Unique Festivals and Events in Benton County, MO
Benton County is rich in both history and unique events and festivals with activities for residents and visitors alike.
Whether you are planning a visit to see one of the many area events, or looking for activities while you’re here, the following calendar of events will provide you with all the information you need to have fun!
September 26-28, 2019
September 28, 2019
9 AM – 4:30 PM
German food, beer, music, vendors! Loads of fun! Hope a shuttle to the Farm show! Admission to all events is free!
Contact the Cole Camp Chamber of Commerce for information at www.colecampmo.com.
Date: Oct. 19th & 20th
This two-day festival hosted by the Warsaw Area Chamber of Commerce is a two-day festival celebrating and honoring both the historical and modern-day crafts of our Missouri pioneers. Step back in time….see craft demonstrations from the 1800s at the Visitor Center while downtown’s Drake Harbor features modern-day crafts in large tents. Bus connections to and from Drake Harbor to the Visitor Center is available.
For more information or call the Chamber at 660-438-5922, or visit the Facebook page.
Date: Oct. 19th & 20th
Harry S Truman Visitor Center / Pioneer Village
29027 Visitor Center Rd
Kaysinger Bluff Pioneer Heritage Days (KBPHA) is an all-volunteer organization promoting the history of the Ozarks highland region. We are also a 501 c3 non-profit organization. KBPHA is the group that hosts Pioneer Heritage Days at the Harry S. Truman Visitors Center which we work in conjunction with the US Corp of Engineers to accomplish.
KBPHA has a little over 100 unique pioneer crafts. We have quilters, spinners, weavers, lye soap making, log hewing, operating sorghum mill, grist mill and too many to mention! A few even travel from out of state to exhibit during Pioneer Heritage Days. KBPHA has an original 1857 log cabin that used to set on the Butterfield Stagecoach route. We have a reconstructed Ed Elmore cabin complex with a barn and an operating smokehouse during the events. A general store with locally produced crafts. Our original one-room Concord Schoolhouse from Quincy Mo built for the third time in 1899 after a fire destroyed the building on two separate events when it was a log structure. We have the Hooper House, circa 1900 that was moved to the visitors center before the Truman Lake was flooded in the ’70s.
KBPHA’s Pioneer Heritage Days have an attendance rate averaging 7000. Due to the influx of people for the two days vehicles are parked below Truman Dam at the East Bledsoe Ferry Park. From there a wristband is purchased, $7 for adults, $4 for ages 6-12 and free for 5 and under. This wristband is good for both days and takes you to Pioneer Heritage Days at the Truman Visitors Center and Drake Harbor for the modern crafts ran by the Chamber. We also sell wristbands at Drake Harbor to ride the bus.
I want to emphasize riding the bus is not free and we don’t allow pets at Pioneer Heritage Days due to the buses. It is an issue every year for us as people have brought parrots, monkeys, pigs and goats in the past to ride the bus, to name a few.
$7 for adults, $4 6-12, and free for age 5 and under.
Check Facebook for updates.
Date: OCTOBER 26, 2019
7AM REGISTRATION AND 8AM RIBBON-CUTTING AND RACE BEGINS
316 VanBuren – Downtown Warsaw
Butterfield Stage Experience Route
Warsaw, Lincoln, Cole Camp and Back
Cash top 3 males and females
Juniors top 3 males and females
Food at the end for riders
Adults $45, E-bike $35 and Juniors $15
Contact Warsaw Chamber of Commerce for more information. 660-723-9705 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presented by Cole Camp, Lincoln and Warsaw Chambers of Commerce and Benton County Tourism and Recreation.
Date: Nov. 16, 2019
Warsaw Holiday Market
There will be various crafts, artwork, designs, and ideas to help you enjoy your holiday. After shopping in the Community Center, take a trip down Main Street and visit the unique shops in Warsaw. Many will have snacks, drawings, and special sale items.
For more information, contact Martha at Bill’s Repurpose 816-807-1496, email@example.com
Check Facebook for updates.
Nov. 23, 2019
Luther School Auditorium and Jaycee Hall
Over 50 crafters in two locations. Free admission. Photos with Santa 2-3:30pm (bring your camera). Holiday Open House at shops.
Sponsored by the Cole Camp Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact the Chamber at 660-668-2295 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dec. 1, 2019
Dec. 6, 2019
Date: Dec 6th & 7th.
Kaysinger Bluff Pioneer Village
29027 Visitor Center Rd. Warsaw, MO. 65355
Presented by Kaysinger Bluff Pioneer Heritage Assn
Come join us for an 1800s Christmas Celebration
Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of days gone by. Enjoy hay wagons, singing of carols, fireplaces, wood stoves, candles, luminaries, buildings decked out in old-fashioned décor, hot chocolate, and hot cider! Find that unique gift at the Kaysinger General Store.
We will be serving food at the Food Barn.
Children 6-12, $_____
Under 5 free
Wristbands good for both days!
For more information, visit the Facebook page.
Dec. 7, 2019
Date: Dec 13th & 14th
- Chili/soup dinner
Christmas Trees Charity Contest
- Christmas Parade
- Breakfast with Santa
- The Grinch
- Candy Cane Hunt
- Thousands of lights and displays throughout the harbor and downtown Warsaw
Stay tuned for more information on times and details.