RRSP was The Place to Be
The news team from the KY3 studios in Springfield made Roaring River State Park "The Place To Be" last Wednesday evening when their early evening news segments were broadcast live from that location.
Scott Brady, news director for the station estimated that over 400 people attended the event.
"This was the best turnout we've had" stated Brady. "The people were friendly and we loved the location."
The Roaring River location was the fifth of 10 once a week live location broadcasts scheduled as part of KY3's "Celebrating the Ozarks" series. This series was initiated by KY3 to commemorate 60 years of broadcasting in the Ozarks area.
"This event took several months to plan and orchestrate," stated James Holmes, producer for the six o'clock news. A graduate of Wheaton High School, Holmes was pleased to have this opportunity to return to his roots.
"There were people I knew my entire life," stated Holmes. "It was great to show everyone that I have made the big time."
Featured during both broadcasts was Dutch oven cooking demonstrations by local expert Dr. Larry Quinalty. He prepared peach enchiladas and described the process to news anchors Steve Grant and Emily Wood.
Quinalty has also published two books on the technique entitled "Gourmet Dutch Oven Cooking Recipes and Techniques Vol. I and II," that have recently been selected to be sold at five national parks.
Between segments, Grant and Wood mingled with the crowd posing for pictures and giving autographs when requested.
Music was also provided during each segment by local bluegrass band Spur of the Moment. "We've already received a lot of contacts after being seen," stated Cody Cantwell, band spokesperson, who was pleased with the exposure the band received by being part of this event.
The event also included a drawing for a 60-inch television that was won by Ed Beezlya local area resident.
In the coming weeks, the KY3 news team will visit locations in Lebanon and Silver Dollar City.
Pictures from the event at Roaring River can be found at ttp://www.ky3.com/galleries/ky3-celebrate-the-ozarks-at-roaring-river-state-park-20130829,0,677008.photogallery.