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Shuttle is being provided by First Baptist Church. They will be running from the church to the fairgrounds immediately following the parade until 5:00pm on Saturday. Shuttle riders may park at the First Baptist Church and catch the shuttle to the fairgrounds in order to avoid parking hassles. If other parking areas and shuttles come available, we will update this site and alert the news media.

This year’s theme is Celebrating 30 Years – Remembering the 80s. Our 2014 festival hosts the following contests:


Window & Entryway Decorating
The 30th 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 Celebrating 30 Years – Remembering the 80s. 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 13th. 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 16th at the First Baptist Church. Contest sponsored by Farmers Bank of Northern Missouri. To download the flyer, please click here.

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 the Chamber to leave a message for Sue Huffstutter. Deadline to enter is 5:00pm October 13th; judging will take place immediately following. Winners will be awarded during the Opening Ceremonies on October 16th at the First Baptist Church. Contest is sponsored by Citizens Bank & Trust. To download the flyer, please click here.

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: Celebrating 30 Years – Remembering the 80s. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in each grade level during the Opening Ceremonies on October 16th at the First Baptist Church. For more information, please contact Jeanie Griffin at 660-359-3622. Deadline is Friday October 10th at 4:00pm. Entries may be turned into the Chamber. Contest sponsor to be determined.

Pumpkin Decorating / Carving
For the fourth 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 17th between 11:00am and 2:00pm. 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. To download the flyer, please click here.

Pie Baking Contest
This year, Orscheln Farm & Home Supply and Great Western Dining are sponsoring a new contest for the 30th annual Missouri Day Festival. Interested participants can bake their favorite pie or pies (no cream or custard pies will be accepted) and bring them to the FFA cook shack located on the west side of the fairgrounds. Registration times are Friday, October 17th between 5:00 and 6:00pm. Prizes will be awarded by Orscheln as well as Great Western Dining. Members of the public can taste all the pies to their delight beginning at 7:00pm for a $5.00 fee and vote for their favorite by placing a dollar bill in the jar next to their choice. Prizes will be awarded at 9:15pm. During the contest, there will be food demonstrations taking place every 30 minutes. Folks can learn the art of noodle making, pie crust making and cupcake decorating. For more information, please contact the Chamber. To download the flyer, please click here.

Altlatl Tournament (spear throwing)
This is the third 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.