FACILITIES HELP BRING CROWDS TO CHILLICOTHE - A HUB FOR NORTHWEST
By CHUCK HANEY
April 1, 2014
We often hear about our location in northwest Missouri
- our excellent facilities ranging from the fairgrounds, the Jenkins Expo Center,
Dickinson Performing Arts Center, our schools, our campgrounds at the
fairgrounds, a bowling center, multi-screen movie cinema, 18-hole golf
course, the YMCA and of course, the most recent being the new athletic
complex at the new Jerry Litton Stadium and our recently-opened Hedrick
We also boast a
4-year-old $3 million award winning Comfort Inn & Suites; a $650,000 recently-remodeled Days Inn
and new meeting rooms as well as an Econo Lodge and Super 8 that combined have 230 rooms.
We also have a variety of restaurants featuring BBQ, Chinese, Mexican,
steak house, buffets, pizza places and fast food.
And, Chillicothe is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 36, a
4-lane highway from St. Joseph to Hannibal and then onto to Chicago as
well as U.S. 65 that connects Missouri from the Iowa line to the Arkansas
All of the above create opportunities for multi meetings, shows,
concerts, programs, conventions to come to our city.
That was exactly the case this past weekend when at least 2,400 persons
were in town for four big cattle shows at the fairgrounds, Litton Ag
Center and Jenkins Expo Center; two-performance matinee and evening
program of the Ballet Arts Center dancers; a two-day 3-on-3 basketball
tournament for kids and adults; and a musical review of the music of the
1960s and '70s. I am sure that there were other events going on a smaller
scale as well.
crowd of more than 1,200 persons were on hand to watch 640 head of heifers and steers
compete in four shows, two Saturday and two Sunday for $13,000 in prize
money. Those showing cattle came from six states, including Missouri.
Back down the road at the Dickinson Performing Arts center, a facility
that joins the R-2 school building, it was a busy weekend with two
"Celebration of Dance" programs by the Ballet Arts students of Director
Theresa Foli on Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening with 600-plus
at each of the events.
C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley
Dickinson center was in full use on Sunday afternoon at the
Chillicothe Fine Arts presented one its scheduled performance for the
2013-14 season with "California Dreaming". The show was a musical review of
the music of the 1960s and 70s. There was also special recognition paid to
founding board members of the Chillicothe Area Arts Council which was
using the day to boast its 50th anniversary.
One other event was a fund-raiser and a fun weekend for youngsters, high
school student-athletes and adults that was a Friday evening all-day
Saturday 'Three-on-Three' Invitational Basketball Tournament at the
Chillicothe Middle School Field House. The CHS Hornet Basketball Moms brought in 45 teams and a
total of 176 players from Chillicothe and area towns.
So, there you have it. Four weekend events, 2,500-plus attending and those
from out of town and out of state visited our food and beverage places as
well as our convenience stores and left some tax dollars for our city and
It is great to have the accommodations to bring folks to our Northwest