SK festival attended by over 7,000 community members

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Puppy love Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Anna Sherwood and her dog, Ellie, took part in the annual Ugly Dog Contest held at the Shakin' in the Shell Fest on Saturday. The contest helps raise awareness and funds for Haven of the Ozarks Animal Sanctuary. Three dogs were adopted during the festival this year.

Mild temperatures drew a record number of people to the sixth annual Shakin' in the Shell Fest, which was held in downtown Shell Knob on Saturday. The event was sponsored by the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce and Paradise Cove Camping Resort in Eagle Rock.

"We had a blast," said Sheila House, Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce executive director. "We had between 7,000 and 8,000 people this year.

"Everything went smoothly, and I believe a great time was had by all," said House. "Committee members left exhausted, but it was certainly well worth the many hours we all put into it."

Festival entertainment included: a variety of vendors and food concessions; musical performances by the Shell Knob School Band, the Blue Eye High School Band, Evelyn Lock and the Outriders and J. Rock and the Third Street Band; and a huge family entertainment area that featured a variety of inflatables, games and other activities.

"The event turned out well," said Krissy Peters, festival publicity chair. "We had a steady flow of people constantly throughout the day. People were still coming in through the gates at 7 p.m. that evening."

The Ugly Dog Contest, which is sponsored by Haven of the Ozarks, drew a large crowd to the entertainment stage on Saturday morning. The audience enjoyed watching an assortment of dogs compete in the annual event.

The Ugly Dog Contest King was Kodha, who is owned by Hailey Holmden. Ebony, a Haven dog, was crowned as the queen of the contest. Ebony was later adopted by Tom and Marney Braun.

"The show was a huge success as we adopted three dogs to loving homes on Saturday," said Willa Wulz, who organized the Ugly Dog Contest.

Other winners of the contest included: Sugar and Chet and Bev Shaw, cutest puppy; Sam and Kirk Vaughan, best dressed; Chewie and Dorothy Overbey, best trick; Penny and Debbie Sibet, dog that looks most like its owner and best barker; Maggie Mae and Mary Jo Reed, best tail wagger; and Bee and Ron Dunn, ugliest dog.

The Shakin' in the Shell Fest also featured the 22nd annual Shell Knob Car Show.

"The show was a huge success with 146 cars, trucks and motorcycles registered," said Ola Erickson, who coordinated the event with her husband, Don. "A big thank you goes to all our trophy sponsors and other businesses that donated door prizes."

Car show winners included: Gene and Judy Herndon, of Springfield, 1957 Chevy Belair, best of show, modified, sponsored by Green Mountain Realty; Harold and Gretchen Richart, of Nixa, 1963 Chevy Impala, best of show, stock, sponsored by Arvest Bank; and William Fitchett, of Harrisonville, 2011 Ford Mustang, best of show, 2002 and up, sponsored by Les Jacobs Ford-Mercury.

Bill Reidlinger, of Cassville, 2007 Harley FLSTC, best of show, motorcycles, sponsored by United States MariCorp; Estel Lampreth, of Eagle Rock, 1957 Chevy, best paint, sponsored by B&L Welding and Machine; Gene and Judy Herndon, of Springfield, 1957 Chevy Belair, best engine, sponsored by Moore's Service; Morris Dillow, 1932 Ford, best interior, sponsored by The Plaza Pharmacy; and Blake Rice, of Shell Knob, best teen award, sponsored by John and Ruth Verbrugge.

The top 96 cars, trucks and motorcycles received trophies sponsored by the following businesses and organizations: Steak Inn; Paw Prints Daycare for Dogs; Hickory Hollow Resort; T&J Marine; Table Rock Auto Clinic; Big Creek Resort; Cart 'n' Go Golf Carts; Pla-port Resort; Fish 'n' Fun Resort; Timbers Resort; Country Fresh Market; Asbury Land Title, Inc.; Ozark Heating and Air Conditioning; Meek's Building Center.

Hardman Hollow Resort; Neill's Home Store; Shell Knob Insurance; The Rattler; Totally Home; Steve's Certified Home Inspections; Jug 'n' Plug; Kings River Marina; Fohn Funeral Home; A Affordable Storage; Welch Homes and Construction; Hi-Tech Performance, Inc.; Jeri's Income Tax Service; The Boardwalk; VFW Post #2203; Kings River Golf Course; B&B Storage; and the Shell Knob Lions Club.

"We would also like to thank the Shell Knob Cruisers, who worked all year promoting our show and worked all day to make it happen," said Erickson. "We appreciate all of you."

The 2011 Shakin' in the Shell Fest Committee included: Vickie Shafer, NAMI Docks, chairman; Rick Piro, sponsors and children's area; Vanda Good, S&C Construction, food vendors; Becky Caddell, Farmers' Daughter Floral, non-food vendors; Howard Trimble, logistics and layout; John Coonrod, Ozark Air Conditioning, parking; Peters, Meek's, publicity and advertising; Debbie Tate, event day financials; and Pat Bingley, Paw Prints Daycare for Dogs, electric.

Bev Fencl, Paw Prints Daycare, root beer garden and drinks; Cecil Morris, Shell Knob Shrine Club, beer garden; Rusty Rickard, Rusty's Auto Parts, Eddie Davison, Meek's, and LUC Ranch, clean-up; Dave Fielder, Lakeshore Construction, mowing; Jeanne Lawrence, volunteers; Judy Reynolds, restrooms and hot air balloon; Dave Steinmann, St. John's Hospital, entertainment chair; Willa Wulz, Haven of the Ozarks, Ugly Dog Contest; Don and Ola Erickson, Shell Knob Small Engine, car show; House, committee ex officio; and Rick and Marcia Perkins, Paradise Cove Camping Resort, diamond sponsor.

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