The 30th Annual Boonville Heritage Days are underway.
The photo display opens 9 a.m. at the Frederick Hotel, and the Business Ex-Cava-Ganza Hunt begins. Tonight at the Hain House is the Little Mister and Miss pageant, and a showing of “Ice, The Movie.”
The festival picks up Friday with an official opening ceremony at noon at 412 Fourth Street. The Carnival, Eagles beer garden and Hain House wine garden start at 6 p.m. Friday.
One change to this year’s celebration is the check-in for the parade. Instead of being at the police station on Fourth Street, participants will check in on Rural Street, in the circle drive on the north side of the road, immediately east of Bell Street, said Boonville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Laura Wax.
The new check-in spot should help with congestion, Wax said. Check-in is from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Saturday. Participants can pull up, get their spot and keep moving.
“We’d encourage people to not even get out of their vehicle,” Wax said. “That way we can quickly get your number on your entry and get you lined up.”
The 30th Heritage Days will also include several new events and returning traditions. There will be a washers tournament at the Boonville Eagles’ beer garden behind First Community Bank, which hasn’t been held in years, said Wax. There will also be a ping-pong ball drop Thursday evening at the Kemper Front Lawn after the Mutt Strut. Catch ping pong balls as they fall from the sky, and take them to the Chamber offices to redeem them for prizes.
“We’re going to take ping pong balls up on a fire truck and just throw them,” Wax said.
A new addition to the festival is a blood drive at State Fair Community College on Thursday, from 2 to 6 p.m. You can schedule an appointment to donate blood ahead of time, or just show up on Thursday.
More new events include the Ascension Southern Quartet concert 7 p.m. Friday at Santa Fe Trail Baptist Church, the Boonville Amateur Radio Club display starting at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Laura Speed Elliot parking lot and the Shriners screening clinic and MO-CHIP sign up 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday on East Spring Street. A “Salute to Veterans” fireworks display will cap off the festivities at 9 p.m. on Sunday.