Chamber gears up for annual car show

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the 27th annual Dogwood Car, Truck and Motorcycle Festival, which will be held on the square in Cassville on Saturday, May 4.

"The Dogwood Festival is a huge event that will not only offer something for car enthusiasts, but will also have music, food and shopping for the spectators," said Mindi Artherton, chamber executive director. "Community members should plan to attend this event to look at the unique cars that will be parked around the square, enjoy the music from our DJ, sample some of the treats from our food vendors and local restaurants and browse our shops downtown."

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 first 100 entries will receive a goody bag," said Artherton. "If your business would like to provide a door prize or goody bag item, please contact the chamber."

Items with business logos, gift certificates, gift baskets and retail items make excellent door prizes, said Artherton. Businesses that donate items will be recognized at the show. Door prize donations must be dropped off at the chamber office by Tuesday, April 30

"The door prizes will be given to people who have an entry in the show," said Artherton. "We will select winners by a random drawing. Participants will only be allowed to win one door prize."

In addition to coupons and promotional materials, goody bag donations, which are due at the chamber office by Monday, April 15, can include office items, brochures and small gifts.

Local residents interested in showing their vehicles at this year's festival will be charged a $20 entry fee per vehicle. In addition to the goody bag full of items donated by local businesses, the first 100 entries will receive a contestant dash plaque.

Participants must check in at the registration table inside the Barry County Courthouse on the day of the show. Registration will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. 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 this year. First place trophies and second place plaques will be awarded in each class. Auto enthuasists will also be eligible for specialty trophies, including the Dogwood Dozen.

The following businesses are sponsoring specialty trophies and prizes this year: Baywash Car Wash, Show Stopper; B&K Auto Body, best presentation; Country Dodge Ram Chrysler Jeep, best MOPAR; Les Jacobs Ford, Best Ford, Mercury or Lincoln; Cassville Auto Body, best paint; Arning Companies, best interior; Gautney's Garage, best engine; Remax Flat Creek Realty, furtherest trailered; Vollenweider Metal Works, furtherest traveled; Ellis, Cupps and Cole, attorney at law, mayor's pick; Freedom Bank, sheriff's pick; Able 2 Products, chief of police's pick; First State Bank, state representative's award; Rapid Tax, most unique; Seven Valleys Construction, $100 cash prize for the largest car club; Cassville Motor Inn, most unique motorcycle; Flat Creek Lube Xpress, best GM or Chevy; Ball and Prier Tire, state senator's pick; and O'Reilly and Carquest, $250 in gift certificates for the best work in progress, which must be movable under its own power and a legitimate build.

"The Dogwood Festival has such a strong history in Cassville," said Artherton. "This year will mark the 27th consecutive show. I think it has turned into an annual event for most or our participants. Cassville is a beautiful place to visit in the spring and our business owners and chamber volunteers continue to provide great customer service that keeps them coming back to this event year after year.

"We try to make sure all of our visitors have a fun and relaxing time along with an avenue to show off their unique cars," added Artherton.

Spectators are encouraged to attend the 27th 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.

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

For more information, call the Cassville Chamber at 847-2814, email or visit

Cruise-in to kick-off Dogwood Festival

Cassville Cruisers to hold event on the square Friday, May 3

By Lindsay Reed

The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Cassville Cruisers Car Club in hopes of expanding the Dogwood Car, Truck and Motorcyle Festival to a two-day event.

"We have partnered with the Cassville Cruisers this year to create a new event Friday night," said Mindi Artherton, chamber executive director.

The Cassville Cruisers will hold a cruise-in event on the downtown square in Cassville from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 3. The event will offer musical entertainment and door prizes.

"We are so excited to have the Cruisers host this new event," said Artherton. "It will be great for our car enthusiasts who come into town Friday night and are looking for something fun to do."

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