The Treloar Elevator Party is an event to bring people to celebrate southern Warren County and Missouri's largest ear of corn.
Treloar’s century-old grain elevator near the Katy Trailhead was the location for the 13th annual Treloar Elevator Party on Oct. 22 and hosted by Magnificent Missouri. Open to the public at the same location was the historic Treloar Mercantile, home to Missouri’s largest ear of corn.
Magnificent Missouri is an organization dedicated to the conservation of the Missouri River Valley west of St. Louis. Magnificent Missouri has a variety of missions, including educating the public about conservation land trusts, eradicating invasive species along the Katy Trail, and encouraging people to explore the Katy Trail State Park.
In 2020, the organization began the Trees of Treloar project, planting native tree species on the old Treloar Tavern site. Dan Burkhardt, co-founder of Magnificent Missouri, reported that all the trees in the plot are doing well. Native tree varieties include pecan, pawpaw, persimmon, river birch, serviceberry and red bud.
Burkhardt said the persimmons were producing this year and the clone of the McBane Burr Oak, the largest in Missouri, was also doing well. The organization has also planted trees along the Katy Trail in Dutzow, Marthasville and McKittrick.
Each year, Magnificent Missouri partners with Missouri State Parks and the Marthasville Fire Production District for the Elevator party.
“These are two groups we really value,” said Burkhardt.
Burkhardt said the State Parks tram is very popular, shuttling visitors along the Country Store Corridor from Treloar to Peers. Peers Store, the location of the organization’s four-acre prairie, is open April through mid-November everyday but Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 4 p.m. on weekends.
Anthony Orazio, newly appointed Park Superintendent of the Mideast Katy Trail Section, announced the department has recently acquired a new boom mower for the area, helping to keep the Katy clear of brush.
Burkhardt said Magnificent Missouri once again purchased bratwurst, chips and drinks from local grocery K&R Market and donated them to the MFPD for grilling and purchasing at the event. The MFPD Ladies Auxiliary heads up the food stand and local firefighters volunteer to serve lunch to the public. Burkhardt is committed to helping provide extra funds to the department for whatever equipment is needed at the time.
Fire Chief Sean Johnson said the department is very appreciative of the support from Magnificent Missouri and the Burkhardt’s efforts to keep the Katy Trail alive.
“This event is zero cost to the fire department,” said Johnson. “We will use the funds to replace ventilation fans that we use on fire scenes. We have always received great support during this event.”
The band, Dudley and the Do Rights, from the St. Louis area, provided music for the event. A metal sculpture of a King Fisher, crafted by grand-scale sculptors Brian Watson and Ben Boyher of Augusta Missouri Metal Arts was also at the event.
To learn more, visit magnificentmissouri.org.