Shell Knob to be shakin' Saturday with annual event

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Classic car show celebrates 25 years

The Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for a weekend of music, cars and vendors at Saturday's ninth annual Shakin' in the Shell Festival.

"We try to encourage people to not just come for an hour or two, but they should come and spend the day," said Twilia Harrison, the chair of this year's festival.

Harrison, Kim Przybyl and John Crain initiated the festival nine years ago.

Przybyl said she thought it would be fun to do a festival, said Harrison, who previously did the Taste of Westmont for four or five years outside of the Chicago area.

"We wanted something else because the tourist season comes to a slow down after Labor Day," she said. "We wanted to bring more people in to start using our businesses, stay at our resorts, enjoy the lake at a time of the year when typically everybody has gone home after the summer."

For the third year, the festival is at Shell Knob's Chamber Park (also referred as the Old Ball Park), which is located 400 yards west of Highway 39 -- across from Country Fresh Market -- on Needles Eye Road.

Shakin' in the Shell starts with a salute to the American flag at 9:45 a.m. The Blue Eye High School and the Shell Knob Elementary bands perform afterward.

The 25th annual classic car show starts registration at 7:30 a.m. and judging at 10:30 a.m. The awards ceremony is at 3 p.m.

The show hopes to have 110 entries, said Paula Andersen, who is coordinating the car show with Benard Dick. It had 108 entries last year. The show has seven classes, and golf carts are this year's new class.

"It's pretty much 100 years of cars," she said.

The show will recognize Don and Ola Erickson, who started the show and ran it for 23 years, Andersen said.

"We are just recognizing their service to the community," she said.

The car show will give away close to 50 trophies, Andersen said.

The family fun area is open from 9:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. Each person can buy an all day wrist band for $15 to play laser tag (noon to 8 p.m.), climb the rock wall, ride ponies, navigate inflatables, try and stay on the bucking mechanical spider, play games, operate the dunk tank, play on the sand pile, ride tea cups and jump up to 20 feet on a bungee trampoline.

The ugly dog contest starts at 11:30 a.m. It raises money for the Haven of the Ozarks Animal Sanctuary.

The antique tractor display is all day. Registration for the horseshoe pitching contest is at 11 a.m., and the competition starts at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $10. The top three teams win cash prizes. The Eleanor Pigby Kiss the Pig contest is from 3:30 to 4 p.m.

The S.K.I.T.S. Community Theater has a variety show from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., along with two 10-minute plays in the late morning and early afternoon.

Ronzon the Clown performs from noon to 5 p.m. Fishin' Magician performs from 1 to 4 p.m. Cannonball James, a juggler, performs from 4 to 6 p.m.

The festival has two concerts. Crazy Mule performs a bluegrass show from 4 to 6 p.m. J Rock and the Third Street Band plays from 6 to 8 p.m.

The chamber, the Shriners and the Eagles Lodge No. 4155 will each serve festival food at their concession stands.

For more information, call the chamber at 417-858-3300.

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