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  • 9 fall festivals you can't miss

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  • Dixon Cow Days
    Dixon will celebrate its 30th annual Cow Days event Sept. 20- 21. Cow Days is sure to provide fun for the whole family, with two days of live performances, karaoke contests, the Youth Fall Festival Pageant and the parade. Best of all, Cow Days will raffle off two cows during the festivities.
    Cow Days will kick off on Friday Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. with opening ceremonies. On Saturday, the festival will start at 10 a.m with the Youth Fall Pageant and will close with the Baker Band at 9 p.m. Cow Days takes place in Downtown Dixon. For more information, visit http://www.dixonchamberofcommerce.com/CowDaysSchedule.html or call 573-336-4640.
    Turkey Festival
    More than 100 vendor booths are expected to be at the Eldon Turkey Festival Sept. 28. This one-day festival is full of entertainment and fun in downtown Eldon.
    The day starts off with the Turkey Trot & Gobble Wobble 5K in front of the Eldon Pool at the Air Park at 7:30 a.m. Sign in and late registration is from 6:45 to 7:15 a.m. Preregister by going to www.cityofeldonmissouri.com.
    The course is 3.1 miles. Entry fee is $15 before Sept. 24 and $20 after. Awards will be given to top male and female finishers in each division.
    At 10 a.m. a parade will be held. There will be a quilt show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Eldon Community Center gymnasium. At 5:30 p.m. a Demolition Derby will be at the Miller County Fairgrounds. Entry fee is $8 for adults and $5 for students 6-12 years old.  
    Vendors will be set up around the downtown area from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring food, arts and crafts and other merchandise.
    In conjunction with the Eldon Turkey Festival, a flower show will be at the First Christian Church in Eldon from 1 to 4 p.m. No charge to the public. The show will be presented by the Eldon Garden Club, the Arrowhead Garden Club and the Lake Bloomers Garden Club.
    Go to www.eldonchamber.com for more information.
    Oktoberfest
    Oktoberfest is held the first four weekends of October in Hermann and has become a fall tradition for thousands of people. Each weekend there are special activities around town, held amid the spectacular fall colors of Missouri's most beautiful town. Here is what the editors had to say about Oktoberfest. Stroll the historic district, taste and tour wineries and breweries, shop and take in local art galleries and sample the cuisine of this historic town along the Missouri River.
    Apple Festival
    The Versailles Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the 34th annual Olde Tyme Apple Festival Oct. 5. This award-winning festival is enjoyed by thousands of festival-goers from all over the state for food, games, vendors and contests. The theme for 2013 is “A Taste of the Country.”
    Page 2 of 3 - Enjoy a parade, fiddler contest, pie baking contest and more. A special performance of "Thoroughly Modern Millie" will be at the Royal Theater will be held for several days to commemorate the event.
    Go to www.versailleschamber.com for information.
    Frogtober Fest
    Frogtober Fest, also known as Frog Fest, began in 1997 as a celebration to W.H. Croaker, the monstrous frog rock that towers over Waynesville. The festival includes pony rides, children's games, scavengers hunts, and live entertainment by Helen Russel and Company and DJ Steve Brothers. Don't miss out on the traditional Frog Race, where Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber frogs race down the Roubidoux.
    The event will take place Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Waynesville City Park. For more information, call 573-774-3050.
    Museum Fall Festival
    Enjoy homemade apple butter and a historical look back during the Living History/Fall Festival/Apple Butter Days at the Camden County Museum Oct. 11-13. Craft booths, demonstrations, a quilt raffle, food and re-reenactors from early and recent history will be on hand all weekend. Civil War history, lye soap making, costumes, Indian flute making, blacksmithing and more.
    The museum is located in Linn Creek.
    Go to www.camdencountymuseum.com for more information.
    Old Iron Works Days
    Old Iron Works Days, scheduled for Oct. 12-13, will feature more than 100 crafters demonstrating 40 different crafts of the 1860s era.
    The park is located six miles southeast of St. James off Highway 8.
    Visitors to the event can see an antique tool display, apple butter, apple head dolls, basket making, beekeeping, blacksmiths, chair caning, a children’s shoe display, Civil War display and clothing, cornhusk dolls, crocheting, herbs, kettle corn, lace making, music, needlepoint, painted dolls, pottery, quilting, ropemaking, spinning, stained glass, storytelling, tinsmith, walking sticks, weaving, woodworking and wool dyeing.
    The Ozark Rounders and Open Range bluegrass bands will be playing music and the Ozark Spirit Cloggers will be performing on stage.
    The cost is $15 per car or people with a season pass to the park can get in for free.
    For further information, call 573-265-7124 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Route 66 Oktoberfest
    From face-painting and bouncy houses to life performances and museum tours, Route 66 Oktoberfest is set to provide family-friendly fun for everyone. The event will include a live performance from the Route 66 Band, karaoke contest, vendors from all over the area and even a BB shooting range.
    Route 66 Oktoberfest takes place on Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. To 4 p.m. At the Waynesville Square. For more information, call (573) 774-3001.
    Heritage Days
    Heritage Days in Warsaw gets underway Oct. 19-20. The festival features crafts of the 1800s at Truman Visitor Center on Kaysinger Bluff. Modern Day Crafters will be displaying their skills at Drake Harbor in Downtown Warsaw.
    Page 3 of 3 - The tastes and smells of Heritage Days will include old-time favorites like smoked turkey legs, kettle corn, fudge, sorghum and apple butter. The festival is a celebration of the community's traditional and pioneer heritage. Blacksmithing, weaving, soap making and bluegrass music will be among the attractions visitors will be able to enjoy.
    Admission: $5 for adults, ages 6-12 $3, and under 5 free. Wristbands are good for both days. Buses will transport visitors to the Visitor Center and Drake Harbor. Service animals only allowed on the shuttle buses.

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