O'Fallon Update Newsblog

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Space available for arts and crafts vendors at O’Fallon’s 2017 Heritage & Freedom Fest

A limited amount of booth space is still available for artists and crafters to sell their original creations at O’Fallon, Missouri’s biggest festival of the year, the Heritage & Freedom Fest. The event will be held July 2, 3 and 4 at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex, 900 T.R. Hughes Boulevard, O’Fallon 63366. Vendors will be able to sell merchandise throughout the festival, which will be open on Sunday 4 -10 p.m., Monday 4 – 11 p.m., and Tuesday noon – 10 p.m. The deadline to file for space is Friday, May 12.

O’Fallon’s Heritage & Freedom Fest starts with Family Night on Sunday featuring carnival rides and a colorful midway, food and beverages, the Bubble Bus, sideshow entertainment and Knockerball. On Monday and Tuesday, the festival gets into full swing with free concerts by headline entertainers and regional bands, fireworks each night, the carnival and midway, free sideshows, free activities in the Kids’ Zone, Knockerball and festival food, beverages and merchandise for sale.

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O’Fallon named one of the most affordable cities nationwide for building a dream home

O’Fallon residents or would-be residents who are considering building the home of their dreams will find encouraging news in a report from GoodCall.com, a personal financial website. The report, “2017 Best Cities to Build a Forever Home,” found that O’Fallon offers one of the most affordable and amenable locations in the nation.

The website evaluated 468 cities across the U.S. against criteria that compared the cost of custom home building (30% of the score), the cost of living (20% of the score) and other factors. The top-scoring municipalities are “cities where building a custom home is affordable, as is the cost of living. The cities are generally great places to live with lower crime and unemployment rates, where residents tend to be more educated.”

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Plant sales, live music, heritage activities and a petting farm will enliven O’Fallon’s 2017 Founders’ Day & Garden Expo

Enjoy a pretty spring day by shopping for herb, veggie or flowering plants, listen to live acoustic music and try your hand at old-fashioned activities for all ages at O’Fallon’s Founders’ Day & Garden Expo on Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The event will be held in Fort Zumwalt Park, 1000 Jessup Drive, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366, and feature vendors with hand-crafted wares and live plants for sale, demonstrations of heritage skills, free old-time activities for kids, a petting farm, and free tree sapling and herb seed giveaways (while supplies last). Food will be available for purchase, with gyros, pulled pork, nachos, hot dogs and cotton candy by Sorelle and shaved ice from Kona Ice.

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Showcase your group by entering O’Fallon’s popular Heritage & Freedom Fest Parade

If you’re looking for a project to get your group noticed, have fun and be eligible for prize money, too, sign up and build a parade entry for O’Fallon’s Heritage & Freedom Fest Parade. The patriotic Independence Day parade typically draws thousands of families along the two-mile route, and it will get underway in downtown O’Fallon at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, July 4.

Clubs, civic organizations, businesses, churches and scout troops wanting to be in the parade can find an application, FAQs, resources and tips posted on O’Fallon’s festival website at www.heritageandfreedomfest.com/parade. Entry forms also can be picked up at City Hall (100 North Main Street), the Renaud Spirit Center (2650 Tri Sports Circle), and the Parks and Recreation Administration Office at 400 Civic Park Drive. (For more information, please contact Cody at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 636-379-5574.)

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Creedence Clearwater Revisited and Eric Paslay headline O’Fallon’s Heritage & Freedom Fest 2017

Free concerts by headline entertainers will put the focus on the Main Stage at O’Fallon Missouri’s Heritage & Freedom Fest. Creedence Clearwater Revisited and Special Guest World Classic Rockers will take the stage on Tuesday, July 4, and country music’s Eric Paslay will perform on Monday, July 3. The Heritage & Freedom Fest will be held at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex, 900 T. R. Hughes Boulevard, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. Festival information and song samples are available at www.heritageandfreedomfest.com.

“We’re excited to bring classic rock ‘n roll back to our Heritage & Freedom Fest with these outstanding, nationally-known entertainers, Creedence Clearwater Revisited and World Classic Rockers,” said O’Fallon’s Mayor, Bill Hennessy. “On July 4th, we’ll hear artists who created the music that defined a generation.”

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O’Fallon’s first Food Truck Frenzy kicks off the season at CarShield Field

Get a taste of springtime fun right off the bat at O’Fallon’s Food Truck Frenzy & Rascals Fan Fest on Friday, April 28, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at CarShield Field. Located at 900 T.R. Hughes Boulevard, O’Fallon, Missouri, the ballpark is the home of the River City Rascals.

The Rascals will sell adult beverages, and Doughboys Wood Fired Pizza, Russo’s Trucktoria, Twisted Taco, Wingnut and Sarah’s Cake Stop will sell food truck fare. (Food truck service is subject to change without notice.)The rally features free parking, admission and free activities that include a speed pitch booth, the Bubble Bus and inflatables for kids. The Original Boneheads Trombone Quartet will play rock, swing, marches, jazz, doo-wop, Broadway tunes and Americana music.

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Blank Canvas Studios’ exhibit of “outsider art” opening at the Renaud Spirit Center

An exhibit of paintings, drawings, collage and mixed media works by “outsider” artists with Blank Canvas Studios will open Friday, April 14, at the O’Fallon Cultural Arts Gallery in the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC), 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon, Missouri 63368. The exhibit will be on display through May 26.

Blank Canvas is a non-profit, multi-discipline studio and workshop that provides individuals who are labeled developmentally-disabled with the tools, materials and support needed to create, show and sell artwork. All the exhibitors are working artists. For more information about the artists, “outsider art” and Blank Canvas Studios, visit www.blankcanvasstudios.org.

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New hours in 2017 to file for O’Fallon’s utility tax rebates for seniors, disabled residents

Filing opens today for O’Fallon’s popular seniors’ utility tax rebate.

If you are a resident age 65+ or disabled and you’d like to recoup some of your phone and City utility taxes, you may be able to file for O’Fallon’s utility tax rebates. If you qualify, City staff and City volunteers will help you file for the rebates at O’Fallon City Hall.

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National Council for Home Safety and Security ranks O’Fallon 9th on list of Missouri’s 50 safest cities

The National Council of Home Safety and Security this week published its “Safest Cities in Missouri” report which includes O’Fallon, Missouri, as 9th safest of Missouri’s cities with populations of more than 5,000. The average size of the cities the organization deemed safest is 26,562. With a population of 85,040, O’Fallon is easily the largest of the cities of the report’s top 10. Read the report here.

To identify Missouri’s safest cities, the council reviewed FBI Uniform Crime Report Statistics from 2016 along with the organization’s own population data and internal research. The cities’ rankings were then based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 100,000 people.

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O’Fallon, Missouri named a Tree City USA

The Arbor Day Foundation recently announced the recognition of O’Fallon, Missouri, as a Tree City USA. This is the 13th straight year O’Fallon has earned this distinction.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. The title is renewed each year that the City meets several criteria, including holding an Arbor Day ceremony. (This year’s ceremony will be held at the Founders Day & Garden Expo on May 6 in Fort Zumwalt Park.)

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