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Ideas for State Employees to Enjoy the Truman Holiday Weekend

May 7, 2010

A three-day weekend is the perfect opportunity to take time to see Missouri. There are many fun events to attend this weekend, along with great new attractions around the state. Or, you may choose to take this opportunity to explore some place you have never been but always said you would like to see.

Here are just a few ideas we would like to share with you.  This is a small example of the many things you could do while you enjoy this Truman Holiday.

Happy Birthday Harry, Independence
Honoring Harry Truman’s birthday. Fun activities for the entire family. Share a piece of birthday cake with Harry, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Learn about Mr. Truman’s childhood; ride the red trolley; tour local businesses and historic sites. Click the link for dates and more information,

2010 Valley of Flowers Festival, Florissant
This festival has activities from a flower and plant sale to culturally diverse musical performances, baseball games, food stands, a craft and flea market, children’s activities and the Hispanic Festival at the Eagan Center. Carnival games and rides are featured at the Knights of Columbus Fairgrounds. The Tot Wheels Parade for our youngest participants and the official Big Parade, starting from the Eagan Center, highlight the weekend. Click the link for dates and more information,

May Days Festival, Jamesport
Jamesport’s May Days Festival features a classic car and antique tractor show on Saturday. An Open Air Market on Fri.-Sat includes antiques, collectibles, crafts and more. There’s a craft show in the A.V. Spillman Theater Building Fri-Sat. Buggy rides and great food downtown. Click the link for dates and more information,

DinoQuest: A Tropical Trek Through Time, St. Louis
Encounter dozens of prehistoric creatures in an unparalleled environment: hidden in the heart of a thriving tropical rain forest at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Learn about the world of dinosaurs and some of the lessons their extinction teaches us today. Click the link for dates and more information,

Katy Trail State Park 20th Anniversary Celebration, Rocheport
An event will be held Saturday in Rocheport to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the April 28, 1990, official opening of the trail. A ceremony will be held to recognize Pat Jones and other founders who helped make the trail a reality. The event will also feature a walk to the Ted Jones Memorial and a commemorative bike ride. Click the link for more information,

Visit one of Missouri’s 96 wineries, or grab some friends and head out on one of the five designated wine trails. For more information on wineries or wine trails near you, go to

Silver Dollar City’s World-Fest, Branson

Silver Dollar City celebrates 50 years with a year-long party and new entertainment in each of its six festivals.  The World-Fest continues until Sunday and features the new Fiery Fiddles show, the Zhejiang Balancing Monks of China, the new Calpulli Mexican dance troupe, a new Trinidad Drums and Dance show with fire limbo, and more.

Looking for free activities for the family? Check out one of these attractions:

Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Hallmark Visitors Center, Kansas City

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City

Saint Louis Zoo

Saint Louis Science Center

Grant’s Farm, St. Louis

Missouri State Museum, Jefferson City

Many of Missouri’s State Parks are free. Go to, for more information on State Park locations and activities.

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