***PUBLIC VOTE WINNER***
8 Hairpin Drive, Edwardsville, IL, 62026 / Cake artists: Carol Dappert, Autumn Huff and Heather Kniffel
One of the newer higher-education (4-year) institutions in the St. Louis area is just outside the western part of Edwardsville. SIUE has come a long way since its beginnings in 1957. This was founded in response to the lack of higher-education places in the Metro East area. The school originally started in temporary buildings in Alton and East St. Louis. Finally, in 1963, ground was broken and one by one, SIUE rose from the ground. It had originally been a school for commuters. By the 1990s, several out of area and state (as well as foreign students) students attended SIUE, which meant a huge boom in building dormitories and campus expansion. Several programs are offered at SIUE, including most arts and sciences, as well as their new nursing and pharmacy programs. The dental school is located in Alton (across from the Robert Wadlow Statue).
SIUE is also famous for one other thing: the Mississippi River Festival. It took place from 1969 to 1980, while becoming a major music event in its own right. Tens of thousands of concert-goers would show up for the festival every year, watching up-and-coming and current superstars at that time. Several big-name acts performed outside the campus: Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, the Grateful Dead, Elton John, the Eagles, and many others. The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra was aligned with the university to establish residence, which gave birth to this festival. To this day, there have been no plans to revive the MRF.
Cake placement date: March 10
Where is the cake now? Private property. The cake sold in the biddingforgood auction for $455 on 1/1/2015.