check out the Revolutionary War Living History display.

Opening ceremonies kick off with a “bang” on Saturday, July 30th at 10 AM.  Old Settlers Days activities run from 10:15 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, and 10 AM to 3:30 PM on Sunday.  In addition to the Living History encampment and displays, there will be activities for the kids; Face painting, coloring, and games,  in addition to craft vendors and tasty festival foods!

Special Activities on Saturday:

11 AM Civil War Infantry Drills 

11 AM-2 PM Local band “Ali Marie” onstage

2 PM Civil War Infantry Drills 

Sunday

10 AM until 3:30 PM – The Living History Encampment vendors and children’s activities.

Old Settlers Days Food and Crafts

Come hungry!  Cool down with a cup of frozen, fresh squeezed lemonade from Chuckwagon Lemonade.  Choose from 10 regular flavors of sno-cream at Snowie’s. They also offer up 5 sugar-free options!  No one will want to pass up Fire Roasted Corn or Flavored Pickles and Jerky.  An annual favorite returns; Williams Kettle Korn, purchase an extra bag for movie night!   Amy, from Amy’s Smoke Stack, will be serving up her delicious BBQ.  Paradise Deli is offering their delicious German brats and sauerkraut.  Haute Dawgs famous Nathan dogs will fill your tummy and are smothered and covered with generous toppings of your choice.  And don’t forget to finish off with a delish cone from Ruby’s Ice Cream or Sam’s Honey Sweetened Ice Cream!

Browse Unique Vendors During Old Settlers Days

Hope N Dreams Market Place – Offering banana, pineapple, pumpkin,  zucchini, and Amish bread, brownies, ooey-gooey butter cake.

The Cactus Blossom – Just 2 sisters who love to craft. They dabble in a bit of everything; dog toys/bandanas, hand-made soft fishing lures,  sewing rag quilts, and other rag items,  custom vinyl creations, and epoxy tumblers.

Beading After Dark –Hand-made jewelry, quilting runners, mug rugs, key-rings.

Mette Enterprises – Specializing in knife-forging and chainsaw carvings

Personalized Pallet Signs – hand-made wooden signs, homemade all-natural bath bombs, and dog treats. 

Nana’s Creations – Butterfly magnets, Christmas ornaments, Aldi keychain quarter holder, crocheted potholders/hot pads, hats, scarves, headbands, purses, and towel toppers.  

Cosmic Creations – A large selection of rocks and crystals.

Old Stagecoach Stop Shuttle Service on Saturday

While at the Waynesville City Park, take the shuttle to the Old Stagecoach Stop Museum.  The museum is open on Saturday (only).  Tour guides, dressed in period costumes will share the interesting history of this building and the local area.  Special guests; David Chuber, a retired historian from the Fort Leonard Wood U.S. Army Engineer School History Office, and his wife Teresa will share information about medical instruments and practices during the Civil War. A free shuttle will be running to and from the park to the Square, on Saturday.   They invite you to stop by, have a seat, and cool off while learning about the past.  

Image courtesy of the Old Stagecoach Stop Museum, Waynesville, MO

Parking Options

Parking is available around Waynesville Square. Please use the inner spaces (Blue) around the courthouse and leave the outer spaces (Yellow) for customers, shopping, dining, and conducting business downtown. A parking lot is located on the east side of the park off Benton Street. Handicapped parking is available at Little Hero’s playground parking lot and at the east side of the park. The event planner will block off Olive Street/North Street, parking attendants will be on-site to allow access for those needing Handicapped parking, as spaces are available. There will be no parking on North Street between Olive and Roubidoux Drive.

For more information about Old Settlers Days visit the Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society Facebook page. 

July Events in Pulaski County USA

Upcoming Events Occurring in Pulaski County, MO

Pulaski County Signature Events Dated in Red

July 1st – July 3rd 4 X 4 X 48 Free fitness event that is open to everyone. 4 miles, every 4 hours, for 48 hours. Begins on Friday night at 6pm and ends on Sunday night! Come for a mile or two or stay for the whole challenge – Waynesville Middle School in Waynesville, MO 65583

July 2nd Christmas in July 5k Run/Walk/Obstacle Course 9 am – 12 pm – St. Robert Community Center in Saint Robert, MO 65584

July 2nd Red White & Blue Golf Tournament 8 am – 1 pm – Piney Valley Golf Course on Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473

July 2nd Buckhorn Blast  Celebration with food, kids games, bounce house, live music beginning at 12 pm fireworks after dark, – Pulaski County Ft. Wood Shrine Club in Waynesville, MO 65583

July 4th Fort Leonard Wood Independence Day Celebration Car show, activities, food, and music leading up to the grand finale of the largest fireworks presentation in Central Missouri! Open to the Public and begins at 4 pm – Gammon Field on Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473

July 4th City of Dixon Fireworks Celebration Concessions 5 pm – 9 pm and Fireworks at 9:30 pm – Frisco Park in Dixon, MO 65459

July 9th Richland Independence Fireworks Celebration Bring the family, some lawn chairs and enjoy music, BBQ, and some dessert with an amazing Fireworks Celebration by Premier Pyrotechnics. Begins at 5:30 pm – Shady Dell Park in Richland, MO 65556

July 16th Five Dirty Bikers Meet Up (FDBM) Family friendly motorcycle meet – up with Five Dirty Bikers Podcast 12 pm – 5 pm at Roubidoux Park in Waynesville, MO 65583

July 16th Sweaty Santa Ultra 6 Hour Event 6 am – 12 pm Come for a short time or for the whole time and get your sweat on with this shaded 6-mile loop course – Devils Elbow, MO 65457

July 30th 32nd Annual ASYMCA Duck Race 10:30 am – 2 pm Come see which duck gets the ‘Best Dressed’ award and then speed their way down the Roubidoux to be crowned the ‘Speediest Duck’. – Roubidoux Park, Waynesville, MO 65583

July 30th & 31st Old Settlers Days 10 am – 4pm Relive history at this fun festival! Vendor booths, encampment, and demonstrations throughout the park – Roubidoux Park, Waynesville, MO 65583


FARMERS & Other MARKETS Weekly unless otherwise notated

Each Saturday 8 am – 12 pm Pulaski County Farmers Market – Near Roubidoux Campground, Waynesville, MO 65583  Cancelled →July 23rd is a special Christmas In July at the Market!

Each Saturday 8 am – 12 pm Richland Farmers Market – Pavilion at Shady Dell Park in Richland, MO 65556

Saturday July 2nd Begins at 9 am Dixon Farmers Market – Lion’s Club Park in Dixon, MO 65459

Saturday July 2nd, 16th & 30th Starting at 9 am Crocker Farmers Market – Crocker Community Park Pavilion in Crocker, MO 65452

Saturday July 2nd 7 am – 4 pm Buckhorn Swap Meet – Off of I-44 exit 153 on Route 66 in Waynesville, MO 65583

Each Saturday 8 am – 2 pm The Swap Meet on 66 – Corner of Route 66 and Hwy F in Waynesville 65583 / Saint Robert 65584


MUSEUMS & Other Monthly Events

Each Saturday 10 am – 4 pm Old Stagecoach Stop Museum – Lynn Street, Downtown Waynesville, MO 65583

Open by appointment only 1903 Pulaski County Courthouse Museum – Route 66, Downtown Waynesville, MO 65583

Saturday, July 16th 10 am – 2 pm Frisco Depot Museum – 10th Street in Crocker, MO 65452

Saturday, July 9th 9 am – 2 pm Second Saturday Art Show – Downtown Waynesville, MO 65583

Saturday, July 16th Free Donut Fun Run 5K beginning at 8 am – Roubidoux Park in Waynesville, MO 65583


SAVE THE DATE

August 5th & 6th 100 Mile Route 66 Yard Sale  Spend two days shopping your way through Pulaski County in search of those unique deals and treasures! – All throughout Route 66 in Pulaski County, MO

September 17th & 18th Extremicon – Saint Robert, MO 65584

September 23rd – 25th Hogs & Frogs Festival – Waynesville, MO 65583

September 30th Leapfrog 5k – Waynesville, MO 65583

October 1st Frog Hill Half Marathon & 10K  Run or walk your way along the banks of the Roubidoux River and through the beautiful Ozarks. Run the Leapfrog 5k the night before and get additional medals for completing the Frog Hill Challenge! – East Elementary School In Waynesville, MO 65583

October 1st Nasty Pulaski Gravel Grind Bike Race  Bike this 65 or 25 mile challenging gravel race with 4400ft of elevation climb, multiple water crossings and beautiful views!  – Roubidoux Park in Waynesville, MO 65583

Be sure to visit our event calendar for upcoming Signature Events, and other community or theater events. Click to view our full PulaskiCountyUSA.com calendar.

During these times changes can occur rapidly, contact event planner to confirm event details. In some situations masks and social distancing may be encouraged. If you do not feel well or have been sick, choose to not attend. Please follow CDC recommendations, and local Health Department recommendations and health trends.

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

New Businesses in Pulaski County – June 2022

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!

Endlessly Blessed Boutique – Waynesville and Endlessly Blessed Boutique – Fort Leonard Wood

The new location is in Waynesville at Roubidoux Plaza and the Main PX building at Fort Leonard Wood. The first location is in Saint Robert on Missouri Avenue.

Store locations #2 and #3 will be opening soon! The goal of these family-owned boutiques is to provide you with affordable boutique clothing and accessories, along with beautiful furniture and home decor.

Grammy J’s Etched Glass LLC

Grammy J’s Etched Glass specializes in the Sandblasting/Etching of glass, metal, and ceramic items. They do not use vinyl finish and/or creams. Orders can be personalized upon request and shipping, if requested, for an additional cost.

Stop in and see their beautiful work at 216 Old Route 66 (to the left of Enterprise Car Rentals), Saint Robert.

Grammy J’s Etched Glass, St. Robert, MO

Dog-A-Licious, LLC

A new food truck serving their grilled signature “Angus Beef Foot Long Hot Dogs”. They also grill regular hotdogs, brats, burgers, and cheeseburgers!  Be sure to grab up chips and a drink to round out you meal.

They are located at the Roubidoux StrEATery in Waynesville at the Roubidoux Park. But this weekend they will be set up at the Pulaski County Regional Fair!

Haute Dawgs – Fort Leonard Wood

It’s High Time for an Haute Dawg! Gourmet Hot Dogs and Eatery is now at MSCoE building at Fort Leonard Wood. Breakfast is served Monday – Friday 7.00 a.m. – 10.30 a.m.; lunch is served from 10.30 a.m. – 2.00 p.m. In addition to their delicious dawgs they serve up brats; burgers; fries; and nachos!! Stop by and try your favorite food!!!

Have a new business opening up? Email us at email@pulaskicounty.org, 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!

Smallmouth Slam – Pulaski County, MO

This week the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Smallmouth Alliance announced the “Missouri Smallmouth Slam,” offering 3 levels of accomplishment. You are also able to show off your successes by being listed on the MDC website! So anglers and hobbyists hit Pulaski County’s beautiful rivers and show us your catch! #FishPulaski

Levels of Accomplishment:

Bronze: Catch a smallmouth bass from six of the state’s 12 Special Management Areas and receive a certificate and bronze pin.

Silver: Catch a smallmouth bass from nine of the 12 Special Management Areas and receive a certificate and silver pin.

Gold: Catch a smallmouth bass from all 12 Special Management Areas and received a certificate, gold pin, and medallion.

Fisherman
Image courtesy of Jeremy Mitchell, fishing guide

“Missouri’s Special Management Areas provide excellent smallmouth bass habitat,” MDC Fisheries Programs Specialist Andrew Branson said in a statement. “These areas have regulations to help smallmouth bass populations increase and to allow more fish to grow to a quality size.”

Smallmouth bass of any size caught after March 1 qualify for a Smallmouth Slam, but any smallmouth bass under 15 inches must be released.

Anglers can complete a Smallmouth Slam entry form each time they catch smallmouth bass. They may also submit a picture of their fish if they wish, but it is not required.

2 of Missouri’s 12 MDC Special Management Areas weave their way through Pulaski County’s beautiful riverways:

Big Piney River (From Slabtown Access to the Gasconade River)

Gasconade River (From Route Y bridge in Pulaski County to Route D bridge in Phelps County)

There are several public accesses available throughout Pulaski County. Or you may visit with a local guide or outfitter to point you in the right direction. For listing information for these services visit our Outdoor page. Plan your adventure during the Missouri Smallmouth Slam, here in the heart of the Ozarks. Pulaski County’s rivers never disappoint!

Additional locations throughout the state include:

• Big River (From the Council Bluff Lake Dam to the Meramec River)

• Eleven Point River (From Thomasville Access to the Arkansas line)

• Elk River (Entire length in Missouri)

• Jacks Fork River (From Highway 17 bridge to the Current River)

• James River (From Hooten Town bridge to Highway413/Highway 265 bridge at Galena)

• Joachim Creek (From Route V bridge to Route A bridge in Jefferson County)

• Meramec River (From Highway 8 bridge to the railroad crossing at Bird’s Nest Access)

• Mineral Fork (From Route F bridge in Washington County to the Big River)

• Osage Fork of the Gasconade River (From Skyline Drive bridge near Orla in Laclede County to the Gasconade River)

• Tenmile Creek (From Route B bridge in Carter County to Cane Creek)

To learn more about Missouri’s smallmouth bass Special Management Areas, go to short.mdc.mo.gov/4i3.

To learn more about MSA, visit its website at missourismallmouthalliance.org.

3rd Annual Summer Staycation!

Show us how much fun you are having in Pulaski County Missouri by sharing your exercise activities, and have a chance to win a weekly Staycation Giveaway!  There are plenty of ways to show off – during an event, on a float trip, fishing, playing at a local park…..

To enter simply post your photo to Health Futures Pulaski County’s Facebook page and use the hashtag #myhealthfuture to register to win a free family dinner for four and one free night at one of Fort Wood Hotels’ beautiful properties.  Drawings are held every Monday beginning June 6th, for the next 10 weeks!

To learn more check out this video featuring Melissa from Health Futures Pulaski County and Katie from the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center for more ideas and upcoming events!

The contest is open to everyone! Local community members as well as tourists!  So get out, get active, and get healthy!