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      Lake of the Ozarks prepares for fall tourist season

      Businesses near Lake of the Ozarks expect to see an upswing in activity as people flock to the area for fall activities and events.

      Warm weather over the summer brought lots of tourists to the region, a trend the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce hopes will continue.

      Nancy Woodward of the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce says over the past several years, she has seen an increase in the numbers of people coming to the lake. "I've worked here 15 years. I've seen it grow, and grow, and grow," Woodward said.

      Woodward said, she expects to see the lake's economic growth continue this year as more people become aware of all the activities taking place in the area during the fall, winter, and spring seasons.

      Rebecca Green of the Tri-County Lodging Association said even with all the businesses and shops near the lake, the biggest draw for people during the fall comes from nature.

      "Absolutely number one is the fall foliage," Green said. "Our colors here in the fall are spectacular. We've had a great amount, just the right amount of precipitation, so I think our fall colors are getting ready to pop."

      There is no shortage of fall activities near Lake of the Ozarks.

      To learn more, go to the Lake of the Ozarks tourism website at www.funlake.com.