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Schedule of Events


Shuttles are being provided by First Baptist Church and Tenth Street Baptist Church. They will be running to and from the fairgrounds immediately following the parade until 5:00pm on Saturday. Shuttle stops are at First Baptist Church on Oklahoma Avenue and First Assembly of God on 11th & Avalon Streets (parking lot located on 12th Street).

To download the brochure of activities, please click here.

This year’s theme is Honoring Our Agricultural Heritage. Our 2013 festival hosts the following contests:


Window & Entryway Decorating
The 29th annual Missouri Day Festival will include a Window & Entryway Decorating Contest. Businesses and organizations are encouraged to show their version of this year’s theme which is Honoring Our Agricultural Heritage. Prize money will be awarded in both the business and organization categories. First place: $75, Second place: $50 and Third place: $25. To enter, please contact Colleen Williams at 660-654-1505. The deadline for entries is October 14th. Business owners are encouraged to decorate or give an organization the opportunity to have a display in their business. This year, winners will be selected by a group of random judges. Winners will be announced at the Opening Ceremonies October 17th at the First Baptist Church. Contest sponsored by Farmers Bank of Northern Missouri.

Yard Decorating
Business and residential entries are being sought. First and second place prizes will be awarded for both business and residential entries. To enter, please contact Cara McClellan at 660-359-3973 (American Family Insurance). Deadline to enter is 5:00pm October 14th; judging will take place immediately following. Winners will be awarded during the Opening Ceremonies on October 17th at the First Baptist Church. Contest is sponsored by Citizens Bank & Trust.

Coloring / Drawing Contest
Students (home and public schooled) in grades Pre-K through 6th are eligible to participate in this year’s coloring/drawing contest. Pre-K through 3rd grades will be issued a coloring sheet while students in 4th through 6th grades will be expected to draw a picture that depicts this year’s theme: Honoring Our Agricultural Heritage. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in each grade level during the Opening Ceremonies on October 17th at the First Baptist Church. For more information, please contact Jeanie Griffin at 660-359-3622. Deadline is Friday October 11th at 4:00pm. Entries may be turned into the Chamber. Contest sponsored by Farmers State Bank.

Pumpkin Decorating / Carving
For the third year in a row, we are hosting the pumpkin decorating and/or carving contest. Participants can decorate and/or carve their pumpkins to their liking and bring them to the Oklahoma Avenue entrance to the festival grounds on Friday, October 18th between 12 noon and 5:00pm. Judging will take place that evening with first, second and third place winners being announced the following day at 2pm. Categories this year are Best Adult Entry and Best Child Entry (under 15 years of age). Contest sponsored by US Bank.

Hay Bale Decorating
This year, Orscheln Farm & Home Supply in Trenton is sponsoring a new contest for the 29th annual Missouri Day Festival. Interested participants can decorate a hay bale or multiple hay bales located on their property within Grundy County or they can bring their hay bale(s) creation to the eastern-most end of the Orscheln parking lot to display. Prizes are awarded by Orscheln. Participants MUST register their hay bale creation at the Chamber of Commerce. Registration deadline is Friday, October 11th at 4pm.

Altlatl Tournament (spear throwing)
This is the second year for this popular event. There were several contenders in the Atlatl tournament as well as several “civilians” trying it out for the first time last year. Spears can be made from just about any material. Contact person is Steve Spencer.