IN EVERY ISSUE
Fixin' to fiddle
St. Louis native offers unique service to mid-Missouri
12 Jo Ann Emerson
NRECA's fifth CEO served Co-op Nation with great joy
18 Smooth grooves
Dale Robbins spins burls into art
22 Deep roots
Stark Bro's keeps growing after 200 years in business
26 Sounds and sweets
Soda Fountain brings music, food and ice cream to downtown Steelville
32 See what crops up
Missouri State Fair is just around the corner
ABOUT OUR COVER
nce calling Chicago's Navy Pier home, the
Branson Ferris Wheel (formerly known as
Navy Pier Ferris Wheel) moved to The Track
Family Fun Park in Branson this year in celebration of the parks' 35th anniversary.
Standing 150 feet tall, the Ferris wheel is adorned
with 40 gondolas that can hold up to six passengers
each. One ride lasts for 7 minutes and 30 seconds.
Added to Navy Pier on July 1, 1995, the Ferris wheel
has given countless rides to customers along southern
Now, the Ferris wheel gives rides with spectacular
views of the beautiful Missouri landscapes that sit
beyond the Branson strip.
The Branson Ferris Wheel features 144,000 new
LED lights that replaced the original incandescent light
bulbs that could be found in Chicago. These LED lights
are programmable in order to produce light shows, as
photos by Katelyn Metzger
seen on the cover.
The original Ferris wheel created by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. inspired Branson's newest attraction. The first Ferris wheel to be built was produced for
the 1893 World's Colombian Exposition in Chicago. It
was 264 feet tall and had 36 cars. One revolution took
roughly nine minutes.
Branson celebrated the grand opening on June 23
with fireworks and a light show.
You can visit the Ferris wheel on Branson's historic
Highway 76 at The Track Family Fun Parks. Rides cost
$12 for adults and $8 for ages 4-11. Kids under the age
of 3 ride for free.
The gigantic Ferris wheel will be open to ride until
the end of November.
For more information, call 417-334-1612 or visit
AUGUST 2016 | RURALMISSOURI.COOP
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - August 2016