At the Downtown Business Boosters meeting on April 24, the Downtown Business Boosters elected officers. Jackie Fike of Jackie’s Hair Salon is president, Diann Pilant of Downtown Furniture and More Store is vice president and Toby Dorr of Troubadorr is secretary. These terms will expire at the end of March 2014.
At the Downtown Business Boosters meeting on May 1, Anna Lee Harvey Bail was our guest speaker and told us about Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! – which was a World Premiere Movie extravaganza by 20th Century Fox on March 10, 1948. Sedalia was chosen because of Pettis County’s reputation as the home of Limestone Valley Farm, home of Louis Monsees, breeder of champion mules. The movie was the story of a boy and his love for a mule team. The day was complete with a parade attended by 10,000 citizens eager to catch a glimpse of the Hollywood stars, even though temperatures fell to a balmy 10 degrees and snow fell (much like the surprise snowfall of May 3, 2013!)
The Jeans Queen contest (272 contestants) resulted in a local girl, Anna Rose Baker, finding her way to Hollywood and fame in the movies as Corliss Archer.
The Downtown Business Boosters, in conjunction with other downtown and local entities, plans to host a Scudda Hoo! Day in September and will host a wine and cheese invitation only think tank and private movie viewing at the Furnell Building Theatre on May 21 at 7 p.m. Stay tuned for more information as this event continues to build!