It all started with Mr. John W. Basye….

In the year 2023 we will be celebrating the City of Bowling Green, Missouri’s 200th birthday. A BIG Bowling Green BASH is set to happen early summer 2023 – 200 years after Mr. Basye settled in what is is now our home of Bowling Green. This is the place to be as we encourage our community; it’s members, organizations and businesses to get involved while we plan for the big 200 celebration!

History: Basye’s Bowling Green

Dixon & Emerson Store, bowling Green, MO – Early 1900’s

“His greatest and most historical achievement was getting the 160 acre land grant from the US Government, for his own personal farm.  Included on the grant survey was a 75 acre square super imposed on that grant, for his future town. This was not his first land grant…”

Get Involved

From the 1973 Sesquicentennial

We want everyone to get as excited as we are about planning this big event. Keep up on our event tab here to see what is planned, and how you or your business/organization can get involved!

No big event comes free. Learn how you can help support the big shin-dig by donating, sponsoring or making a purchase of upcoming BG Bicentennial momentos!


Here is the FINAL list of events for the Celebration!

Currently Planned Bowling Green Bicentennial Schedule of Events UPDATED May 20,2023 Bring your lawn chairs and join the fun! (In case of rain activities that can be held indoors will be held at the BGHS Auditorium) Tuesday, June 27 6:30 pm- Princess Contest (ages 14-18) and Queen Contest (ages 19-90) – at the BGHS Auditorium…

Boland Car Show Entry Form

Boland Chevrolet Presents the 2023 Bowling Green Bicentennial Car Show – featuring vehicles from the 1973 sesquicentennial year and older! It will be held on Saturday, July 1st. See the entry form below for additional details Boland Car Show Entry Form


This is the Bowling Green, Missouri Bicentennial History and Event official webpage for celebrating 200 years.

This Website Proudly Sponsored by:

Your Steering Committee

Don Hamilton, Historian; Farmers Insurance

Jim Arico, Bowling Green City Mayor

Sarrah Gigous, BG Chamber Executive Director

Tracy Brookshier, Pike Co. Health Dept. Home Health & Hospice