Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Get Your Bridal Cave Season Pass!

Bridal Cave is one of America's most scenic cave tours, and there are so many magnificent things to see everywhere that you look, it's impossible to take it all in in one trip. This is one of the reasons that our family fun Lake of the Ozarks attraction has season passes available for purchase. Pay once and visit the cave as often as you like, all year long! 


An Exciting Adventure, Every Visit
In addition to discovering something new every time that you take a tour through Bridal Cave, Thunder Mountain Park offers all kinds of additional fun things to do while you are here. There are trails to hike, a fire tower to climb, and a lakeside pavilion with an amazing lake view to picnic in. We have a public boat dock so that you can reach us by water, and some hungry fish always hanging around, waiting to be fed. We are also conveniently located by land in Camdenton. 

You can find all kinds of interesting items in our gift shop, plus some great Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park souvenirs. Our unique Thunder Mountain Mining Company rock and mineral shop contains specimens from around the world. You can even pick up a sluice bag and pan for treasures in our giant outdoor sluice, and take home what you find! 

Our season passes are perfect for anyone that lives in the lake area, has a second home here, or travels to the Lake of the Ozarks more than once a year. Every time you're in town looking for something to do, a "free" cave tour will be waiting for you.  


Year Round Fun
Our Lake of the Ozarks attraction isn't just a seasonal stop, because we're open all year long. Even when the weather's not the most favorable for a trip through the park, (due to rain, snow, extreme heat...) Bridal Cave is always a comfortable 60° inside. 

Owning a season pass allows you to head on over and take a trip through the cave whenever you need to entertain house guests, keep the kids busy, do something fun for a birthday treat, want to learn something new, or simply need to get out of the house and cure a little cabin fever. The season pass holder's admission will already taken care of, so all it will cost you is the price of your guest. (And they'll probably want to pick up a season pass of their own after the tour!)   


An Inexpensive Ticket Upgrade 
A single tour of Bridal Cave is currently $18 for adults ages 13 & up, $9 for children ages 5-12, and kids under 4 are free. (Hours and rates are subject to change without notice.) Once your tour is over and you can't wait to go again, all it takes is an additional $5 to upgrade your one-time admission ticket into a season pass! For that small additional cost, you will be able to take unlimited tours of Bridal Cave for an entire year from the date of purchase! These are not transferable, and we will ask for a photo ID when you use it. 

We hope you get the chance to visit our scenic Lake of the Ozarks attraction soon. After you fall in love with the beauty and wonder of Bridal Cave, we'll be happy to upgrade your ticket to a season pass. Then you'll have a whole year in front of you of Family Fun... As It Should Be! 


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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

World Famous Violinist Kyle Dillingham Plays For A Wedding Inside Bridal Cave

You will find one of the most amazing and unique wedding venues at the Lake of the Ozarks inside Bridal Cave. The stalactite-adorned underground wedding chapel is a popular destination for many couples from around the world to get married in. Every wedding ceremony has something special that sets it apart from all of the others, and recently that special-something happened to be a world renowned violinist performing the wedding music. 



Sara and Levi became Mr. & Mrs. Graves on June 2, 2017 inside Bridal Cave. They traveled from New Alla, Oklahoma to say "I do" here with us, and they brought an incredible entertainer along with them to play the violin at their wedding. This unbelievable 360 video was shared on Levi's YouTube page.   



Kyle Dillingham is known worldwide for his brilliant performances on the violin. In addition to playing as the bride entered the cave, as well as at the end of the ceremony, he also played an unbelievable rendition of "Amazing Grace" that stunned everyone in attendance. The brilliant sound that emanated throughout the cave was absolutely magnificent. He shared a video of another song played inside our cave while he was here too. 



Dillingham is from Oklahoma City, OK, and he has been playing the violin since he was 9 years old. He was featured on Nashville's Grand Ole Opry on two occasions while still in high school. After earning a bachelor's degree in instrumental music performance from Oklahoma City University, he became an Oklahoma Creativity Ambassador at the University of Central Oklahoma. He is able to use his "musical diplomacy" to help develop and strengthen new overseas relationships for the university. 

He has had the privilege of taking his music to over 30 countries, which leads some to call him "Oklahoma's Musical Ambassador." One of his performances at the Beijing Central Conservatory was even broadcast on Chinese national television. In 2009, Dillingham was the recipient of the Oklahoma Governor's Arts Award. It was quite an honor for all of us to be able to hear this talented man perform inside Bridal Cave. 

Weddings At Bridal Cave
Rural Missouri Magazine's readers voted Bridal Cave as a best wedding destination in their 2017 contest! Since we began performing weddings inside the cave in 1949, we have hosted over 3,500 ceremonies, and that number grows more and more every month.  



The underground wedding chapel, which can hold up to 50 guests, is the most popular spot for tying the knot here at our scenic Lake of the Ozarks attraction. It is always a comfortable 60° inside the cave, so it's a perfect venue, no matter what the weather is like outside. 

We have also hosted some lovely weddings in our outdoor pavilion overlooking the gorgeous Lake of the Ozarks, which can hold up to 80 guests. The park is in full bloom right now, so the scenery around the pavilion is beautiful, even before any wedding decorations are added to it. 



A couple of different wedding packages are offered at Bridal Cave. Both offer you the choice of using the stalactite adorned bridal chapel or the outdoor lakeside pavilion. They also include the following:

Sweetheart Special

  • Wedding officiant to perform your ceremony
  • Recorded pipe organ music
  • 2 Toasting glasses & a bottle of sparkling cider
  • Free admission for your guests to the ceremony
  • A lifetime pass to Bridal Cave for the bride & groom
Romance To Remember
  • Everything in the Sweetheart Special, plus...
  • Silk or fresh flowers for the bride & groom
  • Services of a professional photographer
  • 15 color prints in a souvenir embossed album and an 8x10 wedding portrait
You can make a wedding reservation on our website, or give us a call at 573-346-2676. We will need a minimum of 7 days notice along with a MasterCard or Visa to guarantee your date. If you have been looking for something beautiful, unique, and memorable to do for you upcoming wedding, say your vows at Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park. It's a ceremony your guests will be talking about for years to come! 

On the other hand, if you are already married, you can join us for our FREE wedding vow renewals held every year near Valentine's Day. Keep an eye on our social media pages for more information about that next winter. 


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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Come & See Thunder Mountain Park In Full Bloom

The gorgeous botanical gardens that we added to Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park last year are in full bloom and ready to be enjoyed this season! Along with all of the other natural beauty you will experience walking around the trails of our scenic Lake of the Ozarks attraction, as well as the underground beauty inside the cave, these gardens are certainly quite a sight to behold. 


Botanical Garden & Waterfall

Just outside of our Lake of the Ozarks gift shop you will find a magnificent botanical garden featuring over 20 different blooming flowers and shrubs. These plants provide lovely, fresh flowers throughout the season until sometime in October. The garden also contains a relaxing waterfall feature, and it's all in perfect view from our lakeside picnic pavilion. While enjoying an afternoon picnic you'll have the beautiful garden on one side and the breathtaking lake view on the other! 



Outdoor Weddings
Many of the weddings that we host take place in our unique Lake of the Ozarks underground wedding chapel inside the cave. Our lakeside pavilion, which can accommodate up to 80 guests, is the perfect outdoor area for a lakeside wedding. The gorgeous gardens add an excellent backdrop of picturesque beauty to the ceremony site, not to mention some incredible photo opportunities.  


Nature Walks
You can enjoy all of the foliage that Mother Nature herself added to our Lake of the Ozarks family attraction while walking through the trails of Thunder Mountain Park. The forest is lush and green, and you're very likely to see animals such as deer, rabbits, squirrels, and more scurrying about during your hike. If you enjoy a bit of bird-watching, you are sure to see lots of activity in among the treetops too. Taking the time to climb our 100-foot tall fire tower, which has a viewing platform at 80-feet, gives you a brand new view of all of that fantastic natural beauty.  


This is the perfect time of year to take a walk through nature at our Lake of the Ozarks family fun attraction. The sun is shining, the wildlife is active, the park is in full bloom, and the weather's not too terribly hot. Of course, if it is an extra-hot day, or if those rain clouds decide to hover, it's always a comfortable 60° inside Bridal Cave! Visit us at Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park soon to see all that nature has to offer both above and below the ground. It's a gorgeous natural dose of Family Fun... As It Should Be


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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Great Group Tour Possibilities For Summer Vacation!

Summer vacation is in full swing. Don't let the kids spend the entire break in front of a screen. Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park is a perfect activity to keep them entertained, amazed, and it's even educational! Our kid-friendly Lake of the Ozarks attraction is a wonderful place to bring large groups too: summer school, vacation bible school, summer camps, etc... Get them out of the classroom and into nature! 


Bringing your group to Bridal Cave is as easy as 1-2-3: 

#1 - Pick a date.
It's not difficult to find a date that works with your group's schedule, because we're open 7 days a week! When you make your group reservation, we'll be happy to help you decide on a day that fits best into your schedule.  

#2 - Pick a time.
We open every day at 9 am, and through June 10 we are open until 5 pm. After that, June 11-August 14, we add an extra hour and don't take our last tour out until 6 pm. You can start early and take a morning tour, bring everyone after lunch, or even better, plan your field trip to happen over lunchtime. Our lakeside pavilion is a wonderful place to enjoy a picnic or sack lunch, and it can seat up to 80.  

#3 - Pick your options.
We're a lot more than "just a cave tour." (America's most scenic cave tour, to be more precise!) There are lots of things to do and enjoy while you're here, and we even offer a couple of special tours. 


  • Bridal Cave Group Tours
    During your our 1-hour, guided cave tour, one of our knowledgeable tour guides will lead you through the wonders of Bridal Cave. While you are enjoying the view, you will also hear stories about the history of the cave, the geology found inside it, and the fantastic biology found in this famous cavern.

    Pricing for these group tours are: $13.50 for adults, ages 13 and up, and $6.75 for children ages 4-12. Kids 4 and under are free. We also offer a special elementary school rate of $4.00. This requires a minimum of 15 paid admissions, and teachers and bus drivers will receive complimentary tickets.
  • Gemstone Mining
    This super-fun activity can be added to any reserved tour for an additional $5 per person. Each student is provided with a bag of mining rough that they can dump into our giant sluice in front of the gift shop and pan for treasures! All of the bags are slightly different, but you can expect to find semi-precious minerals and gemstones inside, such as emeralds, fools' gold, amethyst, garnets, sapphires, and more. The students even get to keep all of the treasures that they find to take home as a souvenir.
  • Discovery Tour
    The Discovery Tour is a true adventure in learning. It includes 2 hours of excitement and education, 2 caves, 2 classrooms, and a flashlight to take home! In addition to the regular Bridal Cave tour, the children in your group will also enjoy a half-mile nature walk which contains two outdoor classrooms. It also includes a flashlight tour of Bear Cave, our hands-on cave tour. After it's over, the flashlight is theirs to keep as a souvenir of the trip.

    Pricing for the Discovery Tour is: $16 for adults ages 13 and up, and $8 per child. There is a minimum of 15 paid admissions required, and teachers and bus drivers are complimentary.
  • Thunder Mountain Park
    Bridal Cave is located in Thunder Mountain Park, which is a large wooded tract right on the shoreline of the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. In addition to the trails that your group can hike, you will also find:
    • Observation decks and an 80-foot observation tower
    • Picnic areas
    • Boat dock (with great big fish to feed!)
    • Gift Shop
    • Thunder Mountain Mining Company, a unique rock and mineral shop specializing in rock, minerals, fossils, and educational materials for rock hounds of all ages. 

Bridal Cave, Thunder Mountain Park, Lake of the Ozarks

If you are hosting a large group of children this summer and are looking for something special to keep them entertained, bring them all to Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park. The kids (as well as the adults tagging along) will be having so much fun, they won't even realize that they're learning! 

Reservations are required for groups of 15 or more. You can make reservations online through our website, or give us a call at 573-346-2676. It is sure to be one of the highlights of everyone's summer vacation!     




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Friday, May 26, 2017

Bridal Cave Now Offers Lantern Tours!


Bridal Cave is excited to announce we are now offering Lantern Tours! This new tour at the best natural attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks is a MUST DO. Don't miss your chance to go back in time almost 150 years and explore Bridal Cave as the first explorers did....by lantern!

This special 75 minute guided tour of the best cave in Missouri details the adventure of what cave exploring used to be before electric lights. Your experienced guide will give in depth history of Bridal Cave, Lake of the Ozarks and cave exploration over the centuries. Adults receive a souvenir LED lantern. Children receive a souvenir LED Cavers Helmet (not recommended for children 4 and under). Lantern tours are available on Saturday evenings at 7 pm, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

4 Reasons You CAN'T MISS Your Chance to Experience a Lantern Tour


1. This is a brand NEW experience that we are unveiling to you for the first time! Normally, our tours are more lighted throughout, but with the lantern tours, the only light source will be our lanterns. Experience the exploration of this natural attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks as the first explorers did, by lantern!

2. When you book your lantern tour with us, you will receive a FREE souvenir LED lantern. Children will receive a FREE souvenir LED Cavers Helmet (not recommended for children 4 and under).

3. Enjoy a FUN evening with your family! Bridal cave is a family friendly attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks and is fun for all ages! These lantern tours are only on Saturday evenings at 7 pm, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. There's nothing better than spending a night with your family exploring this wondrous site.

4. This summer will be filled with HOT SUMMER NIGHTS. Cool off with your family at Bridal Cave on a lantern tour! These tours will be conducted over concrete pathways throughout the cave's refreshing 60 degree environment.



Reservations are required. Space is limited. Book your lantern tour NOW at bridalcave.com/lantern-tours! Please note: discounts and comp passes are not valid for the lantern tour. Don't miss this opportunity to have Family Fun... As It Should Be! 

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

The National Day of Caves & Karst is Coming June 6th!

There is a national holiday coming up very soon that all of us here at Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park are very excited to share with all of you., Tuesday, June 6, 2017, is the National Day of Caves & Karst. Our natural attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks is just one of the many places where you can celebrate this amazing day.


This national holiday was declared by the National Caves Association, which is represented by more than 80 show caves across the United States, Bermuda, and Barbados, including our very own Bridal Cave. That' s a lot of beautiful places to discover and explore! This special day is being introduced in the hopes that people will be inspired to tour at least one cave this summer. 

What Is Karst?
We are sure everyone is familiar with what a cave is, but karst is probably a new word for most of you. Karst is a landscape formed from the dissolution of soluble rocks such as limestone, dolomite, and gypsum. That is what forms natural ridges, towers, fissures, sinkholes, underground streams, caves, and other similar landforms.

Caves and karst make landscapes diverse, fascinating, and also rich in resources. They provide a very unique subsurface habitat for many animals, some of which are incredibly rare. They also preserve fragile archaeological and paleontological materials for millennia.       

5 Reasons To Visit A Cave This Summer
The National Caves Association put out a press release with 5 compelling reasons that you should visit at least one cave this summer. (But we're willing to bet that you have such an incredible time, you'll make plans to visit more than that!) 

#1 - See things you've never seen before.
No two caves are alike, and even if you've toured a particular cave before, it's very likely that you'll make discoveries that you overlooked before. There is such a wide array of amazing things to see, you can never take it all in the first time. Many of the elements inside a cave have been forming for millions of years, and millions of years from now, there will be completely different things for future tourists to see.  

#2 - Spend quality time with family. 
Touring show caves is an activity that can by enjoyed by all ages. It can spark an interest in science and nature in a child that will last a lifetime, and a young person's perspective will point out things adults would not normally notice. This is the type of activity that encourages family bonding, and wonderful memories together are just waiting to be made.   

#3 - Cave tours are educational.
Tour guides not only lead you through the cave, but they are also full of interesting facts and fun stories about the things you are seeing. History comes alive when you are up close and personal with the beauty of these underground caves. While you are down there, you can also learn all about the animals that call it home, and if you're lucky, maybe even see a few. 

The more you learn about how everything in nature works together to benefit each other, the more you realize just how important caves are. Bridal Cave offers some very educational cave tours, plus a special "Kids Only" section on our website filled with all kinds of cool information. 
    


#4 -  Spending time in nature has many benefits.
There have been many studies done that prove nature boosts both your mental and physical well-being. When paired with the exercise you get exploring a cave, those studies also showed the following benefits: restored mental energy, better vision in children, improved concentration, and sharper thinking and creativity. It has even been linked to lowering anger, stress, blood pressure, and heart rates.  

#5 - Caves are fun.
There is a new, exciting adventure inside every cave that you visit. Bridal Cave at the Lake of the Ozarks is unbelievable to witness when it's all lit up, and this year we are adding a special lantern tour so that you can get more of a natural experience inside a dark cave. (Watch for more about that in next week's blog!) 

Other unique experiences can be had across the country. Bluespring Caverns takes you on the underground rivers in electric tour boats, and you can tour in kayaks in Indiana Caverns. Luray Caverns in Virginia is home to the world's largest musical instrument, the Great Stalacpipe Organ. 


Well, we're convinced to go caving... how about you? Set some time aside this summer to visit our family fun Lake of the Ozarks attraction to find out all of the additional sights and activities awaiting you in addition to those we've mentioned today. We're convinced that after your tour of Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park, you'll be anxious to see even more. Make a cave "bucket list" with your family and see how many you can get to this year. It's a great way to encourage Family Fun... As It Should Be! 


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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Buy Your Ozarks Amphitheater Tickets At Bridal Cave

We would like to announce that Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park is now an official ticket outlet for Ozarks Amphitheater in Camdenton. You can spend the day at our family attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks, then head on over to enjoy a concert under the stars that night! 


Ozarks Amphitheater
The Ozarks Amphitheater is an open-air concert venue located just a couple of miles away from our scenic Lake of the Ozarks attraction. It was completed in 1993 and has hosted some very well-known entertainers. The Charlie Daniel's Band, Foreigner, REO Speedwagon, Miranda Lambert, Blues Traveler, and Willie Nelson are just a few of the famous voices that have graced the stage.  

The concert venue can hold 13,000 fans, with seating for 10,000, plus enough lawn seating for another 3,000. You can purchase tickets on their website or you can swing by Bridal Cave every day between 9 am - 5 pm to pick yours up in person. As an additional bonus, all Ozarks Amphitheater ticket holders can receive 25% off of their Bridal Cave admission simply by showing their ticket at the counter. You get to enjoy 2 amazing experiences and save money in the process!  

2017 Concerts
There are a few incredible concerts booked already for the 2017 season at Ozarks Amphitheater. Here is what they've got in store for you so far:
(following photos from www.OzarksAmp.com) 


Sunday, May 28: 
Dwight Yoakum with special guest Frankie Ballard
Dwight Yoakum is an American singer-songwriter that is credited with helping to pioneer country music. His first album, "Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc." was released in 1886, and after celebrating many hits from numerous albums since then, he recently released "Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars." 

Frankie Ballard is another talented American country singer-songwriter and guitarist. He has charted 4 singles on the Hot Country Songs charts and will be an excellent opening act for Yoakum. 


Sunday, July 2:
Party in the Sticks 2017 - Colt Ford
Colt ford is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter that has charted 6 times on the Hot Country Songs charts. He has released 6 albums under Average Joes Entertainment, of which he is a co-founder. His newest album, "Love, Hope, Faith" celebrates the things that bring us together - friends, family, and our faith in a better future. 

Three additional acts are scheduled to appear for the Party in the Sticks concert, including Bubba Sparxxx, Struggle Jennings, and Dirt Road Republic.  


Saturday, July 29:
Ted Nugent with special guests The Kentucky Headhunters
There is a permanent place for Ted Nugent in rock & roll history! He is known as the ultimate guitar-shredding showman, setting attendance records for his concerts at venues around the world. He has sold over 40 million albums and performed more than 6,500 shows full of excitement and first-class entertainment. 

The Kentucky Headhunters bring their own brand of Southern rock to the stage. With 8 studio albums, 3 compilations, and 23 singles to their name, this band always performs an amazing show for the crowd.  


Saturday, August 26: 
Get The Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin
This Philadelphia-based group of musicians has captured the essence of the recorded music of the infamous Led Zeppelin. The music you fell in love with on Led Zeppelin's albums will be recreated masterfully by this tribute band. No wigs or fake English accents, just the classic tunes you want to hear.  


Saturday, Sept. 23:
Aaron Tippin
Aaron Tippin is marking his 25th year in music with this incredible concert tour. He loves bringing his country music to the stage for the people he prefers to call family rather than fans. Tippin promises not only a concert full of your favorite songs, but also loaded with fun. 

A Day Full Of Fun For The Whole Family
The entire lake area has all kinds of wonderful things for families to enjoy, and with Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park so close to Ozarks Amphitheater, you can hit two incredible attractions in one day. If you would like more information about upcoming concerts or the theater itself, visit www.OzarksAmp.comWe are happy to partner with such a first class operation doing its part to bring the lake area Family Fun... As It Should Be! 


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Friday, May 5, 2017

"Give Where You Live" - Give Lake 2017

There is a very intriguing event coming to the Lake of the Ozarks, and Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park want to make sure that everyone in the lake area knows all about. Give Lake is a 1-day, online event focusing on raising funds and awareness for many local non-profits in the lake area.


A Special Event For 12 Great Local Organizations
Give Lake is a part of the bigger Give Ozarks day of giving event taking place on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 12 am until midnight. Throughout the Ozarks, more than 225 non-profits will be helped. "Give where you live" is the theme, and here at the Lake, 12 local non-profits that work to make the lake community a stronger place will benefit from local donations. Last year this incredible event raised $51,000 in just 24 hours, and this year they hope to raise even more!   
  • Kids' Harbor
  • Lake Area Big Brothers/ Big Sisters
  • Wonderland Camp
  • Lake of the Ozarks Developmental Center, Inc.
  • Children's Learning Center
  • Medical Missions For Christ Clinic
  • Food For Morgan County
  • Westlake Aquatic Center
  • The National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church - The Mothers Shrine
  • The Lake Arts Council
  • Missouri Forget-Me-Not Horse Rescue & Sanctuary
  • Citizens Against Domestic Violence (CADV) 

Live Party At Hy-Vee
While Give Ozarks is an online event, the Community Foundation of the Lake is hosting a live event from 11 am - 4 pm on May 9 in the Hy-Vee Supermarket parking lot in Osage Beach. Share the excitement of this great event with others and meet the people working at the local non-profits benefiting from this 24-hour online event. Free food will be available for everyone that stops by, and live music will be performed by Shawn C. 


Donating Is Easy
They've made it simple to make a donation. On May 9, donors can go to www.Lake.GiveOzarks.org to reach the lake area directly, or you can visit www.GiveOzarks.org for a list of all of the non-profits involved across the Midwest. They can be searched for by name, category, or a particular area of interest. When you find the one (or more) that you would like to make a donation to, simply click the orange "Donate Now" button at the top of that agency's page. There will be prompts to walk you through the process, or you can watch this step-by-step video

Bonus Money
The very generous sponsors for Give Lake 2017 have made it possible for the Community Foundation of the Ozarks to provide $101,500 in prizes to be awarded to the winning agencies in different categories. Every time someone makes a donation to a specific non-profit, that agency will be given a "ticket" into a random, hourly drawing for $1,500, and there are 13 of these "Luck of the Draw" prizes available. Your donation just may be the winning "ticket" for your non-profit to receive even more money! 

There are many other categories in which the non-profits can qualify for other bonus prize amounts; Jackpots, prizes for early donations, prizes for specific hours that might not normally attract a lot of people, and many more. You can see a full list of these bonus prizes here. It may help you decide what time you want to make your donations. 

Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 9 so that you remember to make your donation during the 24-hour period, and be sure to share this information with everyone you know, either on social media, by word of mouth, or better yet, both! The more people that know, the more money will be raised, and these wonderful local organizations can continue to do their important work to make our community better. Join Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park to give where you live! 


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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

An Award-Winning Science Project Conducted Inside Bridal Cave

Recently one of our staff members, River Wise, conducted a science project that we featured in our blog about The First Ever Biological Inventory of Bridal Cave. We weren't the only ones that found this to be an intriguing subject. River was recognized for his outstanding study of our popular Lake of the Ozarks scenic attraction with an impressive award! 

The project was titled "Biological Inventory of the Invertebrate Fauna of Bridal Cave." The Science Research Class at Camdenton High School, where River attends as a junior, had been discussing the fact that a biological inventory would be an interesting subject. River immediately thought of us as the perfect place for this class project to happen. 

Ten invertebrate were found as well as an invasive species, Oxidus gracillis, more commonly know as the Greenhouse Millipede. In the previous blog published last November, we shared a few photos of some of the other creatures that were discovered.  

photo from Wikipedia 
These findings were presented in detail at the Ozarks Science and Engineering Fair at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO this past April 4-6, 2017. Over 20 projects in a variety of categories in the Senior Division were represented. There were three in the zoology division.       

We are extremely proud to announce that River won second place in the competition in the zoology division. His efforts were very impressive and the findings are incredibly exciting. We are looking forward to getting a closer look at the final study to learn all about the diverse biology that exists in the unique ecosystem inside Bridal Cave. 

River's award-winning science project inside Bridal Cave.
River is the son of Jamie Reid, a tour supervisor here at Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park. Please join all of us in congratulating River on this impressive accomplishment. Be sure to ask him plenty of questions about the amazing creatures he discovered inside America's most scenic cave tour if you happen to run into him this summer!  

                                                                                                                 
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

It's Festival Time! The 67th Annual Dogwood Festival

Every spring in mid-Missouri we anxiously anticipate the beautiful blooming Dogwood trees. In honor of these magnificent natural works of art, every year Camdenton hosts the Annual Dogwood Festival. All of the family fun activities take place just up the road from Bridal Cave and Thunder Mountain Park. This year we expect everything to be bigger and better than ever before! 


This festival is one of the best annual events at the Lake of the Ozarks. It celebrates Missouri's state tree, the Flowering Dogwood. While usually seen with gorgeous white flowers, Dogwoods can also be discovered with pink petals too. 

Camdenton's Dogwood Festival holds the record for the longest continuously running festival in the lake area. This year's theme is "Good To Be Green" partly due to the fact that this year's event takes place during Earth Day on Saturday, April 22. 



THURSDAY, APRIL 20TH

Fine Art Display 
9 AM – 4 PM - First National Bank
Carnival
5–10 PM - Middle School Parking Lot, S. Bus. Hwy 5
$20 Wrist Band from 5-9 PM 

FRIDAY APRIL 21ST 

St. Anthony’s Church Garage Sale
7 AM - 6 PM  -  1874 N. Bus. Hwy 5
Our Savior Lutheran Church Garage Sale 
8 AM - 4 PM  -  442 E. Hwy 54
Fine Art Display
9 AM – 4 PM  -  First National Bank
Knights of Columbus Fish Fry
4:00-7:30 PM  -  547 W. Hwy 54 
Dinner Theater
5:30 PM  -  Camden County Museum
Melodrama 
7:00 PM  -  Camden County Museum 
DECA Craft Show
5:30 – 8:00 PM  -  Middle School, S. Bus. Hwy 5
Food & Craft Booths
5:30 – 9:00 PM  -  Middle School, S. Bus Hwy 5
Live Entertainment
Middle School Parking Lot
6 PM-7PM – LOZ Dance
7PM – Soul Joke
Carnival
5 – 10 PM — Middle School Parking Lot
$20 Wrist Band from 5-9 PM


SATURDAY, APRIL 22ND


Pancake Breakfast
6:30 - 10 AM – United Methodist Church, W. Hwy 54 
Fine Art Display
9 AM – 3 PM — First National Bank
St. Anthony’s Church Garage Sale
7 AM-2 PM—1874 North Hwy 5 
Our Savior Lutheran Church Garage Sale
8AM-Noon, — 442 E. Hwy 54 
DECA Craft Show
9 AM – 4 PM — Middle School 
Food and Crafts
10AM – 6 PM — Middle School Parking Lot 
Dogwood Festival Parade
10 AM — Downtown Camdenton 
Young Eagles Flights
Noon – 3:30—Camdenton Airport, S. Hwy 5 
Live Entertainment
Middle School Parking Lot 
12:00 American Gymnastics Team
1:00 Baby Contest
2:30 Mitch Shields
3:30 Dog Contest
4:30 Helen Russell & Company
6:00 Shawn C
Worship Under the Dogwoods
1:00 & 3:00 - Community Christian Church, 1064 N. Bus. Hwy 5 
Dinner Theater
5:30 PM - Camden County Museum
Melodrama
7 PM-Camden County Museum 
Carnival
 Noon – 10 PM — Middle School Parking Lot
$20 Wrist Band from Noon to 4 and 5-9 PM

SUNDAY, APRIL 23RD

Worship Under the Dogwoods
8:00 AM - Community Christian Church, 1064 N. Bus. Hwy 5


You can find out even more information, like indoor and outdoor booth layouts and participating vendors, on the Camdenton Chamber of Commerce website. If you've never been to the Annual Dogwood Festival, you're missing a fun time for all ages. This year, try your best to get over there and check it all out. It's taking place very close to our family fun Lake of the Ozarks attraction, so you might as well come on out and see us this weekend too! Make it an entire weekend full of Family Fun... As It Should Be! 


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