Lamar Free Fair

Lamar Free Fair

Lamar Free Fair The Pride of Barton County for 75 Years By Kathleen Swift • Photo by Savanah Mandeville Terry and Edwin Moore have been a part of the Lamar Free Fair most of their lives. It was their dad, Bud Moore, whose initiative gave life to the fair 75 years ago....

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Nathan Hardy

Nathan Hardy

Nathan Hardy College Heights Christian School Interview and photo by Savanah Mandeville What activities are you involved in at school? What about outside of school? I’m involved in soccer, cross country, track, math league, National Honor Society and Academic Quiz...

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A Naturalist Voice

A Naturalist Voice

A Naturalist Voice Witness the Early Summer Launch Field notes by Jeff Cantrell, Photo courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation I was a “summer kid,” still a Leo I presume, yet I find it to be no excuse for tolerating the summer temps. It’s hard to believe...

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Since 2001, Show Me The Ozarks Magazine has boldly and uniquely showcased the people, places and events that make the 4-States such a fantastic place to live, work, play and visit.

We continue to celebrate with you, our loyal readers and advertisers, all that makes our region so exceptional. The sights and the sounds. The parks and the trails. The dining. The shopping. The sports and the theatre. The nightlife and the day trips. The rich heritage and the promising future.

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Editor’s Letter

204 and Counting

This month marks our 17th anniversary. However, the dream to start a magazine that highlighted the culture and lifestyle of our region began many years prior. I did not grow up in the Four States but moved to this area as an adult. It was not long after moving, raising my family here, that I recognized the special charm of this corner of the world. 

For the years leading up to the first issue, I was working in marketing. I had the opportunity to meet individuals who wanted to promote their service or product to the community. I got to hear about their vision and their personal journey to local business ownership. That was the first time I understood the heart, passion and work it takes to live your dream.

My dream to start a magazine was born in my early years of living in Joplin. I was then inspired by so many of the individuals that I met through my years in advertising to also follow my dream. It was scary. It felt a little like jumping off a cliff without a parachute. However, 204 issues later, I could not be happier I took the chance and jumped big.

These past 17 years, I have continued to listen to the personal journey of local business owners. We have had the opportunity to not only advertise the products and services they provide in each issue, but to tell the stories of how their business was born from an idea and lived to become a reality. Supporting local businesses became not only something that was part of my occupation but a way of life. I have been dedicated to the Shopping Local movement and communicating to as many people as possible the benefit it has to our community. It is my hope we have reached many readers.

The Ozarks is a beautiful place to live. Our scenic view is complete with plush rolling hills and beautiful lakes. We have access to great shopping, diverse entertainment and fine dining. However, it is not the landscape or even the opportunities this region provided that made me fall in love; it was the people. Over the last 17 years of being the editor-in-chief of Show Me The Ozarks Magazine, I feel most blessed to have had the opportunity to meet so many people.

In 204 issues, we have had the opportunity to highlight men and women who truly impact our community and all who live here. Our feature stories have included medical professions, men and women who have served or are currently serving in the military, individuals dedicating their time to not-for-profit organizations and many more. We have told the stories of women battling cancer, the stories of people falling in love and their path to marriage, youth achieving academic or athletic success, individuals overcoming obstacles and the success that has come hard to others and future leaders of tomorrow. We have been determined to show the heart of our community through the stories of the people. 

My blessed feeling also comes from the individuals I have met out in the community or have called to share their response to an article or an idea for another feature. It is often in these conversations that I get to meet another individual who leaves an impact on my heart. I am always amazed by the talent, heart and willingness to give that resides right here in our region. Our people make this the greatest place on earth to live.

In celebration of our 17th year, I am going to reminisce on the people I have met on this journey. I am going to remember those friends who gave advice and encouragement in the beginning years. I am going to thank all of those people, past and present, who make this possible each month: my staff, the advertisers, the readers and my family. After I do all of those things, I am going to look ahead and plan many more issues to highlight the culture and lifestyle of our region. I truly have the greatest job in the world.

Thank you to everyone who has ever given a feature article idea, advertised, written or photographed for us, entered a contest or read an issue. We appreciate you!

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