Welcome to the 60th celebration of Hootin an Hollarin, one of Missouri’s oldest festivals. Over the next three days, Gainesville Square will shift from its calm, normal weekday business rhythm to a vibrant mix of country music, talented artisans and local chefs serving the culture and heritage of the Ozarks, past and present. .
This year’s festival, which kicks off at 5 p.m. on Thursday September 16 and runs through Saturday evening September 18, has been widely anticipated by many festival-goers after last year’s Hootin an Hollarin was canceled due to the covid pandemic.
“Everything about organizing a festival is harder to pull together after it was canceled the year before,” said longtime president Nancy Walker. Times On Monday. “So it’s been more difficult this year than in previous years, but overall I think it’s going to be a really good year – as long as the weather doesn’t pretend. “
As of Monday, the weather forecast predicts a progressively warmer trend with Thursday highs in the mid-80s, Friday highs in the 80s, and temperatures on Saturday expected to reach 90 degrees. Low temperatures will probably in the mid-1960s. Chance of rain is low during the three days of the festival.
“We are really excited about the climbing wall and the paddle boats,” Walker said, referring to a new supplier this year, Mid-Mo Fun, explaining that the committee attempted to have a climbing wall at the festival. for several years. but could not get one until this year. “It’s going to be pretty neat,” Walker said.
Mid-Mo Fun will be installed in the Century Bank of the Ozarks parking lot. The vendor will also have an inflatable slide and will also offer a variety of traditional “fair trade” foods.
This year’s festival is centered around the theme “Celebrating 60 Years of Hootin an Hollarin”.
The 2021 live music lineup is an eclectic mix of Hootin and Hollarin newcomers and longtime favorites.
The Rio group will play Thursday at 6 p.m., just before the queen’s contest.
Friday’s music lineup begins at 10:30 a.m. with pickup from the kiosk (in the kiosk at the northwest corner of the courthouse lawn) followed at 11 a.m. by the group Sunny Dee with special guest Jessica Suit, 11 . The rest of the day will follow this musical schedule: 11:30 am Joe Myers; 12:30 p.m. Sunny Dee and special guest Regan Blackburn, 10, on violin; 4:30 p.m. Backyard Bluegrass; 5:30 p.m. String union; and 7:30 p.m. the Baker family.
Saturday music includes Bluegrass Backyard at 11 am as well as gospel singing in the gazebo; at noon, the Jericho Quartet performs; 1 p.m. Clan McCool; 3:30 p.m. Missouri 65; 5 p.m. Michia Jenkins; 6 p.m. Wind of Magnolia; and 7:30 p.m. New Grass Attack.
Musicians Ashley Hull Forrest, Kim Lansford, David Scrivner and Nathan McAlister will return to perform live square dance music every three nights starting at 9 p.m.
The queen’s contest on Thursday night
Ten contestants have registered for this year’s Hootin an Hollarin queen competition, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night. Contest directors Queen Becki Strong and Jerri Sue Crawford redesigned this year’s contest to be more covid sensitive, spacing contestants on stage at social distance and removing elements, such as square dancing from traditional opening of candidates.
The returning Queen’s contest judges include KY3 morning meteorologist Brandon Beck of Springfield, Stewart Brunner, general manager of KPFM, KKTZ and KOMT radio stations in Mountain Home, Arkansas; and Hootin an Hollarin’s first Miss Sweetie Pie, Rogersville’s Mickey Smith VanNess. They will be joined by new judges Melissa McGill, the 2004 Miss Rodeo Oregon, who lives in Ava and is vice president of Ms. Rodeo Missouri Inc., and Mike Breeding, a native of Ozark County, owner of an agency of State Farm insurance in Springfield. since 1981 and still maintains the family home in Gainesville.
As the judges count their votes, Ozark County Presidential Commissioner John Turner will honor this year’s Citizen of the Year, Kathryn Atkinson, and Parade Marshal Nancy Walker on stage.
Friday features a series of fun events including the costume parade at 2 p.m. followed by the Little Cedar Pete and Lil ‘Miss Addie Lee pageant at 3:15 p.m., open to ages 4 and 5; both events will take place on the east side of the square. The annual bed runs will be Friday at 5 p.m., followed by washroom runs at 5:30 p.m. on the west side of the square between City Hall and the Molly Lounge and Shop. At 7 p.m. on Friday, the four Ozark County FFA groups are hosting the first annual Bull Blast, a bull riding event, on the grounds of the Gainesville Saddle Club on Main Street, a few blocks north of the plaza. Admission is $ 5 per person; all profits go to county FFA sections.
Saturday will start at 8:30 am with the Hillbilly 5K Run / Walk starting in front of Town Hall. At 9 a.m. archery and shotgun shooting will take place in the grassy area across from the Barney Douglas Memorial Bridge. At 10 a.m., organizers will present the annual animal show near the main stage, as well as a horseshoe throwing competition on the saddle club grounds. At 11:30 a.m., the Hootin an Hollarin pie contest will take place and the grand parade will take place in and around the town at 2 p.m. This year’s parade will feature five marching bands and a number of vintage cars. Parade chairperson Kerrie Zubrod said she hopes more floats participate in this year’s parade. Those wishing to participate should arrive by 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the MoDOT hangar on MM Highway behind and just west of Dollar General. The call competitions will take place on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on the main stage. At 7 p.m., the winners of the Hootin an Hollarin raffles will be announced on the main stage.
The square dance will take place from 9 a.m. to midnight each evening of the festival. This year’s Hootin an Hollarin Quilt Show will take place on the east side of the plaza, adjacent to Sweet Little Things Bakery; The quilts will be visible from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Free fun for young people
Free kids games, including a corn bin dig, Simon Says, soda bottle ring toss and chalk fun, will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. am on Saturdays at the Shelter Insurance Children’s Corner, located off the southwest side of the square in front of Shelter Insurance. Terrapin races will also take place there at 10:30 am Friday and Saturday. Children who come to the Kids’ Corner just before the 2 p.m. big parade on Saturday will receive free balloons.
Another series of free games for kids, including old school sack races, Simon Says and egg races, will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday on the north side of the courthouse lawn. At 4 p.m. Saturday, free old-fashioned kids’ games, including a hoop contest, a seed-spitting contest and more, will take place in the northwest corner of the plaza in front of the hotel. city.