Thanksgiving Fun Run & Free Pancake Breakfast

Start burning calories and get moving Thanksgiving morning with a fun run/walk and pancake breakfast. Meet at Fleet Feet Springfield at 7 am for a 3 mile run run/walk! Bring your family and your pets! Free pancake breakfast will be waiting for you when you return to the store – $5.00 per person to participate! They will also be collecting canned goods to be donated. The store will be open for a warm place to eat breakfast after the race, bathrooms, ect. Please register at Register:…/6262-thanksgivingfunrun…/

How to be the BEST Thanksgiving Dinner Guest

Some Thanksgiving dinners are casual and others formal, either way there are some faux pas that you can avoid at your gathering.

Here are some of the worst things you can do as a guest at the holidays.

Show up too early

Show up starving

Have last-minute dietary requests

Demand oven space

Critique the cooking

Overstay your welcome

. . . and drink too much.




What’s NEW in 417 Land? Where’s The Meat?

Who’s got the Meat? Schuchman Meat Company!  Schuchman

has now opened the doors on our THIRD LOCATION! 🥂🍾 At the corner of Kearney & Glenstone next to BigShots Golf Springfield MO

Schuchman’s Meat company is open 10 am until 7 pm.

Their slogan is “It’s your destination for prime steaks and fine food with stellar customer service in the 417!

Things NOT to Eat or Drink Before Flying

If you plan to fly for the holidays, you may want to rethink what you eat and drink. As tempting as it is to toss a bag of chips or pretzels into your carry-on, salty foods are the worst. Dry air in the cabin makes it easy to become get dehydrated on planes, therefore a meal or snack that’s high in sodium can make it worse. Soda and other carbonated beverages may seem refreshing but can expand inside your GI tract making the feeling even more unpleasant. Another one that you might want to pass on is alcohol. It effects the body differently in the air than on the ground, you might get tipsy faster. Both coffee and alcohol have diuretic effect on the body and can lead to more trips to the bathroom. The best things for your flight are water, fruit, and lean protein.

Turn Up the Thanksgiving Music!

You know when your ready for Christmas music and it might not be the same time as your friends and family. If you like to get down to some Jingle Bells while you’re serving up some pumpkin pie, then you’re playing the perfect song for the holiday. Jingle Bells was originally written as a Thanksgiving song – NOT a Christmas song.

Originally named ‘The One Horse Open Sleigh’,  James Lord Pierpont composed the song in 1850 for his Thanksgiving Sunday school class.

According to, the jingling bells refer to the New England sleigh races that were popular in the 1800s.

14th Annual Ozark Craft Festival

Fuel your Christmas feels and get some of those gifts crossed off the list, too! The Ozark Craft Festival is happening tomorrow and Saturday. You can shop the come out to the parade on Saturday!
14th Annual Cosmopolitan Club Craft Fair.
Proceeds from booth rentals will benefit local children’s causes.
Friday 11am to 6pm
Saturday 9am to 3pm
Handcrafted items. FREE admission.
The O.C. at 1530 W. Jackson St
Get your Christmas shopping done!

On Angels’ Wings Open House Drop-in Event

On Angels’ Wings seeks to improve the mental health and wellness of families with medically fragile children (regardless of race, ethnicity, class status or orientation) through therapeutic photography and grief recovery services.

At this (free) drop-in/come-and-go event, come take a look at the new On Angels’ Wings building, complete with meeting space and two studios. Attendees will receive a drink ticket for a beer, wine or non-alcoholic beverage, as well as a snack. The first 100 attendees will receive a gift bag with some nice swag!
They’ll be some surprises in store as well, including a dedication of a studio space and photographer awards!
We encourage local photographers to attend and check out the studio space, which will be available to rent beginning this winter! The facility will also be available for rent for small gatherings.


Holiday Activities This Weekend for The Family



Christmas Lights of Ozark begins at 5pm at Finley River Park.  The light display runs thru December 31. Driving through is free, though donations are accepted at the end Lights are open from 5PM to 10PM Sun-Thursday, and 5PM-11PM Friday and Saturday.

FEZ tival of Trees is this weekend and next weekend at the Shrine Mosque.  Admission is 5 bucks check the trees 3 pm to 8 pm and Saturday 9 am until 8 pm

Ozarks Craft Festival at the Ozark Community Center open 11am – 6pm and Saturday 9 am to 3 pm

The 7th annual Stomp Christmas Benefit will be at Kiss Bar and Grill at 2550 S. Campbell… 100% of all proceeds benefit  Laura’s House, Rare Bread and the Darr House. Doors open at 7 pm.


Ozark Christmas Parade and family activities!  Family friendly activities begin at  2 pm with Trina Wilcox and Corbin.  The actual parade underway at 5:30 and runs thru the Square. FREE

Mayors Tree Lighting Holiday Show on Park Central Square 7-8 pm. Dress warm.

Train rides at Park Central Square begin at 6 pm.

FEZ-tival of Trees is this weekend  and next weekend at the Shrine Mosque.  Admission is 5 bucks check the trees 3 pm to 8 pm and Saturday 9 am until 8 pm

Christmas Lights of Ozark begins at 5pm at Finley River Park.  The light display runs thru December 31. Driving through is free, though donations are accepted at the end Lights are open from 5PM to 10PM Sun-Thursday, and 5PM-11PM Friday and Saturday.

Frisco Trail Craft Show at Willard High School begins at 8:30 am

Bears women Volleyball Bears Vs Evansville at Hammons Student Center at 5pm.

Turkey Bowl at the Springfield Raceway. Pits open at 12 Grandstands at 4:45.

POWERBALL Jackpot IS Growing For Saturday

 The holidays are just about here!

Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years  all the holidays will take lots of money for presents! Don’t forget we have to dole out for TAXES too! Ugh.

Where will the money come from?

You could win a “windfall!”

 Someone has to win the “Powerball Lottery Jackpot,” why not you?  How awesome would $190 Million dollars be in your bank account?!

It would be a dream come true!

You can’t win if you don’t play. Powerball tickets are $2.00! Better get yours before the balls will be drawn on Saturday night at 9 pm.


The Ozark Empire Fairgrounds invites you to Springfield’s only INDOOR car show, the 8th Annual Hot Rod Holiday show November 20 and 21, 2021. It’s affordable family fun featuring 75,000 square foot E-Plex buildings filled with outstanding rides from all over the Midwest. A Pin Up Contest, Model Car Contest, Automotive Artists and Vendors, the Southwest Missouri Drag Racers Hall of Fame and event Santa!