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GOOD FACILITIES HELP BRING CROWDS TO CHILLICOTHE - A HUB FOR NORTHWEST MISSOURI
By CHUCK HANEY April 1, 2014

We often hear about our location in northwest Missouri - our excellent facilities ranging from the fairgrounds, the Jenkins Expo Center, Dickinson Performing Arts Center, our schools, our campgrounds at the fairgrounds, a bowling center, multi-screen movie cinema, 18-hole golf course, the YMCA and of course, the most recent being the new athletic complex at the new Jerry Litton Stadium and our recently-opened Hedrick Medical Center.

We also boast a 4-year-old $3 million award winning Comfort Inn & Suites; a $650,000 recently-remodeled Days Inn and new meeting rooms as well as an Econo Lodge and Super 8 that combined have 230 rooms.

We also have a variety of restaurants featuring BBQ, Chinese, Mexican, steak house, buffets, pizza places and fast food.

And, Chillicothe is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 36, a 4-lane highway from St. Joseph to Hannibal and then onto to Chicago as well as U.S. 65 that connects Missouri from the Iowa line to the Arkansas line.

All of the above create opportunities for multi meetings, shows, concerts, programs, conventions to come to our city.

That was exactly the case this past weekend when at least 2,400 persons were in town for four big cattle shows at the fairgrounds, Litton Ag Center and Jenkins Expo Center; two-performance matinee and evening program of the Ballet Arts Center dancers; a two-day 3-on-3 basketball tournament for kids and adults; and a musical review of the music of the 1960s and '70s. I am sure that there were other events going on a smaller scale as well.

A crowd of more than 1,200 persons were on hand to watch 640 head of heifers and steers compete in four shows, two Saturday and two Sunday for $13,000 in prize money. Those showing cattle came from six states, including Missouri.

Back down the road at the Dickinson Performing Arts center, a facility that joins the R-2 school building, it was a busy weekend with two "Celebration of Dance" programs by the Ballet Arts students of Director Theresa Foli on Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening with 600-plus at each of the events.


C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

The Dickinson center was in full use on Sunday afternoon at the Chillicothe Fine Arts presented one its scheduled performance for the 2013-14 season with "California Dreaming". The show was a musical review of the music of the 1960s and 70s. There was also special recognition paid to founding board members of the Chillicothe Area Arts Council which was using the day to boast its 50th anniversary.

One other event was a fund-raiser and a fun weekend for youngsters, high school student-athletes and adults that was a Friday evening all-day Saturday 'Three-on-Three' Invitational Basketball Tournament at the Chillicothe Middle School Field House. The CHS Hornet Basketball Moms brought in 45 teams and a total of 176 players from Chillicothe and area towns.

So, there you have it. Four weekend events, 2,500-plus attending and those from out of town and out of state visited our food and beverage places as well as our convenience stores and left some tax dollars for our city and county.

It is great to have the accommodations to bring folks to our Northwest Missouri community.

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