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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Director: Fundraiser successful for Newburg park stage upgrades

  • A fundraiser held earlier this month for upgrades to a stage at the Little Piney Community Park in Newburg was a success, according to Park Director John Dix.
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  • A fundraiser held earlier this month for upgrades to a stage at the Little Piney Community Park in Newburg was a success, according to Park Director John Dix.
    About $215 to $225 was raised from the event held Nov. 9, Dix told the Daily News.
    “I really believe it was a success,” he said, adding that while he didn’t have an exact count of the number of people who came, it was more than he expected. “I was very pleased ... There was more at this one than at any of the previous auctions.”
    Adults were charged $6 to attend the event, while children age 13 and under got in for free.
    That entry fee paid for hot dogs, chips, soda, dessert as well as a variety of entertainment, such as clogging and bands, activities for children, a bonfire and hay rides.
    The money raised from the event will go toward paying for a new roof for the existing stage at the park as well as the ability to add electrical hookups.
    Dix said the stage is currently available for any group who wants to hold performances, such as plays, music or other forms of entertainment.
    “There’s not really one (a stage) around here,” Dix said.
    Donations are still being accepted for improvements to the park, as there are many more things Dix would like for the park to have.
    “We want to put in a walking trail around the park ... rustic campsites, playground equipment and horseshoe pits,” he said.
    Dix also said there are plans to list sponsorships on a sign at the stage.
    To make a donation toward the park, people may call Dix at 573-465-1052.
    The land on which the Little Piney Community Park sits, which is about 28 acres, was purchased from Burlington Northern Railroad in 2006 by the City of Newburg with the assistance of the non-profit community organization — the Newburg Community Revitalization Program Group (NCRPG).
    The NCRPG retained the responsibility for the development and maintenance of the park.
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