Shell Knob gearing up for huge fall festival

Thursday, September 21, 2006

The first annual Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce Shakin' in the Shell Fest will be held in downtown Shell Knob on Saturday, Sept. 23.

"It's going to be fun," said Sheila House, Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce executive director. "We have a lot of activities planned for the whole family. We have entertainment, a huge children's area, the car show, a lot of variety."

The Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce is expecting around 10,000 individuals to attend this year's inaugural Shakin' in the Shell Fest.

"We tried to bring in the biggest children's play area we possibly could," said House. "We had a stage built for the bands and an area constructed for the concessions. We've moved in many picnic tables so people have a place to enjoy the food.

"We've been doing a lot of mowing and made arrangements with businesses and private property owners to provide enough parking," said House. "We want to try to keep people from parking on Highway 39 as much as possible."

The Shell Knob Chamber has been planning and organizing the Shakin' in the Shell Fest for over a year.

"We've done a lot of organizing," said House. "We've been researching and screening bands and entertainment. Now it is just a matter of pulling it all together."

Shell Knob VFW Post 2203 will kick off the festival with breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m.

Dale Jones, an International Juggler's Association entertainer, will perform at 11:15 a.m. Bluegrass band Timberline will perform at 12:30 p.m., and classic rock band Rock Pie will perform at 2 p.m.

The Domino Kings, from Springfield, will perform at 3:30 p.m. The country group has been recognized in USA Today, The Washington Post, "Billboard" and "Entertainment Weekly."

Joe Giles and the Homewreckers will be playing classic rock, rhythm and blues and country music at 5:30 p.m. The band, which is from northwest Arkansas, is well know for its well-crafted instrumental and vocal music, said House.

Joe Giles and the Homewreckers were recognized as the 2003 Ozark Music Awards Best Party and Dance Band and the 2001 and 2002 Ozark Music Awards Rock Band of the Year.

Other Shell Fest entertainment will include: a sports show with boats, all-terrain vehicles, golf carts, wave runners and outdoor activity products; food concessions; retail booths; artisans; and craftsmen.

The Shell Knob Shriners will host an outdoor beer garden. No coolers or beverage containers will be allowed inside the festival areas.

A large children's area will feature inflatable play areas, a rock climbing wall, games, prizes, face painting activities and fire truck tours.

The Old Church Gallery will also host an all-day yard sale throughout the Shakin' in the Shell event.

The 17th annual Chamber- sponsored Shell Knob Car Show will be held in conjunction with the Shell Fest celebration.

Around 100 classic, modified and specialty vehicles are expected to enter this year's car show. Trophies will be awarded in several categories, including top vehicles in the 1990 to 1996 and 1997 and up car and truck categories and dignitary and special awards.

Motorcycles, boats and speciality vehicles are welcome to enter the car show event. A model car show competition will also be held.

"The car show will be bigger and better than ever," said House. "We are expecting scores of beautiful vehicles."

Entrants can pre-register or sign-up the day of the show from 9 a.m. to noon. The awards presentation will begin at 3 p.m. MAACC Car Show members will serve as car show judges. The show will be hosted by the Shell Knob Cruisers Car Club.

Shakin' in the Shell Fest will be held on Highway 39 behind the Shell Knob Plaza from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 23. Festival parking can be found on Lake Road 39-9.

"Plan to spend the whole day in Shell Knob to enjoy the beautiful fall weather, the car show and the festival," said House.

Shakin' in the Shell Fest sponsors include: Bass Pro Shops; Tracker Boat Center; Green Mountain Realty, Inc.; North American Marine Industries, Inc.; Sawtooth Mill Gift Gallery; The Steak Inn; Country Fresh Market; Barton's of Shell Knob; PRYZM Project Development Services; and The Timbers Resort and Lodge.

i For general information on the Shakin' in the Shell Fest, call the chamber at 417-858-3300.

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