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The Guide to Warrensburg (2017 - 2018)

ENTERTAINMENT AND 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 room, meeting rooms, and kitchen facilities. The Warrensburg Senior celebrate the holiday, with the Freedom Fest 5K, Patriotic Center is located in the WCC. The WCC averages several hundred Children’s Parade, Star Spangled Swim and, of course, the visitors a day! The WCC offers rental opportunities for birthday Freedom Fest Spectacular Fireworks show! parties, receptions and meetings. • The Wings Over Whiteman Air Show is hosted by Whiteman Air Warrensburg Parks and Recreation prides itself on the variety of Force Base. This summer time favorite routinely attracts over recreational activities it offers to the young and the young at heart. For 50,000 visitors to the Warrensburg area. more information on recreation opportunities or the Warrensburg • The Johnson County Fair held in July and the Johnson County Community Center, contact Warrensburg Parks and Recreation at Rodeo in September are annual events led by the Johnson County (660) 747-7178 or visit www.warrensburg-mo.com. Fair Association to showcase the local agricultural industry and 4-H Clubs. The Warrensburg Branch of Trails Regional Library offers a full slate of programs including children’s story hours, downloadable e-books • Burg Fest, hosted in the streets of Downtown Warrensburg, is a and reader assistance. The eight libraries located within the Johnson two day festival to kick off the fall season right! Live performances, and Lafayette County district maintain more than 100,000 volumes, a car show, beer garden, street vendors, and activities for the and the materials available include books, periodicals and audio/ whole family make this a must-attend event! visual media. The Warrensburg Branch is located at 432 N. Holden • The University of Central Missouri’s Homecoming parade and in downtown Warrensburg. football game in October serves as our fall event and welcomes The Johnson County Historic Complex on the west side of town is thousands of alumni and their families to our community. home to several unique structures. The historic 1838 courthouse is one • Bewitched in the Burg is a frightfully good time for the Halloween of a few examples of Federal-style architecture west of the Mississippi season! Kick off this wicked holiday with the Haunted Hollow River. This stucco-covered brick building was restored to its former Trail, then run for your life at the Monster Dash 5K! Get your wits beauty during the early 1960s. The courthouse has been the scene of scared out of you at Fright Nights, as you take a haunted stroll a pre-civil war murder, a daring raid for the purpose of stealing/ through the ghost stories of Warrensburg’s past, then end the preserving the county records throughout the war between states, and festivities with Downtown Trick or Treat! the Old Drum Trial in 1870. The defense’s closing argument was a • Dickens Christmas is a step back in time to enjoy the holiday moving speech about the dedication and loyalty of dogs, and is said season! The store fronts of Downtown Warrensburg will be to be the origin of the phrase, “A dog is a man’s best friend.” brought to life by local artists during this day long event. Enjoy a Other buildings on the property include the Miller Smiser Heritage horse and wagon ride, carolers strolling down the street, live Library (built in 1982 to exhibit a collection of materials concerning music, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, and a tree lighting county history, family genealogy, and newspapers); the Zinn and ceremony! Leland Culp Building (farm machinery and household artifacts Other events include the Earth Day Festival; the university’s Family illustrating the agricultural roots of the area), the Culp Building is Weekend; ‘Show-Me Justice’ Film Festival; seasonal home, art and available to rent for meetings and other functions; and the One Room craft shows; Holiday Homes tour; and Warrensburg Parks and School (built in 1911 and moved from Elm, Missouri to the Historical Recreation special events throughout the year. Society grounds in 1995). Open 1-4 pm, Monday-Saturday, or by Indoor Fun (660) 747-6480 or curator@jocomohistory.org. Visitappointment. Please schedule your visit or large tours in advance at The Warrensburg Community Center (WCC) features an indoor www.jocomohistory.org aquatic center including a zero-depth entry leisure pool, lap pool, hot The University of Central Missouri Archives & Museum houses a tub and slide, walking track, weight room, gymnasium, arts and craft variety of exhibits focusing on the history of the university and local 8 | Discover the Guide to Warrensburg


The Guide to Warrensburg (2017 - 2018)
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