A first-class event

Thursday, September 28, 2006

On Saturday, the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce hosted one of the best community festivals that we've attended in a long time. "Shakin' in the Shell" was a first-time event that was first class in every way. Sheila House, chamber executive director, estimates there were 5,000 to 6,000 in attendance during the festival, which we see as a huge success. The event was well planned, well promoted and well executed and as a result was well attended.

The chamber booked several big name bands from the Ozarks region to headline the event. The Domino Kings and Joe Giles and the Homewreckers have a big enough following to create a draw that brought people from all over the region to Shell Knob. In addition, event organizers made sure there were other bands lined up to play music that would appeal to a variety of tastes, including bluegrass, country, rock and R&B. There were activities for the kids, a beer garden for adults and a boat and sports show, which all worked to provide something for all ages and all genders.

"Shakin' in the Shell" gave visitors a reason to visit the lake area community and provided the perfect vehicle for showcasing many of the qualities that make Shell Knob a great place to live. We commend the Shell Knob Chamber for promoting the Barry County area with such a positive event. We look forward to "Shakin' in the Shell" 2007 and wouldn't be surprised to see 10,000 in attendance.

As we look toward the upcoming Cassville Fall Festival and Chili Cook-off on Oct. 28, we hope we'll see the same community support and volunteer spirit we witnessed in Shell Knob over the weekend. We urge all area businesses and organizations to get involved and make this year's festival the best ever.

It would be great for the promotion of local businesses and great for community morale to see the square filled to capacity with chili and salsa booths as well as craft and vendor displays. Here's hoping we can attract thousands of visitors to downtown Cassville to show off what's great about our city. It's not too late to get involved. Just contact Amy White at the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce and reserve your festival booth today.