A long standing rule was broken this past weekend during Heritage Days. ‘Deemed the hottest weekend of the year,’ proved to be false as temperatures struggled to reach the low 80s. Good weather prompted a huge turnout and a huge bonus for those wanting to explore Boonville and participate in the many activities around town.
In year’s past, once the parade was complete, only a few people would dot the street. This year proved different as hundreds of people remained around town even hours after the parade. From touring the Mitchell Car museum to riding rides at Kemper Park, all ages of people were treated to fun during Boonville’s birthday.
It was the parade that garnered the most attention. Boonville favorite and Missouri Special Olympics Hall of Famer Robbie Eichelberger headed the parade as the Grand Marshal. He was followed by area royalty such as Little Mr. and Miss Heritage Days, Couper Gibson and Ella Hagen.
While the parade lasted for almost an hour, there was enough candy to entice the children.
Spring Street served as a hub, which brought with it a central location to see the vendors, community art show, antique car show and the wine garden to name a few.
“I don't think anyone on the committee could remember having better weather. The parade was outstanding, craft and food vendors we busy all day; we had great entertainment, which gathered great turn-outs at the wine and beer gardens. I appreciate all the committee's hard work and time committed and would like to thank everyone who came out and celebrated Boonville's heritage days with us,” Heritage co-chairman Josh Snoddy stated. “We had over 70 craft/food booths, 60 plus parade entries, and over 100 plus cars in the car show.”
Boonville Area Chamber of Commerce Director Laura Wax was very happy with the outcome as well.
“Everyone has been raving about the parade. For a non-election year, it was a very large parade and everyone loved it. The beer and wine gardens had good turnouts as well. Overall, the week was a success and we cannot wait to see what Heritage Days 2018 brings,” Wax stated.