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Colt Greeley Suter, son of Kursten Suter and Brad Hamm, was dressed in his hillbilly best for the 2017 Hootin an Hollarin costume parade.
One of everyone’s favorite Hootin an Hollarin events is the Friday afternoon costume parade and contest, when folks young and old – and sometimes whole families – dress up in old-fashioned costumes to wow the spectators and judges.  Costumed participates sign up across from City Hall on the...
These hard-working members of the 2018 Hootin an Hollarin planning committee devote many hours to make the festival fun for everyone. Seated, from left: pet show chair Konnie Plumlee, publicity chair Linda Harlin, parade co-chair Heather Bushner, queen pageant co-chair Becki Strong (with co-chair...

Elizabeth Morse, part of the 2017 Gainesville FCCLA outhouse race team, was the “rider” as the team headed toward the finish line. Other team members were Branetta McNece, Ryan Acklin, Tim Loach and adviser Betsy Ritchie.
For those who really need to go, the Hootin an Hollarin outhouse races fill a thrilling need. This one-of-a kind competition, which combines athleticism and laugh-invoking urgency, can be especially thrilling, given that spectators line the race course, and this racing vehicle, the ultimate in “...

The Big Bang Theory bed-racing team in last year’s competition were aiming for the best-dressed award. Team members included Cole Hershberger, Zack Botts-Papke, Erin Lowder, Max Seals and Tyler Tabor.
With Ma in her kerchief and Pa in his... running shoes (?)... they must be gearing up for the famous Hootin an Hollarin bed races! This sleep-defying spectacle, sponsored by the Gainesville PTO, begins at 5 p.m. Friday on the west side of the square, when dream teams show their high-performance bed...

Robert Merriman and a group of other competitors prepare to take their shot at a target during the 2017 Hootin an Hollarin shotgun shoot as MDC agent Jerry Kiger watches.
Hootin an Hollarin sportsmen and sportswomen can show off their shooting skills at the annual Hootin an Hollarin gun and archery shoot, which begins at 9 a.m. Saturday. The event, sometimes referred to as the “turkey shoot,” is always well attended by spectators as well as participants. It’s held...

Pre-registration is $20. Registration the day of the event is $25. All participants receive a commemorative T-shirt with this year's fun logo.
Runners and walkers are invited to participate in Ozark County’s oldest 5k, set for 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. The race is a pet-friendly event, according to organizers.  Participants can register between 8 and 9 a.m. next to Gainesville City Hall, or they can pre-register by mail. Pick up a...
This year’s festival will include a new bit of free olden-day fun for the kiddos! Volunteer Jamie Green Kingsolver is heading up a free rag doll making booth on the inside row of the west side of the square, across from the school booths. All supplies will be provided, free of charge. Jamie says...

Lil Princess - 2017 Lil Princess winners were, from left, first runner-up Moxie Similkier, Lil Princess Lola Wade, and second runner-up Cami Strain.
 The Hootin an Hollarin princess contests, which begin at 3:45 p.m. Friday on the main  stage, feature Ozark County girls sharing their most adorable Hootin an Hollarin personalities.  The categories are Lil Princess, open to first and second graders; Lil Miss, open to third and fourth graders; and...

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...

Photo above: Tena (Walrath) McKinzie, left, and brother Joe Walrath, far right, along with Patty Blackburn, center, were winners in the 1976 terrapin races. Tena, who won first place, said she and Joe (third place) would scan the roads on their way home from the family farm Sundays about a month before Hootin an Hollarin. When they would find a speedy-looking turtle, they’d ask their dad stop and pick it up. They let the terrapins loose in the family basement and fed them and worked with them every day. Tena said, “Sometimes we would get a little panicked if we couldn’t find them right away. Good memories!” Tena said this photo sat on the living room shelf of the Walrath house for quite a few years.
Terrapin races Terrapin, turtle, tortoise... whatever you want to call the hard-shelled reptile is just fine, just round one up and haul it to the square for your chance at this long-standing Hootin an Hollarin event title.  The terrapin races, under the direction of Pamela Sisney this year, will...

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