LAKE OF THE OZARKS, MO – Fans of the critically-acclaimed Netflix series OZARK won’t want to miss the premiere watch party at the Lake of the Ozarks for the show’s fourth and final season on Friday, January 21. The party begins at 6:30 p.m. at Marty Byrde’s Bar & Grill on the historic Bagnell Dam “Strip” and includes chances to win a number of prizes, including a grand prize Lake of Ozarks Getaway Package valued at $1,200.
“As soon as Netflix released OZARK in 2017, it created a huge following for the show and a big interest in the Lake of the Ozarks,” says Lagina Fitzpatrick, Executive Director for the Lake of the Ozarks Tri-County Lodging Association. “I attend trade shows all over the country and as soon as someone realizes I’m from the Lake of the Ozarks, they always comment on how much they love the show. Even though OZARK is purely fiction and not an accurate representation of the family-friendly vacation destination that we are, I still really enjoy the series and I’m excited to see what the final season holds for the Byrdes.”
For the uninitiated, OZARK is a gritty story about the Byrde family and their nefarious misadventures as they relocate to the Lake of the Ozarks in order to launder money after running afoul of a powerful Mexican drug cartel in Chicago. The award-winning series features Jason Bateman as the main character, Marty Byrde, and Laura Linney as his wife, Wendy Byrde. The wildly-popular show was the creation of St. Louis native Bill Dubuque, who worked at the Lake of the Ozarks during the summers of his teen years, and makes for a gripping viewing experience.
The premiere party is hosted by the Tri-County Lodging Association and the OZARK-themed Marty Byrde’s Bar & Grill, which features food and drink items, as well as decor, inspired by the series. To add to the fun, attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite OZARK character for a chance to win an original OZARK script signed by Dubuque.
A game of trivia based on the OZARK series and Lake of the Ozarks highlights will begin at 6:45 p.m. with teams being made up of two to ten players. Afterward, there will be prizes given away followed by the screening of several episodes of the first installment of the 14-episode finale.
Those that book a stay at the Lake of the Ozarks for the premiere watch party will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win the grand prize Lake of the Ozarks Getaway Package valued at $1,200. This package includes two nights’ lodging at Old Kinderhook (where the cast and crew stayed while filming at the Lake), four rounds of golf at Old Kinderhook, gift cards to Tucker’s Shuckers Oyster and Tap (where the cast and crew liked to eat while on location), Neon Taco, Malted Monkey, Captain Ron’s Bar & Grill, Margaritaville Lake Resort, Bridal Cave, Marty Byrde’s Bar & Grill and Celebration Cruises.
According to Fitzpatrick, due to limited seating at Marty Byrde’s, those planning to attend the party should arrive early to ensure they get a seat.
For more information about the OZARK premiere watch party and additional background on the show, visit www.FunLake.com/ozark-series.
OZARK fans that want to come to the Lake of the Ozarks for the premiere party have a variety of options to choose from when it comes to comfortable accommodations for overnight stays. There are full-service large-scale resorts and smaller family-owned and operated resorts as well as charming bed and breakfasts, rustic cabins and quaint cottages. In addition, there is no shortage of fully furnished vacation rental homes and condominiums. There also is a selection of familiar hotels and motels at the Lake of the Ozarks. For those who prefer sleeping under the stars, there are spacious campgrounds and RV parks interspersed throughout the area.
Visitors can learn more about all the fun winter events, unique attractions and enjoyable year around activities, as well as dining options available at the “Best Recreational Lake in the Nation” at www.FunLake.com or by calling the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau at 1-800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253).
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