The third annual Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce Shakin' in the Shell Fest will be held in downtown Shell Knob on Friday, Sept. 26 and Saturday, Sept. 27.
"There will be something for everyone," said Kim Przybyl, Shakin' in festival chairperson. "If you want to see a real show and have a really good time come to the Shakin' in the Fest. Come and stay the whole time and be entertained. There will be a lot to do."
The Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce is expecting around 6,000 individuals to attend this year's Shakin' in the Shell event. Festival committee members began planning and organizing the event in January.
"We will have shuttles to and from the car show, parking and the festival," said Przybyl. "This week, we are plotting the festival site and mowing. We will be putting up tents and getting ready for the vendors. We are also updating our website with information and preparing for the festival contests."
The 2008 Shakin in the Shell Fest will begin with Rock and Roll Friday Night, which will offer attendees a free concert with various musicians, a pig roast and a fish fry. Friday's events are sponsored by the chamber and the Shell Knob Shriners.
"The Shriners are sponsoring the beer garden," said Przybyl. "They will also be doing a pig roast, and B&J Smokehouse will offer a fish fry. We will have two local bands and one studio band from Anderson."
Local band Fatz59 will take the stage at around 6:30 p.m. on Friday night. Nicky and the Boys, of Anderson, will follow at 7:30 p.m., and Rock Pie, another local band, will close the show by playing from 8:30 to 10 p.m.
"This year, in the beer garden we will have some good entertainment each hour that there is no entertainment on the main stage," said Przybyl. "All of the entertainment will be on the main stage on Friday night though."
The festival's carnival will be open during the Friday night concert and all day on Saturday. Carnival ride armbands, which can be purchased in advance for $12, can be used from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday.
The 19th annual Shell Knob Car Show will also be held during the festival. The event is scheduled to be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday
Judging will be done by Mid-America Association of Car Clubs. Trophies will be presented to first, second and third place and best of show winners. Dignitary and special awards will also be presented during the show.
The Table Rockettes Dancers will kick off the second day of the Shakin' in the Shell Fest with a performance on the main stage at 10 a.m.
At 10:30 a.m., culinary creations will take center stage during the Celebrity Cook-Off Contest. Prizes will be awarded to the top three cook-off contestants.
"We are calling it the Celebrity Cook-Off just for fun," said Przybyl. "Anyone can enter the cooking contest. Dishes will need to be prepared and brought to the festival for judging. The judges will take into consideration that the entrees were prepared ahead of time."
Judges Jim Sawyer, of Port Grill, Vona Sue McCool, of Steak Inn, Jeannie Jones, of The Rattler, Luis Cuestas, of AmeriCorp, and Brian Mitts, of B&J Smokehouse, will award grand, first and second place prizes to the best entrees.
The grand prize winner will receive a propane grill, a barbecue set and a baking set. The first place winner will earn a $50 Visa card and pots and pans, and the second place winner will be awarded a $50 Visa card and a barbecue set.
After the cooking contest has concluded, the Shell Knob Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and Paw Prints will host a cake walk on the main stage. The event will begin around 11:35 a.m.
At 12:10 p.m., a calling of the guard ceremony will be held on the main stage. If time permits, audience members will be able to participate in a few more cake walk rounds after the patriotic ceremony.
A Little Mr. and Miss Shell Knob contest will be held at 1:10 p.m. This will be followed by a performance by the Shell Knob Elementary School band.
The famous Ugly Dog contest will begin at 2:15 p.m. In the past, some of the awards have included cutest puppy, best tail wagger, best kisser, best trick, best dressed and ugliest.
The cute canines will be followed by cute kids who participate in the Shakin' in the Shell Fest trike contest, which is scheduled to begin at 3:45 p.m.
"Trike contestants do not need to pre-register," said Przybyl. "The contest is for children who are between the ages of 3 and 5. The best decorated winner will receive a brand new trike."
Children will be allowed to decorate their trikes and wear costumes for the event. Costumes are not required.
Other trike contest awards that will be presented include: most original, $25 Walmart gift card; and most humorous, $15 Walmart gift card.
Amateur rock stars will also have the opportunity to participate in a Guitar Hero contest on Saturday. The contest is sponsored by Frank Fletcher Toyota and Scion.
"Individuals are encouraged to sign up for the contest on Friday night," said Przybyl. "There could also be some spots open on Saturday. There is no entry fee for the contest."
Guitar Hero participants will compete to win a 42-inch flat screen television or an X-box with the Guitar Hero game. A second X-box will be awarded through a drawing.
Other day-time activities will include: a boat and sports show; a food fair; the VFW breakfast; and vendor shopping.
A port-a-potty contest, which will be held a 5 p.m., will conclude the day-time entertainment. The evening entertainment will include five musical performances.
Tonya LeDawn Davison, a local gospel singer, will perform at 5:30 p.m., and country singer Lynette, of Golden, will take the stage at 6 p.m. Paul Rawlings, who performs bluegrass and classic rock music, will perform at 6:30 p.m.
At 7:10 p.m., John DeHoyos will take the main stage. DeHoyos is a nationally recognized songwriter, composer and edgy acoustical rock artist who has performed at the White House and composed music for movies, including Spiderman III.
DeHoyos will be followed by Christian country musician Rich McCready, of Seneca. McCready, who was a songwriter for George Strait for four years, was named Country Music Rising Star in 1997.
"He has a number one hit on the Christian country charts right now," said Przybyl. "This is his third number one hit in a row. He is well known in Joplin and nationally."
Shakin' in the Shell Fest sponsors include: The Playce; Sawtooth Mill Custom Woodwork; Hickory Hollow Resort; Green Mountain Realty; NAMI/Bottoms Up; Hutchens Construction; Garcia's Mexican Food Restaurant; Frank Fletcher Toyota-Scion; Joplin Cart 'n Go Golf Carts; Country Fresh Market; Lake Trip Convenience Store; Barton's; The Timbers Resort; Lakeshore Construction; Ball & Prier; Vanderhoof Gardens; PRYZM Project Development Services; Les Jacobs Ford; Asbury Land and Title; Lowe's Auto Glass; Ozark Air Conditioning; Bob Bishop Insurance; Icy Mae's; Commerce Bank; Brashears; Plaza Pharmacy; Battery Outfitters; Shumaker Tire; Arvest Bank; Campbell Point Marina; Fish 'n Fun Resort; Signature Nails and More; MariCorp; Pizza Hut; Cathy and Phillip Johnson; The Steak Inn; St. John's Clinic; B&J Smokehouse; and J Brown Disposal.
For more information on the Shakin' in the Shell Fest, call the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce at 417-858-3300 or visit www.shakinfest.com. Contest and vendor information can be accessed at shellknob.com/events.htm.