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The Lebanon, MO I-44 Speedway is preparing for the 2011 season, There was  a Driver’s Meeting held on April 30 and the drivers ran some practice laps. The season will be gearing up for a May 7th opening date.

Lebanon I-44 Speedway


May 1 & 2, 2011 Celebrate spring with 100 vendors, 60 old-time musicians and over 25 craftsmen. Browse through thousands of varieties of plants and learn how to grow them with Baker Creek acclaimed guest speakers.

Enjoy a sense of community with fascinating seed collections, renowned musicians, national speakers, historic demonstrations, home schoolers, organic growers, gourmet chefs, free-thinkers, historic farm animals and poetry, Ozarkian crafters, trendy vendors and herbal hippies . . .

10 AM—7 PM Both Days

Admission: $5 for adults. Children under 16 free

Jim Long is the author of over 2 dozen books on gardening and historical subjects. He’s a regular columnist for The Heirloom Gardener, The Herb Companion and The Ozarks Mountaineer magazines. He writes a bi-weekly newspaper column, “Ozarks Gardening,” and writes regularly for Missouri Gardener, Edible Austin, State by State Gardening magazines. His gardens at Long Creek Herb Farm have appeared in Southern Living, Gourmet, Garden, Deck & Landscape and many other gardening publications. He has appeared on numerous HGTV and Discovery Channel programs as well as P. Allen Smith Gardens shows. His blog, is followed by gardeners in the U.S. and numerous other countries. His very popular-selling product, Herbal Nail Fungus Soak is sold by seed and natural foods companies from Coast to Coast. You can take a virtual tour of his gardens on his website:

For information visit Baker Creek

Race Date – Saturday, May 21, 2011

The 2011 OGAR will be held Saturday, May 22 with headquarters at River Ranch Resort, (101 River Road, Noel, MO 64854) on the Elk River.

This is a multi-sport challenge event featuring running, trekking, mountain biking, orienteering and paddling. All course distance, maps and itinerary are kept secret until race morning. There are THREE different categories of competition, with a Masters Division for each category:

  • TEAM — is a group of four (co-ed OR same gender)
    • Masters Team — group of four whose combined ages on race day equal 160 years or more
  • DOUBLE — two people (same sex or co-ed)
    • Masters Double — two people whose combined ages on race day equal 80 years or more
  • SOLO — you do it all on your own!
    • Masters Solo — you are 40 years or older on race day

Race Information

Before submitting your entry for the race, please make sure all team members understand the following:

  • Participants must be physically and mentally prepared to complete an 8 to 14 hour multi-sport endurace race.
  • Everyone must be completely self-supporting, except for paddling equipment (watercraft, paddles, life vests) which will be provided and gives a level playing field.
  • Outside assistance is not allowed, unless from another team within the race.
  • Bike helmets must be worn at all times while in a bike segment.
  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older on race day.
  • All participants should read the race rules.

Race Rules

  • Preliminary rules are now available online
  • Final race rules will be distributed at packet pick-up. Race rules distributed on-site will replace all previous rules distributed or posted — it is your responsibility to be aware of updates and changes.

Enter the Race

All entries are made on Click the link now to register.

Packet Pick-up and Race Check-in

  • Teams need to pick up their information packet (Race Bibs, Race Rules, and T-shirts) on Friday from 4 to 8 PM at the HQ building on site. For those teams arriving on race day, the information packet pickup table will be open from 5 to 5:30 AM.
  • All teams must check in at HQ on race morning between 5:00 to 5:43 AM. Check in lines will be arranged by bib numbers. Maps and clue sheets will be handed out at that time.

Mandatory Team Briefing & Race Start

  • All participants must attend the MANDATORY briefing at Race HQ which will be held at 5:45 AM Saturday morning. You will be boarded on busses at 6:00 AM to go to the start point for a 7:00 AM start.


  • Everyone must be self-supporting in all aspects except paddling (watercraft, paddles and life jackets will be provided)
  • Helmets required for biking segments
  • Compass (no GPS allowed)
  • Simple first-aid supplies
  • Map case
  • Lights for bikes (head and tail) are highly recommended
  • Recommended gear: water bottles/hydration packs, daypacks, snacks, appropriate clothing and footwear
  • The course map that will be provided (1 per team) will be a topo map. Teams may want to secure useful top maps of the general area surrounding headquarters, although it is not required.

Transition Points

No one will be allowed to stash gear at transition point areas (other than at headquarters)– doing so will result in disqualification (and will be explained in more detail at mandatory race briefing). Team should plan on being entirely self-sufficient. Water will be available at some transition points to refill bottles/bladders.

Medical Support

Paramedics will be available to provide medical assistance. Teams, duos and solo racers will not be penalized for receiving medical attention and can continue racing afterward if the paramedics permit it, and race rules are continued to be followed. The paramedics have the final decision in allowing a racer to continue racing or not due to medical issues.

Getting There

The River Ranch Resort is located at the intersection Hwy 90 and 59 in Noel, Missouri. Their website ( offers driving directions.


Please refer to the River Ranch Resort’s website or phone for the options on camping and lodging. Other communities relatively nearby include Neosho, Joplin, Pineville and Anderson, Missouri: or Bella Vista, Bentonville and Rogers, Arkansas

Orienteering Workshop

An orienteering workshop will be hosted by the Ozark Greenways Adventure Race on Friday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.

Awards & Food

Details on types of awards to be presented and time of presentation race day will be made in April – please check back.

The top 3 placers in each category (and Masters categories) will receive gift certificates from Ozark Adventures

Participants and volunteers are invited to a carbo-loading dinner on Friday evening, May 20th — included in your race fee. Celebrate completion of the race with another great meal — free to racers and volunteers. Spectators may join the feast on Saturday for a small fee.

May 01, 2011 – May 01, 2011

From 11am-7pm, come Celebrate with Crown Valley Winery! Not only is this our first big event of the season, but it’s our kick-off with live music from 2-6pm! For information about what we have to offer large groups call 866-207-9463 or visit us online at

From: Ozarks Huntin’

Mushroom hunting is a wonderful activity to enjoy with the entire family, young and old alike. Kids generally have an easier time seeing the mushrooms due to the fact that they are a lot closer to the ground than an adult, and if you watch a veteran mushroom hunter in the woods you will notice that they walk through the wood in almost what you could call a crouch. Kind of like Groucho Marx, if you can imagine that! This is because it makes it easier to see the morels against the background of leaves, and if you have ever hunted morels, you know how well they blend in with their surroundings, just look at the above photograph! I always carry a walking stick when out looking, helps you get up and down the hills and you can use it to flip over leaves without bending down. It is also a good idea to carry a compass if you are in unfamiliar territory. As you are wandering about looking at the ground, it is easy to get turned around and the ridges never run in a straight line, so don’t count on them taking you back to your car. Carry a good compass, know how to use it, and you will greatly decrease your chances of getting lost. It is a good idea to also carry a canteen of water with you when you go. (more)

April 29- May1: 23rd Annual Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals on the Bagnell Dam Strip. A unique show featuring all makes models and years of cars, trucks and motorcycles. In 2010 there were 1004 vehicles on display!

April 29-May1: Generation NEXT Magic Dragon Car Show at Hy-Vee Osage Beach. In conjunction with the Annual Magig Dragon Car Show, the GeNext show is geared towards the next generation of car enthusiasts and will feature Scions as well as other cars.

May 7: 14th Annual Spring Harbor Hop. The Poker Run to start off the boating season! Grab your boat, a bunch of friends and “hop” around the Lake to gather the best poker hand possible!

May 13: HOT SUMMER NIGHTS kicks off on the Bagnell Dam Strip! This monthly street-fair event is a fun-filled evening of around 500 cars and 100 motorcycles on display, as well as a street-fair for the kids! For more information, see PDF at the bottom of this listing. Website:

May 13-14: Oma and Noma Days. One of the biggest and best festivals held at the Lake each year! Step back to the 20’s, 30’s and 40’son the historic Bagnell Dam Strip. Antique and vintage auto show, tractors, music, Ozark crafters and more that depict the history of the Lake area and the Bagnell Dam. A great time for the whole family!

Visit Osage Beach RV Park for more great events at Lake of the Ozarks!

Ha Ha Tonka State Park

Robert McClure Snyder came from humble beginnings, one of seven children born to John and Sarah (Pence) Snyder in Columbus, Ind., in 1852. His father, grandfather and great-grandfather were millers by trade, owning mills and grocery stores in Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana and Missouri. As a young man, Snyder moved to St. Louis in 1876 and worked in the wholesale grocery business. In 1880, he moved to Kansas City, where he again became involved in the wholesale grocery business, later branching into real estate speculation, banking and utilities. In 1904, he purchased Ha Ha Tonka Lake and Spring in Camden County and immediately began constructing roads and making extensive improvements. He once said, “Here I will spend my leisure, secure from the worries of business and the excitement of city life. I will fish and loaf and explore the caves of these hills, with no fear of intrusion.” (more)

Imposing architecture and breathtaking scenery combine to make Ha Ha Tonka State Park one of Missouri’s most treasured spots. Located on the Lake of the Ozarks, the park features the stone ruins of a turn-of-the-20th-century castle built by a prominent Kansas City businessman high atop a bluff. More than 15 miles of trails traverse the park, leading visitors to sinkholes, natural bridges, caves and down to the lake.

Looking for lodging?

Osage Beach RV Park

3949 Campground Lane

Osage Beach, MO 65065


For Reservations: 800-562-7343
Osage Beach RV website

Springfield Exposition Center – May 14 – 15, 2011

635 St. Louis Street,  Springfield,  Missouri  65806

Meet:  Talk Show Hosts – Seminar Speakers – Authors – Exhibitors – and Concert Performers

Attending the EXPO is the first step in getting prepared. We will teach you how to prepare for natural and man-made disasters. Included in your guest EXPO ticket is admission to  all of our seminars – topics include:

Survival Economics Refuse to be a victim – the NRA course sponsored by EXPO
Home Safety and Security Farms – buying your first one
Alternative Energy and Solar Power
Veterinarian – Successful First-time Farming
High Yield Gardening Emergency Medical Care and First Aid
From the Dentist – Preventative and Emergency
Self Defense for Women and Children Canning From Your Garden Marksmanship Wills, Estates, Trusts, and Financial Structuring Food Storage Water Storage and Filtration Home Defense Firearm and Ammunition Selection
Great Books on Preparedness
Home Schooling
Heating with Wood – Outdoor Wood Furnaces
So You Want to Raise Chickens
Is a Storm Shelter Right For You?
Old Cars – Should I Keep Mine as an Investment?
With Job Prospects Dim –  Let’s Start Our Own Business! Government contracts
Four-Wheelers, ATVs – Do They Make Sense for the Farm?
Medical Lab Tests without a Doctor’s Prescription?
Computer Disasters and How to Avoid Them!
Government Declarations and You!
So Your Want to Fly?

Firearms – Missouri Concealed Carry Permit Orientation Seminar – Two Parts.
Part one – Attend the free seminar at the EXPO, then register to complete
part two.
Part two – Arrive at the range on day scheduled. Complete classroom training
followed by on-site range qualification. Receive MO CCW training
certificate. Premium training at the lowest cost in Missouri. $64

Seminar topics are subject to change – please check back often.

Saturday 9AM-5:30PM CST
Sunday 9AM-5:30PM CST

Sat. Breakfast  8:00 – 9:00
Sat. Lunch 12:00 – 1:00
Sat. VIP Reception 3:30 – 4:30
Sat. Dinner 5:30

Sun. Prayer Breakfast 7:30
Sun Lunch 12:30

Saturday 7:30 PM -10:15PM CST

RALLY HOURS Sun. 3:00 – 6:00

Ticket Locations:

Gardening Revolution
A Common Sense Way of Growing an Organic,
Weed-Free, Raised-Bed, Vegetable, Fruit, or Flower Garden
Len Pense  (417) 736-2338

ABC Books
2109-J N. Glenstone Ave
Springfield, MO

Christian Publishers Outlet
4145 South National
Springfield, MO 65807


It was fought—brother against brother—nearly 150 years ago on our own soil, yet the Civil War remains of great historical and personal significance to Americans and a popular topic with the public. The Civil War may be the most thoroughly researched conflict in U.S. history, but the Trans-Mississippi Theater, and, in particular, the Missouri and Arkansas Ozarks regions, have not been documented as extensively. 

“How many people know that two major battles were fought in this area–Pea Ridge and Wilson’s Creek,” asks Carol Grimes, the Springfield-Greene County Library District’s planning and development coordinator. “Relatively speaking, no one has researched and gathered the documents that tell the stories that need to be told about our region’s involvement.”

Until now, that is. For the past two years, Library employees have worked to create a unique web site and online resource entitled “Community & Conflict: The Impact of the Civil War in the Ozarks.” The project, made possible through a Library Services and Technology Act Digital Imaging Grant funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and coordinated by the Missouri State Library, is a digitized collection of pre-Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction era artifacts, including letters, maps, diaries, court and government documents and photographs.

The site, says historian Brian Grubbs, contains materials gathered from institutions and individuals throughout the region that “document life in the Ozarks during the tempestuous period of 1850-1875 through the exploration of urban development, slavery, agriculture, military life, women and children, civilian refugees and other issues that represent a crucial period in the history and culture of the region.”

The site,, opens with a stirring video documentary of moving images of the Civil War, and serves to introduce the themes and topics. A researcher’s dream, the site features high-caliber scans of documents, transcriptions with side-by-side comparisons to scanned images, keyword, geographic and thematic searches, historic interpretation, links to other sites and bibliographic citations. “Most importantly, the materials on the site tell us,” says Grubbs, “how the war affected the people, our ancestors here in the Ozarks, as they lived in one of the most contested regions of the country.”

“Community and Conflict” includes items from the Civil War Museum at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield.


August 6, 2011: Parade honoring our veterans, downtown Republic, 10 a.m. Food, civic booth, music and reenactment at J.R. Martin Park following the parade. For further information, contact the Republic Chamber of Commerce at (417) 732-5200, or

August 10, 2011: Battle of Wilson’s Creek Anniversary Ceremony, 7 p.m.

August 12-14, 2011: Battle of Wilson’s Creek Reenactment. The Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Foundation is sponsoring a maximum-effort Civil War reenactment to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Wilson’s Creek. The Western Division of the Blue-Gray Alliance, a reenactor organization, will help design battle scenarios and handle all military aspects of the reenactment.

Due to the high level of interest, the Blue-Gray Alliance anticipates that this will be a well-attended event, with more than 3,000 reenactors and huge crowds of spectators. A location near Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield has been selected.  Watch for more details and updates on the Foundation web site at, or click here.


An overview of the 2011 spring/summer volunteer program at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield will be held in the Visitor Center multi-purpose room on Monday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m.

A variety of topics will be discussed during the meeting, including 2011 volunteer opportunities, special events at the battlefield, and upcoming volunteer training schedule. The meeting is expected to last approximately one to one ½ hours.

Immediate needs include interpretive volunteers to provide assistance presenting programs and tours for school groups in April/May and to provide volunteer staffing for the Civil War Museum information desk.

Additional opportunities for spring, summer and fall of 2011 will also be discussed at this time. Anyone interested in volunteering at the battlefield is encouraged to attend. Volunteers should be at least sixteen years of age to participate in activities. Volunteers are asked to contribute at least eight hours per month at the battlefield.

Reservations are not required for the meeting.


Coming up…

Memorial Service for George Caleb Bingham

Saturday, March 19, 2011 – 4:30pm – Sunday, March 20, 2011 – 1:00pm

200th anniversary of the birth of George Caleb Bingham, painter of “Order No. 11”, who is buried at Union Cemetery. Re-creation of an actual 1800s funeral service.

Union Cemetery

227 E. 28th Terrace

Kansas City, MO

Pull those cinches tight and snug up that stampede string because it’s Horsefest time again in Springfield, Mo!

Horsefest, now in its sixth year, has proved to be the area’s major equine exposition and is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 12, 13 and 14 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. The event, which is aimed at everyone interested in the equine industry, is co-produced by Farm Talk Newspaper and the Ozark Empire Fair. Hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day of the event.

This year, Horsefest promises to be as good as ever with top-notch clinicians and a list of daily activities sure to keep everyone busy. However, without a host of generous sponsors it would be hard to pull such an event off. This year’s Gold Sponsors includes PFI Western Store, which will have six booths full of saddles, tack and boots for purchase. In addition to the clinicians and special events, Horsefest will feature the area’s largest equine-oriented trade show with over 300 booths.

When it comes to clinicians at this year’s Horsefest the producers of the event have raised the bar once again presenting Stacy Westfall and Westfall Horsemanship. Famous for her bridleless and saddleless reining patterns, Westfall uses her years of equine experience to direct clinic attendees and their horses in the direction they’ve been searching for. No stranger to horsemanship, Westfall has trained her way into being one of the country’s top clinicians and reining competitors. While she continues to compete, start young horses and train, she truly loves to explain to people what her mom encouraged her to learn–to discover the “why” behind what the horse does.

In addition to Westfall, Kerry Kuhn will be making a return trip to Horsefest. The Coats, Kan., horseman will bring his method of “Practical Horsemanship” to Horsefest to help area horsemen and horsewomen further down the trail toward a more satisfying horse-rider relationship. Kuhn’s “Practical Horsemanship” approach has been built over the past 22 years of working with horses and is developed to help equine enthusiasts better balance their own horsemanship. “The most important part is realizing there is much more to the horse than what you can see,” Kuhn explains.

Westfall and Kuhn will be putting on their horsemanship clinics each day of Horsefest but there is much more. Each day, Horsefest will feature a host of “Mane Events.”

The Mane Events include:

* Youth Horse Judging Clinic Friday morning with NE Oklahoma A&M Equine Judging Coach Shannon Cunningham.
* Cowboy Mounted Shooting on Saturday and Sunday.Ultimate Horsemen’s Challenge, competitive obstacle course clinic on Friday and competition on Saturday.
* Live horse displays every day of Horsefest in the livestock barns.
* Trade show featuring over 300 booths focused on the horse and horse owner, every day.
* Cowboy church service with cowboy Christian music for anyone who wants to attend Sunday morning from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Exhibit halls will open following the church service at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Regardless of your particular interest, from cowboys and horses to training and perfecting, there is something for everyone at this year’s Horsefest.

Admission for Horsefest will be $10 each day for adults. Youth ranging in age from 13-18 can purchase tickets for $5 and children 12 and under are admitted free. Those interested in coming to Horsefest can also obtain $3 Off Family Coupon at PFI.

See Stacy Westfall’s 2006 AQHA Congress Freestyle Reining run on the clinicians page. For more information, contact Farm Talk at (620) 421-9450 or the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds at (417) 833-2660.