Boonville's 26th Annual Heritage Days was enjoyed by thousands of people over the weekend from Central Missouri and beyond. The festivities also brought in former residents who came to celebrate a reunion with fellow classmates.

Boonville's 26th Annual Heritage Days was enjoyed by thousands of people over the weekend from Central Missouri and beyond. The festivities also brought in former residents who came to celebrate a reunion with fellow classmates.
Mayor Julie Thacher welcomed everyone to Boonville on Friday around noon at Thespian Hall before the Sauerkraut Serenaders played. Food was allowed at the hall as everyone enjoyed a meal with a concert.
Friday evening also brought the wine and beer gardens, which offered entertainment for visitors.
On Saturday, the annual parade boasted 50 minutes of floats, which was enjoyed particularly because of the almost perfect weather. No rain hindered any events as temperatures hovered in the mid-70s and lower 80s. Best Children’s entry went to Girl Scout Troop 71056. Most Patriotic entry went to the U.S. Submarine Veterans. Best Shriner’s entry went to the Boonslick Shrine Club Clowns Mini Fire Truck. Most Entertaining was given to the Moberly Shriner’s Keystone Kops. Best Oldies     was awarded to the Boonville High School Class of 1965, Most Unique was given to The Easy Easel – Margie Brimer. Best Musical entry was awarded to the Boonville Heritage Days Marching Band. Best Commercial entry was given to the Isle of Capri. Best Judge’s Bribe was given to Casey’s Convenience Store. Best Church Float was awarded to Firm Foundation Vacation Bible School. Best Themed Entry was awarded to the Boonville Cub Scouts. Best Caregiver entry was given to Ashley Manor Care Center. Best Decorated Float was awarded to Riverdell Care Center. Best Clown was given to Hobo with dog (Shriner). Best Animal entry was given to Riley Equine Center. Best Old Car was the1931 Model A, owned by Bob and Peggy Irish. The Best Charitable Organization winner was Fireworks For Life. The parade's grand marshal was the Budweiser Clydesdales.
Hours after the parade, visitors were walking around downtown and in the Spring Street area enjoying a gander at craft booths.
The Antique Car Show was a hit as many individuals ventured on Fourth Street near the Hain House looking at several cars that were lined for a couple blocks down the brick road.
Later in the evening, the wine and beer gardens kicked with entertainment, which boasted a huge array of people.
Several individuals were remarking how this year's Heritage Days seemed to be bustling more than usual. WIth the weather cooperating, the Boonvilel Area Chamber of Commerce also employed digital advertising that may have helped attendance.
This year, the chamber used a mix of traditional print and radio to attract local individuals. To attract people from out of town, the chamber employed digital marketing, which brought an additional 350 people to the chamber's website.