Fredricktown, Mo. hopes to revitalize downtown with unique fundraiser

Fredericktown plan to breathe new life into historic downtown
Published: Jul. 11, 2023 at 11:50 PM CDT
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FREDERICKTOWN, Mo. (KFVS) - A new effort on the part of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce is seeking grants to revitalize downtown Fredericktown.

The area is on the national registry of historic places.

They also plan to raise money for improvements.

“Things like parking, wayfinding signs, façade improvements for any downtown building owners, anything like that that’s towards making downtown better,” said Tessa Rehkop, executive director of Madison County Chamber of Commerce.

As they plan the future of downtown, they’re looking to the past to help meet their goals by hosting A Historic Day at the Square.

There will be contests, games, square dancing, fireworks and more.

The inspiration came from an event that took place more than 100 years ago.

“They had an event back in 1915 where they had different activities around the square like a greased pig contest and a pie baking contest so we are trying to bring that back,” said Rehkop.

Matthew Grisham, owner of the Old Mine House Bar and Grill welcomes any improvements to the area.

The bar and grill opened about a month ago and is one of the newest businesses in downtown Fredericktown.

“The more business that comes in, the more people, the more money for everybody,” said Grisham.

Historic Day on the Square is set for Saturday, August 19 in downtown Fredericktown.

It’ll start at 4 p.m. and end with fireworks at 9 p.m.