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Board, chief laud donor for support of LOPD: The outpouring of support for the Lake Ozark Police Department continues. Two weeks after Dennis Reese and Springfield Armory donated new weapons and accessories for every LOPD officer including reserves, a Lake Ozark businessman has donated $7,500 strictly for use by the department for the benefit of its officers. Police Chief Gary Launderville reported at the regular Sept. 14 board of aldermen meeting that George Tucker, owner of Tucker’s Shuckers on The Strip, handed him a check recently. The board then adopted a resolution expressing the city’s appreciation. Chief Launderville told the board that he took a call from Tucker about a month ago asking what he could do for LOPD officers. Tucker said he wanted to make sure any donation would go to LOPD officers. The chief explained that because of budgetary restrictions, any donation couldn’t be put in the in the city’s general fund with guarantees it would be used for the LOPD. He said Tucker insisted the money be used for the LOPD and not for general city expenses such as filling potholes. “I want this for the betterment of the police officers,” he told the chief. The only way that could happen, Launderville explained, was for a donation be made to the Lake Ozark Police Benevolent Police Association. “I was expecting a $500 check,” Launderville said. “About a week and a half later, George walked through the door with a $7,500 check. For a local businessman to step up and do something like that, the same as Denny Reese, and then you look at the donations we’ve received the last 30 days it’s amazing. Our department truly appreciates it.” Launderville noted that the donation is not a donation to the City of Lake Ozark but to a totally separate, non-profit organization for the betterment of the officers or the department. When equipment is not in the LOPD budget, the Benevolent Association steps up and helps, he explained.  “It benefits the City of Lake Ozark, it benefits the community,” Launderville said. “We don’t do fund raisers because Lord knows we don’t have time. We rely on donations and the goodwill of the community.”   The resolution It says: George Tucker has been instrumental in the redevelopment of the Bagnell Dam Strip, having established Tucker’s Shuckers Oysters & Tap and Neon Taco. The city would like to recognize Mr. Tucker’s community leadership, support and generosity to the city including a substantial donation of $7,500 recently made to the Police Benevolent Fund. The board of aldermen publicly expresses its appreciation to Mr. Tucker for his generosity to the police Benevolent Fund and his other contributions to our community.    


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.