Tiger Town canceled due to insufficient funds

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 | 11:39 a.m. CDT; updated 2:53 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 1, 2012

COLUMBIA — The Tiger Town events previously planned for two home football games this fall have been canceled because of insufficient funds.

To host the block party-style events, which were to take place before the Georgia and Alabama home games, event organizer Greg Steinhoff said Tiger Town would have needed several hundred thousand dollars it didn't have. The money would have paid for tents, tables, booths, stages, entertainment, a family area and more.

"For an event this size, it’s not hard to see all these items are necessary and add up quickly," Steinhoff said.

In June, organizers reported they would focus their time on securing sponsors and raising money, according to a previous Missourian report.

Steinhoff said there was so much planning involved that there wasn’t time to find enough sponsors to support the event.

“In order to do this right, you need to assemble sponsorship information at least six months in advance,” he said. “We’re asking just a couple months before the event, but people have already committed their marketing budgets."

Steinhoff said his organization might attempt Tiger Town next year because organizers will have the opportunity to see the results of Missouri’s first season in the Southeastern Conference.

By observing the 2012 football season, Steinhoff said organizers will know what they need to do to host Tiger Town in the future.

“We’ll be able to see how well people travel, what they like to do and where they like to stay,” he said.

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Tracy Greever-Rice August 1, 2012 | 12:42 p.m.

Great news for all the existing downtown businesses willing to invest in our community on a day-in/day-out basis. I'm sure the SEC visitors will have no problem navigating our charming, accessible downtown restaurants, bars, and retail establishments, the locally-owned and operated businesses that give Columbia its character and charm. These business owners, there for us year round, deserve a shot at this market, rather than having a handful of lucky concessionaires siphon off these big weekend crowds.

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Gerald Shelnutt August 2, 2012 | 5:45 a.m.

The District!

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Ellis Smith August 2, 2012 | 6:13 a.m.

Gerald: "The District!" They have a "District" in Amsterdam, where nice young (and not so young) ladies pose in lovely negligees behind glass picture windows.

Maybe we should try that here. We'll show those Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi hicks from the SEC what a REAL city has to offer! :)

We might even end up with enough sales tax money to fix our sidewalks.

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Corey Parks August 2, 2012 | 7:44 a.m.

I seen what you did there Ellis.

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Ellis Smith August 2, 2012 | 4:28 p.m.

@ Corey Parks:

Corey, you sly voyeur! I lived in western Europe in the 1950s and visited the Netherlands on several occasions.

Nearly forty (40) years later I returned to Amsterdam again, this time working with a Dutch steel producer named Hoogovens. Some drastic changes had taken place. In the 1950s traffic in large Dutch cities was mostly bicycles, with cars and trucks being in the minority. Forty years later the traffic was mainly motor vehicles, largely small European and Japanese cars. Occasionally a car would get knocked off or run off into a canal; there was even a special service by the police just to fish cars out.

But one thing HADN'T changed: the Amsterdam red light district. Of course they had a "new crop" of girls; the ones from 1950 would have been a bit old, don't you think? :)

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frank christian August 2, 2012 | 5:15 p.m.

We were in Amsterdam and surrounding countries 12 years ago the Euo highways were phenomenal. We were cruising the canals of France and Netherlands, renting cars when needed. Nearing Amsterdam our Canal went Over an eight lane highway. I've often stated, the worst highway I encountered on that trip was I-70, Columbia to STL airport.

"Of course they had a "new crop" of girls; the ones from 1950 would have been a bit old, don't you think?" I don't know Ellis, I knew a guy in those '50s who... oh, better not go there.

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Ellis Smith August 2, 2012 | 9:35 p.m.


In the 1950s when you got off a train in one of the major Dutch cities there would usually be some well-dressed middle aged man who would approach you and ask, in perfect English, whether you'd like to "meet some nice girls."

Even if you were dressed in civilian clothes they could still spot servicemen (American, Brit, Canadian) due to the HAIRCUTS: Dutch and German men usually had heavy heads of hair, while servicemen had short haircuts.

I've always liked the Netherlands. There's something reassuring about a country that is populated with so many "nice girls." :)

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Corey Parks August 2, 2012 | 10:38 p.m.

I was referring to your insertion of the sidewalk repair around town but I do again. The ladies from the 50's would be a tad old. But Elle Macpherson was born in 1963 and that is close enough to the 50's for me to still go after. LOL

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Ellis Smith August 3, 2012 | 6:17 a.m.

@Corey Parks:

Thanks for the clarification. No, the term "voyeur" probably wouldn't apply very well to viewing city sidewalks.

As for age, just because there's snow on the roof doesn't mean there might not still be a fire burning in the furnace. :)

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frank christian August 3, 2012 | 9:40 a.m.

Ellis - Not trying to out do you, but the 50's in Bordeaux, the girls would be at the train. In Nice, the daughter of a cafe owner after making acquaintances invited me to attend a public dance that evening, but only on the condition that I not dance with any of the prostitutes that would be there.
She said she had heard a lot about Americans. I think she just wanted to practice her English, which was quite good.

I never got sent to Netherlands while the service, and have long wondered how a nation named Netherlands, could be called Holland while the people living there are Dutch. I had asked several Dutch, but none had an answer.

When son gave me a computer, that was among my first investigations. There are reasons but now have forgotten them. Anyone want to share?

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frank christian August 3, 2012 | 9:46 a.m.

"As for age, just because there's snow on the roof doesn't mean there might not still be a fire burning in the furnace."

I'm going to fool around and get zapped again. In a local cafe near our base, in Germany, I asked another GI, what are you doing, pinching that old lady in the rear end? He said, "She still giggles!"

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