Festival draws crowd

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Fun in the sun Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed On Saturday, hundreds of community members attended the seventh annual Shakin' in the Shell Fest, which offered live entertainment, a family fun area, a car show, food concessions and craft booths. The annual Ugly Dog Contest drew many festival attendees to the main stage mid-day. Pictured above, are: Rhonda Merrill and Mia, who won the Looks Most Like Owner Award. More photos appear on page 21.

Sunny skies drew hundreds of community members to the seventh annual Shakin' in the Shell Fest, which was held at the old ball diamonds west of downtown Shell Knob on Saturday. The event was sponsored by the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce and area businesses.

Festival entertainment included: a variety of vendors and food concessions; musical performances by the Blue Eye and Shell Knob school bands, The Darngoods, The Maxwells and Barry County Connection; a demonstration by the Table Rock Line Dancers; a huge family fun area; and other activities.

The Ugly Dog Contest, which is sponsored by the Haven of the Ozarks, drew a large crowd to the entertainment stage mid-day. The audience enjoyed watching an assortment of dogs compete in the annual contest.

Ugly Dog Contest awards went to the following contestants: Dexter, owned by Alisha Ginn, cutest puppy; Mocha, owned by Kathy Bowdn, best dressed; Angel, owned by Sandra Miller, best trick; Mia, owned by Rhonda Merrill, looks most like owner; Ginger, owned by Candy Bickel, best barker; Jersey, owned by Shawn Hosten, best tail wagger; and Chewy, owned by Juli Potter, ugliest dog.

"The 23rd Shakin' in the Shell Car Show was a huge success with 157 cars, trucks and motorcycles registered," said Ola Erickson, who coordinated the event with her husband, Don. "Hog Wild Trophies, of Green Forrest, Ark., made the beautiful trophies. A big thank you goes to all our trophy sponsors and volunteers who worked the show."

Car show winners included: Paul L. Green, of Clinton, 1965 MG Midget, best of show stock, sponsored by NAMI Docks, Inc.; Betty Owens, 1964 1/2 Mustang convertible, best of show modified, sponsored by Green Mountain Realty; Jerry and Margie Proch, of Phillipsberg, 2012 Chevy Camaro convertible, best of show 2003 and up, sponsored by Arvest Bank; Pete Welch, of Jasper, 1977 Honda 750 custom chopper, best of show motorcycles, sponsored by Maricorp U.S. Inc.

Richard McAdams, of Shell Knob, 1932 Ford Roadster, best engine, sponsored by Moore's Service; Ralph Mosley, of Ridgedale, 1930 Ford Model A Coupe, best paint, sponsored by B&L Welding; Johnny Tanner, of Granby, 1939 Chevy Coupe, best interior, Plaza Pharmacy; and Cade Pendergraft, of Cassville, 1979 Chevy truck, teen award 18 and under, sponsored by John and Ruth Verbrugge.

The top 96 cars, trucks and motorcycles received trophies sponsored by the following businesses and organizations: Paw Prints Daycare for Dogs; Hickory Hollow Resort; T&J Marine; Table Rock Auto Clinic; Big Creek Resort; Cart 'N' Go Golf Carts; Fish 'N' Fun Resort; Timbers Resort and Lodge; Country Fresh Market; Asbury Land Title, Inc.; Meeks Building Center; Hardman Hollow Resort; Neill's Home Store; Shell Knob Insurance; Steve's Certified Home Inspections; Jug 'N' Plug; Welch Homes and Construction; Jeri's Income Tax Service; The Boardwalk Business Center; Ozark Heating and Air; The Rattler; Kings River Marina; Shell Knob VFW Post #2203; Shell Knob Lions Club; B&B Storage; Totally Home; J Brown Disposal; A Affordable Storage; Fohn Funeral Home; The Steak Inn; Roth Enterprises, Guns and Ammo; and D&T Lawn Service.

The Cassville Cruisers served as car show judges.

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