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I can still remember the first time I ever went to the carnival without an adult.
How wonderful! I thought I was so grown up. I played in a band which frequented the county fairs and street festivals as the featured entertainment. Then after 2-3 hours of playing, we rode the rides for free as payment. I was the youngest member of the band and my parents stayed close by. At the time I didn’t realize all the sacrifices they made to provide transportation. They encouraged me to practice for concerts by paying me a dime per half hour. Then that allowance was only allowed to be spent at the fair. The older kids in the band could go to the carnival on their own. My parents took me to buy cotton candy or ride the kiddie rides. Oh, how I wanted to try one of those more grownup rides! It was one late evening when I learned a very valuable lesson without the help of my parents, however. One of the older kids in our band volunteered to take me along to the carnival. I begged and pleaded until my parents finally relented. We were off, headed for the bright lights. Which ride should I try first, I wondered. The double ferris wheel or the tea cups? But then my friend stopped at a side booth to shoot a gun at a moving target. I tried to wait patiently while he tried and tried to win a stuffed bear. No luck. “I’m out of money; can I borrow fifty cents?” he asked. I shuffled the coins in my pocket. It had taken me all summer to earn that money. Slowly, I sorted out two quarters. Then two more. And two more. I fidgeted and squirmed and recounted my money. Only two dollars left. “Can we go ride the ferris wheel now?” I asked. “Soon,” he promised. A half hour later, I pulled my last quarter out and hesitantly handed it to my music partner. I really wanted to be his friend. After all, he did promise to pay me back. But then, the fair would be over. My rule was I could only spend this earned money at the fair. A dime for every half hour of practice is a lot of practice to earn $14.70. He never paid it back. Since that time I’ve attended many fairs, heard lots of concerts, and enjoyed many activities. This issue pays tribute to the Missouri State Fair where I spent many hours working as a teenager. My daughter followed in my footsteps for several years and now my grandkids are almost old enough. I wonder if they, too, will enjoy working at the fair or merely be content to enjoy all the interesting things to do, entertaining people to see and places to go . . .
The County Fair is a great place to spend a weekend to find live entertainment, fantastic food, and fun activities for the whole family. We look forward to the candied applies, elephant ears, and corn dogs all year long. And, of course, what would be a fair without all those carnival rides? Our cover photo was taken by Norman Reed of his son, daughter and a friend s children.
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KANSAS CITY - Clear 99 welcomes Kenny Chesney’s Goin’ Coastal Tour, starring Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band to the Arrowhead stadium on Saturday, July 30, 2011. He will also be in Maryland Heights on July 28 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Fans will enjoy a full day of music, as Billy Currington and Uncle Kracker are also scheduled to appear. Contemporary country star Kenny Chesney didn't have the immediate breakout success that many of his peers enjoyed upon signing with major labels, but gradually built up a significant following via hard work, pop-friendly ballads, and a likable, averageguy persona. Chesney's single, "You And Tequila" featuring Grace Potter sits at 11 on the country singles chart and is the fourth single from his critically acclaimed 'Hemingway's Whiskey' which has already yielded #1 Singles, "Boys of Fall," "Somewhere With You," and "Live A Little." After a decade, concerts will return to the new Arrowhead in a big way! the newly-renovated stadium will host country’s top-drawing act as it welcomes Kenny Chesney on the first leg of his biggest tour in five years. the concert will be the first at the stadium since George Strait and NSYNC each performed there a decade ago in 2001. Arrowhead was one of nine stadiums announced for the tour, making it the only stadium date in the heartland. “With four acts on the bill, we’ve created these shows as all-day events, and are working hard to make them affordable for our fans,” said tour proSummer, 2011
moter Louis Messina. A limited number of $25 tickets for the show will be available. Tickets ar now on sale. Purchase at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at (800)745-3000, in person at any Ticketmaster outlet or at the Arrowhead Stadium Ticket Office. Tickets can also be purchased at kennychesney.com. A 10ticket limit will apply for the first hour of the general public onsale. Fans interested in purchasing tickets for groups of 20 or more may call (816)920-4824.
Things Biking, Fishing, Hiking at Moâ€™s State Parks To Do: Written by: H|L Missouri could almost be renamed The Park State, thanks to the multitude of gorgeous green spaces within its borders. Missouri's parks come alive with natural wonder and history, certainly in plentiful supply at Watkins Mill State Park and State Historic Site, on Route 92, east of Interstate 35. The on-site structure is a historic treasure, as it is the only 19th century American woolen mill with its original machinery intact. Each day, visitors are welcome to take tours of the mill and the Watkins home. During the summer, the park offers a Living History Farm program every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In addition to all of the fascinating history to explore, park guests can camp, have a picnic, take a splash at the swimming beach, ride horses and bikes on the trails, and hike the countryside. St. Francois State Park breathes
Park, where new life into past Adventures Await plenty of events, thanks to its a t M i s s o u r i ' s winged focus on Civil War specimens lore. The park, Natural Getaways live in the located in the Pike dense Run Hills, offers a woods. Nearby, the Nature variety of activities, including Conservancy-owned Tricebackpacking, horseback riding Dedman Memorial Woods proand camping. vides sanctuary to numerous birds. Camping, hiking, fishing With its miles of shoreline and and picnicking contribute to the plentiful opportunities for fun, Lake of the Ozarks State Park is a fun at Wallace State Park. favorite place for family fun, couLimestone bluffs and lush ples getaways woodlands set the stage for and outings adventure at Mark Twain State with friends. Choose from a Park, in north-central Missouri. number of out- Enjoy incredible views while hiking, camping and fishing around door options, including (but the 18,000-acre lake. While youâ€™re there, be sure to visit the Mark certainly not limited to) hik- Twain Birthplace State Historic Site. ing, mountain biking, boating, Near Pilot Knob, be wowed by cavern tours and swimming. the monstrous boulders and geologic formations at Elephant Just south of La Rocks State Park. The enormous, Grange, the fishing is billion-year-old chunks of granite superb at Wakonda line up much like a train of circus State Park, home of elephants. Missouri's biggest natural sand beach. The black bass, channel catfish and bluegill are plentiful, and the bird watching is outstanding. Enthusiastic birders are in for a treat at Wallace State
SEDALIA - While celebarting “It’s a Show-Me Thing!” Aug. 11-21, a full schedule of entertainment under the stars and a mix of activities will be featured daily. Guests arriving for nighttime fun can enjoy professional rodeos, carnival rides, a variety of food and live music, including the popular country rock band Confederate Railroad. Confederate Railroad will perform in the afternoon at 2 p.m. with a second performance early evening at 6 p.m. Aug. 16-17 on the Budweiser Stage. The State Fair is a stop on Confederate’s summer tour. The band from Marietta, GA, will perform songs that have spanned multiple generations. Many fans will sing along to “Trashy Women,” while others will remember the band’s hit song, “Jesus and Mama.” Appearing on the 9 p.m. Budweiser Stage schedule: Nace Brothers Aug. 11-14, Battle of the Bands Aug. 16-17, 2 Buck Drunk Aug. 18-20. A complete 11day lineup is available at www.mostatefair.com/Budweiser-Stage.php. Eight Pepsi Grandstand concerts will also provide evening entertainment for country and rock music fans. Early dates Aug. 11-14 feature Jerrod Niemann, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jason Aldean and the Country Gold Tour. Closing out the lineup Aug. 17-20 will be Rhonda Vincent, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Luke Bryan and the Carnival of Madness Tour. Professional rodeo, bull riding and motorsports enthusiasts are also in for exciting evening entertainment. The State Fair Arena, sponsored by Toyota, has an 11-day schedule that begins with MRCA State Finals Rodeo at 7 p.m. Aug. 11. A thrilling new Monster Truck Show, featuring Bigfoot, starts at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Pepsi Grandstand. A variety of motorsport entertainment includes a new Monster Truck Show Aug. 16 at 7 p.m., featuring the legendary Bigfoot and Pro Arena Trucks.” The Missouri Association Championship Truck and Tractor Pull will offer two show times, 1 p.m. Summer, 2011
and 7 p.m. at the Pepsi Grandstand Aug. 15. Entry information is available for those wanting to compete in the pull at www.mostatefair.com, Auto racing will close-out the final day of Pepsi Grandstand entertainment. Sunday, Aug. 21. Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models, ASCS Warrior Region 360 Sprints and Modifieds will be featured on the State Fair’s historic half-mile track. Hot laps start at 5:30 p.m. and heat races at 6 p.m. More motorsport action is being offered at the State Fair Arena, including a Motocross, TT Race and Demolition Derby. Visit www.mostatefair.com for information on daily highlights, schedules and ticket ordering. Tickets for all events can be purchased from Ticketmaster.com or the Missouri State Fair Box Office.
KANSAS CITY - This family friendly festival is held at Penn Valley Park July 29-31st with a mission to celebrate, teach, honor, and strengthen Kansas City. Join us for a weekend of celebration, music, food, shopping, and outdoor activities. This event is poised to become a brand new festival tradition in Kansas City. Festival hours are: Friday 4 -11pm, Saturday 10am-11pm and Sunday 10am-11pm The mission is to provide quality events which instill a deeper sense of pride for Kansas City in the hearts of those involved. Generous sponsors, local and state governments and hundreds of volunteers work together to organize events for men, women, and children of all ages. Live entertainment featured will be featured on two different stages including Dionne Warwick Friday, Crystal Waters Saturday and American Idol Country artist Kelly Pickler on Sunday. Other entertainment will be provided prior to the 9 p.m. concerts each day including David Elliott, Spike Blake & Honky Tonk Rodeo, and Snap! There hasn't been a festival like this since 2003 when the Spirit Festival was last held attracting more than 200,000 people. You won't want to miss the city's newest festival that is sure to stimulate, soothe and tickle a variety of musical tastes. The festival also boasts a full carnival, a wide variety of food vendors, and other artists and commercial booths to peruse. Attendees will have the opportunity to support Harvesters all weekend with a contribution of 5 non-perishable items, tickets will be discounted $5.00! Regularly priced tickets will be $10.00 a day or $25.00 for a weekend pass. Children 12 and under are free! A grand finale of fireworks will show after the Kellie Pickler concert Sunday. Hyatt Regency Crown Center has been named the host hotel. Game Kart Mobile Video Game Theater
and Time Warner Cable will be bringing fun and technology to the Kansas City Freedom Festival. Game Kart is a state-ofthe-art mobile video game theater where 16 players can simultaneously play the latest video games in a full immersion environment. Game Kart has 446" HD screens, a custom sound system, plus 25 feet of seating that vibrates and rumbles with the action on the screen. Festival goers can experience Game Kart Mobile Video Game Theater and the newest games with the latest gaming systems-XBOX 360 Slim, Xbox Kinect, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii. In addition to the video game fun attendees will be able to get a preview of the latest next generation digital technology from Time Warner Cable including Broadband Internet, WiFi Home Networking, Whole House DVR, and 4G Personal Mobile Hotspots. Plus Time Warner Cable will be providing kids with free face painting and kid's temporary hair painting. Kansas City Freedom Festival attendees will have the opportunity to support Harvesters.All weekend, with a contribution of 5 non-perishable items, tickets will be discounted $5! Regularly priced tickets will be $10 a day or $25 for a weekend pass. As the region's only foodbank, Harvesters collects and distributes food and household products through a network of more than 620 charitable organizations throughout 26 counties including food pantries, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters in 2011. In 2011, Harvesters plans to distribute 36.7 million pounds of food and grocery products. For more information, call 816-210-0375.
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Big Time Rush Big Time Rush Live at Six Flags St. Louis Eureka, MO- The Starburst ® Summer Concert Series at Six Flags St. Louis nishes strong with an exciting performance by Big Time Rush on August 2, at the Old Glory Amphitheatre, beginning at 7PM. Tickets are FREE with park admission. A free reserved seating pass is required and is available the day of the concert at the Six Flags Box O ce in the Palace Lobby while supplies last. More than 1500 teens auditioned, and only four were chosen to be a part of what would become one of Nickelodeon’s most successful television shows. The four were selected as a result of their talent but also Summer, 2011
their incredible chemistry. Big Time Rush, the name of the Nickelodeon show and band, has quickly grown to be a teen sensation. It debuted in 2010 on Nickelodeon and has received impressive ratings ever since. The show is about how the boys struggle to make a name for themselves and the adventures that ensue. This summer the boys have taken the show from the screen to the stage with their tour, where they play original songs from the show and album BTR, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200. They were also nominated for “Favorite Show” at the Kids Choice Awards. The lighthearted and fun vibe from the show folwww.TheWeekenderMagazine.com
lows the group onto the stage. Christian Family Day is coming to Six Flags St. Louis on August 6 with a performance by Casting Crowns. Also, on September 10 Switchfoot will be playing as a part of Praise-A-Palooza. Guests can enjoy these concerts and unlimited visits to Six Flags St. Louis and Hurricane Harbor all season long with a 2011 Season Pass which may be purchased at the Six Flags main gate or online at www.six ags.com. Page 09
Things to Do: Boat Racing Lake of the Ozarks Shootout August 22-28, 2011 Beach Ball Party • Treasure Hunt • Benefit Golf Tournament THE 2011 LAKE OF THE OZARKS SHOOTOUT IS READY TO ROCK N' ROLL. Registration is now open. Check out the new 2011 events and schedules at www.lakeoftheozarksshoot out.org/schedule.html Reserve your Vendor spaces and Dock spaces now as another record year is expected. The Shootout is the premier boating event in the country and 2011 is sure to break all records - maybe even the 208 mph record set last year or the 209 mph overall record. You won't want to miss this one! The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout is the largest unsanctioned boat race in the United States and has been listed by Powerboat Magazine as one of the 8 “must see” boating events. With speeds reaching 208 MPH on a 1 mile drag, boats come from all over the United States for the honor of “Top Gun”. Lake of the Ozarks Shootout will be held at Captain Ron's Bar & Grill expects over 100 racers and 75,000 spectators. Proceeds will benefit the Lake Area Rescue Teams, and other charitable organizations! Events such as the golf tournament, the Treasure Hunt, a mini-shootout with remote control boats, the PWC dam run, the annual auction and even a contest to see who has the cleanest boat, have brought much needed donations to this "once just a weekend" event. Will the new record of $70,000 in charitable donations be broken this year? We hope so. Come and join the fun and help a worthwhile cause at the same time. Enjoy live musical entertainment at Captain Ron’s Friday by the Mr. Brown Band with a fireworks display at dark. On Saturday, Sugarbush will perform live in concert at 7 p.m. with Shaman Harvest following at 8 p.m. A DJ will continued from 11 p.m. - 1 a.m. Tim Woodson will bring a Jimmy Buffet tribute celebration at the Shootout Auction After Party Thursday Evening. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit online at www.lakeoftheozarksshootout.org/schedule.html Page 10
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Beat that heat!
When the Temperature Rises, Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun are Still The Summer's Hottest Spot KANSAS CITY. – The summer heat is once again grasping the Kansas City area, but guests at Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun are beating the heat with a variety of live shows, water slides, and refreshing snack options. While the current heat wave continues to limit most outdoor activities, vacationers from across the Midwest are staying cool and getting the most out of their summer break at Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun. Worlds of Fun visitors take a break from the shining sun and view shining stars at a variety of Live Entertainment venues throughout the park. In the comfort of an air conditioned theater, guests enjoy shows featuring a wide variety of genres, from tv tunes to classic oldies. However, not all of Worlds of Fun's great Live Entertainment is inside, as guests can relax under a shade tree at Canine Crossing and enjoy Mutt-allica, a sport and comedy dog show, and after the sun goes down can stay cool under the canopy of the-two-million-light Snoopy's Hot Summer Lights. Worlds of Fun visitors are also treated with extra steps to keep cool including misters throughout the park and in select queue lines, sprinklers along the midways, Summer, 2011
and free ice water at all food locations. Thrill riders can get soaked on a variety of water rides, and air conditioned shops and restaurants are the perfect spot to take a break from the thrills. The discounted Ride & Slide ticket provides guests with access to both parks, the ultimate all-day refreshment. As the sun sets and temperatures begin to drop, take advantage of the discounted Twilight ticket which is available daily after 3 p.m. at Oceans of Fun and after 4 p.m. at Worlds of Fun. Visitors of all ages are finding refuge from the heat at Oceans of Fun’s mammoth 60-acre sprayground. After catching up on the latest swimwear and accessories at the air conditioned Trader Nick’s retail shop, guests can pick their pace by challenging the park’s 18 exciting waterslides or simply chill-out in the relaxing current of the Lazy River. Guests keep their internal thermostat cool with a variety of refreshing treats including ICEE frozen drinks, frozen lemonade, and Dippin’ Dots ice cream. Worlds of Fun Village, located near the entrance to both parks, provides a perfect spot for a cool down during the simmering heat. Guests of Worlds of Fun Village retreat to their air-conditioned cabin or cottage for an afternoon break or can take a refreshing dip late into the evening in the Village Pool. Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun are owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment www.TheWeekendermag.com
Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN”. In addition to Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun, Cedar Fair owns and operates 10 other amusement parks, five other waterparks, one indoor waterpark resort, and five hotels. Cedar Fair also operates Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, California, under a management contract.
Oceans of Fun is open daily through August 21, 2011, andweekends only, August 27 September 5, 2011. Worlds of Fun is open daily through August 21, 2011, and weekends only through October 30, 2011, including Halloween Haunt this fall. Worlds of Fun Village is open through midNovember, 2011. For more information, visit worldsoffun.com. Page 11
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Whether you are headed to or from the Kansas City Airport, attending an event at the KCI Expo Center or simply visiting family or friends for the weekend, the Holiday Inn Kansas City Airport is the choice lodging destination featuring all the desired amenities. This newly-built, 141 guestroom, full-service hotel is conveniently located next to the Expo Center with a covered walkway. It is also a great location next to the airport if you are flying - especially like we were at 6 a.m. Complimentary transportation to and from the airport is offered so the other members of the family didn’t have to rise so early. It features an indoor pool and a fitness facility. Holiday Inn Kansas City Airport is the home of Kem’s Restaurant and Lounge where guests can unwind with a drink. This restaurant has good service and blueberry pancakes for breakfast- that was the best thing about this property, according to the kids. My husband enjoyed the fitness room and I enjoyed the pool! Televisions come with premium cable/satellite channels and pay movies. Coffee/tea makers are provided. Our room was HUGE and very classy! Giant bed with fancy bedding, (not the usual cheap bedspreads provided by most hotels), and a great view! Our room was so nice I was disppointed that we couldn't spend our entire weekend there! Upon a late arrival to Holiday Inn, the restaurant was thankfully still open. We had an awesome "Kansas City steak," and our server was the nicest ever. They even had individual tvs on each table! Very quiet, and very clean. Will definitely go back the next time we’re in Kansas City! Other nearby attractions to assure a great weekend getaway are: • KCI Expo Center - adjacent to hotel • Zona Rosa entertainment district • Kansas Speedway • Worlds of Fun / Oceans of Fun • Arrowhead Stadium • Kauffman Stadium • Riverboat casinos Page 12
People To See: During location scouting for the movie “Winter’s Bone”, West Plains MO native and folk singer/storyteller Marideth Sisco was asked by producer Debra Granik to assemble musicians to play the soundtrack for this spectacular film set in the Missouri Ozarks. It took top honors at Sundance, and went on to receive numerous awards in the US and overseas, among them a Golden Globe and 4 Oscar nominations. The band coalesced into “Blackberry Winter”, producing a widely acclaimed soundtrack CD of authentic music from the Ozarks Hills. Their live performances include a mix of original and traditional tunes featuring honey-sweet harmonies sprinkled with tasty pickin’ from the veteran local musicians. Blackberry Winter will appear in concert on the following dates: August 20, 2011; Eureka Springs, Bluegrass Festival (See ad - Page 15) September 9, 2011; Springfield, MO, MSU, Ozark Celebration September 24, 2011; Missouri Literary Society, Springfield, MO. Their new CD, “In These Ozark Hills” is available now on their website at http://blackberrywinterband.com. Several of the band members have had long-standing musical ties. Bo and Marideth played together in a Springfield MO-based quartet doing swing and big band tunes in the mid-”80s. Billy entered the 1987 Walnut Page 14
Valley Fest fiddle contest with Bo playing backup (after staying up all night pickin’), and won the durn thing. Billy and Tedi met and played together when they were teenagers in Harrison AR, and have stayed in touch ever since. Marideth moved to West Plains and hooked up with Van, Dennis and Linda, where they still get together and play regularly. Marideth also appears regularly with her colorful stories on KSMU Public Radio’s “These Ozarks Hills” and writes a couple of blogs on WordPress. Billy fiddles with local rockabilly masters “The Honkytonk Renovators”, and Bo performs with funk/folk group “The Lowdown Fancy” and “Howie & the Hillcats”. Thrown together with the millenia of accumulated experience, Blackberry Winter is one of the most natural assemblages of musical talent and taste you’re bound to hear in these parts.
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