Boonville celebrates Main Street America

A heat index near 100 degrees did very little to keep people from enjoying the 24th Annual Heritage Days, a event that celebrates Boonville's birthday.
The parade on Saturday boasted 55 minutes (over 40 entries) worth of floats from area businesses, area organizations and the Shriners who came as far away as Kansas City to join in for the fun. Ed Scrivner was named Grand Marshal of the parade and rode in a convertible driven by Matt Kueny. Main Street was packed with individuals wanting to see a friend or children grabbing at candy being thrown from the floats.
The 2013 Community Art Show garnered three winners in each of the seven categories. In the Pre-K-Second Grade category Abbigail Robertson placed first, Odessa Bechtel placed second and Leah Wright placed third. In the Third-Fifth grade category Anna Wright placed first, Ashlyn Twenter placed second and Marina Firman placed third. In the High School Category Lauren Helmig placed first and second and Katie Vest placed third. In the Amateur category Sam Meyer placed first and second and Bob Conway placed third. In the Professional category Patrick Hanna placed first, Iris Campbell placing second and Mary Ann Snapp placed third. In the Photography category Joe Hawkins placed first, Mackenzie Green placed second and Ashlyn Twenter placed third.
The 'Best in Show,' which was voted on by art show attendees was awarded to Daryl Fagan, for her drawing  of 'Aspen.' Fagan is a Boonville High School student.
"We are very pleased with the outcome of the art show this year. There is so many talented people, of all ages, in our community so we enjoy the opportunity to “showcase” this talent during Heritage Days each year. A special thanks goes to Judy Scrivner the art show judges, and the many volunteers for helping with the art show this year," Friends of Historic Boonville Director Melissa Strawhun said.
The Friends’ also provided over 35 tours ofthe Old Cooper County Jail and Hanging Barn, on Friday and Saturday. She said because Heritage Days is a such a big event for the community, the Friends had volunteers agree to help provide tours.
Roslyn Heights, headquarters of the Daughters of the American Revolution was also open for tours. According to DAR member Pat Holmes, the daughters were busy giving tours as well throughout Saturday.
The Car Show, along with the Wine Garden, also boasted a large turnout on Saturday. Entertainment provided for the Wine Garden Saturday evening included the River City Singers. The singers gathered for the first time in almost a year after each member pursued their own thing.
Among other activities included reenactments by the South Fork Regulators as they portrayed a skit titled 'Gun Control.' This skit lasted about 10 minutes and introduced the problems there are when outlaws bring guns into a community that does not allow them except the Sheriff.
The model train club showed off their new location in the basement of the Boonville City Council Chambers.
"Our reopening I think went very well. Thanks to all members that helped. We had lots of trains running for the public to see and as always Thomas was a BIG hit," club member Mike Duncan said.
He said 146 people came to see the trains.
"This year's Heritage Days went very well. Each year is unique because we are always adding things," Boonville Area Chamber of Commerce Director Kim Alberts said.
Boonville Area Chamber of Commerce Board President Craig Meyer said the event was an overall success.
"I want to extend a huge thanks to all the individuals who helped or served on the steering committee," Meyer said.
Meyer added the Chamber is accepting any suggestions for future events.
Currently the Heritage Days Steering Committee is planning a large celebration for the 25th Annual Heritage Days celebration next year.