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Vendor pays tribute to destroyed town at Dogwood-Azalea Festival

Vendor pays tribute to destroyed town at Dogwood-Azalea Festival (Source - Mike Mohundro, KFVS).jpg
Vendor pays tribute to destroyed town at Dogwood-Azalea Festival (Source - Mike Mohundro, KFVS)

April 13 at 6:32 PM

CHARLESTON, MO (Heartland News at 9) - Thousands of people were enjoying the Dogwood-Azalea Festival in Charleston on Saturday.

On hand, were plenty of things to do for everyone including rides, food, beautiful scenery and more.

A vendor we spoke with is paying tribute to the town of Pinhook with special blended frozen fruit drinks at his Pinhookolada stand.

"It's my city. We are representing our city," Pinhookolada David Robinson said. "We just hooked the drink up with the name of the city and it's been a hit. It's been a hit here and it's been a hit at the Sweet Corn Festival. We are just taking it as far as we can."

Pinhook was a community in destroyed by floodwaters in the record-breaking Ohio River flood in 2011.

It was destroyed in an instant by a surge of floodwaters when the Birds Point Levee was intentionally breached by the Army Corps of Engineers to alleviate flooding stress on other towns along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.

Robinson is from Pinhook community which had a population of 30 people in the 2010 consensus. He said he wants to make sure to keep the town’s memory.

"It's home!" Robinson expressed. "Even though the water came, flooded and pushed everybody out, it's still home. So, they might have moved the houses, but it's still us."

Customers steadily waited in line to get some frozen drinks and Robinson continued to make his specialty drinks throughout the event.

Many of the customers asked about Pinhook and talked with Robinson and his helper Tara McGuire about the town.

Robinson and McGuire are planning on putting together a brochure about Pinhook to hand out to their customers for their next event to help keep everyone informed about the history of the village.

Robinson stated he appreciates all the support from everyone and enjoys talking with everybody and reminiscing about Pinhook's past.

“I appreciate it. Everybody from Pinhook appreciates it,” Robinson added. “I have people calling me from all around, up in Columbia, out in Wisconsin, and New York. They say, ‘Man you blowing up down there.’ Hey, that’s what Pinhook does. It’s what we always do. We are overachievers.”

Pinhook residents eventually found and built permanent housing in different communities including East Prairie and Sikeston.