MARSHFIELD, Mo. – Similar to the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California, Missouri’s own Walk of Fame in Marshfield just added six more names to its star-studded sidewalk.
Founded in 2006 directly in front of the Webster County Museum, six Missouri Walk of Fame honorees are chosen each year by the Cherry Blossom Festival Committee during the festival. This year’s event was last weekend.
Honorees or their representatives are invited to attend the unveilings by the town of Marshfield, to see their star placed into the sidewalk.
This year’s inductees are journalist and author Rose Wilder Lane; public servants Warren and Betty Hearnes; ventriloquist Todd Oliver; TV personality Aunt Norma Champion; fisherman Charlie Campbell; and actor-singer Wayne Schroder.
To be chosen for the Walk of Fame, inductees must have been born in or lived in Missouri, or “contributed significantly to the greater good of the Show-Me State.” Inductees must either attend the ceremony themselves or send a representative on their behalf. If any inductees are being honored posthumously, they are typically represented by a living family member, close friend or colleague.
The new group joined the graces of many famous inductees, including Daniel Boone, Amelia Earhart, Jerry Jones, The Herschend Family, Bob Barker, Edwin Hubble, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Walt Disney and President Harry S. Truman, among many others.
The original architects of Missouri’s Walk of Fame have since retired, but Michael Brand of Brand Construction – who took over the duties after his father-in-law passed away last year – plans to continue the project as long as he can.
“I’ll keep putting them in until I retire, I guess,” Brand said.
Visit the Cherry Blossom Festival website to see a full list of Missouri Walk of Fame inductees.