Mayor Len Pagano
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Leonard B. "Len" Pagano lives in Hanover Crossing and has been a resident for over 35 years. He was honorably discharged form both the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. He is a high school graduate and took specialty courses at both St. Charles County and Florissant Valley Community Colleges. He is retired from Unilever HPC where he worked as St. Louis Plant Warehouse Coordinator. He and his wife, Joyce, have three children, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Mayor Pagano has served the City of St. Peters as an elected official since 1983. He was a Ward 3 Alderman from 1983-2007. In April 2007, he was elected Mayor of St. Peters to fill a vacancy. In April 2008, he was re-elected to a full, four-year term.
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Message from Mayor Pagano
What a Great 'Celebrate'!
As Mayor of St. Peters, there’s nothing better than to see smiles on the faces of our residents. And, that’s why Celebrate St. Peters is such a special event—nowhere else can I see so many St. Peters residents smiling than our biggest festival of the year. And, this year, I’d say based on the many smiles and compliments coming from all of you, we had our greatest Celebrate event ever. We estimate that we had our biggest crowd yet, with nearly 35,000 people attending during the two-day festival!
To me, Celebrate St. Peters has become about the experience and the great memories of getting together with family and friends once a year for an event like no other. When you walk into the park, your age doesn’t matter, you instantly relive your youth—and that is the magic we have been able to create with Celebrate St. Peters!
The musical talent on display during the event was phenomenal! I’ve heard from many people about how much they loved the concerts. Friday night we welcomed back Country/Rock band Poco along with guest band Rogers and Nienhaus. On Saturday night, Firefall opened the evening’s events with familiar rock songs from the ‘70s. After a dazzling fireworks display over the lake, headliner Burton Cummings and his band highlighted the night with rock hits from the legendary band The Guess Who.
And, don’t forget all of the other events and activities that took place over just two days along the lake, plus all the great food from our area vendors. Families had a ball with carnival rides, games and kids’ activities. The Home Depot Kids’ Workshop was a huge hit with families building more than 300 projects in just 3 hours! Arty’s Corner, sponsored by St. Peters’ Cultural Arts Centre, put smiles on a lot of faces as kids decorated and made hats from simple grocery bags. Over on the Community News Family Stage, we saw lots of smiles and laughs from kids and parents alike all day Saturday. Meanwhile, on the KFAV and 100.7 The Viper Celebrate Stage under the Corporate Pavilion, people laughed and danced to the sounds of Butch Wax and the Hollywoods with R&B legend Theo Peoples, and rocked to popular local band Serapis.
And, that sunset—what a wonderful way to start each evening at Celebrate St. Peters! With the growing beauty of our biggest park, and the success of our biggest event, it’s no wonder we draw so many people. Did you know that we book the entire RV campground nearly a year in advance of Celebrate St. Peters? We also have a waiting list for vendor spots.
Rest assured, our City staff is already working on plans for Celebrate St. Peters 2016. I’m proud of our staff and their dedication and our City volunteers who give so generously of their time. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to put on such a successful event. Their hard work helps us make St. Peters one of the best places in the nation to live, work, play and raise a family!
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