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Anderson Betterment Club

of Anderson, MO, USA.



8 am to 7 pm


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, Bluegrass & 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, and live entertainment throughout the day. There’s even a 5k run the night before!


Plus we’re teaming up with the McDonald County Chamber of Commerce as they host the first ever 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 Backyard BBQ’er!

The duck race ducksChamber 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:


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 May 20th. berry glow logo cropped
     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 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.

New for 2016


     We have an awesome lineup of entertainment throughout the afternoon! We have our friends from Trilogy performing at Noon, followed by 5 bluegrass bands until 7pm! Stay tuned for more information on those bands!



  • 930am – Donut Eating Contest
  • 1000am – Little Miss Strawberry Pageant
  • Noon – 1 pm – Trilogy
  • Noon – 7pm – 5 different bluegrass bands from across the region! Keep checking back for more info!

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!


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.

whats next

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.

We’ve been accepted to be a part of the “Feels Like Home” tour from the Missouri Department of Economic Development and the Missouri Community Betterment team. This will help us with possible funding and more direction. The group will be here on Monday, March 14. We’ll keep you updated on the process.

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.


Congratulations to Tom and Rose Blankenship and their family on the grand opening of their new business “The Golden Rose Flea Market“. And thanks to everyone who came out to attend the ribbon cutting as the Anderson Betterment Club welcomed them to the Anderson business community! Stop by the Golden Rose at 114 Main in Anderson to check out all the flea market finds and treasures! Tell them thanks for helping to make Anderson a better place to live, work & play!

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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!

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.



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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