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The Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival – A Fall Tradition

October 11, 2012


With a population of just over 100, Hartsburg is a quiet spot on the Missouri River about 20 minutes south of Columbia. Home to friendly people and a charming landscape, Hartsburg is the perfect calm retreat. However, once a year Hartsburg explodes with people…all in the name of pumpkins!


Now celebrating its 21st year, the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival brings thousands upon thousands of fall enthusiasts to Hartsburg for a weekend of fun. This year, the festivities are this weekend (October 13th and 14th), so it’s not too late to enjoy this event. Dozens of vendors will line the streets with crafts, cuisine and, of course, pumpkins and gourds of all shapes and sizes.

Other events, including a parade on Saturday, make this charming town come alive during the festival. Open to the public with free admission and free parking, this is a family fall tradition not to be missed.

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Uniquely Columbia – Shryock’s

September 21, 2012


Today is the first day of fall, so it’s only right that we kick off this spectacular season with a post that involves a giant corn maze! Shryock’s Farms east of Columbia is just the place.

I mean, look at this thing…

The corn maze is the perfect way to spend a chilly fall weekend evening during your visit to Columbia.  Each year, a new design appears in the corn field, and groups flock to the maze to find their way through.  Shryock’s also offers hayrides, campfires and all those fun fall activities that you want once the season rolls around. Head out to the Big Red Barn and get your fill of fall fun this weekend!

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Fall is FESTIVAL season in Columbia!

September 13, 2012


This weekend kicks off the festival season with the 35th Annual Heritage Festival. This Saturday and Sunday, September 15th and 16th, head to Nifong Park to enjoy the traditions of the past. Listen, learn and see history as it comes alive.

 Enjoy entertainment including traditional and roots music, dancing and storytelling.

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 along with Saturday evening ghost stories. While you are there you can also tour the Historic Maplewood Home and the Walters Boone County Historical Museum. Great food and beautiful park seating will make the Heritage Festival a family tradition!

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Get in the Spirit at the Living Windows Festival!

December 1, 2011


If your mind is still on turkey, pumpkin pie and mountains of mashed potatoes, head out to the Living Windows Festival to jump start your holiday spirit! ‘Tis the season for shops in The District to clear their front windows for  Living Windows, which combines shopping, performances, visits with Santa, hot cocoa and more all into a super fun two hours on a Friday night. This year, that Friday night is December 2nd (also known as tomorrow!).

Come hang out with the Grinch and friends!

This year’s festival promises to be just as spectacular as in years past. Displays in 2011 include: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at American Shoe, Candy Land at Bluestem, A Toy Story Christmas at Makes Scents and Rocking Around the Christmas Tree at My Secret Garden. Whether you’re out to check family and friends off your shopping list or just taking in all the sights, Living Windows is a magical evening for all ages. We’ll see you there!

Prancer is totally going to be there.

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