O'Fallon Update Newsblog

All information posted below and on subsequent pages is provided by the City of O'Fallon's Communications team. Follow @cityofofallon on Twitter for the latest happenings.

O’Fallon’s Armed Forces Day Ceremony

The public is invited to attend an Armed Forces Day ceremony that will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, at O’Fallon Veterans Memorial Walk, 800 Belleau Creek Road, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. Free parking is available.

Armed Forces Day is dedicated to honoring the men and women serving in the five branches of the U.S. military: the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Colonel Terri L. Chaney, Support Group Commander of the 131st Bomb Wing, Missouri Air National Guard, will deliver the keynote address. Col. Chaney deployed to Operation Northern Watch, Operation Southern Watch and Operation Enduring Freedom.

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Deadline approaching for O’Fallon’s Heritage & Freedom Fest Parade applications

Showcase your club, civic organization, business, church or scout troop with a creative, patriotic parade entry for O’Fallon’s Heritage & Freedom Fest Parade. With a few slots still available, the deadline for entries is noon on Friday, May 13. The annual Independence Day parade, which typically draws thousands of families lining the two-mile route, will get underway in downtown O’Fallon at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, July 4.

“Creativity is one of the top elements that judges look for in a parade entry, and it could help the entrants win prize money for their efforts,” said Marsha Seymour, O’Fallon’s Tourism and Festivals Manager. “We think people will have a lot of fun with this year’s parade theme, ‘People, Parks – An American Tradition.’ Both businesses and non-profits are eligible for judging. Businesses wanting to be in the parade can avoid a late fee of $50 by applying by the May 13th noon deadline.”

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2016 Heritage & Freedom Fest Bands (Video)

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KONGOS, Chase Bryant, Love and Theft and special guest Sister Hazel will headline O’Fallon’s Heritage & Freedom Fest 2016

Speaking at the April 28 City Council meeting, Mayor Bill Hennessy announced the nationally-known entertainers set to perform, free, at O’Fallon, Missouri’s Heritage & Freedom Fest. Country music’s rising star Chase Bryant and Nashville’s acclaimed Love and Theft will take the Main stage on July 3 and the sensational KONGOS with special guest Sister Hazel will rock the festival on July 4. O’Fallon’s 2016 Heritage & Freedom Fest will be held July 2-4 at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex, 900 T. R. Hughes Boulevard, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366.

“We’re proud to bring top-name talent to our City for everyone in the region to hear and see in person and celebrate our country’s independence,” said Hennessy. “In addition to free concerts by these great artists, we’ll have two nights of exceptional fireworks displays, free sideshows, kids’ activities, three days of thrilling carnival rides and the biggest Fourth of July parade in St. Charles County. I’m proud to say that O’Fallon’s Independence Day weekend celebration is one of the largest and most popular in the metro area.”

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Fort Zumwalt Park closing to vehicles for the O’Fallon Cup Criterium Bike Race

To accommodate the O’Fallon Cup Criterium bicycle race, Fort Zumwalt Park in O’Fallon, Missouri, will be temporarily close to vehicles at dusk on Friday, May 20, through 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. The race will be held on Saturday and the public is invited to attend the event, free. Race heats begin at 9 a.m. and continue to 4 p.m. Spectator parking will be available at First Baptist Church of O’Fallon, 8750 Veterans Memorial Parkway (63366).

More information about the race is available online at www.momentumracing.net/races/ofallon-cup

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RSC 5K Challenge Run features a fun obstacle course with free party fun and a movie afterwards

Sign up with your family for the RSC 5K Challenge Run, which will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 6, outside the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC) and stay afterwards for the free outdoor party with Batman and Elsa the Snow Queen. The Challenge Run features an obstacle course open to ages 8 and up. The Renaud Spirit Center is located at 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon MO 63368.

Free post-race entertainment includes inflatables, a balloon artist, a bubble machine and an outdoor showing of the film Minions. Bring a blanket or lawn chair for movie seating. Pizza and other food and beverages will be available for purchase. As a bonus, get a 10% discount on a new RSC membership at any time over the weekend (May 6-8).

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Founders’ Day & Garden Expo festival features heritage skills, historic tours, yard and garden vendors

Enjoy two spring events in one at Founders’ Day and the Garden Expo in Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon, Missouri. The festival will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, with free admission, parking and free activities for nearly everyone. Highlights include an Arbor Day Ceremony with Mayor Bill Hennessy at 10 a.m., storyteller Steve McPhail with tales of John Chapman, aka the legendary “Johnny Appleseed,” the Lewis and Clark Fife & Drum Corps, old-time acoustic music by Glenn Butterhorn, Jim Steitz, and Jason Ebinger, and the St. Charles Model Railroad Club open house. The park entrance is located at 1000 Jessup Drive (63366) off Veterans Memorial Parkway.

Demonstrations of heritage skills include letter-writing by the Daughters of the American Revolution, basket weaving, sheep-to-shawl wool spinning, rope-making, bee keeping, cornhusk doll-making and blacksmithing. Kids can try their hand at soap carving, playing checkers and simulated cow milking and cattle roping. Chinkapin oak and river birch tree seedlings – both native Missouri trees – will be given away while supplies last, one per family. Visitors can shop vendors’ booths for arts and crafts, live plants and flowers, garden art and yard décor. Food trucks and concessionaires will have food and beverages for sale.

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Musicians are invited to join the O’Fallon Community Concert Band for summer concerts

Musicians who would like to play with the O’Fallon Community Concert Band are invited to bring their instrument of choice and a music stand to band rehearsals at the O’Fallon Senior Center, 106 North Main Street, O’Fallon Missouri 63366. The O’Fallon Community Concert Band performs patriotic music, show tunes, pops and music composed for movies

Rehearsals for the 2016 summer concert season will be held at 7 p.m. on Mondays beginning April 25. There’s no charge to be a band member. For more information contact band director Gene Garza at 636-949-2590, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Zumwalt’s Fort will open for tours for Founders’ Day & Garden Expo

For the first time, the Zumwalt’s Fort interpretive center will be open along with the Darius Heald Home for tours from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. The interpretive center’s Grand Opening is part of O’Fallon Founders’ Day & Garden Expo festivities in Fort Zumwalt Park. A $5 fee covers admittance to both attractions, with children 10 and under admitted free. Fort Zumwalt Park is located at 1000 Jessup Drive, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366.

A brief history of Zumwalt’s Fort and the Heald Home

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Comment period deadline set for O’Fallon, Missouri’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Consolidated Plan Amendment

A 30-day comment period regarding O’Fallon’s Consolidated Plan Amendment will end at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 10, 2016. The plan will be available for review beginning Tuesday, May 10, at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 North Main Street (63366). The public is invited to submit written comments to 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 mail them to:

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