Local Events


Gentry Blackburn (in the chef’s hat) along with her parents, Walker and Beth Ann Blackburn, hand out treats from the Frontier Baptist Church trunk to trick-or-treaters Paul Goodwin, left, and Emmett Lynne at last year’s Trunk or Treat on the Gainesville square. This year’s trunk-or-treat is from 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween. Times file photo.
It’s that time of year, when pumpkins, apple cider and crisp, fall air set a tone of festivity in the Ozarks. Listed here are Halloween and fall events that residents can visit or attend in the coming weeks. Watch the Times each week for an updated list of fall-related events. Those organizing a...

Owen and Emery Hogan, children of Gainesville residents Kyle and Sarah Hogan, visited the McWilliams Pumpkin patch near West Plains on Sunday.
Fall is here, and autumn events around the Ozarks are being held to celebrate the season and in anticipation of Halloween. Listed below are events happening soon in this area. Watch the Times each week for an updated list of seasonal events. Those organizing a local fall or Halloween-themed event...

Columbus Day
Most state, county and city offices will be closed Monday in observance of Columbus Day. Banks and some other offices and businesses may be closed as well.  The Ozark County Times and many retail businesses will be open regular business hour.
The Ozark County Historium will host author/historian/professor Brooks Blevins at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, as he introduces his newest book, A History of the Ozarks Volume 1: The Old Ozarks. Blevins will have copies of his book available for sale. This is a repeat visit for Blevins, who spoke 10...
Romance Church will host a fifth-Sunday meeting beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, with brother Jim Kyle speaking, and Doyle Turner speaking at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.  Everyone is invited.
The Ozark County Health Department is accepting appointments for flu shots.  Clinics will be held on Friday, Sept. 28; Tuesday, Oct. 9; and Thursday, Oct. 18.  Please call the health department at 417-679-3334 to schedule an appointment.
Runners and walkers are invited to participate in Ozark County’s oldest 5K, set for 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. The race is a pet-friendly event, according to organizers.  Participants can register between 8 and 9 a.m. next to Gainesville City Hall, or they can pre-register, using the form below, at...
The 39th annual Ozark Area Community Congress will meet Sept. 28-30 at Hammond Mill Camp, off Highway CC southeast of Dora. The event is described as “the first and longest-standing bioregional congression” for “all those who love and care about the Ozarks.” The gathering includes workshops and...
The Theodosia Area Volunteer Fire Department annual meeting of the members will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday,  Sept. 27, at the main fire house in Theodosia. Refreshments will be served. Votes for a new board member will be counted from paid memberships who have returned their ballots. A request for...

Demonstrators from past years’ festivals included Jim Mahan of West Plains, shown here carving faces into wooden canes at his booth in 2015. Jim said it took him about 20 to 30 minutes to finish the intricate faces on each cane. Ozark County Times file photo.
 By tradition, Hootin an Hollarin celebrates the “olden ways of olden days,” and several demonstrators are scheduled to show the crafts, methods and techniques of yesteryear.  In the Century Bank parking lot, Lynn and Charlotte Taylor of Tecumseh will demonstrate making shingles and rope, and they...

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