Rural Missouri - May 2015 - (Page 3)
8 Grand overtures
IN EVERY ISSUE
St. Joseph's symphony celebrates more than 100 years of music
Budget woes mean tough choices for MoDOT
12 Rough roads ahead?
Musician carries on family tradition of raising mules at his rural farm
22 All rolled together
Family and fine cigars intermingle at Weston Tobacco
26 An uncertain peace
Postwar Missouri grows weary of guerrilla violence
28 Missouri Snapshots
Enter our 5th annual photo contest, sponsored by Missouri State Parks
ABOUT OUR COVER
hat started as a casual gathering between
a few Shelby Mustang enthusiasts nearly
a decade ago has grown leaps and bounds
and will venture to a new city in 2015.
Shelbyfest, which celebrates the famed Ford muscle
car, will roll into Jefferson City during the first weekend of May.
After the initial seven men gathered in Creve Coeur
in 2006, they knew they had something. All but one
had already received their newly purchased 2007 Shelby GT500s. Passersby stopped to ogle the vehicles, and
talk of a reunion began.
The next year, 26 Shelby's - a high-performance
Mustang modified by Shelby American - lined the
streets of Hermann. Word spread, and the next two
years brought in 160 and 260, cars respectively. The
show has continued to grow and drew 350 cars in 2014.
More than 500 are expected this year in Jeff City.
20 Missouri, music and mules
cover and photo at left by Paul Newton
While there are events from Thursday morning to
Saturday evening, the highlight is the show from 8:30
a.m. through 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Cars will line Jefferson City's historic downtown, with the Capitol as a
backdrop. Admission is free. Adults and children alike
can wander High Street checking out the powerful
machines and talking to their proud owners. The show
doesn't give out awards and is meant to have a "family
reunion" feel, according to organizer Kyle Caraway.
If you're anywhere near the Capitol City that day,
you won't be able to miss the annual Moment of Horsepower at noon. All the cars in the show simultaneously
rev their engines, as Mike White of Nixa does at left,
making for quite the impressive moment, both for your
ears and eyes.
Shelbyfest runs from April 30 through May 2 in Jefferson
City. For more information, visit www.shelbyfest.net.
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