Bring on Autumn...    Fairs, Festivals and Heart


There’s something extra special all over the Joplin region this time of year … oodles of entertainment for the young and young at heart. As you stroll through the pages you will find endless things to do. There is never a better time to love your community than when you see how much your community comes together to celebrate a time of year. 

Within our October edition you will find marching bands, car shows, carnivals with amusement rides, parades, art festivals, theatrical events, 5k’s, symphony orchestras and other events that have become 4-state traditions. In addition, you will find every possible way to celebrate Halloween this year.

Carthage’s Maple Leaf and Mount Vernon’s Apple Butter Makin’ Days are two festivals that our region looks forward to each and every year. Not only will you find something for every member of your family to enjoy, but you will find all the food items that make this time of year so special and anticipated: Caramel apples, apple dumplings, funnel cakes, wraps, turkey drumsticks, roasted peanuts, hot dogs, apple butter, cotton candy, pumpkin-inspired treats and more. That list alone guarantees a visit from my family!

October also hosts one of children’s and adults’ favorite holidays. Halloween is such a fun time and SMTO again provides you a one-stop way to find everything you need to mark your social calendar full of events to ensure a perfect holiday. You will find homes that transform into ghoulish houses with lights, decorations, ghosts, spiders and scary creatures, a paranormal science lab, ghost tours, spook houses, pumpkin patches, mazes and even a guide to grow your own pumpkin this Halloween. Who can say no to that?

As always, we also share events that are close to our heart.

SMTO presents our 5th Annual Pink Carpet Event: Covers for a Cause hosted by Northpark Mall on Friday, October 3 from 10 am to 5:30 pm. We have pink props, including boas, scarves, hats and so much more. This is your opportunity to be on our magazine cover and support a great cause. Bring your family, friends and co-workers and take home a cover ready for framing for only $15 per print!

Ozark Public Television broadcasts to over 57 counties and serves up to 1.6 million people. On Sunday, October 4, Ozark Public Television hosts their 25th Annual Winefeast, their biggest fundraiser of the year. This event offers a variety of wines for sampling, the finest food provided by our local restaurants, a silent auction with popular and unique items, good music and friends! It is a great way to spend time with family and friends and support an organization that brings educational programming to people of all ages. If you’re not a wine drinker, there will be plenty for you to enjoy as well!

This month we also feature our most devoted medical experts in our “Meet the Doctors” section. Flip through the pages and see the faces of the men and women who have contributed to your well-being and learn about the services and specialties of these physicians who might be of service to you or a loved one. We are honored to live in a region that hosts such great medical professionals who are committed to providing utmost services. 

Autumn also sparks the desire to remodel your home. Our Home Living Design Guide is filled with locally owned retailers and remodeling specialists who offer enlightening, spectacular ideas to turn your house into a dream home.

We hope to see you this month at one of the many great events!

Happy Halloween!




Show Me the Ozarks Magazine
P.O. Box 3325
Joplin, Missouri 64803


Lee Radcliff

Editor/ Publisher