Events go on as usual despite wet weekend
Despite the rain that fell throughout the weekend and the Missouri River flood warning, events went on as usual during Memorial Day Weekend in Boonville as people went out to honor those who have passed before them.
Members of the Boonville Troupe of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) set a wreath, an annual tradition, at Veterans Memorial Park on Monday after setting flags provided by the VFW at all veteran graves on Friday.
On Saturday, music could be heard throughout the night at Kemper Park as a number of bands entertained peddlers as they camped out Saturday and into Sunday at the park. The Pedaler's Jamboree, in its fifth year, entertained over 3,000 bicycle riders from May 25-27.
Expanding on past festivals, event coordinator Mike Denehy said this year they raised the stakes.
"We had bigger stages and bigger bands. We wanted to highlight the best bands in the area," Denehy said. "We wanted to give people non-stop entertainment."
This year featured the Ben Miller Band, Man in the Ring, JD Wilkes and Dirt Daubers, Burn Circus, Pokey LaFarge, the Flood Brothers and others at Kemper Park.
At 7:30 a.m., Saturday riders began their journey to Boonville from Flat Branch in Columbia. As riders began entering Boonville, they all proceeded to Kemper Park, which featured room enough for the over 2,000 individuals.
Boonville Tourism Director Lisa McClary said the event provides a huge economic impact to all communities it pedals through. She said all hotel rooms in Boonville were booked, some a year in advance.
"It was a fantastic event. People were having a good time at Kemper Park," McClary said.
Denehy said Kemper Park is perfect for the event.
"We could not ask for a better place to host the event," he said.
McClary said a huge mix of people were represented, including families and individuals of all ages. She added that the event has more than doubled in size each year since it began.
Denehy plans to expand on the best things of the festival for next year.
"We will get feedback from the participants and see what they like the best," he said.