Eldon Turkey Festival

The 33rd annual Turkey Festival will be held September 29 in downtown Eldon. It kicks off with the Turkey Trot 5K at the Eldon Air Park at 7:30 a.m. Cost is $30 to participate. Register at City Hall or from 6:45-7:15 on the day of the event.

The parade starts at 10 a.m.

In addition to all your favorite activities and vendors, this year more entertainment has been added including an old fashioned carnival in the community center, a student art show, the Miller County Sheriff’s Department’s new pedal car, and an interactive activity station with live animals provided by the Runge Nature Center.

The Young Eagles return to the Eldon Air park to give free plane rides for children ages 8-17. The program introduces kids to the adventures of flight by providing a free 15-20 minute ride. Turkey bowling returns to the line up of activities. The turkey bowl consists of having contestants use frozen turkeys to bowl instead of a traditional bowling ball. It is one of the more popular events of the festival

One of the highlights of the Turkey Festival is the food. Vendors will be serving all kinds of street fare and a Food Truck Village will be set up where you can purchase ice cream, tacos, turkey legs and many other delicious items.

The Eldon High School English Department will be hosting a fundraiser to bring The National Players to Eldon. A pulled pork/pork steak dinner will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the end of Maple Street near Highway 52. English teachers and Drama student volunteers will be serving food and talking to the community about the program.

A beer garden will be in pocket park in the downtown area with Helen Russell performing from noon-3 p.m. Stop by the Eldon First Christian Church booth to purchase a raffle ticket for the chance to win a Porsche. And shop the other vendors set up for handmade crafts, boutique items, jewelry and décor. For more information, go to www.eldonchamber.com. Entertainment will be taking place throughout the day.

Pumpkin Chunkin’ Palooza

The annual Pumpkin Chunkin’ Palooza is held at Ozarks Amphitheater in Camdenton from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Local Rotarians come together to put on this event for charity. This family-friendly event includes a kids zone, trebuchet contest, local food vendors, pumpkin pie eating contest ad live entertainment. Admission is $5 for kids 5-12, $13 for those 13 and older, and $20 for the family. Free parking. For more information, go to www.pumkinchunkinpalooza.com.

The highlight of the event, without question is the pumpkin throwing contest where participants build their own trebuchet and compete. The team that manages to get their pumpkin launched the farthest wins. The pie eating contest may be a close second to the chunkin’ contest, especially for those who prefer to eat rather than throw pumpkins.

Apple Festival

The Versailles Chamber of Commerce will host the 39th annual Olde Tyme Apple Festival in downtown Versailles on Oct. The theme this year is “Our Roots are Here.”

On Friday evening the Apple Dumplin’ & Darlin Contests will be held at the first Baptist Church while the crowning of the king and queen takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the B&B Drive-in.

On Saturday the day kicks off with the Vern Frank Memorial 5K Run/Walk at the Morgan County R-II High School Commons. The parade is at 10 a.m. and booths open up in downtown Versailles at 9 a.m. Don’t miss the pie baking contest auction at noon on the Main Stage, followed by live entertainment. The evening concludes with a Compact Figure 8 Race at 7 p.m. at the fairgrounds.

The Versailles Royal Theatre always offers a play this time of year. “Seussical the Musical” will be performed Oct. 4-7 and Oct.12-14 at 7 p.m., except on Sundays when the play is held at 2 p.m.

This year the festival is celebrating the roots of the festival that began in 1980. The original festival was started in part to celebrate the towns’ two biggest landmarks, the historic Morgan County Courthouse and Head’s Orchard. Although the orchard is no longer in business, the town continues to celebrate with the tradition apple theme.

For more information and a full schedule of events, go to www.versaillesapplefestival.com.

Old Iron Works Days

Old Iron Works Days at Maramec Spring Park is Oct. 13-14. The park is located in Phelps County and is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in Missouri and is home to one of the largest springs in the state. The park was once the site of Maramec Iron Works.

Old Iron Works Days will feature more than 100 different crafters demonstrating around 40 crafts that date back to the 1800′s. Many demonstrations allow patrons to participate and attendees can learn about quilting, blacksmithing, carving wood for various purposes and many other necessary crafts for life in the 1800′s. In addition to the craft part of the festival, there is also live entertainment.

Apple Butter Fall Festival

The Apple Butter Fall Festival in Linn Creek is another great autumnal retreat at Lake of the Ozarks. From 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct 19-20 at the Camden County Museum in Linn Creek, find craft booths and demonstrations of those old time works. Locally-made apple butter and apple pies will also be up for sale. A chili and soup lunch will also be available for a donation. Admission though is free. For more information call 573-346-7191.

Warsaw Heritage Days

Warsaw celebrates Heritage Days with a festival worth the driveOct. 20-21. Over 200 exhibits, handmade crafts and food vendors take part in the living history of the 19th century Ozark Highlands. Warsaw has a quaint downtown area filled with antique shops, boutiques and artists studios. Warsaw Heritage Days is the perfect place to come and enjoy the day. There’s plenty of things to do. There are live history demonstrations daily, over 200 vendor booths selling homemade goods and delicious foods.