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East Perry Community Fair Announces Mr. Steve Meier as Grand Marshall for the 2014 Fair Parade

The East Perry Community Fair is proud to announce that Mr. Steve Meier of Jackson will be honored as the Grand Marshall of the 2014 East Perry Community Fair parade.  The annual Fair parade will be held on Friday September 19st at 1:30pm and will run through the heart of Altenburg.  The route begins at Maple Street in Altenburg and travels east down Main Street until it reaches Church Street.  At this point the parade makes a right turn and heads south on Church Street until its conclusion at the fairgrounds.

The parade will again include its usual cast of great participants.  Local high school bands from Perryville, St. Vincent, Oak Ridge, and Meadow Heights will help set the beat as local schools, civic organizations, and area businesses march, enter floats, or show other entries to promote their causes.  The average parade has been lasting around one hour, so plan to arrive early to find a clear, comfortable viewing spot and to avoid heavy traffic.  Usually, traffic flow into Altenburg is stopped around 1:00pm, so plan accordingly if you’re expecting to attend.

As for Mr. Meier, you may recognize him as the friendly face from behind the counter at the Altenburg Post Office.  Or, you may know him as the man who helps you find that special Christmas tree each year.  Still others may recognize him by his wonderful singing voice and musical skills, and yet another may know him as the guy who pilots the beautiful draft horse teams.  No matter how you know Mr. Steve Meier, I think all who have been associated with him will agree, there is not a more friendly, heartfelt, or hardworking man around.   This makes it only fitting that Mr. Meier is honored, as the Grand Marshall for the 2014 East Perry Community Fair Parade.

Steve is basically a life-long resident of the Jackson area.   He and his wife Teresa (Schoen) have been married for 35 years.  They have been blessed with a wonderful family which includes three sons, Adam, Ben, and Charlie, two daughter-in-laws, Kristina (Adam) and Shelly (Ben),  and two granddaughters, Emelia (Adam and Kristina) and Madelyn (Ben and Shelly).   A graduate of St. Paul Lutheran School and Jackson High School, Mr. Meier obtained a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Southeast Missouri State University, and thus began his career as a teacher in 1973.  He has taught and been band director at both Potosi and Oak Ridge school districts. 

A career in the U.S. Postal service followed the teaching venture for Mr. Meier.  As a delivery route man in Jackson, many will remember him as the singing mailman.  Steve has a love for music, as we’ll see, and loved to help pass those long days on the routes by singing.  In 1999, he became the Postmaster for the City of Altenburg, a position he held faithfully until his recent retirement earlier this month. 

Steve and his family also keep themselves busy by maintaining the family farm.  As owners and operators of Meier’s Horseshoe Pines Christmas Tree Farm, Steve gets an opportunity to also serve the public by helping folks find that perfect Christmas tree, and maybe also make a family memory in doing so.  Steve is active in the Missouri Christmas Tree Association, having served as President, Vice President and Board Member and also in the National Christmas Tree Association. 

I mentioned a love for music, and that’s evident in the other activities of Mr. Meier’s life.  Steve remains active in the Jackson Municipal Band as he has done since 1968 and has also been a part of the Southeast Missouri University Community Choir as well as lending a voice to many other choirs and events over years. 

The East Perry Community Fair has always prided itself on all the strong volunteer help it receives and the wonderful people who take the time to display their livestock and crafts at the fair.  Mr. Meier is a perfect model of what makes this fair work so well.  Steve has been exhibiting at The East Perry Community Fair since the early 1960’s.  He has shown everything from beef cattle to sheep to draft horses for over 50 years and I’m sure will cheerfully do it again this year.  Then, typically, after his long day of showing draft horses and leading the 4-H draft horse show, he switches gears and puts his band hat on and takes a seat with the Jackson Municipal Band for their traditional Saturday evening performance.  A full and tiresome day at the Fair, no doubt; but one that he always comes back for.

For many years Steve has been assisting the parade committee by helping direct entries and keeping traffic flowing smoothly through Altenburg before the start of the parade.  This year we will gladly excuse Mr. Meier from his duties and ask him to take a little different view of the East Perry Community Fair, one from the front of the pack.  It’s been an honor and a privilege for the East Perry Community to have had Mr. Meier serve as our postmaster and it’s an honor for the Fair to have him as one of their many assets and it’s an honor to announce Mr. Steve Meier as the Grand Marshall for the 2014 East Perry Community Fair. 

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