Rural Missouri - August 2015 - (Page 3)

CONTENTS Volume 67 | AUGUST 2015 | Number 8 8 20 16 8 Sowing seeds of yesteryear Hartville family sprouts heirloom seed business 12 Opportunities in agriculture Missouri's ag director bullish on the future for farmers 14 Show offs welcome Missouri State Fair just around the corner 20 From despair to repair Volunteers work to return Greer Mill to its former glory 26 Teaching about the wind Center in Gentry County puts Missouri's wind capital on the map 28 The Oliver Flag One woman's persistence gave us the state flag we know today ABOUT OUR COVER F or the past 20 years, the 1880s-style paddlewheeler Showboat Branson Belle has hosted dinner cruises on majestic Table Rock Lake from the White River Landing. Nearly the size of a football field, the showboat is the largest ship known to be built on a land-locked lake. As a branch of entertainment for Silver Dollar City, America's largest family-owned theme park based in Branson, the 700-passenger boat offers top-notch family entertainment as patrons enjoy a three-course meal during the 2-1/2-hour dinner cruise. The theme of this year's anniversary season is "Celebrate!," showcasing the biggest cast and show ever in the ship's two-decade history. World-class acts will entertain diners this season with performances that include the dance troupe, Rhythm, which is being dubbed as the "fastest feet west of the Mississippi." Branson fans also will enjoy pitch-perfect, local- IN EVERY ISSUE 4 Cooperation 5 Perspectives 10 Notes 16 Eats 22 Outdoors 24 Recipes 30 Events 36 Neighbors 38 Just4Kids 39 Landscapes cover photo by Heather Berry; photo at left courtesy of Silver Dollar CIty ly grown singer Cassandré Faimon-Haygood, as well as The ShowMen, seen at left, the boat's five-member vocal and dance team. Patrons will be dazzled by Christopher James, one of the funniest magician/comedian emcees to hit Branson. On July 26 and Aug. 2, kids can enjoy 11 a.m. Princess & Pirate Cruises, with special activities such as pirate magic and a dance party. They can also meet 10 princesses and 10 pirates! Attending a noon or Sunday cruise? You'll enjoy the world's only aerial violinist and classical pianist, Janice Martin. She's joined by ventriloquist Phil Hughes and clever magician/emcee Aaron Radatz and the Castaway band. The Branson dinner cruise sets sail in early March each year and wraps up the season on Dec. 31. For more information or to book online, visit www. or call 800-775-2628. RURALMISSOURI.COOP | AUGUST 2015 3 http://www.RURALMISSOURI.COOP

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