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Anderson Betterment Club

of Anderson, MO, USA.


MAY 16TH, 2015

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Excitement is building in Anderson for another taste of history!

 Our Annual Spring Festival is getting a new name! It’s now the

Anderson Berries & BBQ Festival!

The event is a celebration of the history of the strawberry industry in Anderson. During the early to midunloading strawberries pic 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, a car show/cruise in and live entertainment throughout the day. There’s even a 5k run the night before!BERRIS N BBQ W TITLE 1

Plus, new for this year, we’re teaming up with the McDonald County Chamber of Commerce who is hosting the first ever Smoke on the Water Backyard BBQ Contest! You think you have what it takes to grill some tasty BBQ? Bring your grill and fixin’s down to Town Hole Park and square off to see who wins best Backyarduck race ducksd BBQ’er!


The Chamber is also hosting a “duck race” for great prizes. Ducks are $5 each and are available from many local businesses as well as the day of the festival!

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To top all that off, the Anderson City Wide Yard Sale and Cleanup day is also that same day! It’ll be a great day to get out and see what everyone has to offer!

The festival starts Saturday morning at 8 am at Town Hole Park. Vendors will be set up on the parking lot of Town Hole. BBQ contestants will be on the grassy areas of the park.

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:


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


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Get your glow on!
     Back by popular demand! We’re launching our second annual Berry glow 5k Nite Run & Walk will kick off at Anderson City Hall at 9pm, Friday May15th.
     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 100 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 by downloading and printing off an entry form by clicking here:



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


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:


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.



  • 930am – Donut Eating Contest
  • 1000am – Little Miss Strawberry Pageant
  • 1030am – Dance Performances Anderson Dance Academy Students
  • 1100am – local live music (TBA)
  • Noon – Various Musical Performances by Conservatory of the Ozarks Students
  • 2pm – 5pm – (TBA)

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!


  The Anderson Betterment Club has some great news!

     The Anderson City Council has overwhelmingly approved to fund the community visioning project! This is where a team of architectural students from the Center for Community Studies at Drury University visits our community and then draws up a “vision” for the future of Anderson with artist renderings, books and a plan with a 15-20 year time line. Quite a few other communities in our area have participated in this program, including Carl Junction, Webb City, Lamar, Monett, Carthage and Joplin. vision just ahead

We at the ABC are excited about this opportunity. The study will begin in the fall, but before that, we need to put together a Visioning Team – a group of people from a large cross section of our community who are passionate about their community and want to make it a better place to live, work & play!

If you would like to be a part of this process, please let us know by emailing us at info@andersonbetterment.org. Or you can call Ken Schutten at 417 845 6939 for more information.

For more information about the visioning project program through the Center for Community Studies at Drury University, you can check out its website at http://www.drury.edu/architecture/centerfor-community-studies/ .

New and exciting things are developing with our efforts to rejuvenate the parks in the city of Anderson.swingset picture
We have decided to go ahead and purchase a new 4 bay swingset to replace the existing swingset in City hall Park! This will be the first major step toward getting our Playground Project completed! Look for this to happen before summertime!
Just to refresh your memories about the project, we plan to install new swing sets and play structures in the City Hall Park as well as build a pavilion of some sorts for picnics and install benches and picnic tables in that park. We plan to take the big slide and the merry-go-round and move them to the park on 2nd Street during this process. We will also be installing some sort of new play structure in the 2nd Street park.
Long range goals are to have new park equipment at the ball fields and also at Town Hole Park. We currently have $6,600 from donations and fundraisers for the park project. Our short term fund raising goal just to get City Hall Park completed is $50,000.playground image
We got the okay from city leaders to install a fund raising “thermometer” sign in City Hall Park so that residents can see how the efforts are progressing. Keep an eye out for it in the near future.
We are also working on artist renderings of what the finished project will look like so that people can get a visual image of the park project. Look for that to appear sometime in the next month or so.



  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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