The Greater Warrensburg Area Chamber of Commerce create opportunities that drive commerce and promote business.
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.
The Warrensburg community sponsors a number of popular events including –
• 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.
• The last weekend in September, downtown Warrensburg hosts, “Burg Fest” a family friendly, fun two day event for the community and region with music, food and childrens activities.
Other events include the Old Drum Day Festival; Restaurnat Week, Community Sidewalk Sale, Holiday Open House, Earth Day festival; the university’s Family Weekend; downtown Trick-or-Treat; ‘Show-Me Justice’ Film Festival; seasonal home, art and craft shows; annual Dickens Christmas holiday event; and Warrensburg Parks and Recreation special events throughout the year.
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@jocomo
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.
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.warrens
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 call Warrensburg Convention & Visitors Bureau at 660-262-4611 or visit www.warrensburg.com.
University of Central Missouri
Thanks to the University of Central Missouri (UCM), Warrensburg is a regional center for culture and the arts. Each year, the university’s Performing Arts Series (PAS) brings internationally renowned artists and entertainers to town, while the Departments of Music, Theatre & Dance present numerous concerts and plays showcasing the work of university students, faculty members and visiting artists.
Art Exhibits are displayed in the Gallery of Art & Design, and each year the Pleiades Visiting Writers Series brings writers of national prominence to the university to present and read their works.
The annual Show Me Justice Film Festival is an international festival that brings films from around the world to the Midwest to showcase the theme of social justice. For more information visit www.ucmo.edu/cahss/why/shows.
The university’s public television station, KMOS-TV, broadcasts art and cultural programming that includes drama, documentaries, concerts and children’s programming.
The Servant Leadership Lecture Series, which includes the Ike Skelton Lecture, is presented by UCM and Whiteman Air Force Base, and features public leaders and world thinkers, including politicians, military figures, educators, business leaders and journalists, focusing on the spirit of service and leadership.