Fair Saint Louis Moves 'America's Biggest Birthday Party' to Forest Park in 2014
Fair Saint Louis 2014 will include traditional favorites, such as headlining concerts, spectacular fireworks and a Kids Zone, centered at Art Hill in Forest Park.
Executive Director for Fair Saint Louis Foundation, Lori Thaman, St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay and co-chair of the organizing committee for Fair Saint Louis, Jim Eckhoff, who was presented with the key to the city by the mayor.
(L - R) Veiled Prophet Parade Grand Marshal Ken Mallin, General Chairman of the Foundation Bob Ciapciak, who was presented with a signed guitar from the Counting Crows, and Parker Condie Jr., Chairman of the Fair Saint Louis Foundation, at the podium.
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ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), October 23, 2013 - The Fair Saint Louis Foundation unveiled plans to hold the 34th annual Fair Saint Louis in Forest Park, July 3, 4 and 5, 2014, while the Gateway Arch grounds are being transformed with a $380 million renovation.
"America's Biggest Birthday Party" will be centered on Art Hill and include traditional Fair Saint Louis favorites, such as headlining concerts, spectacular fireworks and a Kids Zone.
"Moving is always going to create some interesting challenges," said Mayor Francis G. Slay in an interview following the unveiling of the event in Sculpture Hall at the Saint Louis Art Museum. "But based on all the work that has been done, it looks like Forest Park is going to be a perfect venue for this signature event."
He stated that the celebration is not going to be a cookie-cutter of what has taken place on the Riverfront, but there will more space for events and new exciting activities. The mayor hinted that more details will be announced early next year.
In remarks to guests and supporters at the preview party, Parker Condie Jr., Chairman of the Fair Saint Louis Foundation, stated that "St. Louis is fortunate to have innumerable historic venues, and we are thrilled to bring our great St. Louis tradition to the historic, iconic Forest Park for the 2014 Fair."
"Forest Park is rich in history and culture. It showcases a multitude of family-orientated museums, as well as education and entertainment museums, many of which are also free to the public," said Condie, Jr. "It became famous when it hosted the 1904 World's Fair. The one remaining building from the fair is the Art Museum. And, Art Hill, just outside, is a natural amphitheater and the surrounding areas will provide fantastic outlets for the stages and food tents."
Condie, Jr. announced that Forest Park will also be home to the 137th Veiled Prophet Parade, which will take place the morning of July 4th, by bringing tradition to the park that harkens back memories of the 1904 World Fair.
The V.P. Parade in Forest Park will kick-off the evening before on July 3rd with the 2nd Annual Parade Town Party which is an evening of fun and revelry highlighted by live concerts, and a preview of some of the floats and balloons in the upcoming parade.
The Freedom 4-Miler Run and the Family Fun Run will take place directly before the parade on the morning of July 4th. Last year the Freedom Run drew over 2000 runners and estimates for 2014 are for over 5000 runners making it quickly become one of Saint Louis' premier running events.
Along with the hand crafted floats and soaring balloons, the V.P. Parade will once again host some of the greatest high school bands throughout the Midwest to compete for the 1776 Revolutionary War Snare Drum Traveling Trophy and over $10,000 in prizes.
"We are extremely excited to bring Fair Saint Louis to magnificent Forest Park," said Bob Ciapciak, General Chairman of the Foundation. "St. Louisans will enjoy music, fireworks, food and a multitude of activities in one of the most beautiful urban park settings in the country."
The Fair also announced the addition of Lori Thaman as Executive Director for Fair Saint Louis Foundation. Thaman has served as a volunteer on the Fair's organizing committee for several years.
Mayor Slay presented Jim Eckhoff, long time volunteer and co-chair of the organizing committee for Fair Saint Louis, with the key to the city. Fair officials presented Eckhoff with a pair of Lewis & Clark bookends by St. Louis sculpturor Harry Weber for being their "Hall of Famer."
Teacher of the Year, Finalists to Be Honored
Guests and sponsors of Fair Saint Louis enjoyed a preview party in Sculpture Hall at the Saint Louis Art Museum and an opportunity to watch the Cardinals vs Red Sox play Game One of the World Series, from Fenway Park in Boston.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), October 20, 2013 - Jamie Manker, Missouri's 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year, and the six finalists for the award will be honored by state education officials at a banquet Monday in Jefferson City.
Manker is a social studies teacher and department chair at Rockwood Summit High School in Fenton.
The awards will be presented by Mike Jones, vice president of the State Board of Education, and Missouri Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro.
"Effective educators are the most significant factor in providing a high quality education to our students," said Paul Katnik, assistant commissioner of the Office of Educator Quality at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. "We are pleased to have this opportunity to recognize some of the best teachers in Missouri."
Manker was chosen as Teacher of the Year following personal interviews conducted by a 12-member selection committee. She will represent Missouri in the annual National Teacher of the Year program.
Six finalists will also be recognized at Monday's banquet:
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education conducts the Missouri Teacher of the Year program annually. The Boeing Company and the Monsanto Company provide major support for the program.
- James R. Anians, an English teacher at Hoech Middle School, Ritenour School District, St. Louis
- Heather Bailey, a first-grade teacher at Maplewood Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center, Maplewood Richmond Heights School District, Maplewood
- Jason Navarro, a social studies teacher at Wheaton High School, Wheaton School District
- Amelia Ruzicka, a middle and high school math teacher at Bayless School District, St. Louis
- Christy Straatmann, a science teacher at the Valley Park Middle School, Valley Park School District
- Jacqueline Wilson, a culinary arts teacher at the Lake Career and Technical School, Camdenton School District
Missouri's professional teacher organizations will sponsor a reception for the honorees.
Midwest Goes From September to November in One Week
The Novemberlike chill will dominate the week with brisk winds making the air feel even colder and snow making its first appearance of the season in numerous areas. Graphic courtesy AccuWeather.com
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), October 16, 2013 - Residents of the Midwest experienced a swing in temperatures from Septemberlike to Novemberlike over the past two Saturdays.
Neither of the last two Saturdays in the Midwest felt like October, according to Kristina Pydynowski, Senior Meteorologist, AccuWeather.com.
Two Saturdays ago was more reminiscent of a typical September day, while the arrival of colder air had this most recent Saturday feeling like November.
Between 15 and 25 degrees separated highs recorded on these Saturdays. In St. Louis, The high on October 12 was 79 and on October 19, temperatures only reached 59 degrees.
Fort Wayne, Ind., experienced one of the most noticeable change in temperatures between the two days. The city registered a high of 80 degrees on Saturday, Oct. 12, then 53 degrees this past Saturday. Highs in the lower 60s are more common in Fort Wayne this time of year.
As this week progresses, temperatures will not return to the September warmth from two Saturdays ago despite milder temperatures on Sunday from the mid-Mississippi Valley to the lower and eastern Great Lakes.
Instead, the Novemberlike chill will dominate the week with brisk winds making the air feel even colder and snow making its first appearance of the season in numerous areas.