The convention and amateur sports season is in full swing, with nearly 40 group events scheduled for May-July in Springfield. About 48,000 people are expected to attend the events that will generate 16,500 room nights at area hotels. The estimated economic impact is at least $7.8 million.

NSRA-Car-Show-Firebird-Engine-640x480-2-300x225The event drawing the biggest crowd is the National Street Rod Assoc. Mid-America Street Rod Nationals. About 12,000 are expected to attend the car show that is open to the public May 27-29 at Ozark Empire Fairgrounds & Event Center. Hundreds of street rods will be displayed, and other activities are available, such as a swap meet, kids’ games, seminars, and more. Admission is free for ages 5 and younger, $6 for ages 6-12, and $19 for ages 19 and older. Discounts are offered for military, NSRA members, and anyone 60 or older. 

Second largest is the 2023 MSHSAA State Baseball Championship, which is expected to draw 8,000 players, spectators, and others to Springfield area ball fields. Nine other events are expected to draw at least 1,000 attendees, including five sports events ranging from golf to pickleball. 

View the list of upcoming events by clicking Download Document below. 

We encourage local businesses to welcome groups on their marquees and in other ways that will make attendees feel welcome and keep them coming back in the future.