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Welcome MSHSAA Wrestling Participants and Fans!

February 18, 2014

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Greetings to athletes, friends, family and fans who will be visiting Columbia during the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) championships over the next few months!

We know you’ll be spending a lot of time over at Mizzou Sports Park, but we want to be sure your entire visit to our city is a success. Columbia has so much to offer both during championship weekends and throughout the year!

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First up on the MSHSAA slate is Wrestling, with matches heating up on February 20th and concluding on the 22nd at Mizzou Arena. Team and individual competitions will make for nonstop excitement over three days. We’re looking so forward to having you here.

Grab a Bite

Wrestling weekend can often be a rush, with meals a blur of quickly procured drive-thru burgers and concession stand hot dogs. Not that those things aren’t delicious, but if you have a just a little extra time maybe give one of these Columbia favorites a try!

Shakespeare’s Pizza:

Shakespeare’s has three locations, but the original is downtown on 9th Street. Just a few minutes from Mizzou Arena, Shakespeare’s is a local legend when it comes to pizza. With the perfect hand-tossed crust, fresh toppings and a fun, family-friendly atmosphere, this is a great spot to get a true taste of Columbia.

Lutz’s BBQ:

A favorite for years in Jefferson City, Lutz’s BBQ now has a Columbia location! Pulled pork sandwiches, ribs, fantastic sides and homemade chips are all popular choices on their extensive menu.

The Heidelberg:

Popular with students and citizens alike, ‘The Berg’ has your traditional bar and grill fare with a few fun twists. Try Marty’s Wings, which are deep fried and coated in spices, or the pork tenderloin sandwich, which is always a popular choice. You can also catch the game on one of the many televisions throughout the dining and bar area.

Sub Shop:

One of Columbia’s favorite sandwich stops, the Sub Shop has four locations and serves up hot, delicious sandwiches. Want our advice? Get the vegetarian on wheat…with bacon. Hint: they also deliver!

In Your Spare Time

We know your wrestling weekend is full of competition, cheering and (hopefully) some rest. But if you do manage to find some spare time, exploring Columbia for just a short while can open you up to a whole new set of possibilities.

Have an hour?

-Take a walk through the Mizzou campus. The entire campus is designated a botanic garden and the architecture of buildings new and old makes it one of the most picturesque places in the state. If you have time, stop into the Museum of Art and Archaeology in Pickard Hall on the Quad.

-If the weather is nice, take a quick drive down to Bethel Park. With play areas, walking paths, shelters, a fishing pond and plenty of open space, Bethel is a nice retreat from all the wrestling action.

Have a little longer?

-Explore The District, Columbia’s vibrant downtown area. Art galleries, boutiques, local restaurants, coffee shops and more all welcome you in to get a distinct taste of Columbia.

-Take in a movie. We have three theaters: the Forum 8, the Stadium 14 and Ragtag Cinemacafe, all of which have movies running all day.

-The Columbia Mall is located on the west side of town just off Interstate 70. The mall is anchored by Target, JC Penney, Sears and Dillards with dozens of other stores throughout the wings. There’s also a Kidz Court and Carousel in the Cafe Court wing for little ones to play.

Lazer Lanes in south Columbia has it all! Bowling, lazer tag and arcade are all housed in this huge facility. No matter how long you stay, you won’t run out of things to do!

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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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Welcome to the Show-Me State Games!

July 18, 2013

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A very excited welcome to all of the Show-Me State Games athletes, families, friends and fans who will be in Columbia over the next two weekends!

The Show-Me State Games brings competition in over 40 sports and athletes from across the state to our city. This year’s Opening Ceremonies on Friday the 19th will even feature Olympic Gold Medalist Jordyn Wieber! We’re so thrilled to have you in Columbia and hope you have a safe and fun time at the Show-Me State Games!

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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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Not Your Average Afternoon – Fun Activities in Columbia Parks

June 7, 2013

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Parks are probably best known for playgrounds, walking trails and opportunities to frolic. Next time you’re in Columbia, be sure to check out some of the more unexpected activities you can enjoy in one of the city’s beautiful parks.

Toss a Disc

Beautiful Disc Golf course in Albert-Oakland Park

Looking for an alternative to just throwing a disc back and forth? Check out Albert-Oakland Park and try your hand at one of two disc golf courses! Set among beautiful ponds, trees and creek beds, these challenging courses are not your average walk in the park. Try your hand at this growing sport and you may leave Columbia with a new favorite hobby!

Catch a Fish

Fishing is one of the many activities for the whole family at Stephens Lake Park.

Nine spots in Columbia are perfect for taking your fishing pole and spending a quiet afternoon trying to reel in a big one. Check out the full list of park fishing lakes and pick your perfect spot. Many lakes are stocked to make your fishing time even more exciting! There’s nothing like a relaxing few hours enjoying your time in Columbia with family.

Get on a Roll

Catch some air at Cosmo.

Have a daredevil or two in your family? Check out the Columbia Skate Park in Cosmo Park. Completed in 1999, the park has an elaborate street course designed to entertain and challenge skaters, whether they are beginners or experienced. The Skate Park is free to use and is open 6:00 a.m. until dusk each day, attracting skaters from across the country, even hosting a demonstration from world famous Tony Hawk.

If you’re looking for something off the beaten path, Columbia is exactly What You Unexpect. We’ll see you at the park!

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Winter Outdoor Fun in Columbia!

November 16, 2012

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Just because the temperatures get colder in the winter months doesn’t mean you can’t still get outside and enjoy yourself! Maybe you want to put jingle bells on your shoes and run a 5K or perhaps cross country skiing on a quiet trail is more your speed. No matter your interests, get outside on your next winter visit to Columbia!

Cross Country Skiing

There are few spots more peaceful after a snowfall than the MKT Trail. The trail is made of crushed limestone, so instead of plowing snow, the trail is open for cross country skiing. Take in the beautiful scenery throughout Columbia and enjoy the quiet of the MKT.

Sledding and Ice Skating

If you’re looking for a little more noise, head to Stephens Lake Park to check out Columbia’s home for winter sports. On the east side of the park, hit the sledding hill when snowfall is at least 4-6 inches deep. Also, when the lake is deemed to have thick enough ice, it opens for skating! Check out the outdoor winter sports safety tips here and be sure to check online to find out if the lake is open to the public for skating.

Winter Races

Ready to run? Columbia has three races coming up this holiday season, so lace up your shoes for one of these!

Advanced Radiology Turkey Trax 5k – Columbia

Thursday, November 22, 8:30 am – 10:00 am at Rock Bridge High School

Thanksgiving can challenge any routine, whether it be cooking, family events or travel. The TurkeyTrax 5K Run provides friends and family a chance to do something active before they start their traditional Thanksgiving celebration. More importantly, the TurkeyTrax Run is designed specifically to benefit a select group of local charities – you choose the one you want to support! This year’s charities are Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri, Heart of Missouri Girls on the Run, and Children’s Miracle Network.

Jingle Bell 5K for Arthritis – Columbia

Saturday, December 8, 8:00 am – 9:30 am at 6th and Ash St.

Get in the spirit this holiday season at the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis®. Be one of the thousands of runners and walkers who hit the nation’s pavements, pathways and parks this winter to fight arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk® is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others! Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Run or walk a 5 kilometer route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving

First Night 5K – Columbia

Monday, December 31, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm at 19 S 6th St

Ring in 2013 with this downtown 5K put on by First Night Columbia. Weave your way through downtown and the University of Missouri campus then join the celebration of First Night!

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Now that you know what your options are, bundle up and head outside for some winter fun in Columbia!

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Head on over to Gameday in Columbia

October 8, 2012

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If you love Columbia on Mizzou football weekends, have you found your way over to Gameday in Columbia yet? It’s our newest blog celebrating all things Columbia during a Mizzou football weekend and it’s the best place to get previews, shuttle information, traditions, great Tiger gear and more! So come on over, we’d love to have you!

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Fall into Columbia on our Gameday Blog!

September 25, 2012

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In Columbia, many fall weekends mean suiting up in black and gold and heading to Memorial Stadium to cheer on the Mizzou Tiger Football team. Of course, there’s more to Columbia than the Tigers, and plenty of things to enjoy while you’re into for football weekends. We’ve wrapped all of those game weekend activities and facts up for you in our new blog, Gameday in Columbia.

On the blog, you’ll find everything you need to make your football (and any other) trip to Columbia memorable. From tailgates to traditions and cuisine to concerts, we’ll have you covered. Keep checking back throughout the season!

While we’re at it, have you voted for Truman today?

Well, have you? Truman is part of the Capital One Mascot Challenge, and in his Week 4 face-off he’s up against a familiar foe…the Texas Tech Red Raider. Help keep Truman in the lead by voting now!

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It’s Here, It’s Here (Mizzou Football Season, that is)

August 26, 2012

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What’s that you feel in the air? Oh, it’s just Tiger Spirit.

Good news: Having Tiger Spirit will not turn you into an actual tiger. We don’t think.

Come on over to Gameday Columbia and get in the spirit with us. After all, the first game is less than a week away! M-I-Z.

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Columbia Gears Up for the Mizzou Football Season

August 14, 2012

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We’re excited to offer something new this football season…a blog just for this busy time of year!

Introducing…

Gameday Columbia!

This site will be updated throughout the season and here’s some of what you can expect:

-Updated game day information including parking, shuttles, kickoff times, TV coverage and more!

-Information on Football Fridays at the CVB offices (we’re super excited about those too!)

-Mizzou traditions, tailgating recipes and more fun stuff

-Other events that are happening during game weekend. There’s always so much to do!

Make sure you stop by often to talk with fans, check out weekend activities and make your game day experience all it can be!

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