July 4: Happy Independence Day. All active military personnel (with military ID) and veterans and their immediate families get in free at Dickerson Park Zoo. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 1401 W. Norton Road, Springfield.
July 6-7: The 82nd Annual Christian County Fair, at the Christian County A & M Society Fair Grounds along the Finley River in Ozark. Free! Area youth, 4-H and FFA members exhibit their animals and other agriculture related exhibits. Activities include Christian County Fair Cutest Baby Contest, Pet Parade, Turtle Races, and Pie eating contest, the Great Cakes and Perfect Pie Competition, along with much more! Hours: 8:30a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday.