It's showtime

Thursday, October 21, 2010

"Lights, Camera, Action" is the theme for the 2010 Chili and Salsa Cook-Off and Fall Festival, which will be held this Saturday on the downtown square in Cassville.

Sponsored by the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce, the popular annual event is expected to draw a huge crowd especially if the weather cooperates.

"It's important to come out and visit our local merchants and our vendors on Saturday," said Mindi Artherton, chamber executive director. "They've worked so hard to make this a quality event. It's a time for our businesses, our vendors and our community to shine."

So far, there are 112 booth spaces reserved and the 20 overflow spots are filling up fast, according to Artherton. There are also 28 chili and salsa cookers signed up to compete.

Booths will open at 8 a.m. and the chili and salsa judging will begin at noon. Awards will be announced at the conclusion of the judging at approximately 2:30 p.m.

The Chili Dog Challenge chili dog eating contest, sponsored by Sonic, will be held at 11 a.m. There are still three spots available, and interested eaters can sign up by calling the chamber office at 847-2814. There is a $10 entry fee to participate, but the winner wins $100 in Cassville Cash.

A new addition to the Fall Festival this year is a Minute to Win It contest, sponsored by the Cassville First Baptist Church. The contest is modeled after the popular television series, and anyone interested in participating can sign up at the First Baptist Church information table on Saturday. Names will be drawn, and contestants announced just prior to the start of the contest.

Other activities scheduled during the day include: a Bootkickers performance at 9 a.m.; a pet parade, sponsored by Herrin Animal Hospital at 10:30 a.m. (registration begins at 10 a.m. at the Commerce Bank parking lot); a martial arts demonstration at 11:30 a.m.; the Barry County Connection band plays at noon; and a YMCA tumbling and cheer demonstration at 1 p.m.

The demonstrations, performances and contests will all take place on the festival's main stage, which will be located on the west side of the Cassville Square.

The Show

In addition to Saturday's festivities, The Show will be held this week with performances planned for Thursday, Oct. 21, Saturday, Oct. 23 and Sunday, Oct. 24 at the Crowder College Cassville Center.

The pre-show, featuring ventroloquist Jessie Rex, will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday nights and at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. The show will start a half an hour after the pre-show for all three performances.

The two-and-a-half-hour entertainment offering, anchored by the HomeTown Sound and the RedHots, will highlight the musical talents of a large number of local singers and performers.

"We are going to do TV and movie themes, and that's going to cover a broad base," said Greg Beck, director of The Show. ""We're opening the show with a TV medley and closing the show with a movie medley. The movies we've chosen have come from Broadway."

The Show performers along with The HomeTown Sound and the RedHots have been rehearsing every Tuesday night since July, and Beck said this year's show is definitely worth the price of admission.

"It's just a good time," said Beck. "HomeTown Sound and the RedHots play the type of music that you won't hear anywhere else.

"You get that many people and that much versatility together and it changes the sound of your band," continued Beck. "That's what makes us so unique."

This year's list of performers includes: Angela Seymour, Audra Shumaker, Bailey Hendrix, Blake Whitley, Debbie Nickle, Don Bowen, Ed Sanders, J.R. Day, Jeremy Hilburn, Jessica Lueckenhoff, Jessica Hendrix, Jillian Hoover, John and Wendy Lueckenhoff, Jordan Bailey, Josh Davison, Katie Johnson, Kenny House, Phillip Roller, Rodney Hughes, Sara Sandoval, Terry Jamieson, Tyler Skinner and Bradley Lueckenhoff.

Members of the HomeTown Sound and the Redhots are: Carol House, piano; Jo Ellen Fielding, keyboard and flute; Jack Reed, lead guitar; Bruce Mulvahill, rhythm guitar; Bruce Nickle, bass guitar; Jim Craig, trombone; Steve Lyons, saxophone and clarinet; Brenda Beck, percussion; Greg Beck, drums; and Jennifer Evans, Carrie Beck, Tracy Essery and JaDonna Hoover, vocalists.

Technical support for The Show is provided by: Carolyn Bowen, back stage; Wendy Lueckenhoff, costumes; Ken Latschar, sound; Amber Wilson, lighting; and Don Bowen, set design and set up.

Advance tickets for The Show are available at the chamber office and at Commerce Bank, Freedom Bank, First State Bank and Security Bank. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Concessions will be offered during The Show by the Cassville Senior Center.

The 2010 version of The Show marks the production's 18th year. To date, the band has performed 342 different songs. They are adding 48 more songs for the two shows this year. The Show's Christmas show will be held Dec. 10 and 11.

For more information about The Show or the Chili Cook-Off and Fall Festival, call the chamber office at 847-2814.

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