As the Mayor of the City of Ava, I would like to welcome you to our community! Nestled here in the middle of Ozark Mountains, Ava is truly a treasure with forest, fields, and streams, friendly and kind-hearted residents, fascinating historical and cultural heritage and diverse educational opportunities. For that reason we have formally adopted the motto: Ava – Treasure of the Ozarks.

Ava offers a small town atmosphere, down home celebrations and festivals, and a Triple- A school system. Ava is fortunate to be home of the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association, which holds two annual festivals drawing thousands to our community. We are also part of the Mark Twain National Forest, where we have a fall festival each year celebrating the beauty of the Ozark Mountains.

Our business community is diverse with many locally owned and operated businesses as well as big name retailers. We are also fortunate to have Copeland Corporation as a major employer in our area. Ava welcomes businesses to our community and will work to support potential business operators and entrepreneurs.

Ava also has several recreational opportunities. Our main park has a large swimming pool which offers residents summer fun as well as certified swim lessons and competitive swim team programs. There is also a beautiful walking trail, tennis courts and pavilions for picnics. Ava has a movie theater, a golf course, a game room, and an archery range. If you are interested in civic contribution we have dozens of community-based organizations which welcome your participation.

Ava’s biggest treasure is its quality of life! It offers a place to live, work, play and raise a family in a small town atmosphere, with people who really care. Again….welcome to Ava! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to drop by City Hall located at 127 SW 2nd Street just off the southwest corner of the Ava Square. The office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. or call 417-683-5516.

Mayor Eddie Maggard