Boonville burst with color in the fall.

Autumn colors are no stranger to Boonville. To many, Boonville's best time of the year is when the leaves start changing and the air becomes more crisp, it is also a time when Boonville sees many people from out of town, riding the Katy Trail or looking at the town's fall scenery. Boonville Tourism Assistant Director Sherry Broyles said that the area boast a number of activities that will soon come to an end. Activities include the Bitter-Sweet Junction and Nowlins Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, which offer a chance for people to have a little fun before Halloween. The Katy Trail is probably best known around Boonville, especially in fall for allowing pedalers and walkers to enjoy the fall colors. "This is the best time to walk and bike the Katy Trail. The leaves are absolutely gorgeous," Broyles said. "There are lots of folks on the trail who are saying they are seeing a lot of wildlife, turkeys and deer." Broyles said. According to Broyles, there has been a lot more traffic on the trail this fall season. "We have seen more out of town people than ever before. I feel like we are more busy this fall than in the summer because of the heat. We have had folks from all over the country," Broyles said. "Everybody is so pleased when they come from the trail and see what we have to offer." Wednesday brought peddlers from Alaska and Minnesota. Broyles said the weather has been a great influence on people enjoying the fall colors. She said the new visitors center has also been a great influence on people having a good time on the trail in Boonville as well. Midwest Living Magazine made Boonville their first stop on the Katy Trail a couple weeks ago, before the height of the colors. Broyles said they were very pleased with seeing the town. Among other activities, she mentioned that this is a great time to travel around Cooper County to see the fall colors and to visit places such as Blackwater and Arrow Rock. Broyles said there are a lot of fall bazaars and festivals going on, including the fall festival at the United Nelson Methodist Church on Saturday, October 27. "This is a great time when there are many dinners going on, especially the turkey dinners coming up," Broyles said. As the peak of the colors end, Boonville will make way for preparation for the Christmas season, Broyles said that residents and visitors alike have time to get out and enjoy the fall colors of Boonville.