TroutFest comes back to Cassville

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Community event fun for whole family

For the second time, the Cassville TroutFest will bring fun, food, activities, vendors and more to the community.

An event that was launched in 2020 in conjuncture with the 175th anniversary of Cassville, TroutFest is coming back on Sept. 18 with events starting at 7 a.m. TroutFest will be held at the Cassville South Park.

Morgan Williams, Cassville Chamber of Commerce director, said the Minnow Mile will start at 7 a.m. followed by the Trout Trot 5K, vendors will open at 9 a.m. and live music will begin at 10 a.m.

“From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., we will have TommyHawks Axe-Throwing,” she said. “A lot of the vendors are the same we see at the Chili Cook-Off, but there are also some new faces.”

Quick Draw Gun is sponsoring a gun raffle.

“Tickets are $10 each or 15 for $100,” Williams said. “People can buy tickets at the chamber office and through Paypal.”

A Cornhole tournament will also take place during TroutFest, and will be open to the public when the tournament is not going on.

“We are hoping to get a business, public and youth divisions,” she said. “We are trying hard to get kids to come out and get involved. It will be a lot of fun.”

The newest addition to the TroutFest festivities is the cooking competition.

“The cooking competition starts at 6:30 a.m. at the river,” Williams said. “We are still hoping to get some more competitors.”

In addition, the Department of Conservation will have activities set up, and Whistling Springs Brewing Company out of Jacket will have a beer garden.

“They also make root beer that was entered into a 2020 soda competition and was dubbed ‘America’s Best Homemade Root Beer,’” Williams said. “There is plenty of family friendly activities and it is a great opportunity for the community to come together.”

From carnival games to a Teddy Bear Mobile, which is similar to Build-a-Bear, with customized TroutFest T-shirts, there will be plenty to keep families busy.

“Several food trucks will be set up,” she said. “TroutFest brings people into our town and communities, we have Missouri’s best state park in our backyard. We should utilize it and use events like this to get our kids involved.”

TroutFest is an event that helps bridge the relationship of the river and community.

“Roaring River is free to enjoy and there is so much to do,” Williams said. “Last year, people got into nature more and we want to continue to foster those habits.

“Something we should all remember to do is unplug from the world a little bit.”

People can fish, picnic, play in the water, hike and more at Roaring River almost all year round.

“Just five to seven miles from city limits is where people can find this oasis,” Williams said. “We don’t want to lose touch with what we have to offer.”

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