Shakin' in the Shell Fest to be held at old ball diamonds

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The seventh annual Shakin' in the Shell Fest will be held at the old ball diamonds one-quarter mile west of downtown Shell Knob from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. this Saturday. The event is sponsored by the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce and area businesses.

"With its wide variety of entertainment options, the Shakin' in the Shell festival is for everyone," said Clyde Lobb, festival volunteer. "The festival is an event organized by an all volunteer group that has compiled a variety of entertainment options for attendees that includes all day state entertainment with a variety of musical performance groups, a family fun area, pony rides, numerous craft, merchant and food vendors as well as the 23rd annual classic and custom car show.

"This year's festival is being held at the old ball diamonds west of Shell Knob, which provides an intimate setting for the many activities," said Lobb. "The placement of the family fun area in the location where the baseball field used to be is an ideal location for parents and children alike and will allow parents to watch their family from the bleachers if they choose or visit nearby vendor booths."

Festival admission is $1. Children under the age of 18 are admitted at no cost.

Arm bands will be offered for the family fun area, which offer inflatables, games, prizes, pony rides and face painting from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. A free sand pile treasure hunt will be held at 1 p.m. and a free cupcake walk will be held at 3 p.m.

Entertainment will begin on the main stage with a patriotic welcome ceremony at 9:45 a.m. The Blue Eye School Band will perform at 10 a.m., and the Shell Knob School Band will take the stage at 10:30 a.m.

Other main stage entertainment will include: a performance by the Table Rock Line Dancers, 11 a.m.; the Ugly Dog Contest, 11:30 a.m.; The Darngoods, 1 p.m.; the Maxwells, 4:30 p.m.; and Barry County Extension, 8 p.m.

The 23rd annual classic and custom car, truck and cycle show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"The Shakin' in the Shell Committee volunteers have been working for months to prepare for the festival," said Lobb. "The good news is a majority of the volunteers have been involved in many previous Shakin' in the Shell festivals and are familiar with the importance of the many details that need to be addressed in order to ensure its success.

"Not only do they bring these previous experiences to the meetings to make sure important details are covered, they also bring lessons learned from previous years to help improve this year's event," added Lobb.

Volunteers focused on the following topics: sponsors and children's area, food vendors, non-food vendors, logistics and layout, parking, publicity and advertising, event day financials, electric, root beer garden and drinks, beer garden, clean up, mowing, volunteers, port-a-pottys, entertainment, the Ugly Dog Contest and the car show.

"The overall committee chairwoman Vickie Shafer schedules the meetings, reviews the minutes of each previous meeting to ensure follow-up of key items, monitors the budget and checks many miscellaneous items that arise throughout the event preparation process," said Lobb.

"The Shakin' in the Shell Committee is an all volunteer team," said Lobb. "The festival does not happen without their before the event efforts. It is also important to note however, the critical importance of those who volunteer to assist in managing the festival the day of the event.

"Every year volunteers are sought to help with everything from directing parking to assisting with admissions to driving the golf carts that transport attendees from their parking place to the festival, to clean-up," said Lobb. "This valuable participation is also very important to the success of the event."

In addition to the stage entertainment, car show and family fun area, the festival will feature over 40 craft and vendor booths.

Breakfast will be offered at the Shell Knob VFW Hall prior to the festival. Morning meals will be served from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.

"The old ball diamonds location for the festival this year has provided some unique challenges," said Lobb. "It is a facility that has not been used in several years and had required extra prep work, especially a significant amount of new wiring, but has a footprint with the work that has been accomplished this year that will be a good investment for future years."

The old ball diamonds are located on Farm Road 1255.

"Sponsors are also critical to the success of the Shakin' in the Shell festival," said Lobb. "Their continued generosity is a key contribution to the success of this event."

For more information, call the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce at 417-858-3300, email or visit

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