Shell Knob shakes it up

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

What do lawn mowers, camels and eagles have in common? They will all be at Shell Knob’s annual Shakin’ in the Shell Fest on Sept. 13 and 14.

In its 15th year, Shell Knob’s annual fall festival has earned a reputation as a fun, free, family event. Gates open Friday night at 5 p.m. at Chamber Park, just off Highway 39 in downtown Shell Knob. Parking and admission to the fairgrounds is free.

Friday evening’s lineup includes several food booths and a beer and wine garden. Stroll the grounds to visit a variety of retail booths and a boat and recreational vehicle show. The night will be capped off with a free concert by the popular Earl and Them.

Saturday opens with the 31st annual Classic and Custom Car Show from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Activities and events for the whole family run from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The beer and wine garden, festival food booths and a farmer’s market will be on-site all day, along with retail booths and the boat and RV show. Children can enjoy carnival rides, bungee jump, bubble soccer, face painting, rock wall climbing, camel rides and a petting zoo. There is a charge for some of these activities.

Axe throwing and tethered hot air balloon rides are scheduled for the more adventurous from 4-6 p.m. On-stage performances will occur throughout the day, including local school bands, Dickerson Park zoo animals and a Veteran’s Salute with a live eagle. Cool off at the misting tent or enjoy the “man cave” sponsored by Jug ‘n Plug. Try your hand at the horseshoe pitching tournament or enjoy the Little Miss/Mr. Shell Knob contest.

Saturday afternoon will feature competitive lawn mower racing starting at 4 p.m. This is a serious sport and sure to add some excitement to a fun-filled day. Our canine friends are always welcome to participate in the Bark in the Park contest with cash prizes. Janice Swofford will demonstrate how to show a dog and there will be a dog training demonstration by T’s dogs. The day winds up with a free concert featuring Switch It Up from 6-8:30 p.m.

Shell Knob’s Shakin’ in the Shell Festival is planned by the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce. This year’s exclusive Diamond Sponsor is Area71. Along with other festival sponsors, Shell Knob invites everyone to join in the fun and activities at the biggest little fall festival in the Ozarks.

See the full line-up of events and activities on Facebook at ShakinFest. For more information, people may call 417-858-3300 or visit