Not-to-be-missed events

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Cassville is preparing for a big weekend of activities, and we are encouraging all area residents to make plans now to attend.

This Saturday, the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its annual fall celebration o n the downtown square, which includes a chili and salsa cook-off. The day-long event should be bigger than ever with 27 chili cookers signed up to compete and a waiting list for booth space. Entertainment will be provided throughout the day, which also features a pet parade at 10 a.m. Chili tasting kits will be sold for those who want to sample the judges' fare and there will also be plenty of other food available for those with less adventurous appetites. If the weather cooperates, the Fall Festival is always the perfect way to enjoy a beautiful autumn day in the Ozarks.

This week also marks the return of the ever popular "The Show." The theme of this year's show is "Movin' On" and those who have had the opportunity to grab a sneak a peak during dress rehearsals say this year's production is not to be missed.

I'm not sure people in the community realize the time invested by those who involved in "The Show." Greg and Brenda Beck spearhead the project year after year. Although they don't seek it, the Becks deserve a huge thank you from the Cassville community for finding a way to showcase local talent in such a professional setting. The Hometown Sound band and the Red Hots as well as individual performers practice for months on their songs. Those who agree to be a part of The Show seem to do it as a labor of love as it requires a large investment of their time.

The best way we can pay back this type of community involvement and commitment is to pack out the Cassville Middle School gym during all three performances on Oct. 26, Oct. 28 and Oct. 29. Tickets can be purchased at area banks in advance or at the door on the day of The Show. It would also be nice for audience members to seek out their favorite performers and thank them personally for a job well done.

There's something about the Fall Festival and The Show that exemplifies the joy of small town living. It also gives local businesses and citizens the opportunity to showcase all that Cassville has to offer. Plan to be a part of both these great events. It's a weekend not to be missed.