Old Drum Dog Fest – Warrensburg MO

The Old Drum Dog Fest celebrates "man's best friend:Event Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
302 North Main Street,
Warrensburg, MO

The annual Old Drum Dog Fest will proceed on April 11. The event is a celebration of Warrensburg as the “Home of Man’s Best Friend,” in memory of a local canine legend, Old Drum.

The Legend of Old Drum

Old Drum was a black and tan hound that belonged to Charles Burden and was the first dog to be referred to as man’s best friend. In the fall of 1869, Old Drum was killed by Burden’s brother-in-law and neighbor Leonidas Hornsby, who accused the hound of killing his sheep. Aa a result of Old Drum’s death, the two men engaged in three separate jury trials and one Supreme Court appeal. The third and most popular jury trial took place in Warrensburg, MO. It was during this trial that one of Burden’s attorneys George G. Vest first coined the phrase “Man’s Best Friend” in his closing arguments, better known as “Eulogy of the Dog”. Today the Old Drum Statue stands on the ground of the Johnson County Courthouse in Warrensburg, and every second Thursday in April the town celebrates Man’s Best Friend with the Old Drum Dog Fest.

The Old Drum Festival

The Old Drum festival is packed full of fun for the whole family, including the furry four-legged members. It starts on April 8th, with the Dog Pagent, and ends with the festival on the 11th. See below for an event schedule event.

April 8th

Aprill 11th

  • Vendor Booths: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Go Big or Go Home 5k Race: The race put on by the Blaine Whitworth Foundation, starts at 9:30 am. Runners can register online, here.
  • Children’s Activities: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Junior Community Chorus: 9:30 am
  • Doggy Olympics: 9:30 am
  • Warrensburg Wheels Car Club Show and Shine:  10:00 am – 3:00 PM
  • Twister Sports Performances: 10:00 am – 10:45 am
  • Re-Enactment of the Trial of Old Drum at the Original Courthouse: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Center Stage Performance: 11:00 am – 11:45 am
  • Introduction of “Burg Dogs”: 11:45 am
  • Man’s Best Friend Dog Pagent: 12:00 pm
  • Live Music with Grady Frazier: 1:00 pm
  • Live Music with Cowboy Bart and Red Man: 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

For More Information

For more information about the Old Drum Dog Fest, visit the event online at the oldrdrumfestival.com. From there you can find lodging information, directions, parking and reach out to the festival organizers.