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Missouri Military Academy
Designated an "Exemplary Private School," M.M.A. has a rich tradition of academic excellence combined with its strong values. The school, shown in the photo above left, has served students from all over the United States and many other nations since 1889. Its magnificent campus has been proclaimed the most beautiful in the state.
Miss Missouri Scholarship Pageant
Every June, Mexico is host to the week-long Miss Missouri Scholarship Pageant festivities, with contestants from all over the state. The past several years, Pageant emcee has been Debbye Turner, Miss America 1990. She is shown in the center of the photo at top. For more information about the Miss Missouri Scholarship Pageant, send e-mail to the Pageant Board.
Graceland House Museum
Shown at right, the Audrain County Historical Society's restored Graceland House Museum houses an extensive collection of mid-19th century antiques. Built in 1857, the Greek Revival home is listed in the National Register of Historical Places. It was one of General Grant's most pleasing places to dine and enjoy a break in his field duties during the Civil War.
Simmons Stables, shown in the photo at top right, is one of the premier saddle horse operations in North America.
American Saddlebred Horse Museum The oldest American Saddlebred Horse Museum in the United States is located on the grounds of Robert S. Green Park alongside the Historical Society's Graceland House Museum. The museum, shown at left, has an extensive range of equestrian memorabilia, including paintings and exhibits on Tom Bass, George Ford Morris, Art Simmons, the American Royal Horse Show and Rex McDonald, the world's champion saddle stallion.
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Every year, in mid-September, Mexico and Audrain County pay homage to the little soybean, a critical part of Mexico's agricultural economy. The weekend festival includes games, parades, food, craft shows, music and lots of good times for everyone. The festival is held around Mexico's Village Square, with its brick sidewalks, antique-style lightposts and Audrain County Courthouse.
Historic Presser Hall
Carefully restored to its original glory through a community-wide effort, Presser Hall has been host to the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the International Up With People concerts. Other activities gracing its stage include touring dance and theater companies, as well as many school and community productions.
Parks and City Lakes
There are more than 270 acres of public parks in Mexico. Activities include fishing, tennis, swimming, volleyball, basketball, baseball, playgrounds, "Frisbee golf," soccer, camping, picnicking and hiking.
Mark Twain Lake
Mexico is the "Southern Gateway" to Mark Twain Lake, just 25 minutes north. This 19,000 acre lake, shown in the photo at left, offers abundant fishing as well as a full range of camping, swimming, boating and hunting opportunities. Tour the Clarence Cannon Dam and Power Plant or the M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor Center. South of Mexico, it's only a short drive to the sprawling Lake of the Ozarks.
MS150 Bicycle Tour
The MS150 Bicycle Tour runs from Wentzville to Mexico's Fairgrounds Park and back the weekend after Labor Day. Several thousand people from all across the state participate in the tour to raise funds to combat multiple sclerosis. Mexicoans go "all out" to make the tour participants feel welcome, providing food, entertainment, hotel and motel space and areas for campers and tents. Other annual events held in Mexico's parks include the 4th of July fireworks display, car shows by the Streetmasters Car Club and other organizations, the Audrain Historical Society's Country Fair in September, arts and crafts fairs, athletic competitions and community band concerts.
Mexico has many historic homes on our tree-lined boulevards. Several have been turned into "bed and breakfast" inns.
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