The Sedalia Downtown Business Boosters met on Wednesday, May 15. President Jackie Fike called the meeting to order and introduced VISTA volunteer Laura Frye, who is working with the Salvation Army. Toby Dorr of Troubador Publishing exhibited the newly-designed historic downtown Sedalia brochure. The brochure will be placed in Missouri tourism stations throughout the state and will be used as an additional tool to bring tourism to historic downtown Sedalia.
The upcoming 50 Highway Coast-to-Coast Yard Sale was discussed and the majority of members felt it should be an exciting and worthwhile event. A number of participants have chosen to follow the lead of the Sedalia Downtown Business Boosters and set up their own sales to coordinate with this national event.
The upcoming meeting at the Fox Theatre on the 21st of May will be outlining activities for the Scudda Hoo, Scudda Hay Day, planned for the second Saturday in September. Dianne Pilant, vice president, accepted the responsibility for contacting the necessary organizations to obtain data they may be able to share for this project. Becky Imhauser’s extensive research in her books about Sedalia includes relevant data on the era of Scudda Hoo, Scudda Hay. It was discussed to use this data as a source for the group to find as many of the original 200-plus Jeans Queen candidates as possible to be honorees in the Scudda Hoo, Scudda Hay Day planned for September 2013.
The group reflected on their organized event this past week, beginning with greeting the tourism group from Maries County and Hermann at the Amtrak Station. The Sedalia Downtown Business Boosters and the Salvation Army greeted the visitors as they stepped off the train and were given a welcome bag with an informational packet and bottled water. The group had lunch at the Maple Leaf Tea Room and Mayor Elaine Horn and Joleigh Melte provided welcome place cards depicting Sedalia as a railroad center. Major Mark Haslett of the Salvation Army provided musical selections on the piano. The group then traveled by charter bus to the Katy Depot and Bothwell Lodge to further explore Sedalia’s historic attractions. The event was a fun time for all and members are developing other tour group opportunities.
Don Simons announced the possibility of a car show in the downtown area, asking Sedalia Downtown Business Booster members to consider promoting the event as another way to bring visitors into the historic downtown.
The Sedalia Downtown Business Booster’s meets every Wednesday at 8:15 at the Maple Leaf Tea Room, 106 West Main. All persons interested in the downtown are encouraged to attend and offer their ideas to promote the historic district.