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Boren Appointed Police Chief: In a special meeting held yesterday, the Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen formally appointed James Boren to serve as the City's next Police Chief.   James began his employment with the City of Lake Ozark 19 years ago as a dispatcher, and was sponsored by the City to attend the Police Academy. 17 years ago, he began his career as a police officer in Lake Ozark, climbing through the ranks of Corporal, Detective, Detective Sergeant, Lieutenant, and most recently as Interim Police Chief.   Regarding his new role, Chief Boren stated, "My goal for this department is to lead it with integrity and best serve the needs of our unique community. We will continue to strive for perfection, knowing it takes work from all of us, but I'm honored and thrilled to be able to lead this department in that direction."

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

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.