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Notice Regarding Recent Resignations: At the end of an executive session held at the October 25, 2022 City of Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen meeting, it was announced that letters of resignation had been accepted from both Municipal Judge Richelle Christensen and City Administrator David Mitchem.   Christensen’s resignation, effective December 31, was given in anticipation of her uncontested election to serve as the Camden County Prosecutor.  The letter was given in advance of this date so that a suitable replacement as municipal judge could be nominated and have ample time to prepare for the job.  It is anticipated that a nominee will be provided at the November 8 Board of Aldermen meeting, with work to begin for the new judge on January 1, 2023.   Administrator Mitchem had presented the Board of Aldermen with his letter of resignation, effective November 14, on October 12, with the Board formalizing the action at this meeting.  His notice references several successful projects from his year in the office, including identification of new revenue streams for the city, making amendments to building height restrictions to allow for development at an increased scale, and performing an assessment of employee recruitment and retention strategies.  He also cited his appreciation for the Board’s commitment to making the city more attractive for outside investment, while praising the professional staff’s skills and desire to be good public servants.  A successor to the position is expected to be named prior to Mitchem’s final day.   Of both Christensen and Mitchem’s announcements, Mayor Dennis Newberry stated “their time with the city, while different in length and workload, have transformed the way we deliver justice and do our key functions as a government.  Our board has appreciated working with both of them, and wishes them both the best in their next chapters while we welcome new team members to those roles.”


Celebrating Bagnell Dam’s 90th, and Missouri’s 200th birthdays

It’s our birthday.

That’s right, Bagnell Dam in Lake Ozark is celebrating its 90th birthday this year and the State of Missouri will be 200 years old.

Time does fly by.

As a result, a Best Dam Birthday Bash Committee has worked for months to put together a series of events that highlight the best of the best at the lake. Not all of the events happen in Lake Ozark, but we think it’s important to support the entire lake for our mutual birthdays.

For all details, click on

Here’s a quick look:


Best Dam Photo Contest for Kids

Teach a child photography and their curiosity and creativity will skyrocket.

Age Groups

·    Up to 11 yrs

·    12 to 14 yrs.

·    15 to 17 yrs.


·    Landscape/waterscape: yard, park, lake, river, stream.

·    Insects/wildlife: pets, or other interesting creatures.

·    Family/people: friends, neighbors, sports.


Best Dam Car Show

When:  July 31
Location: Seven Springs Winery

There will be live music, specialty vendors, food, fun for all. Bring your lawn chairs to enjoy an afternoon of beautiful hot rods, classics, restomods, and many more.

(Restomods are restorations that also use aftermarket parts not available from the factory.)

Pre-registration is open to cars, trucks, and motorcycles of all types. 

Click here for registration information


Best Dam Blood Drive

When:  Aug. 3 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: Camdenton Chamber Office

When:  Aug. 4 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: Willmore Lodge, Lake Ozark

Click here for registration information


Best BBQ Birthday Bash

When:  Aug. 6 & 7
Where:  Laurie Fairgrounds
Sponsored by:  City of Laurie

Download BBQ application


Best Dam 5K Fun Run/Walk

When: Aug. 7. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Race runs from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Where: Old Kinderhook Resort, Camdenton
Price: $25 (Complimentary to all Breast Cancer Survivors. Donations will be accepted on behalf of the American Cancer Society.)
Sign Up: FB Event “Best Dam Birthday Bash” or contact Jasen Jones at 314-401-5518 or at [email protected]

Best Dam Motorcycle Ride

When:  Aug. 7. Ride begins at 9 a.m.
Where:  Zack Wheat Post 624 American Legion in Sunrise Beach.
Sponsored by: Zack Wheat Post 624, American Legion Riders

Best Dam En Plein Air Art Festival

When: Monday, Aug. 9 – 14

Unique event sites will be featured each day during the festival at a variety of locations from local lodges, on the lake restaurants, wineries, historic sites, and surrounding towns. Artists will be spread out at 20 different venues around the Lake of the Ozarks.

The Lake Fine Art Academy & Galleria will be the initial registration site. The gallery will be open daily throughout the Best Dam En Plein Art Festival, as the registration and information center. 

Missouri’s Ice Cream Day

When:  Tuesday, Aug. 10

The ice-cream cone is Missouri’s official dessert.  Celebrate Missouri’s Bicentennial with some ice cream at your favorite local ice cream parlor.  Make sure you post your photos on our Facebook page.

Best Dam Fireworks Display

When:  Tuesday, Aug. 10
Where:  Lakewide

Fireworks locations

Best Dam Birthday Bash

When:  Wednesday, Aug. 11 – Shinedown
Showtime: 8 p.m.
Where:  Ozarks Amphitheater

Missouri Bicentennial 200th Birthday Party-Best Dam Birthday Bash Hot Summer Nights Car Show

When: Friday, Aug. 13, 5 – 10 p.m.

Hot Summer Nights Cruises has provided auto enthusiasts and spectators a fun, safe and family friendly setting while re-creating the nostalgic “American Graffiti” atmosphere that the Bagnell Dam Strip area is so famous for!

Best Dam Fall Festival

When: Oct. 9, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Osage Beach City Park, 950 Hatchery Road, Osage Beach

City of Osage Beach Fall Festival will be Oct. 9. Bring the family to the Osage Beach City Park and see the different vendors, pie eating contest, petting zoo, kid activities and enjoy the variety of food trucks. Live music and performers will be entertaining all day.