Howl-O-Ween Fest, Eagle Rock Car Daze to offer fall fun

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

100 classic car entries expected, multiple vendors, children's activities

The Eagle Rock Community Foundation will offer a rockin' good time again for Barry County residents this fall with its annual Eagle Rock Daze Car Show and Howl-O-Ween Fest, which will take place at the Eagle Rock Community Center, off of Highway 86.

A classic car show with at least 100 car owners expected to participate, the event features Halloween festivities and activities for children, multiple vendors and artisans, food, 1950s and 1960s music entertainment, and opportunities to win cash are all in the lineup for the day. The event is free and open to the public.

The car show is in its fifth year, said Jessie Kirch, coordinator for the event, and will include judging for 18 different classes, such as best engine, best in show, furthest driven, best paint, people's choice and more.

"We will be offering the same activities this year only better prizes and trophies, and more classes for the car show," Kirch said. "We keep adding something every year."

Onsite registration is $20 for the car show and begins from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Free coffee and donuts will be available for early entries, along with goodie bags and a dash plaque.

Judging will take place from 10 a.m. to noon. Awards will be announced at 2 p.m. First- and second-place trophies will be awarded for each class.

There will also be lots of vendors selling goods, food vendors will be on hand, and entertainment will be provided by Gary's Mobile DJ Service.

"There are usually about 15-20 vendors," Kirch said.

Vendors will set up around 10 a.m. At approximately 2:30 p.m., after the car show concludes, Halloween festivities will begin for children inside the community building, which include a fun cake walk, games and prizes, a haunted house, bouncy house and costume contest for children to enjoy.

"A lot of people will be bringing cakes and pies," Kirch said. "We had 30 or 40 last year."

There will also be an opportunity for one boy and one girl, ages seven or under, to win the titles of Little Miss Eagle Rock and Little Mr. Eagle Rock, before the day of the event. To enter, parents should send a picture of their son or daughter, with their name and number, to the Eagle Rock Library.

"The picture will be pinned up on the board and an independent person will pick the cutest boy and girl costume and the winners will get a trophy," Kirch said.

Children don't have to live in Eagle Rock to enter and the judging is done by an independent party not from the area.

"We pick someone that is not in the community and don't know them, that way there's no favoritism," Kirch said.

During the day, attendees will also have the opportunity to collect some cash.

"There will be a 50/50 pot, where someone will be going around selling tickets for $1 each, or six for $5," Kirch said. "Later, the money is collected, and half goes to the winner, and half to the Eagle Rock Community Foundation. A lot of people like that game because for $5 they can win $100-$200 or more in cash."

Kirch said they are hoping for good weather for the car show.

"Last year was kind of a cloudy year, and had rained the night before, so we had 86 cars," he said. "The year before, we had 110. If the weather is fine, I expect to have over 100 cars, easy."

There will also be a wipeout board game where people buy a number for $1. Throughout the day, five numbers will be drawn out of a bowl, and the last number left in the bowl is the winner, and wins the money."

Any proceeds collected from the event go to support the ERCA and its campaigns during the year.

"As a non-profit organization, we do not care if we make any money, as long as we can give the community a good day and the kids in the community a happy Halloween," Kirch said. "That's what ERCA is all about, giving back to the community. If we make money, that's great, because we give to the Helping Hand, which helps supply food to a local food pantry, the fire department and scholarships to Cassville schools. We have a good community turnout and we've got a fun, full day planned."

For more information, people may call Kirch at 417-271-4492.

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