If you haven’t made your weekend plans for Memorial Day, there’s plenty to do, see and experience locally and around the Show-Me State.
In and around Fort Leonard Wood:
— Get fit with “Body Bootcamp.” Scheduled for noon Saturday at Davidson Fitness Center, attendees will complete standing abdominal work, as well as exercises designed to burn fat, tone muscle and build strength. Admission requires a Group Fitness Class Pass, available for $3 per class at DFC. For more information, call 573.596.4359 or visit the event page at https://leonardwood.armymwr.com.
— The Memorial Day Float Trip will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Happy Hollow Recreation Area. Today is the deadline to sign up for the event, which includes transportation to and from the site, lunch and refreshments. Participation fees are $40 per canoe, which can hold up to three participants. Register in person at the Outdoor Adventure Center or online at https://leonardwood.armymwr.com.
— Wagons for Warriors will bring more than 30 authentic chuckwagons to the Cowan Civic Center, 500 East Elm St., in Lebanon, Saturday. Events begin at 10 a.m. with live entertainment. Chuckwagon crews will serve lunch at noon. Tickets for the lunch are $10 for adults and free for children ages 5 and younger. Tickets are available at the site, or in advance from the Lebanon area Chamber of Commerce and several local businesses in Lebanon. Additional events include a parade at 1 p.m. Friday and a Cowboy Church at 9 a.m. Sunday. For more information, visit www.wagonsforwarriors.com.
— The 30th annual Mid America Freedom Rally includes four days of concerts at the Pulaski County Shrine Club, 26920 Shrine Rd., just off the Buckhorn Exit 153 off Interstate 44.
The lineup includes performances by the Honkytonk Renovators and Phat Mike and the Bartenders on Friday night, Saturday performances by ChristiAna and the Randyman Band, followed by I-70 Overdrive and Soul Root on Sunday night.
Attendees must be ages 18 or older. Admission is $40 per person. Camping and RV parking are available for additional fees. For more information, visit the event website at www.midamericanfreedomrally.com
— The Wear Blue: Run to Remember 5k walk/run begins at 9 a.m. at Waynesville City Park. This free, family-friendly 5k is open to all ability levels, and is designed to honor the sacrifice of fallen service members and their families. Pre-registration can be completed at www.wearblueruntoremember.org/memorial-day. For more information, email Stephanie Heavner at firstname.lastname@example.org
Elsewhere in Missouri
— The Bluegrass and Barbecue Festival at Silver Dollar City near Branson, Missouri, culminates this weekend. Events include the 17th annual Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest on Saturday, with 20 bands from across the country competing at the amusement park. Sunday features a concert by 15-time Grammy winner Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder. Daily admission tickets to Silver Dollar City are $65 for adults and $54 for children and are available online at www.silverdollarcity.com. The Fort Leonard Wood Leisure Travel Services office, in the Exchange mini mall, Bldg. 490, offers tickets to Silver Dollar City and other attractions at discounted rates. For more information on discounted tickets, call 573.329.8587.
— Greenfield Buffalo Days takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in Greenfield, Missouri. This annual festival includes a parade, veterans’ memorial service, the annual “Buffalo Chip Chucking” event, vendors, horse riding, a traditional “shoot out,” go karts, a dunk tank, a pet show, Miss Buffalo Days pageant and more. Call 417.637.2532 or visit https://greenfieldmo.org for details.
— The Whitewater Bluegrass Band will perform a concert at Sam A. Baker State Park from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. The band provides upbeat, family-friendly entertainment that includes both traditional and new bluegrass and gospel music. The concert is free, but seating is limited. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and insect repellent. The park is located four miles north of Patterson, Missouri, on Hwy. 143 in Wayne County.
— The Summer On-Season Kick-Off begins Friday and continues through Monday at Washington State Park, 12041 Route 104 in De Soto, Missouri. Events begin with an ice cream social at 7 p.m. Friday. Other events include a campsite decorating contest, a petroglyph and glade tour of the park’s Petroglyph Site, programs covering the park’s 3,000-year history, guided hikes, live music and more. Call 636.586.5788 or click the “events” tab at https://mostateparks.com/park/washington-state-park for more information.
— Cold-blooded animals is the topic of a special program at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Crowder State Park amphitheater, 76 NW Route 12B in Trenton, Missouri. During the hour-long presentation, park staff will present information about reptiles, amphibians and fish found in the park. Attendees are encouraged to wear insect repellent. For details, call 660.359.6473 or visit the events tab at https://mostateparks.com/park/crowder-state-park.
(Editor’s note: Some information used in this story provided by the Missouri Division of Tourism and Missouri State Parks.)