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Entertainment & Recreation

 

The richness of a community can be measured by the quality of its cultural activities and resources. Warrensburg has a great variety of assets that make it a wonderful place to visit and live. Community Events The Warrensburg community sponsors a number of popular events including ' ' Old Drum Dog Festival, held the 2nd Saturday in April, is a festival for dogs and their best friends in the 'Home of Man's Best Friend.' Enjoy a day out with your dog at this festival with live music, delicious food, activities and more! ' Enjoy the sound local musicians as the play FREE shows all summer long at the Sounds of Summer Concert Series, hosted by Warrensburg Main Street. Bring your lawn chairs, friends, family and neighbors! ' Freedom Fest, is a bangin' day filled with 4th of July fun! Many events and activities make Warrensburg the perfect place to celebrate the holiday, with the Freedom Fest 5K, Patriotic Children's Parade, Star Spangled Swim and, of course, the Freedom Fest Spectacular Fireworks show! ' The Wings Over Whiteman Air Show is hosted by Whiteman Air Force Base. This summer time favorite routinely attracts over 50,000 visitors to the Warrensburg area.

' The Johnson County Fair held in July and the Johnson County Rodeo in September are annual events led by the Johnson County Fair Association to showcase the local agricultural industry and 4-H Clubs. ' Burg Fest, hosted in the streets of Downtown Warrensburg, is a two day festival to kick off the fall season right! Live performances, a car show, beer garden, street vendors, and activities for the whole family make this a must-attend event! ' The University of Central Missouri's Homecoming parade and football game in October serves as our fall event and welcomes thousands of alumni and their families to our community. ' Bewitched in the Burg is a frightfully good time for the Halloween season! Kick off this wicked holiday with the Haunted Hollow Trail, then run for your life at the Monster Dash 5K! Get your wits scared out of you at Fright Nights, as you take a haunted stroll through the ghost stories of Warrensburg's past, then end the festivities with Downtown Trick or Treat! ' Dickens Christmas is a step back in time to enjoy the holiday season! The store fronts of Downtown Warrensburg will be brought to life by local artists during this day long event. Enjoy a horse and wagon ride, carolers strolling down the street, live music, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, and a tree lighting ceremony!

Other events include the Earth Day Festival; the university's Family Weekend; 'Show-Me Justice' Film Festival; seasonal home, art and craft shows; Holiday Homes tour; and Warrensburg Parks and Recreation special events throughout the year.

Indoor Fun

The Warrensburg Community Center (WCC) features an indoor aquatic center including a zero-depth entry leisure pool, lap pool, hot tub and slide, walking track, weight room, gymnasium, arts and craft

room, meeting rooms, and kitchen facilities. The Warrensburg Senior Center is located in the WCC. The WCC averages several hundred visitors a day! The WCC offers rental opportunities for birthday parties, receptions and meetings. Warrensburg Parks and Recreation prides itself on the variety of recreational activities it offers to the young and the young at heart. For more information on recreation opportunities or the Warrensburg Community Center, contact Warrensburg Parks and Recreation at (660) 747-7178 or visit www.warrensburg-mo.com. The Warrensburg Branch of Trails Regional Library offers a full slate of programs including children's story hours, downloadable e-books and reader assistance. The eight libraries located within the Johnson and Lafayette County district maintain more than 100,000 volumes, and the materials available include books, periodicals and audio/ visual media. The Warrensburg Branch is located at 432 N. Holden in downtown Warrensburg. The Johnson County Historic Complex on the west side of town is home to several unique structures. The historic 1838 courthouse is one of a few examples of Federal-style architecture west of the Mississippi River. This stucco-covered brick building was restored to its former beauty during the early 1960s. The courthouse has been the scene of a pre-civil war murder, a daring raid for the purpose of stealing/ preserving the county records throughout the war between states, and the Old Drum Trial in 1870. The defense's closing argument was a moving speech about the dedication and loyalty of dogs, and is said to be the origin of the phrase, 'A dog is a man's best friend.'

Other buildings on the property include the Miller Smiser Heritage Library (built in 1982 to exhibit a collection of materials concerning county history, family genealogy, and newspapers); the Zinn and Leland Culp Building (farm machinery and household artifacts illustrating the agricultural roots of the area), the Culp Building is available to rent for meetings and other functions; and the One Room School (built in 1911 and moved from Elm, Missouri to the Historical Society grounds in 1995). Open 1-4 pm, Monday-Saturday, or by appointment. Please schedule your visit or large tours in advance at (660) 747-6480 or curator@jocomohistory.org. Visit www.jocomohistory.org

The University of Central Missouri Archives & Museum houses a variety of exhibits focusing on the history of the university and local

natural history. The university's Gallery of Art & Design provides arts programming emphasizing cultural and artistic diversity through a series of exhibitions, lectures and workshops. The gallery hosts Missouri-based, national and international artists and designers, as well as exhibiting UCM student and faculty work. Outdoor Fun The Warrensburg Parks and Recreation (WPR) system consists of 12 parks, 402 acres, hiking trails, skate park, eight tennis courts, seven playgrounds, seven ball fields and the Nassif Aquatic Center, WPR's outdoor aquatic facility. For more information, contact WPR at (660) 747-7178 or visit www.warrensburg-mo.com. Old Drum's Best Friend Dog Park is a place where dogs and their people come to play, exercise, and bond, responsibly and safely. It celebrates the connection between humans and their canine companions in a way that honors the legacy of Old Drum, the original 'man's best friend.'

Old Drum's Best Friends Dog Park will feature lots of open space for running (one space for large dogs and one space for small dogs) as well as some agility equipment in both spaces for the dogs to enjoy a little extra workout. Other occasional activities will include trainings for humans and their dogs, and fun contests like frisbee catching and fetching.

The beautiful Blind Boone Park, a tribute to renowned jazz pianist and composer John William 'Blind' Boone, is located in the city's historic area. It features a 20-foot gazebo with electricity, a life-size steel and bronze sculpture depicting Boone, a 13-foot-tall wind harp, plants native to our area, plus a sensory garden for the visually impaired. Other amenities include a reflexology walkway; roped pathways; type, Braille and audio information signs; ADA-approved bathrooms; wheelchair-accessible picnic tables; and a shuffleboard court. J.W. 'Blind' Boone was a beloved member of our community who, blind and of multi-ethnic heritage, succeeded in working past many physical, cultural and economic limitations to become a famous concert pianist. Throughout Warrensburg and on the University of Central Missouri campus, you can find softball diamonds, tennis courts, golf courses, volleyball courts, basketball courts, racquetball and handball facilities, walking areas and swimming pools. Warrensburg is home to two 18-hole golf courses within the city limits and one near Whiteman Air Force Base. Keth Memorial Golf Course, built in 1971, is owned and operated by the University of Central Missouri. This full-service, newly renovated 18-hole facility is equipped with a snack bar and pro shop, and is open to the public. Hidden Pines Country Club is a semi-private club with an 18-hole course. The club offers a snack bar, pro shop, pool, banquet facilities and a bar. Royal Oaks Golf Course is associated with Whiteman Air Force Base and is open to the public via their guest program. There is a pro shop and snack bar on-site. Knob Noster State Park is eight miles east of Warrensburg between Whiteman AFB and Warrensburg. The park encompasses more than 3,500 acres and offers fishing, camping, covered pavilions, picnic areas, an equestrian trail and camp, and restroom facilities. The park has a nature center with exhibits, several small lakes, small stream, and many trails for exploring. Several WPA-era buildings are still in use.

For more information about amenities and events in the Warrensburg area, contact the Greater Warrensburg Area Chamber of Commerce at (660) 747-3168, toll-free (877) OLD-DRUM or visit www.warrensburg.org.