2018 Hootin an Hollarin: Lil Cedar Pete and Lil Miss Addie Lee to be held 3:15 p.m. Friday

Hudson Friend, son of Davin and Kasey Friend, wore a coon-skin cap during his Lil Cedar Pete performance last year.

The Lil Cedar Pete and Lil Miss Addie Lee contest leads the lineup of children’s celebrity competitions, beginning at 3:15 p.m. Friday on the main stage. (Sign-up beside or behind the stage right after the costume contest.) Sponsored by the Ozark County Chamber of Commerce, the contest, for boys and girls ages 4 and 5, commemorates two of the founders of Hootin an Hollarin. Addie Lee Lister, known as the “First Lady of Hootin an Hollarin,”  credited artistic woodworker Ed Petterson with thinking up the name Hootin an Hollarin. He also designed the whimsical hillbilly character Cedar Pete, who served as the first logo for the festival. Youngsters will be interviewed on stage by emcee April Klineline Luna, who will gently ask them all the same questions, usually about things like their favorite color, family animals and pets, and then asking if they’d like to share anything else – a song, joke or story. (April will meet the contestants backstage before the judging to tell them what she’ll be asking and to encourage them to have fun.) Old-time costume is optional.

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