The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up to host its biggest weekend of the year.
On Saturday, the downtown square in Cassville will be bursting with activity for the annual Fall Festival and Chili Cook-Off. All booths have been reserved and a waiting list has been established, according to Amy White, chamber executive director.
There are 27 chili and six salsa cookers signed up to participate in the cook-off. Last year, the event attracted 17 chili cookers. Judging for the contest will begin at noon. Those attending the fall festival will have the opportunity to purchase chili tasting kits and make their rounds of the chili cooking booths.
Entertainment will be provided throughout the day with Jon Horner serving as master of ceremonies. Among those scheduled to perform are: The Bootkickers; The Red Hots; Jeff Wilson, a past performer with the Ralph Emory show; members of the Cassville Gymnastics team; and martial arts students. Tic-Toc Karaoke will also be on the square, and pony rides will be offered.
A pet parade, sponsored by Cassville Veterinary Clinic, will also be held on the morning of the fall festival. Participants will gather at the Commerce Bank parking lot at 10 a.m. and then parade with their pets around the square.
A drawing for a 50/50 shopping spree will also be held during the Fall Festival at 2 p.m. Individuals can still purchase 50/50 tickets at the chamber office or at local businesses. The winner of the drawing will receive half of the money raised in the form of Cassville Cash.
The Show is "Movin' On"
Performances of the 2006 version of "The Show" will be held on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. in the Cassville Middle School gym. The theme for this year's show is "Movin' On."
Once again, Hometown Sound and the Red Hots, under the direction of Greg Beck, will provide music for the show with special solo performances provided by talented members of the Cassville community.
According to Beck, audience members should prepare to "board Southwest Airlines Flight #314 for a flight from Los Angelos to New York." Keeping with tradition, Beck is not releasing his program of song choices.
Vocal performers scheduled to take the stage during The Show include: John Luecken-hoff, Alisha Navarre, Jason Blankenship, Robyn Blanken-ship, Jeremy Hilburn, Tracy Waters, Josh Davison, Terry Jamieson, Leslie Longley, Jill LeCompte, Shelli Wiseman, Katie Johnson and Rodney Hughes.
Hometown Sound band members are: Carol House, piano; Charley Fuller, lead and rhythm guitar; J.R. Day, lead and rhythm guitar; Bill Hall, bass; Jim Craig, trombone; Billy McGuffey, trumpet; Patty Reed, saxophone and flute; Brenda Beck, percussion; and Greg Beck, drums. The Red Hots include Carrie Beck, Jamie Smith, Jennifer Evans and Chemine Swanger.
"We're all ready to go," said Beck.
Tickets for the show can be purchased in advance for $6 at Commerce Bank, Freedom Bank, First State Bank, Security Bank, Bank of America or the chamber office. Tickets will also be available at the door for a cost of $7 per person.
"This is an excellent project, especially with the amount of work that goes into it," said Stan Kelley, chamber vice president. "We hope everyone will make plans to attend."
For more information on the Fall Festival and Chili Cook-Off or The Show, call the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce office at 847-2814.