Bonne Terre plans 150th celebration

2013-04-08T04:00:00Z 2013-04-08T04:41:10Z Bonne Terre plans 150th celebrationTERESA RESSEL (573) 431-2010 ext. 179 Daily Journal Online

BONNE TERRE — The Bonne Terre Community Betterment Committee will have two fundraisers in April to raise money for the events being planned to celebrate the city’s 150th anniversary in 2014.

The first is a trivia night April 13 at Heritage Hall. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m. with trivia beginning at 7 p.m.

The cost is $10 per person and up to 10 per table. There will be a gourmet hot dog bar.

Jeff Cauley will be the emcee. There will also be a silent auction.

The second fundraiser is an April 19 concert featuring Eric Ziegler, Jaclyn McLard of Imperial and Brokeneck. It will be held at 7 p.m. at the Bonne Terre City Hall Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door. Children 10 and under will be admitted for free. Tickets will be available at the chamber office, city hall and Blackwell Motors in Bonne Terre.

Ziegler was born and raised in the Bonne Terre area and will be releasing his country single, “Nicotine,” nationwide on April 15. Ziegler, who is performing for free, said he wanted to do the concert to help out the city for its 150th anniversary. He said he is grateful for the opportunity to play in Bonne Terre.

He performed with country singer, Jeff Bates, in Bonne Terre in October. He and his band will perform at the Missouri State Fair Aug. 10.

Ziegler said McLard has had success on The Voice and American Idol. Brokeneck is a popular, Farmington rock band.

The concert is for all ages.

Janet Barton and Nancy Dill, members of the committee, hope this concert will lead to other concerts being held at the auditorium.

The community betterment committee is a joint city and chamber of commerce committee.

There are about 20 people participating in the planning of the 150th anniversary with several events such as a Miner’s Ball (a Victorian masquerade ball) Dec. 31 and a wedding give-away in June 2014.

One focus is to clean the town up for the anniversary. A major clean-up challenge will be held in April. The chamber will also sponsor a yard of the month.

Another focus is to get residents healthier. A Get The Lead Out Challenge is planned with the involvement of the local fitness centers, Parkland Well Life and 573 Fitness. A meeting about Get The Lead Out will be held at the city hall auditorium at 2 p.m. April 14.

Teresa Ressel is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at (573) 431-2010 ext. 179 or at

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