Chamber gears up for Dogwood Festival

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing for the 26th annual Dogwood Car, Truck and Motorcycle Festival, which will be held on the square in Cassville on Saturday, May 5.

"We hope that you will mark your calendars and plan on supporting this fun and unique community effort," said Mindi Artherton, chamber executive director.

Area businesses, organizations and community members interested in being involved in this year's event have a number of options. Donations are needed for door prize drawings and car show participant goody bags.

"The DJ will do several random drawings throughout the day to award door prizes," said Artherton. "The first 100 entries will receive goody bags. This is a great opportunity to include coupons and promotions to ensure people are drawn into your business."

Artherton said that items with business logos, gift certificates, gift baskets and retail items make excellent door prizes. Businesses that donate items will be recognized at the show. Door prize donations must be dropped off at the chamber office by May 2.

In addition to coupons and promotional materials, goody bag donations, which are due at the chamber office by April 16, can include office items, brochures and small gifts.

Area community members are also invited to help prepare goody bags and mailings before the festival or serve as volunteers during the Dogwood Car Show.

Local residents interested in showing their vehicles at this year's festival will be charged a $20 entry fee per vehicle. The first 100 entries registered for the event will receive a free breakfast burrito at Sonic, a 25-cent coffee at Presto Espresso and a contestant dash plaque in addition to the goody bag full of items donated by local businesses.

Participants must check in at the registration table on the square on the day of the show. Event staff will direct participants to a parking location. Judging will begin at 10:30 a.m., and the awards ceremony will be held at 3 p.m.

Participants will have over a dozen show classes to choose from, including antique cars, trucks, motorcycles, muscle cars and rat rods. Auto enthusiasts will also be eligible for speciality trophies, such as the Dogwood Dozen.

The following businesses are sponsoring speciality trophies this year: Baywash Car Wash; B & K Auto Body; Country Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep; Les Jacobs Ford; Cassville Auto Body; Carefree Auto Center; Gautney's Garage; Vollenweider Metal Works; Remax Flat Creek Realty; Ellis, Cupps and Cole Attorneys At Law; Able 2; First State Bank; Hometown Mortgage; Seven Valleys Construction; Cassville Motor Inn; Ken's Collision Center; O'Reilly's; Carquest; and Freedom Bank.

Spectators are encouraged to attend the 26th annual Dogwood Car, Truck and Motorcycle Festival. Spectator admission is free.

Community members who attend the show will have the opportunity to view over 100 classic and customized vehicles, participate in a 50/50 cash drawing and purchase festival T-shirts at the chamber booth.

Thunder on the Square, which is when car show participants start their engines in unison, will be held at noon again this year. Live DJ music will be provided throughout the day.

Food vendors are needed for the this year's event. Vendors must arrive by 8:30 a.m. on May 5. Food vendors who require electric service can participate in the event for $50. Vendors who do not require electric service will be charged a $40 participation fee.

For more information or to obtain a food vendor application or car show entry form, visit the chamber office at 504 Main St., email Artherton at or call 847-2814. Information is also available on the chamber website at

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