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ANDERSON BERRY FESTIVAL

MAY 10TH, 2014

Excitement is building in Anderson for another taste of history!

  The second annual Anderson Berry Festival is set to kick off on Saturday, May 10th.

The event is a celebration of the history of the strawberry industry in Anderson. During the early to mid 20th century, the area was known as “the strawberry capitol of the world,” as fruit growers from in and around Anderson shipped more strawberries and fruit out of the area than any other place in the world.

The festival features arts and craft booths, retail & food vendors, a donut eating contest, a Little Miss Strawberry pageant and live entertainment throughout the day. There's even a 5k run the night before!

  The festival starts Saturday morning at 9 am. Main Street in Anderson will be closed starting at the east side of the railroad tracks. Vendors will line the streets, offering all kinds of deals and bargains to shoppers.

We're still looking for vendors, so if you're interested in setting up a retail, arts & crafts, food or non profit booth, please fill out a vendor app by clicking the link below:

BERRY FESTIVAL VENDOR APPLICATION

Below is a listing of all the fun things we have planned:


BERRY GLOW 5K NITE RUN & WALK

     Get your glow on!
     The first ever Berry glow 5k Nite Run & Walk will kick off at Anderson City Hall at 9pm, Friday May 9th.
     This family friendly event features a night time 5k run and walk where participants are encouraged to wear all kinds of glow-in-the-dark items. From glow sticks to bracelets to necklaces. You name it, if it glows, wear it!
     The first 75 people who enter get a free t shirt with a cool Berry Glow 5k design and a goody bag packed with all kinds of neat stuff!    
Cost is just $15 a person before the race, $20 the day of the race.
     All money raised goes to support the Anderson Playground Project which is an effort to provide new playground equipment to the parks in Anderson.
     You can register online right now at www.register-wizard.com or download and print off an entry form by clicking here:

BERRY GLOW 5K ENTRY FORM

DONUT EATING CONTEST

Donut eaters have a chance at bragging rights on who can eat donuts the fastest. Poppy's Daylight Donuts is sponsoring the donut eating contest starting at 930 am. There are 3 age groups, and winners get a t-shirt, trophy and the delight of being known as the fastest donut eater in town! There's an entry fee and  some rules you have to follow. You can pick up a form at Poppy's or Rags to Riches Flea Market on Main Street. Or you can download and print one out by clicking the link below.

Donut Eating Contest Rules and Entry Form

 

LITTLE MISS STRAWBERRY PAGEANT

The Little Miss Strawberry pageant will kick off at 10 am at the sound stage at the corner of Sycamore and Beaver Streets. Girls from 0 to 13 years of age are welcomed to enter. There will be 4 age group divisions, with contestants being judged on poise, audience appeal, overall appearance and verbal response (for contestants 3yrs and over). Cost is $10 per contestant. Information about the pageant as well as applications can be downloaded by clicking the link below:

LITTLE MISS STRAWBERRY PAGEANT RULES AND ENTRY FORM

Or you can pick one up at Rags to Riches Flea Market or Anderson Dance Academy, both on Main Street in Anderson. For more information on the pageant, contact pageant director Sandra Ables at (417)850-5839.

 

PERFORMANCES AND LIVE MUSIC THROUGHOUT THE DAY

AT THE SOUND STAGE AT BEAVER & SYCAMORE STREETS:

  • 930am – Donut Eating Contest
  • 1000am – Little Miss Strawberry Pageant
  • 1030am – Dance Performances Anderson Dance Academy Students
  • 1100am – Concert by McDonald County High School's Jazz Band
  • 1130am – Various Musical Performances by Conservatory of the Ozarks Students
  • Noon – Musical Performance by the Ladies from the local trio “Trilogy
  • 130pm – Concert by Local Singer & Songwriter Johnny Dale Roberts. Sponsored by our friends from O'Brien Farms.

For more information or questions about the Anderson Berry Festival, please contact Ken Schutten at 417 845 6939 or Gary Wasson at 417 223 4896.

Hope to see you there!

 


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What is the Anderson Betterment Club????

The Anderson Betterment Club was founded in 2009 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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