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1. Pumkin Chunkin’ Palooza
On Sept. 30, Pumkin Chunkin’ Palooza at Ozarks Amphitheater in Camdenton includes food vendors, Missouri wine and craft beer, pumpkin decorating contests, a petting zoo, activities for kids and, of course, pumpkin chunkin’ with a trebuchet.
A 5K fun run and 1-mile walk will be held to benefit the Tri-County YMCA and the four Rotary clubs in the Lake area. Run/walk starts at 9 a.m. Cost is $25 for adults and $15 for children (12 and under). For more information, go to www.pumpkinchunkinpalooza.com.
2. Oyster Fest
New this is the first ever Oyster Fest on Sept. 30. The event at Luby’s Plaza on the Lake Ozark Strip will include live music, food, vendors, contests and a headliner will end the night.
3. Turkey Festival
The 32nd annual Turkey Festival will be held in downtown Eldon Sept. 30. Come and give your best gobble at this year’s Turkey Calling Contest! All ages and skill levels are welcome. Ties will be broken by sounding off of randomly selected calls from the following: yelp of the hen, cutting of the hen, kee kee run or cluck and purr. From 9 a.m.-5 p.m., food vendors will offer choices including smoked turkey legs, fried turkey breast, kettle corn, sno-cones and more. Bring your appetite because the Turkey Festival is a no-diet zone, say organizers.
The parade - themed “Down on the Farm” this year - is held at 10 a.m. The Gospel Stage will feature several talented acts, and a quilt show will be held at the community center. There will be exhibitions by the Eldon High School Cheer Squad, gymnasts, jazz band and Chamber Choir and Women’s Select Choir. Other events at this festival include the Turkey Trot 5K, Pure Power Tractor Association Show, SkillsUSA Car Smashing, Hoot ’n’ Holler Party Ponies, children’s games and bounce house, a photo workshop, Young Eagles flights at the airport and turkey bowling.
4. Wild Game Supper and Frontier Tourney
A Wild Game Supper and Frontier Tournament will be held Sept. 30 at the Ulman Baptist Church. Categories include marksmanship, archery, targeted casting, hawk throwing, horseshoes, best beard, youth marksmanship and youth casting. The event starts at 10 a.m. First and second place winners in each category will receive cash and/or gift certificates. For more information, call Kevin at 573-793-2227.
5. Apple Festival
The 38th annual Versailles Olde Tyme Apple Festival is held in downtown Versailles Oct. 7. A 5K, car show, vendors, kids’ zone and crafts is a part of this festival. From Oct. 5-9, The Moving Wall, VCV - a half-sized replica of Washington, DC’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall - will be on display in Versailles.
The annual Apple Festival Musical at the Royal Theater in downtown Versailles will be “Moses and the Burning Within.” The show will run Oct. 5-8 and 12-15. Friday and Saturday shows start at 7 p.m. with Sunday performances at 2 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 3-18 and free for children under 3. For tickets, call 573-378-6226.
6. MM4C Trivia Night
The Medical Missions for Christ Clinic’s 6th annual Trivia Challenge will be held at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Camdenton High School Commons Area. A silent auction, door prizes, food and trivia will be held. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Teams of six per table.
7. Kelly Miller Circus
The Kelly Miller Circus will come to Camdenton with a new show Oct. 12. The public is invited to come out and watch the animals being unloaded and fed and witness the raising of the giant big top when the circus rolls into town at Ozarks Amphitheater. Activities will begin early circus morning, and the tent will be raised around 9 a.m. Guides will be on hand for school groups and anyone attending.
The traditional “old style” circus will present performances at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The event supports the Camdenton Optimist Club. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $12 for adults and $6 for children. Admission on the day of the circus is $16 for adults and $8 for children.
8. Osage Beach Fall Festival
The 17th annual Osage Beach Fall Festival will be held Oct. 14 at Osage Beach City Park. This free event includes large inflatables, food, arts and craft vendors and live entertainment. Kid’s entertainer “Bobaloo” will perform, and the band “Firecreek” will play. There will also be a pie-eating contest and petting zoo.
9. Lip Sync Battle
The Children’s Learning Center’s Lip Sync Battle will be at Wicked Willie’s at 7 p.m. Oct. 27. Solo, duo and groups are invited to compete for the Lip Sync prizes. Cost is $5 in advance or $10 at the door. All money goes to provide services to children with special needs and developmental delays. Purchase tickets by calling 573-346-0660.