Founder's Day Picnic

The 139th Annual El Dorado Springs Picnic is scheduled for July 16-18, 2020. NO PLANS TO CANCEL HAVE BEEN MADE. We are monitoring the situation just like everyone else, but we are confident and will continue planning for it! That being said, the committee would like to invite local entertainers that are interested in performing at the picnic to contact Judi, 417-876-2691. Also, if you need a vendor application contact Judi or City Hall, 417-876-2521.

On Monday, June 29th, a special City Council meeting was held to solely discuss whether or not to have the 139th Picnic. About 80 citizens were present and voiced their opinions, both for and against. After 90 minutes, the meeting was adjourned without taking action to cancel the event.

Special considerations to protect the public and city employees that are planned are: the city will encourage social distancing and implement a number of safety and health procedures. The carnival has disinfecting foggers and will wipe rides off regularly. Carnival employees will have temperatures checked each day prior to their shift and wear masks. The city and carnival will also have additional hand washing and sanitizing stations at rides and other strategic locations along with signs recommending social distancing.


Wade Hayes

The City of El Dorado Springs was incorporated on July 20, 1881. Each year in July, on the weekend closest to the 20th, the town holds a Picnic in the downtown to celebrate the founding of the community. It is believed that this celebration began in July 1882 and has been held every year since that first picnic.

The Picnic features a wide variety of children's games. The games take place in the mornings in the Park. Typical games include turtle races, sidewalk art, frog jump, hula-hoop contest, tennis shoe and water balloon toss. There is also a lip-sync contest on Saturday afternoon. On Thursday evening, there is a talent show contest.

The Picnic is more than just a celebration of the founding of El Dorado Springs. It is a community event that brings the town together. People that have moved away plan their vacations around that date. During the Picnic, there are numerous high school classes that hold their reunions that weekend. Everyone comes together for the largest social event of the year.

Saturday Headliner


10pm Park Bandstand

Thursday, July 16 Events

Details will be posted as confirmed

8:30 pm Talent Contest (registrations begin July 5th and cease once 25 entries have been received, call 417-876-2691)

Friday, July 17 Events

Details will be posted as confirmed

Saturday, July 18 Events

Details will be posted as confirmed

8:00 am Run for a Reason 5k & 2 mile walk (Benefits St. Jude Children's Hospital. Location: El Dorado Springs Community Center, 201 W Spring. Registration from 6:30-7:30am, Kid 1/4 mile walk begins at 7:45am. Register at or contact 417-876-7664)

8:00-10:30am Optimist Club Benefit Pancake Breakfast at the Community Center. Minimum donation is $5 and proceeds to benefit St. Jude Children's Hospital.

10pm Spring Park Bandstand-Wade Hayes


The EHS Alumni Association Annual Meeting that is usually held on the Saturday of the Picnic has been cancelled due to pandemic concerns. For Dues and donations contact Dwain Steward at (417) 876-7926, 502 Twyman El Dorado Springs, MO, 64744. Don't forget to pay your dues or donate freely to keep our Association strong.