Shell Knob Chamber to host 30th annual Home and Business Show

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Mercy Life Line helicopter, trout fishing pond, job fair in lineup

The Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 30th annual Home and Business Show for area residents on Friday from 5-8:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Shell Knob School Gymnasium.

A combination of about 75 vendors for the indoor and outdoor event will be on hand to share a wealth of information on a wide variety of topics.

"No matter your project, we have a vendor for you," said Tom Koob, chamber volunteer. "We'll have home improvement, gardening, financial, real estate, boat docks, pest control, health care, furniture, pets and so much more.

"The home and business show is one of the area events we are most excited about," said Twilia Harrison, Shell Knob Chamber executive director. "It's the 30th anniversary, so if you've got projects, you'll get a lot of good, solid information on what's available locally. You'll also get personalized service this way."

With online shopping becoming increasingly popular, Koob said the show is a chance to talk to a real person who can answer questions, as the downside of digital shopping, he says, is a lack of personal interaction, minimal visual appeal and lack of the ability to tailor a purchase to one's specific needs.

"It's a chance to see the different businesses and what they are and have to offer," said Clyde Lobb, chamber member.

David Compton, director for Barry County Emergency Management, will also have a booth to share information on how to be better prepared for natural disasters and emergencies in our homes, neighborhoods and community.

"It's a good time of year to be aware of disaster and emergency preparedness," Lobb said, considering storm season has arrived and the area has already been hit with atypical storm activity, such as the recent hail storm.

"Also pertinent to this area is disaster planning," said Harrison, who, along with the chamber, intends to initiate conversations about the subject. "It's the beginning of a program where the chamber is trying to facilitate conversations for what to do in case of a disaster because of the rural area we live in, such as medical emergencies in our neighborhood. For instance, what are you going to do if someone can't get to you right away? I'm very excited about David Compton coming."

While their parents shop, children can enjoy the Trout Pond on Saturday.

"It's all free for the kids, all day," Harrison said. "They bring a big pool and kids can try to catch a fish. We did it last year and it was very well-received."

Saturday at 10 a.m., Mercy Life Line will be landing their helicopter, which residents can tour, and Ozark Water Watch will be present all weekend to share information on how, when and why residents should be R-testing their water wells, along with information on septic maintenance and rebate offers.

Lastly, a job fair for summer employment will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., which will provide a prime opportunity for area businesses and job seekers to connect. KESA 100.9 radio station will be on hand with music during the event to set the mood.

For more information, visit, or call 417-858-3300.

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