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Join Us at Roots ‘n Blues!

September 12, 2013

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We’re just over a week away from this year’s Roots ‘n Blues ‘n BBQ Festival! This annual event showcases the best in blues, gospel and much more over three day in Columbia, MO. This outstanding festival has moved locations to beautiful Stephens Lake Park this year, and three-day passes are only $75!

This year, the Convention and Visitors Bureau will also be on the ground at the festival providing up-to-the minute updates, photos from performances, prizes and more! CVB team members Rachel and Megan will be on the festival grounds most of the weekend, so be on the lookout for CoMo goodies we’ll have to give away. Here’s how you can find us during Roots ‘n Blues…

-Follow us on Twitter: @ColumbiaMOCVB. This is a great place to send us any quetsions you have throughout the weekend. You can also follow #RNBNBBQ for tweets from attendees from all over

-Facebook: Columbia Missouri CVB

-Instagram: VisitColumbiaMO

You can also check back here on the blog each evening for a wrap up from the day at the festival and previews for the next day’s performances and activities.

Even if you can’t make the festival, we hope you’ll follow along next weekend so you can start making your plans for next year. See you at Stephens!

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Go Back in Time at the Heritage Festival

September 4, 2013

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Looking for some fantastic family fun this fall? Look no further than Columbia’s Heritage Festival and Craft Show. This year marks the 36th annual festival in historic Nifong Park.  This free festival runs September 21 & 22 from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. each day.

Not only is Nifong Park home to a historic home and the Boone County Historical Society, but the festival brings visitors into the past with traditional crafts, entertainment on two stages and special tours.

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Visitors will be taken back to the traditions of the past. Listen, learn, and see history as it comes alive. See artisans and tradesmen dressed in 19th century attire demonstrating their trades and selling their wares. A large contemporary handmade craft area will also be featured.

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Enjoy entertainment on two stages including music, dancing and storytelling. Saturday Evening Ghost Stories (8-9:30 pm) are sponsored by the Mid-Missouri Organization Storytellers.

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The Maplewood Home in Nifong Park

Tour the Historic Maplewood Home and the Walter’s Boone County Historical Museum and Village. Great food and a beautiful park setting will make the Heritage Festival a family tradition!

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Unexpected Columbia: Perche Creek

August 27, 2013

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Looking for an afternoon of outdoor family entertainment? Check out Perche Creek Golf Club!

Not just your traditional golf facility, Perche Creek is also home to mini-golf, go-karts, batting cages and more!

The entire family can go a few rounds in the batting cages, take some laps around the go-kart track and putt-putt their way through the Perche Creek before hitting up the snack bar and relaxing outside.

Not only are there fun and games, but Perche Creek also has a driving range, par three course and a fantastic pro shop.

Golfers can also have a club fitting done, get lessons or have their existing clubs repaired. The entire family can enjoy an afternoon or evening at the beautiful Perche Creek facility. Just west of Columbia off Interstate 70, Perche Creek is easy to get to, reasonably priced and has something for everyone in your family!

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Ready for Roots ‘n Blues?

August 14, 2013

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What do Mavis Staples, The Black Crowes, John Hiatt and Blues Traveler have in common? Easy, they’ll all be in Columbia during the Roots ‘n Blues ‘n BBQ Festival! Tickets are on sale now for this annual event that’s moving to a new location this year…beautiful Stephens Lake Park.

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Stephen’s Lake Park, new home of Roots ‘n Blues ‘n BBQ

While the venue will be different, you can still expect the same amazing atmosphere, world-class musical artists and outstanding barbecue, all in a picturesque setting.

There are also other events planned around the festival, including music showcases and a film screening, plus the always popular 10K and Half Marathon. It’s sure to be a busy weekend enjoy friends, music and food in Columbia!

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Fun Times at the Fair!

July 17, 2013

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Established in 1835, the Boone County Fair has been an area favorite for over 150 years! This week of fantastic family events celebrates summer in mid-Missouri with concerts, concessions, cars and much more. This year’s fair runs July 23rd-27th and you can even buy your tickets online.  You can find the full schedule here, but here are some highlights you won’t want to miss!

-Children’s Barnyard and Petting Zoo – includes livestock and also other Missouri farm products such as grains, soybeans, and wheat. Open every day during fair, hours Tues-Friday 4-9 PM and Saturday 12-9 PM.

-Ham Breakfast July 27th at the Grandstand at 7:00 a.m. with special guest speaker Mike Alden.

-Hwy 65 Motocross Racing July 23rd, 7:00 PM Watch United FMX perform stunts and ride in 1 of 2 monster trucks available at the show.

-Also check out pony rides, Ed Aragoni the master illusionist, chainsaw carving, demolition derby, the dog show, baby contest and the Machens Wild West Shootout.

Gather up the entire family and head to the fair! Spend just one night or the entire week exploring rides, fair food, concerts, fun special events and contests. We’ll see you at the fair!

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Summer Sports Survival Guide

July 2, 2013

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Columbia is full of sporting activity during the summer! Whether you’re in Columbia for a baseball tournament, a swim meet or the Show-Me State Games, here are a few tips to make your summer visit a success.

Keep Cool! Indoor Activities

A few spots to cool down and have fun in between games.

Bowling at Lazer Lanes!

Columbia Mall: I-70 and Stadium Blvd., 573.445.9458

Going Bonkers: 3812 Buttonwood Drive, 573.499.0366

Goodrich Forum 8 Theaters: 1209 Forum Katy Pkwy., 573.445.7469

Hollywood Theaters: 2800 Goodwin Pointe Dr., 573.817.0770

Columbia Public Library: 100 West Broadway, 573.443.6027

Lazer Lanes: 3412 Grindstone Parkway, 573.447.6021

The ARC: 1701 West Ash, 573.874.7700

Retail Locations

Need to stock up on sports drinks, bandages and other necessities? Here you go!

-Wal-Mart:

-1201 Grindstone Parkway, 573.449.0815

-3001 W. Broadway, 573.445.9506

-415 Conley Road, 573.499.4935

-Kohls: 1010 East Green Meadows, 573.256.1188

-Hy-Vee Supermarkets:

-3100 West Broadway, 573.447.0133

-25 Conley Road, 573.442.7703

-405 East Nifong, 573.442.8616

-Schnucks Supermarket: 1400 Forum Blvd., 573.446.2800

-Gerbes Supermarkets:

-1729 West Broadway, 573.445.9518

-205 East Nifong, 573.874.2939

-2900 Paris Road, 573.474.9418

Family Friendly Dining

Round up the whole team and have a celebratory meal!

Bengal’s Bar & Grill: 227 S. 6th Street, 573.875.2337

La Siesta: 27 N. 9th Street, 573.449.8788

The Rome: 38 N. 8th Street, 573.876.2703

Shakespeare’s Pizza: 225 S. 9th Street, 573.449.2454

Shiloh Bar & Grill: 402 E. Broadway, 573.875.1800

Buckingham Bar-B-Q: 3804 Buttonwood Dr., 573.499.1490

G&D Pizza-Steak: 2101 West Broadway, 573.445.8336

McAlister’s Deli: 1205 Grindstone Parkway, 573.256.7783

Houlihan’s: 2641 Broadway Bluff Drive, 573.815.7210

Steak ‘n Shake: 3004 Clark Lane & 1912 West Worley

Gumby’s: 1201 East Broadway, 573.874.8629

A Few Last Tips

Easy reminders for anytime you travel!

-Always lock your vehicle. Even if you are “just going inside for a minute”. It only takes a thief a few seconds to grab your stuff!

-Make your vehicle as unattractive of a target as possible by taking all valuables inside or locking them in a trunk/out of sight. Don’t forget that things like phone chargers and computer cords are clues to a thief of what might be inside.

-Park in a well lit area if possible.

-Record the serial numbers to electronic items, firearms etc. and keep the list in a secure location such as a safety deposit box or in an email to yourself.

-Consider marking personal items of value such as iPods and cameras with a distinct marking only you know about.

-Don’t hide spare keys outside your vehicle.

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Fire in the Sky Celebrates the 4th in Columbia

June 26, 2013

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Enjoy a night of fun, family and festivities at Fire in the Sky in Columbia. This yearly event brings together local musical talent, delicious concessions and incredible fireworks all in beautiful downtown Columbia.

Free parking will be available throughout downtown and there will be music stages featuring local bands at Peace Park and Flat Branch Park. Once night falls, fireworks will begin around 9:15 choreographed to music to be simulcast on 102.3BXR.

Bring your blanket or chair and plan to ooh and ahh as fireworks light up the night sky. Plan to spend your evening enjoying the sights and sounds of the 4th right here in Columbia.

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Unexpected Columbia – Maplewood Barn Theater

June 25, 2013

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Looking for a family fun way to spend a summer night? Check out the Maplewood Barn Theater!

Set in historic and picturesque Nifong Park, the Maplewood Barn Theater puts on quality community productions throughout the summer. This year’s season includes ‘Kitchen Witches’, ‘As You Like It’, and ‘On Golden Pond’ and features fantastic local talent of all ages.

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The Maplewood Barn Theater

The Maplewood Barn has been an area favorite for many years, and the community rallied when the original barn burned down in 2010. Now rebuilt, the facility faces an open lawn where the audience gathers in lawn chairs and on blankets to enjoy theater under the stars. Tickets for all shows are under $10 and children under 10 get in for only $1!

Join this Columbia family tradition and check out the Maplewood Barn Theater. It may just be one of the highlights of your summer.

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Columbia Snapshot: Rock Bridge State Park

June 21, 2013

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If you love the outdoors, a great spot to explore during the heat this summer would be Rock Bridge State Park. This gorgeous park has ample shade, wood-planked trails and a small cave (Connor’s Cave) so there’s always somewhere to cool off.

This shot is the view through the park’s namesake rock bridge, which is a natural phenomenon and can be viewed from one of the many hiking and biking trails that will wind you through this Columbia treasure. A great summer stop on your next visit!

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9th Street Summerfests are Back!

June 11, 2013

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Columbia is a little more quiet in the summer. Many of the students are gone and the pace slows down for a few months. But on a few summer nights, downtown gets loud with the return of 9th Street Summerfest concerts!

These fantastic outdoor events are on 9th Street between Broadway and Walnut, outside the famous Blue Note. The entire block fills with fans with food and drinks for sale the entire evening. Summerfests bring in an eclectic mix of musical acts to entertain…check out this summer’s lineup!

Dierks Bentley – June 13th

The Urge – July 12th – Free Show!

Weird Al Yankovic: Apocalypse Tour – July 24th

Reverend Horton Heat – August 16th – Free Show!

Attend one or attend them all! For free shows, just get there early to claim your spot. For the others, get tickets now! We’ll see you downtown to celebrate one of Columbia’s great summer events.

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