The Little Apple: News from Appleton City

Zion Lutheran School in Prairie City is having a Germanfest October 27, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Zion is located just south of the junction of Hwys B and O at 10135 SE County Road 9526 (Rockville). Reubens, brats, kuchen, turnips and more will be served. Call 660-596-6213 for more information. All profits benefit Appleton City and Walker Fire Departments.

P.A.T. Safe Trick or Treat, sponsored by the AC Public Library, will be held Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.  This is for ages 0 thru pre-school only. Bring your little ones in costume and join in the fun. Look for the Trick-or-Treater sign in participating businesses and other businesses will have treats at the Park Building and AC Library.

Halloween in the Appleton City Forest Park will again be sponsored by the GFWC-Jr. Achievers.  Free Hot Dogs, bottled water and hot chocolate will be served starting at 5:00 p.m.  Costume Judging will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m.  All “Goblins” are called to the park on Halloween evening.

The Appleton City Manor and Countryside Estates will open its door on October 31, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. to allow area children to trick or treat in the buildings. The Manor asks that you escort your children in and out of the building for safety purposes.

Perkin’ Along Women’s Fellowship at Pleasant Gap Christian Church is hosting a Women’s Retreat Saturday, November 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with guest speaker, Pam Morgan.  Registration and a light breakfast will begin at 9:00 a.m.  Saturday night, November 2, at 6:30 p.m. Phil and Pam Morgan will give a concert at Pleasant Gap Christian Church and they will have soup and sandwiches afterwards.  Everyone is welcome.

 Appleton City Elementary PTO will be hosting the 2nd Annual Mother/Son Movie Night on Saturday, November 2 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the elementary gym.  Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.  Movies showing will be Toy Story 4 and Little Giants. This movie night is for all little guys pre-K through 5th grade in our community and their special lady in their life (mom, grandmother, aunt, family friend, etc.) to come out for a night of movie watching, a brown bag supper special, concessions, pictures and overall good fun.  Tickets are $20 for a couple (add $5 per additional sibling attending).  No RSVP is needed and tickets will be purchased at the door the night of the dance.  A brown bag special (hot dog/polish dog, chips, candy bar, drink and unlimited popcorn) will be included as part of each ticket purchased.  Other candy and pop will be available for purchase during the evening.  Each couple will receive a complimentary 4×6 photograph to remember the night’s events. Check out the AC Elementary PTO page with more information.  

Vendors are wanted at 3rd annual AC PTO Holiday Shopping Extravaganza on Saturday, December 7 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Appleton City High School gym and commons area.  There will be a variety of vendors setup and ready to share their holiday specials.  If you are interested in being a vendor, please contact Jennifer Hawkins at or 417-359-3846.  Also, follow AC Elementary PTO Facebook page and you will find additional vendor and event information.  There will be hourly door prizes (need not be present to win) and the event is free of charge for the community to attend.  Donations will be accepted, as this event is earmarked to help continue the PTO’s campaign of capital improvements to the school. They welcome all to come out and make this event a stop as you participate in the annual Christmas in the Country activities on Saturday, December 7!

If you have any old/unused/ready to trade out Christmas decorations consider donating them to Appleton City PTO for their up-cycled Holiday booth at the 3rd annual Holiday Shopping Extravaganza during Christmas in the Country on December 7.  Donate decorations in good condition by dropping off items at the elementary office or sending them with your student now through November 30.  They appreciate any and all donations.

Hudson Hustler’s 4-H Club will once again be hosting its annual Loaded Baked Potato Bar at Appleton City Elementary School cafeteria from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 7 in conjunction with Christmas in the Country activities. Baked potatoes will be $7 apiece, including a dessert and drink.    Pre-order and carry-out options are available.  For more information, please contact Jamie O’Farrell at 660-492-3573 or Jennifer Hawkins at 417-359-3846.

October 27th is the 26th anniversary of “The Little Apple”, which began in 1993 by the A. C. Economic Development as way of informing residents of news and events sponsored by area businesses and organizations.  Items of a clearly personal nature, such as birthdays, anniversaries, awards (not group sponsored), personal sales and the like are not accepted for publication. The Appleton City Industrial Development Committee would like to thank the citizens of the area for their support over the last 26 years.  They would also like to thank the volunteers who help make this newsletter possible.  Community First Bank and their employees who photocopy the issues each and every week and the many contributors who have donated the funds to purchase the paper it is printed on.  We would especially like to offer special thanks to the volunteers who collate and deliver the Apple each week.  The Apple is truly a worldwide newsletter, being sent by email to people interested in A. C. all over the world.  If you would like to subscribe to the Apple by email, please send your email address to  If you are willing to donate a few hours of your time each month to help with distributing this newsletter, please contact Dr. Don Payton at 476-2197.

Donations are needed to help continue the publication of “The Little Apple”.  Many people, businesses and organizations put forth a lot of effort to see that it is distributed each week.  Cash donations are needed to purchase the paper it is printed on.  If you able, please send a contribution to The Little Apple Account, c/o Community First Bank, 214 W. 4th, Appleton City, MO 64724.

The WIC office is now available in the PAT building behind the AC School the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. The days that WIC is there, they also have Amanda, who is with the Missouri Extension Office. She has recipes, great nutrition information and can help with food stamp applications.  Another person that is with them when they are open is Stephanie with Compass Health. She can help with Market Place insurance and Medicaid. She can also temp Medicaid for children and pregnant women. Call them at 417-646-1269.  Please leave a message if there is no answer.

Appleton City Sesquicentennial Historic Fashion Show will take place in June, 2020. The fashion show committee is looking for authentic historic clothing and accessories from all decades and categories covering the past 150 years. Please contact Shellie Unell at or 417-309-0607 to notify the committee of any item you have to be included or if you are interested in participating in the show.

There is a new Facebook page tell the world, “Appleton City MO Sesquicentennial 2020”. Find out what’s happening and what you would like to volunteer to help in what event.  Keep watching for new postings.

Warm season grasses provide high quality summer forage for cattle grazing and allow rest time for lower quality cools season pastures.  Ideal planting time for native warm season grasses is winter and spring.  Therefore, MU Extension will provide Warm Season Grass Cattle Grazing Workshops during November to educate cattle producers interested in knowledge on establishment, management and cattle grazing benefits of warm season grasses. Locations and times for these workshops will be: 1:00 p. m .November 8, Kneeland Center, 209 A South Main, Liberal, Mo.  and 6:00 p.m. November 19, Bates County NRCS/SWCD Office, 625 West Nursery Box B, Butler, Mo.  MU Extension Agronomy and Livestock Field Specialists will give similar presentations at each location.  Presentation topics will include: Warm Season Grass Development and Management, Cattle Nutrition and Grazing Management on Warm Season Grasses.  Workshop is free to the public but registration is required to attend.  To register for the November 8 workshop contact the Barton County MU Extension Center at (417) 682-3579 by November 7.  To register for November 19 workshop contact the Bates County NRCS/SWCD Office at (660) 679-6124 ext. 3 by November 18.  For other questions, contact Patrick Davis MU Extension Livestock Field Specialist at 417-276-3313 or  Contact us immediately if you need accommodations because of a disability, need to relay emergency medical information or need special arrangements if the building is evacuated.