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CONTENTS
Volume 72

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NOVEMBER 2019

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Number 11

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40 years of funny

IN EVERY ISSUE

Life as Branson comedian Terry Wayne Sanders

14 Taking care of business
Co-op leaders gather for 82nd AMEC Annual Meeting

20 Airborne axes
Backyard hobby turns into full-fledged business in Eldon

22 A tale of three brothers
Visitors welcomed to night of history and food at the Byrd House

28 Best of Missouri 2020
Our reader-favorite contest returns

32 The power of love
How thousands of people touched one woman's life

ABOUT OUR COVER

W

hen fall swings toward winter and temperatures start to plummet, there's at least
one place in Missouri where, despite a
chill in the air, it's easy to stay warm.
Around the Missouri River town of New Haven, the
first Saturday of November belongs to Firefest. The
daylong celebration sees attendees enjoying warm
food and drink, listening to local musicians and shopping at downtown businesses. Festivalgoers browse
wares made by local artisans and crafters, and there
are games and activities for the kids.
"Even if you have been before, there's always something new to discover both downtown and at the
event," says Tara Steffens, Firefest's director and secretary of Downtown New Haven Inc., which organizes
the festivities. "I'm so honored to be able to showcase
the creativity and passion of downtown and invite other artists who have a similar mindset."

4

Cooperation

5

Perspectives

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Eats

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Community

18

Outdoors

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Recipes

30

Events

36

Neighbors

38

Just4Kids

photos by Zach Smith

As night approaches, crowds gather near the riverbank for the show to start. The staple of Firefest
is a four-fold presentation beginning at sunset with
the House of Fire and Ice - an ice-block structure
set aflame and surrounded by members of the performance art group Flux Infernos Fire and Light, as
seen on our cover. Once the house melts, lanterns
are launched into the sky on the River Walk, where
a Dragon Boat begins its voyage down the Missouri.
At the next boat launch, the dragon rolls ashore and
ignites a giant hay effigy - the Burning Man, seen at
right - thus bringing the day's festivities to a close.
This year's Firefest is scheduled for Nov. 2 in
downtown New Haven. For information on vendors,
activities, street closures, parking shuttles and volunteer
opportunities, visit www.downtownnewhavenmo.com/
firefest.html
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