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Keeping in Touch with Tourism: Planning vacation before school starts
Keeping in Touch with Tourism: Planning vacation before school starts

Tourism Director Beth Wiles
School will be in session soon, and many people are planning a last minute get-away. Local requests for information at the Pulaski County Visitors Center for Lake of the Ozarks, Hannibal, St Louis and Branson have increased the last few weeks.

Hannibal offers wonderful museums, a cave, and a river boat ride, all centered around Mark Twain. St. Louis has many attractions, including the hands-on Science Center and Magic House museums, Forest Park walking trails and Art Museum. Many of the St. Louis attractions offer free admission such as the zoo and Purina Farms, which makes it a family friendly, affordable get-away.

The Missouri State Fair in Sedalia kicks off on Aug. 13. For more information about the state fair, special promotions, events and musical entertainment may be found at www.mostatefair.com. This is a great opportunity to learn about Missouri agriculture, enjoy music by artists such as Shinedown, Kansas, Heart, Gary Allan, and Brooks & Dunn, just to name a few.

On Aug. 15, the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau will be hosting Showcase Missouri which is an annual event sponsored by the Missouri Travel Council in which motor coach operators apply to go on a five day tour of Missouri to learn more about attractions throughout Missouri. The Bureau bid and was awarded the opportunity to showcase Pulaski County with museum tours and a guided tour of Route 66. We will also be hosting a unique dinner event, “Savor Our Flavor,” which showcases six area restaurants to these motor coach operators.

Just four months remain in the 2009 Co-op Marketing Program. This is a “grant” program that the Tourism Bureau offers to assist not-for-profit event planners in advertising festivals and events held in Pulaski County. We have had 19 events (up from 13 in 2008) apply for funding in 2009. There is still a small amount of funding available, so if you are hosting an event this fall or winter, please log onto
www.visitpulaskicounty.org, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Industry Partners. Click on Event Planners and this will take you to the forms that are available for download. The forms include an overview of the program, an application to apply for funding prior to the event and a reimbursement form to be completed at the conclusion of the event. Alternatively, you may stop by the Pulaski County Visitors Center for copies of the form and further information about this program.

Make plans to stay in Pulaski County over Labor Day weekend! There are several events being held such as the Gasconade Hills Resort Auction and Fireworks event, which benefits Camp Barnabus. The Freedom of the Road Riders are hosting their annual Homecoming Rally, and for bluegrass music lovers, check out the 41st Annual Bluegrass Pickin’ Time in Dixon. For detailed information about these upcoming events, visit the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau's county calendar which is at www.visitpulaskicounty.org/calendar.

Contact information:
Beth Wiles, Executive Director
Pulaski County Tourism Bureau and Visitors Center
137 St. Robert Blvd., Suite A
St. Robert, MO 65584
Phone: (573) 336-6355 ext 104
Toll-Free: (877) 858-8687
E-mail: bethw@visitpulaskicounty.org
Internet site: www.visitpulaskicounty.org

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