The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting registrations for the 26th annual Dogwood Car, Truck and Motorcycle Festival, which will be held on the square in Cassville on Saturday, May 5.
"Last year, we had 145 entries, and I am optimistic the show will be every bit that large this year," said Mindi Artherton, chamber executive director. "The Dogwood has such a strong history in Cassville. It is exciting to see the entries come into the chamber office.
"We have people attend the show from Cassville and all around the four-state area," said Artherton. "It is a great time for our businesses to roll out the red carpet for our guests."
The first 100 car enthusiasts to enter this year's festival will receive a goody bag, which will include a commemorative dash plaque, items donated by chamber businesses, a coupon for a free Sonic breakfast burrito, a coupon for a discounted coffee from Presto Espresso and other discount certificates from local merchants.
Participants can choose to register at the chamber office before the event or at the registration table on the square on the day of the event. Registration will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on May 5. Event staff members will direct participants to a parking location after they check in at the registration table on the day of the festival.
Participants will have over a dozen show classes to choose from, including antique cars, trucks, motorcycles, muscle cars and rat rods. Each entry will also be eligible for speciality trophies, such as the Dogwood Dozen. Judging will begin at 10:30 a.m.
The following businesses will sponsor specialty trophies this year: Baywash Car Wash, Show Stopper; B & K Auto Body, best presentation; Country Dodge Chrysler Jeep, best MOPAR; Les Jacobs Ford, best Ford, Mercury or Lincoln; Cassville Auto Body, best paint; Carefree Auto Center, best interior; Gautney's Garage, best engine; Vollenweider Metal Works, furthest trailered; Remax Flat Creek Realty, furthest traveled; Ellis, Cupps and Cole Attorneys at Law, mayor's pick; Able 2, chief of police's pick; First State Bank, state representative award; Hometown Mortgage, most unique; Seven Valleys Construction, largest car club; Cassville Motor Inn, most unique motorcycle; Ken's Collision Center, best GM or Chevy; O'Reilly's and Carquest, work in progress; and Freedom Bank, Barry County sheriff's pick.
The largest car club will receive a $100 cash prize. The best work in progress will be awarded $250 in gift certificates.
Awards will be presented at around 3 p.m.
Community members are invited to tour the square and view all of the cars, trucks and motorcycles on display during the event. Spectator admission is free.
The festival will also offer musical entertainment sponsored by Four Seasons Real Estate and Runnels Chiropractic. Food concessions will be offered in the Cassville Chamber of Commerce parking lot.
Event T-shirts, sponsored by Shumaker Tire and Wheel, tickets for a 50/50 drawing and beverages, donated by Ramey and Sonic, will be available at the chamber booth on the square. Door prizes will be given away to festival participants throughout the day.
"At noon, all entries will be asked to rev their engines for Thunder on the Square," said Artherton. "This was started in 2010 and has turned into something our participants really enjoy. It is very loud on the square at that time, but it is all in good fun."
Cassville Motor Inn, America's Best Value Inn and Suites, Roaring River Resort and RV Park, Bear Crossing Properties and Oak Hill Court and RV Park will offer special lodging rates to out of town festival participants.