74. Held every July, Jackson Homecomers is an annual tradition featuring nightly entertainment, contests, carnivals rides and more.
75. The Mississippi River Valley Scenic Drive takes visitors through rural communities of Southeast Missouri. Good food, folk music, crafts, good food, camping, living history, museum tours, good food and the beauty of the Missouri countryside are all part of this self-conducted driving tour held at the end of April each year.
77. Join local civic organizations such as the Lion's Club and Optimists in raising money for charity by purchasing tickets for chili, spaghetti and pancake fundraisers each year. Music and other entertainment are provided.
80. Experience some Southern charm during the annual Dogwood Azalea Festival, held every April in Charleston, Mo. Tour the six-mile Dogwood-Azalea Trail when Charleston glows with the beauty of magnificent dogwoods and azaleas at peak bloom.
82. Every September, the East Perry Community Fair in Altenburg, Mo., hosts a famous mule-jumping competition and much more. Be sure to get one of the famous grilled cheese sandwiches while you're there.
83. The Bollinger County Fair offers three days of food, contests, music, carnival rides, a car show, horse acts and more.
85. Lace up your sneakers for a good cause. Throughout the year, 5k races are held to benefit a variety of charities and causes. Check semoevents.com and caperoadrunners.org for details.
86. Trivia night fundraisers are held throughout the year to support groups like the Safe House for Women, Cape Girardeau Roller Girls, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Cape Girardeau Jaycees and more. Round up your smartest friends and reserve a table; these fundraisers usually include snacks, drinks and raffle prizes. Search semoevents.com for upcoming trivia nights.
87. The Du Quoin State Fair, held Aug. 24 to Sept. 3 this year, is 10 days of fun, food and entertainment. The fair was the longtime home of The Hambletonian, harness racing's premier event, and the sport is still is a main feature of the annual fair.
88. Sikeston's Cotton Carnival claims one of the biggest parades in the region to go along with carnival rides, food and games at the rodeo grounds.