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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Another successful festival Democrat Photo The 24th annual Dogwood Car, Truck and Motorcycle Festival attracted 115 car show participants to the downtown square in Cassville on May 8. Throughout the day, spectators enjoyed viewing a wide variety of antique and customized vehicles. The festival was sponsored by the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce.
Over 100 car enthusiasts participated in the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce's 24th annual Dogwood Car, Truck and Motorcycle Festival on Saturday. The event also drew hundreds of spectators to the downtown square in Cassville.

"With the support of the Cassville community, we were able to welcome our out-of-town guests to a great event," said Mindi Artherton, chamber executive director. "We couldn't have asked for a better day. Spectators who attended the event had a lot to look at. I heard that the quality of our entries were up this year, and people really enjoyed viewing the entries that were on display during the festival."

Although only 37 participants preregistered for the car show, 78 additional participants registered on Saturday morning bringing the total number of festival entries to 115.

"The entry that traveled the furthest was from Junction City, Ark., which is only a few miles north of the Louisiana border," said Artherton.

This year, the chamber recruited several members to serve concessions during the event. The chamber also added a poker walk around the square to festival activities.

"People really enjoyed the poker walk," said Artherton. "The businesses that participated in that also said they were very busy that day."

The poker walk attracted 40 participants. The winner, Brenden Johnson, of Eureka Springs, Ark., received a $100 cash prize.

"We also added Thunder Around the Square this year," said Artherton. "This was an impromptu thing that we did at 1 p.m. We had all of the car owners turn on their engines at the same time. The spectators really enjoyed getting to hear all of the cars. It was very loud."

Car show awards were given out throughout the day. Entries were judged by local award sponsors and members of the Mid American Association of Car Clubs.

All of the car show winners are listed below:

* Best of Show, sponsored by Baywash Car Wash: Mike and Shannon Rose, Bentonville, Ark., 1952 Chevrolet Belair.

* Mayor Award, sponsored by Ellis, Cupps and Cole Attorneys at Law: Morris Dillow, Holiday Island, Ark., 1911 Ford Model T.

* Police Award, sponsored by Able 2 Products: Ron and Barb Downs, Bella Vista, Ark., 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle SS.

* Representative Award, sponsored by First State Bank: Brian Lee, Eureka Springs, Ark., 1980 Triumph Spitfire.

* Sheriff Award, sponsored by ReaLife Coffee House: Vancil Riddlesperger, Berryville, Ark., 1955 Chevrolet two-door.

* Best Presentation, sponsored by B & K Auto Body: Morris Dillow, Holiday Island, Ark., 1911 Ford Model T.

* Best MOPAR, sponsored by Country Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep: Gary Kirk, Cassville, 1974 Plymouth Road Runner.

* Best Ford Mercury, sponsored by Les Jacobs Ford-Mercury: Dale Harrison, Springfield, 1940 Ford pickup.

* Best Paint, sponsored by Ken's Collision Center: Mike Rose, Bentonville, Ark., 1952 Chevrolet Belair.

* Best Interior, sponsored by Carefree Auto Center: Bud Lowe, Cassville, 1956 Ford Fairlane.

* Best Engine, sponsored by Gautney Garage: Kenny Davis, Sr., Rogers, Ark., 1955 Chevrolet Nomad.

* Most Unique, sponsored by Hometown Mortgage: Nathan Lowe, Rocky Comfort, 1941 Willy's Coupe.

* Most Unique Motorcycle, sponsored by Cassville Motor Inn: Scott Redshaw, Purdy, 2008 Yamaha Raider.

* Furthest Traveled, sponsored by The Arc Shop: Billy Price, Junction City, Ark., 1946 Ford pickup.

* Furthest Trailered, sponsored by Vollenweider Metal Works: Morris Dillow, Holiday Island, Ark., 1911 Ford Model T.

* Largest Car Club, sponsored by Lowe's Auto Glass: three-way tie, Donut Gang, Northwest Arkansas Corvette Club and Heartbeats of the Ozarks.

* Antique cars, 1900 to 1947: Ray Pearce, Bentonville, Ark., first place; and Morris Dillow, Holiday Island, Ark., second place.

* Classic cars, 1948 to 1972: Mike and Shannon Rose, Bentonville, Ark., first place; and Kay Bower, Springdale, Ark., second place.

* Stock cars, 1973 to 1995: Carlos Wilson, Purdy, first place; and Don Tilley, Cassville, second place.

* Trucks, 1900 to 1972: Dale Harrison, Springfield, first place; and Billy Price, Junction City, Ark., second place.

* Trucks, 1973 to 1995: Glenda Rose, Washburn, first place; and Steve Etienne, Bentonville, Ark., second place.

* Modified trucks, 1900 to current: David Ahrens, West Plains, first place; and Jack and CJ Middlebrooks, Bella Vista, Ark., second place.

* Street machines, 1900 to current: Vancil Riddlesperger, Berryville, Ark., first place; and Sherman and Kathy Earnhart, Marionville, second place.

* Current trucks and cars, 1996 to current: Norris Whitfield, Mt. Home, Ark., first place; and Richard Bruner, Bella Vista, Ark., second place.

* Muscle cars, 1964 to 1973: Ron and Barb Downs, Bella Vista, Ark., first place; and Ben Banks, Springfield, second place.

* Imports, 1900 to current: Mike Steen, Seligman, first place; and Ronald Patrick, Jr., Cassville, second place.

* Corvettes, 1953 to 1967: Jim McMillen, Bella Vista, Ark., first place; and Connie and Retha Lloyd, Seligman, second place.

* Corvettes, 1968 to 1982: Roger Bandy, Verona, first place; and Carl Schmachtenberger, Seymour, second place.

* Corvettes, 1984 to 1996: Joe Shipman, Monett, first place; and Mike Arcand, Harrison, Ark., second place.

* Corvettes, 1997 to 2004: Randy Whitfield, Mt. Home Ark., first place; and Robbie Daniels, Cassville, second place.

* Corvettes, 2005 to current: Jim Leis, Rogers, Ark., first place.

* Camaro or Firebird, 1967 to current: Danny Kelly, Berryville, Ark., first place; and Greg Banks, Rogers, Ark., second place.

* Mustangs, 1965 to 1973: Don Sisco, Bentonville, Ark., first place; and David Fry, Cabool, second place.

* Mustangs, 1974 to current: John and Ruth Verbrugge, Eagle Rock, first place; and Royal Carnes, Rogers, Ark., second place.

* MOPAR, 1900 to 1959: Richard Stocks, Battlefield.

* MOPAR, 1960 to 1975: Country Dodge, Cassville, first place; and Roger Baggett, Broken Arrow, Okla., second place.

* MOPAR, 1976 to current: Jesse and Melody Watson, Henryetta, Okla., first place; and Chad and Mary Sprinkle, Cassville, second place.

* Best of Class, motorcycles: Scott Redshaw, Purdy, first place; and Frank Goergen, Cassville, second place.

* Best of Class, rat rods: Bobby Youngblood, Eagle Rock, first place.

* Dogwood Dozen: Bud and Mike Lowe, Cassville, 1956 Ford Fairlane; Morris Dillow, Holiday Island, Ark., 1911 Ford Model T; Don Sisco, Bentonville, Ark., 1965 Ford Mustang convertible; Kay Bower, Springdale, Ark., 1956 Ford Thunderbird; Vancil Riddlesperger, Berryville, Ark., 1955 Chevrolet two-door; Kenny Davis, Jr., Rogers, Ark., 1957 Chevrolet Belair; Mike Marrs, Bella Vista, Ark., 1936 Ford street rod; Fred Whisenhunt and Caden Swearengen, Cassville, 1952 Chevrolet pickup; Kenny Davis, Sr., Rogers Ark., 1955 Chevrolet Nomad; Bill Thompson, Bella Vista, Ark., 1956 Ford pickup; Jim McMiller, Bella Vista, Ark., 1965 Chevrolet Corvette coupe; and David Fry, Cabool, 1965 Ford Mustang.

Over a dozen Dogwood Festival Committee members and volunteers helped make this year's event successful. Committee members included: Darrin Jacobs, Larry Daniels, Ken and Perryleann Lingle, Virgil Harrington, Kurt Berndt and Misha Blakely. Volunteers were: Raylene Hart, Cheryl Williams, Richard Asbill, Jan Massey, Gary Whyte, Dr. Dale Assing and Cordelia Herrin.

Sponsors for the 2010 Dogwood Festival included: Shumaker Tire and Wheel; The BBQ Station; Neill's Home Store; Whitley's Pharmacy; Robert Faulke, attorney; Cassville First Baptist Church; Ramey; Hutchens Construction; George's; and Baywash Car Wash.

B&K Auto Body; Country Dodge Chrysler Jeep; Les Jacobs Ford-Mercury; Ken's Collision Center; Carefree Auto Center; Gautney's Garage; Hometown Mortgage; Cassville Motor Inn; The Arc Shop; Vollenweider Metal Works; Ellis, Cupps, and Cole; Able 2; ReaLife Coffee House; First State Bank; and Lowe's Auto Glass.

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