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!


Become a Sponsor or Advertise!

We are excited to really get this Bicentennial excitement moving forward! Learn more about becoming an event sponsor and/or advertising in our Bicentennial booklet! Our booklet will be free to anyone and boast roughly 100+ pages of event information, Bowling Green History and of course, advertisements from our community!

Be a Basye Kid!

Be a Basye kid or volunteer at the 2023 bicentennial! What is the Basye Kids Club… A group of elementary age children that act as greetersand Bicentennial promoters before and during theBowling Green Bicentennial celebration and activities. What we need… Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Communitymembers who want to make a difference to help planactivities and…

July/August Update of Events

Activities planned for so far for 2023 Bicentennial as of July 15, ,2022 (check mark shows where we already have committee volunteers working) ✓ .Tuesday –June 27,2023   Bell of the Ball Promenade and The Queen Contest.  6 to 8:30 pm  ✓   ✓ Wednesday, -June 28, 2023   Ministerial Alliance Church Night 6 to 9 pm   Church service, (north side of the courthouse,) kids games and a baked…


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, BG Chamber President, Pike Co. Health Dept. Home Health & Hospice