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(KTVI) – St. Louis is on the eve of its 250th anniversary.

And a group called McAlled 250 has about 250 ideas to spread out during 365 days. They are events that its executive director says will reflect “shameless pride.”

Erin Budde is that person. She talks about the celebration.

Budde said the organization, a non-profit agency, is operating entirely through donations and has raised about $900,000 of its $1.2 million budget.

She said 278 volunteers, including a core group of about 25, have been meeting and planning for three years.

The main events will be held over the weekend of Feb. 14-16. That conveniently spans an old disagreement in St. Louis whether Laclede and Chouteau climbed through the low limestone bluff on Feb. 14 or 15. The conflict stems from CONFUSING HANDWRITING IN OLD DOCUMENTS, and St. Louis has celebrated on both dates over its 249 years.

THE BURNIN’ LOVE FESTIVAL ON FRIDAY, FEB. 14, A MUSIC FESTIVAL ON ART HILL, WHERE A 25-FOOT-TALL “HEART OF FIRE” WILL BE ERECTED ON THE SLOPE. There also will be fireworks and a
call for couples to announce their engagements en masse to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

On Saturday, Feb. 15, representatives of France, Spain, Canada and the Osage Indian Nation will take part in a reenactment of the founding at Laclede’s Landing just north of the Arch grounds.

The actual landing took place near today’s main staircase to the Arch, but construction work planned along Leonor K. Boulevard requires moving the event to the entertainment district of restored 19th Century riverfront commercial buildings.

The History Museum will open a special exhibit on the region’s history beginning Feb. 14. Admission will be free, and it will run through February 2015.

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