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Only licensed staff may serve alcohol in parks, at certain locations. Park Board staff may serve alcohol at these locations:
Alcohol is prohibited in any park not listed above. In addition, no alcohol is allowed at School-Parks, youth sports events, family-themed events, neighborhood parks, playgrounds, pools and picnic pavilions, except where noted above.
No. You may not bring any alcohol onto any park property. Alcohol may be served only by Park Board staff or licensed caterers.
You must have an approved facility rental booking, a Parks Alcohol Permit, an insured caterer with a liquor license and Springfield business license, a $1 million General Liability Insurance certificate, a $1 million Alcohol Liability Insurance certificate, and event security.
Costs may vary. This is a base estimate:
Start by inquiring with your chosen facility, to check available rental dates.
The facility manager will help guide you through the rest of the process, including applications and approval. You must provide details about your caterer on the application. All required documents and fees, including permit, booking and security, must be submitted at least 30 days before the event. Weekend dates book up quickly, and some details may take you several days to determine. Start your process early.
Only a caterer with a Missouri liquor license and Springfield business license may serve alcohol. You must book your own caterer for these locations.
No, not unless they are employed by your caterer and covered by your caterer’s insurance and liquor license.
Yes, but the type of alcohol served at your event is defined by your caterer’s liquor license.
Purchase general liability and alcohol liability insurance through the insurance carrier of your choice. Ask your insurance company, or purchase insurance through the City of Springfield TULIP (Tenant Users Liability Insurance Policy) Program.
The Park Board contracts with a private security company.
If you cancel your event 30 or more days before the event date, the Park Board will provide a 50-percent refund of facility booking fees, the Parks Alcohol Permit and security fees. If you cancel your event fewer than 30 days of the event date, no refunds will be made. Plan carefully before booking an event.
Please plan carefully for how your event will cope with weather. For outdoor events, ask park's staff about booking tents. In the event of severe weather, Parks staff will be glad to assist and try to make accommodations. However, no refunds will be made due to weather.
The classroom is $50/hour with a 2 hour minimum. This includes staff cleaning and setting up before and after your rental.
The set up includes 6 tables with 6 chairs around each, and 1 extra table for food and presents.
You are able to show up 30 minutes prior to your rental time to decorate and get ready, but we ask that you are out as close to your ending time as possible as we have to clean and set up for the next rental so they can show up 30 minutes prior as well.
We have 6 time slots to choose from each weekend. They are 9-11 a.m., 12-2 p.m., and 3-5 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.
You are able to rent longer than a 2 hour time window with the Farm Park Coordinators approval.
It is NOT available on the weekends in October. We have our Harvest Fest event every weekend and will be using the classroom for that.
Bounce House: We set up the bounce house. It is $35/hour with a 2 hour minimum. These 2 hours don't have to be the same 2 hours that you have the classroom rented for. This is a weather depending item. If it is raining or wind speeds exceed 15 mph, it is not safe and won't be set up.
Cow Train: We provide staff to drive the cow train around the farm. It is $50/hour with a 1 hour minimum. This is a weather depending item. If it is raining or really cold it can't be rented.
There are many different activities to do that are free on a normal day. We have a farm-themed playground to play on, pedal tractors to ride, animals to see and pet, a pond to fish in (has a small fee), shop around in the Gift Shop, and antique tractors to take pictures on. We also have Wilson's Creek Walking Trail that makes up the northern border of our property to walk on. Or you could bring a kite, blanket, and picnic basket and sit and have a picnic, or bring a team of people and play ball games.
It costs $5.50/pole to go fishing. That includes your pole, bait, and tackle. You can also bring your own pole, bait, and tackle; we just ask that you still pay a $2 fee. Extra bait costs $2. No fishing license is required because it is catch and release fishing only. Ages 4 and under are free with a paid adult. The pond is open from April-October.
We have the pond stocked with largemouth bass, hybrid bluegill, and channel catfish.
If the weather is nice, the animals will be out in their corrals just east of the big animal barn. You can watch them play and pet them, but we ask that you do not feed them.
Admission is always FREE. There is only a small fee for the activities during a festival, to fish in the pond, and to purchase items from the gift shop.
Turkey Trot is a 5K race, run, walk and community event that takes place on the morningof Thanksgiving Day in downtown Springfield. Proceeds from the event benefit theDevelopmental Center of the Ozarks and the Springfield-Greene County Park BoardScholarship Fund. Turkey Trot is also a food drive for Ozarks Food Harvest. Turkey Trotstarted in 1995 with 142 participants. The event has grown to around 7,000participants in 2019. It’s the largest Thanksgiving Day 5K in Missouri and Springfield’slargest annual timed race. It’s Springfield’s Thanksgiving tradition!
Turkey Trot is Thanksgiving Day —Thursday, Nov. 23, 8 a.m. The race starts and ends at the Springfield Expo Center, 635 E. St Louis St., downtown Springfield. The race course includes downtown Springfield and streets around the perimeter of the Missouri State University campus. View the course map here.
You must register to participate in Turkey Trot. Registration includes a long-sleeved tshirt and race bib/number with timing chip. You can register online here until Nov. 21, or register in-person on the day of the race.
Each online registration will have an up to 13-percent service fee. Full-price registration, including in-person, is $35/adults, $30/kids 12 and younger. In-person registration is open Wednesday, Nov. 22, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; or on Race Day, Thursday, Nov. 23. 6-7:15 a.m.
Yes, but everyone needs their own registration form. You may use a single check orcredit card transaction, or cash, for all your registration forms.
Babies and toddlers don’t need to register. Little kids need to register if they want a shirtor an official race time. Available kids t-shirt sizes are Youth Medium and Youth Large.
Packet pick-up is Wednesday, Nov. 22, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; or on Race Day, Thursday, Nov. 23. 6-7:15 a.m., at the Springfield Expo Center, 635 E. St Louis St., downtown Springfield. You may pick up packets for friends and family, but please make sure the right person gets the right packet.
You can go at your own speed. There are categories for racers, runners and walkers. The majority of people walk this event!
There are four categories:
There will be one starting line, with two staggered starts.
Wheelchair users may enter any category — including Elite, if they qualify.
Out of town or avoiding crowds? Choose your own route as a Traveling Trotter! Place your order by Fri., Nov. 3, and we’ll mail your packet to any address in the US, $32/participant, includes shipping. Traveling Trotters are not eligible for official results or medals.
No. For safety reasons, including preventing trip hazards in a large crowd, no skates, skateboards, scooters, roller blades, Heelys, bicycles and other wheeled toys are not allowed.
No. Due to safety, headphones are not allowed during the race.
Yes. Friendly dogs are welcome in the Dog category only, and are not allowed in theElite or Runner groups. Dogs must be on a leash. Please clean up after your dog.
Yes. Strollers are welcome in the Family/Walker and Dog categories, and are not allowed in the Elite or Runner groups. No registration is required for kids in strollers.
Dogs, leashes, dog waste and strollers create a safety hazard for other runners, especially at the starting line. It’s very easy for runners to be blocked by or trip over dogs and strollers. You may run the whole course with a dog or stroller, but you’ll have to start with Walker/Family or Dog categories.
The first male and female runners to cross the finish line are the overall race winners, and must enter the Elite category. The male and female Masters Division (age 40+) and the male and female Grand Masters Division (age 60+), will be determined by timing chips, but are advised to enter the Elite category.
Immediately following the race, trophies are presented at the Springfield Expo Center to Overall male and female race winners, male and female Masters Division (age 40+) winners and the male and female Grand Masters Division (age 60+) winners. Medals are mailed to 1st, 2nd and 3rdplace age division winners, starting the week after the race. Age divisions are in five-year increments, starting at age 9 and under and spanning to age 84 and older.
Preliminary race times are posted here as soon as they become available. Overall winners are announced at the Awards Ceremony, while age division awards are mailed to winners after a 48-hour dispute period.
Thanks for donating food! Drop off your food donations inside the Springfield ExpoCenter. Volunteers from Ozarks Food Harvest will be on site Wednesday and Thursday.Look for the signs. Thanks for donating!
View the parking map HERE. Free parking is first-come, first-served at Jordan Valley Ice Park, University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, the Discovery Center and MSU lots #39 (Kentwood) and #52 (Christ Episcopal Church). Paid parking is available for $10 at Jordan Valley Car Park (garage).
Leave all bags or coats in your vehicle, or leave them at home. For the safety of all participants, no unattended bags or items are allowed at or along the race site. Such items may be considered abandoned and are subject to search and seizure.
We have course marshals, paramedics and police officers patrolling the course. Call 911if you need help and they will be dispatched to your location.
Lost children will be taken to the Lost & Found area inside the Springfield Expo Center.Call 911 if you need help, and a police officer will be dispatched to your location.
Turkey Trot is held rain, shine, snow, sleet or whatever weather. Please dress accordingly. The race start may be delayed by severe weather. Check Facebook @TurkeyTrotSGF for weather updates.
Sorry, all registrations are final. No refunds will be issued.
Turkey Trot is FUN! Grab your friends and family, get registered and join in Springfield’sThanksgiving tradition!
To shorten the Awards Ceremony, and to include more participation, contests for best dressed individual and group, cutest dog and largest group or family have moved to Facebook @TurkeyTrotSGF. Contestants must share a photo of themselves participating in Turkey Trot on this page to be eligible to compete. Winners of best dressed and cutest dog are determined by the most online interactions (comments, likes, etc.) Winners of the largest family are determined by a photo with the most people from a single group wearing this year’s Turkey Trot t-shirt.