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CONTENTS Volume 69 | AUGUST 2016 | Number 8 8 22 8 12 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 4 Cooperation 5 Perspectives 14 Eats 20 Outdoors 28 Recipes 34 Events 40 Neighbors 42 Just4Kids 43 Landscapes Missouri State Fair is just around the corner ABOUT OUR COVER O 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 Lake Michigan. 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 www.bransontracks.com. AUGUST 2016 | RURALMISSOURI.COOP 3 http://www.bransontracks.com http://www.RURALMISSOURI.COOP

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