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Scopus/
Sedge Fest
A good time for a good cause
by Jim McCarty | jmccarty@ruralmissouri.coop
I
t all started over drinks at the
former Bollinger County Country
Club. Randy and Brenda " Shorty "
Johnson were visiting with friends
when the conversation turned to
helping others who were less fortunate
by raising money in some way.
What if it could be done through a
festival where everyone had a good
time for a good cause?
" A guy sitting at another table said,
'I was listening to your conversation
and are you serious about what you
are talking about doing?' " Randy
recalls. " I said, 'yeah.' He said, 'If
you will do it, I will give you $1,000
startup money.' He wrote me a check
and that started it. "
The man was the late Warren Miller,
CEO of Cape Radiology. Warren
returned later to donate a shotgun to
be raffl ed off at the budding festival.
After that the idea, which Randy
admits started on a whim, became
the fi rst Scopus/Sedge Fest, named
for the communities of Scopus and
Sedgewickville near where the festival
is held. Now in its ninth year, the
2021 festival is set for Sept. 25.
Over the years, the festival has
raised thousands of dollars for worthy
causes, starting with the Heartland
Down Syndrome Association, a parent
support group for families of
children with Down syndrome.
" A buddy of mine who just showed
up, he has a granddaughter with
Down syndrome and he's the one who
suggested it, " Randy says. " So we got
in touch with them and started raising
money for them. "
The donation was unexpected but
much appreciated, says the group's
coordinator, Claire Watson. " It was
a huge surprise because we did not
know them. They didn't have any
connection to our group, " she says. " I
just got a call out of the blue one day
that they were doing this event and
they were going to be donating funds.
It's amazing the amount of money
they raise, and in that community it
is just astounding how generous people
are. They are just super people. "
Randy and Brenda Johnson host the Scopus/
Sedge Fest at their home in what was once the
Bollinger County Country Club located near
Sedgewickville in southeast Missouri.
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