The Little Apple

The 29th Annual Montrose Festival will be Memorial Weekend, May 28-30, 2021. They will be celebrating Montrose’s deep history and traditions throughout the weekend. Nothing highlights that more than their theme, “150 Years of Cheers, Tears & Beers!”  Friday evening will be the Old Timers baseball games at the park as well as the Kids Color Run at 7:15 p.m., Adult Color Run at 8:00 p.m. and Montrose Mile at 9:00 p.m. (no ATV’s are allowed during the Color Run, only authorized golf carts).  Saturday will start with a baking contest at the VFW 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 judging.  The 17th annual car show begins at 9:00 a.m. with a DJ provided, bake sale at 9:00 the community building, vendors and crafters and Museum open at 9:00 a.m. Diaper Derby (0-18 mos.) at 9:00 a.m. and toddler swimsuit (19 mos-5 yrs.) following the diaper derby.  There will be a $2.00 participation fee. Bingo will be held 10:00 – noon and a pictorial stamp cancellation 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  For the kids, Sprinkles the clown will be back, as well as bounce houses, corn boxes, pony rides, petting zoo, train rides, Ted E. Bear Toy Factory and kids games. Beard and mustache contest at noon. Knights of Columbus will ice cream all day. The announcement of this year’s Home Town Hero is at 12:30.  Children’s parade starts at 12:45 p.m. and the grand parade begins at 1:00 p.m. with registration at the Montrose High School 10:00 – 12:30.  Following the parade, will the annual Fried Chicken Dinner 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. a pie and wine auction at 2:00, wine tasting 3:00-7:00 and VFW #8820 beer stand 2:00 p.m. Corn Hole tournament at 3:30 p.m. For your evening pleasure, “Members Only Band” from Springfield, will entertain 9:00 p.m.-midnight.  Fireworks display at 10:00. On Sunday, softball starts at noon.  There will be beer olympics at 5:00 p.m., along with evening entertainment. Contact information: General info and home town hero – Misty at 660-693-4761, Baby Show –  Connie at 492-9439, Color Run, Montrose Mile and softball, – Amber at 660-492-0523, Old Timer’s Baseball – Andy at 660-492-0205,  Car Show – Kaleb at 660-693-4580 or Jacob Boehler at 660-351-2546 and Baking Contest, call Mary 816-674-1931, Royalty Contest – Amy at 660-492-7044 and Pie & Wine Auction – Charlotte at 816-521-9286..  For updates for events, go their facebook page at “Montrose Missouri Festival”.

The ACHS Senior Class panels for special anniversary years are available for viewing at the Farm House Restaurant.  Featured classes are 50 year-1971; 60 year-1961, 65 year-1956, and 70 year-1957.  The Appleton City Museum provides these each year for viewing and the Farm House Restaurant graciously allows the panels there for their customers to enjoy. 

The Appleton City Fair/Sesquicentennial will be held Thursday-Sunday, August 12-15.  Most previous events are in the planning and a tentative schedule will be released. A new carnival was able to be secured. The original carnival was cancelled due to the death of the owner.  Start making your SQC outfits.  One major change is the parade will be late Saturday afternoon. 

SQC Committee is looking for pictures of all AC Mayors, preferably at the time they served.  Pictures may be left at City Hall.

The Appleton City Public Library is seeking assistance with teachers for their Summer Reading Program. The program will take place on Tuesdays in June (June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29) as well as Tuesday, July 6, from 11:00 a.m.-noon. The teacher would need to read a couple books with the children as well as assist them in completing a corresponding activity. All materials will be provided. If interested, please call the library at (660) 476-5513 during their normal business hours or e-mail

Free private tennis lessons are offered to all current or former players and anyone who want to improve their technique or strategies or first time players.   People of almost any age and skills can learn to play tennis.  Lessons are held at the tennis courts at Donnohue-Dugan Park starting the week of May 24.  Rackets and balls will be provided.  To set up appointments for your private lessons or if you have questions, call Dennis Dunham at 476-2151 or 476-5514 or Tommy Payton at 816-863-6624. Open tennis is every day 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tennis is exercise that is fun!

Farmhouse Kitchen and Sumos Pub will be closed Tuesday, June 1.

Appleton City Second June Saturdays will be held on Main Street Saturday, June 12, 2021 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  There will also be a BBQ contest during this event. If you’re interested in competing, contact Katie Hearting at 660-492-3571.  For more information, or if you are interested in being a vendor, please message them at

The Knights of Columbus will resume their monthly pancake and sausage breakfast at the Knight’s Hall in Montrose on Sunday, June 13 from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.  Treat your family to a hot breakfast you don’t have to cook or clean up.  A free will donation will be greatly appreciated

The Yellow Rosebud Cemetery Project at the AC Cemetery will again need volunteers Wednesday, June 2, at 9:00 a.m. or rain date of Thursday June 3, 9:00 a.m. to pick up the rosebuds.  To support, volunteer or for further information, please contact City Hall at 660-476-2631, Donald Yoss 660-492-7218 or Dean Ellis 417-844-5344. 


May 28-30     29th Annual Montrose Festival

May 29    ACHS Alumni meeting 11:30 a.m.  (Reservation only)

May 31    Memorial Day Holiday

June 2      Pick up yellow roses at the AC Cemetery 9:00 a.m.

ACMO Main Street App is available.  You can download Google play or Apple store. Select Pocketsights tour. AC may come up if you are within 50 miles. If you are any place else, click on the magnifying glass search for Appleton City MO.  If walking, hit start tour.  If you want to view at home or out of the area, scroll down and see all the circles for each location. Hit play audio then the red circle below it. A flyer showing the current locations is available in a black box on the south porch bench at the AC Museum, 503 N. Maple.

Trinity Lutheran Church will hold their annual Vacation Bible School July 5 and 6, 2021.

The University of Missouri Extension in Henry County is offering a four session “Boost Your Brain & Memory: Brain Fitness Class” beginning June 3 at the First Baptist Church Annex in Clinton. Just as you can control and improve your general physical health with good habits so, too, can you improve the health of your brain—boosting your memory and mental agility, as well as reducing your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other causes of dementia. According to Impact of the Education Boost Your Brain and Memory Program Among Senior Living Residents (The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 2017) “Older adult participants completed measures of brain health knowledge, use of memory techniques, physical and intellectual activity and mindfulness at baseline and after the intervention group’s completion of the course.” This class uses a whole-person approach that helps participants form new habits to live a healthier lifestyle, remember things better, be more organized, pay closer attention and regulate their emotions. Each participant will receive a workbook including memory exercises, tips on nutrition and exercise, and summaries of evidence-based research on brain health. Classes will be held on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon at 209 E. Jefferson St. Clinton, MO.  There is a $40 per person cost associated with the program. This fee covers a workbook for each participant and other associated materials. Register online at or by calling the Henry County University of Missouri Extension Office at 660-885-5556 by June 1, 2021. A minimum of five must enroll in order to have the class. If you have any questions please call the facilitator Kyleigh Sullivan at 660-619-1355.  And find MU Extension Kyleigh HDFS Specialist on Facebook for updates!

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for May and June, 2021.  Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: May 26 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, May 27 -Rheumatology, Dr. Tay,  May 28 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni,  June 2-Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, June  9– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, June 10 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, June 11 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, June 16- Upper GI – Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin,  June 17 – Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, June 23 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, June 23 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni, June 24 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay   

The Ellett Memorial Hospital Foundation was established in 2000 by a local couple to benefit and carry out the purposes of Ellett Memorial Hospital.  The Foundation has played a major role in the Hospital’s recent renovation/expansion project.  The Foundation is a 501c3 organization and plays an important role in ensuring the future of the Hospital by providing an avenue for individuals, groups and corporations to lend their financial support through tax-deductible contributions. The Ellett Memorial Hospital Foundation would like to extend an invitation to the community to assist with this project.  They would like to welcome all current and past members of the community and service area to make a donation to the Ellett Memorial Hospital Foundation. Donations can be restricted or non-restricted for use as the donor identifies.  Recognition will be given for all contributions.  For further information, contact Julee Snyder, Ellett Memorial Hospital, 660-476-211.