Thanks for stopping by the website of the

Anderson Betterment Club

of Anderson, MO, USA.


SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017



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Kick back and enjoy some of the best bluegrass bands in the region while snacking on some home grown strawberries, as the smell of tasty BBQ from a grill floats through the air.

You’re at the fifth annual Berries, Bluegrass & BBQ Festival on the banks of Indian Creek at beautiful Town Hole Park in Anderson, Missouri. Come early to get a good spot on the lawn and get in on the donut eating contest! Winners get a t-shirt, a discount card to Poppy’s Daylight Donut shop and bragging rights of being the fastest donut eater in Southwest Missouri! Or just come to watch. It’s great fun!

Then hang around and watch the cuties parade by in their strawberry best as we host the annual “Little Miss Strawberry” pageant.

Take a stroll around the many arts and crafts booths and maybe pick up some hard to find treasures.

Get your own festival t-shirt and some historic postcards from the Anderson Betterment Club booth. Try your luck at a carnival game.

Then grab some tasty BBQ, kettle corn, flavored nuts…if you’re hungry for it, you can probably find it here.

Then plop down and listen to some of the best pickin’ and playin’ you’ll ever hear. We’ve got some of the best Bluegrass bands in the region for your enjoyment.

You’ll be glad you spent the day in Anderson at the Berries, Bluegrass & BBQ festival!

Admission is free!

Check out our video below.

Festival Schedule

Friday, May 19th

6:00 pm – Registration/packet pickup opens for the Berry Glow 2k/5k Light Up The Night Run & Walk. City Hall in Anderson. This year we are adding a 2k fun run/walk with your pets (on a leash) before the 5k night run. $2 from every 2k entry goes to our City Dog Pound to help care for our furry friends. Money raised from the 5k goes to help buy new park equipment for our city parks.

Click here for a Printable Registration Form  or  go to


to sign up online. We’ll also feature a costume contest and more! Plus some fun at the finish line!

Saturday, May 20th

6:30 am -  7:30 am – Vendor booth set up.  Spaces are now limited. Please call 417 214 3455 for information on vendor booths.

8 am -  Vendor selling begins

9:00 am – Donut Eating Contest registration (click HERE for pre – application & rules) sponsored by Poppy’s Daylight Donuts. Can also enter day of contest.

9:30 am -  Donut Eating Contest begins

10:00 am – Little Miss Strawberry Pageant registration starts (click HERE for an application)

10:30 am -  Little Miss Strawberry Pageant begins


Noon – SpringStreet Bluegrass

1 pm – Borderline Bluegrass

2pm – Flyin’ Buzzards Bluegrass Band

3pm – New Highway

4pm – White River Junction

5pm  – Roving Gamblers

6pm – Southern Tradition

7pm – Festival ends

For more information, please email us at info@andersonbetterment.org.Hope to see you at this year’s event!


Anderson’s Visioning Process is in the books! And it’s here! We have an electronic copy you can pull up on your home computer, laptop or tablet and spend time looking at the ideas that are in it. Just click the link below to open the pdf copy.


Some great ideas are emerging from this process. We want to thank the team from Drury and the UM Extension folks for working with us in developing our vision plans for the future!

One of the ideas developing is a beautification of Main Street, including landscaping and even “street canopies”! Below we’ve assembled some images from different places to show the possibilities of what could be…

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There are many more ideas in this plan that we are looking at implementing.

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So what’s next? Throughout this year, we’ll be gathering to review the plans and start to prioritize the ideas as we try to make some of these ideas a reality.

If you have any questions about the plans, or would like to be involved in the future of this process, please drop us a note at info@andersonbetterment.org.

It’s a great time to be a part of the Anderson Betterment Club!

     If you’re not familiar with us, we’re a group of business owners and residents who are doing things to make Anderson a better place to live, work & play.

      Some of our projects and events are as follows:

  • Playground Project – An effort to buy and install new playground equipment for all city parks.

  • Berry Festival Celebration – An annual arts & crafts street fair on Mother’s Day weekend, including a popular 5k run, that celebrates the history of the strawberry industry in Anderson.

  • Movies in the Park – During the summer months, we show a free movie outside in Town Hole Park.

  • Meet Me Downtown Homecoming Street Fair & Parade – We work with the Booster Club to host a street fair & parade in the fall around football homecoming.

  • Monster Dash 5k Run – A 5k run & walk complete with a route infested with “monsters”! A fundraiser for a local charity.

  • Winterfest Celebrations – Anderson’s annual Holiday celebrations including a 5k run, a parade & street fair. Around the week of Thanksgiving

  • Economic Development Planning Working with the city to come up with ways to spur growth for new and exisiting businesses in Anderson.

          We invite you to join us in our efforts in building a better community.

     For just $40 a year, you get a chance to be a part of this thriving club. Your business will also be listed on our website so that people can find you on the web and in town. 

      To download & print and application, please click HERE or on the “Join Us!” tab at the top of this page.   

     If you have more questions, feel free to call Ken Schutten at 417 214 3455 or Crystal Sherman at 417 845 3395.

      The Anderson Betterment Club. Making Anderson a better place to live, work & play!



Looking for more information about the City of Anderson?

Check out the City’s official website at www.andersonmo.us.

From your city council member’s phone numbers to city code information. It’s all there. Even some neat history about Anderson.



For more information, please email us at info@andersonbetterment.org.



What is the Anderson Betterment Club????

The Anderson Betterment Club was founded in 2010 as a non-profit organization dedicated to improving and promoting the Anderson community. Its membership is open to any citizen of Anderson and the surrounding area. Meetings are usually on the second Thursday of the month in the Anderson City Hall Train Depot at noon. Yearly dues are $40 per business or $25 per individual. Check out our “Join Us” link a the top of the page for more info.

For other events, please visit our Calendar page.


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