Festival organizers are finalizing plans for the 2011 Shakin' in the Shell Fest, which will be held off of Highway 39 behind Meek's in Shell Knob on Saturday, Sept. 24.
"Why should you attend the sixth annual Shakin' in the Shell Fest?" asked Sheila House, Shell Knob Area Chamber of Commerce executive director. "Because you want to have fun. Because you want to get away from work and worries and listen to music, eat yummy food and play like a kid again."
This year's festival, which is scheduled to be held from 9:45 a.m. to 10 p.m., will once again offer fun for all ages. The event will begin at 9:45 a.m. with the traditional patriotic kick-off, which often includes a color guard and a performance of the National Anthem by a local artist.
The Blue Eye High School Band will perform from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Then, the Shell Knob School Band will take the stage and perform until 11 a.m.
The famous Ugly Dog Contest will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The contest always features a variety of talented and well groomed pooches. Area community members are encouraged to enter their favorite pet in the contest.
"We have a lot of new things this year," said Krissy Peters, festival publicity chair. "We will have horse rides and a photo booth where you can have your photo taken with the Shakin' in the Shell logo.
"We will also have the 22nd annual classic car, truck and cycle show during the day," said Peters. "Community members are encouraged to bring their cars, trucks and motorcycles for the event."
The family fun area, which offers a variety of activities for children and adults who are young at heart, will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
"The family fun area offers a lot of inflatable rides and games," said Peters. "It is just a fun area to spend time with your family."
The family fun area will also offer face painting and a root beer garden.
Entertainment will continue on the festival's main stage throughout the day. Evelyn Lock and the Outriders Band will perform from 1 to 4:30 p.m., and J. Rock and the Third Street Band will entertain the festival crowd from 4:30 to 8 p.m.
Electrified Karaoke with Rod Phillips will be offered from 8 to 10 p.m.
"The planning committee has been meeting on a regular basis to get everything squared away for the festival," said Peters. "We have changed the layout so things will look a little different this year, but it will still be a lot of fun."
The committee received a diamond sponsor for this year's festival. The event will be presented by the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce and Paradise Cove Camping Resort at Eagle Rock.
"We did add a small admission fee for adults this year," said Peters. "Adults will be charged $1, but children will still be free."
This year's festival will also offer craft and vendor booths, food concessions and the Shriners' Beer Garden, which is for attendees who are 21 or over.
The Shell Knob VFW Post will also serve breakfast before the festival. Breakfast will be available from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.
"This is a great opportunity to get out and socialize with family and friends," said Peters. "You also get a chance to see products and services offered by vendors and organizations in town and support our local economy.
"It's starting to cool down and their is not a lot to do on the lake, but we will have a lot to do at the festival," said Peters.
For more information, call the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce at 417-858-3300, email email@example.com or visit shakinfest.com.