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The 2018 Hootin an Hollarin queen candidates include, clockwise from left, (front row) Jaima DeVries, Gracie Johnston, Abby Mahan; (middle row) Kayla Lee, Kaitlyn Morse, Libby Pansano, Haley Mack, Ruthanne Doebler; (back row) Star Janes, A’Aisha Sykes, Hunter McCullough, Lily Parker, Sarah Jennings and Hannah See. Not pictured, Branetta McNece.
Hootin an Hollarin opens Thursday evening with music from Modern August and the Kattie Laney Project followed by the annual queen pageant at 7:30 p.m., when a big crowd gathers on the east side of the square to cheer for some of Ozark County’s most talented and charming teenage girls competing for...

This Hootin an Hollarin square dance photo, taken sometime between 1980 and 1983, shows, from left, Allen and Glenda Douglas, Joe and Nikki McFarland (backs to camera), Pat Crawford and Jerry Crawford, and Barbara and Don Luna.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a way to embrace the heart of the Hootin an Hollarin spirit more than getting out on one of the old wooden platforms under the starry September sky and dancing the night away.  Every night from 9 p.m. to midnight, Hootin an Hollarin turns its focus to one of its most...
Wow! Who is that skinny kid in these pictures? I look different now—it couldn’t be age!  It’s been quite a few years since I began playing music on stage at Hootin an Hollarin. That festival stage is one of the earliest places where I played in front of a crowd. The music was simpler then. The...

Modern August kicks off the 2018 Hootin an Hollarin live music schedule at 5:35 p.m. Thursday. Modern August’s Wes Whittaker is a singer/songwriter and one-man-band covering a wide variety of music styles from classic rock, pop and country to modern sounds.
All music is on the main stage unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change.   Thursday 5:35 p.m. - Modern August 6:15 p.m. - Kattie Laney Project 9 p.m. - Square dancing with live music**   Friday 10:30 a.m. - Morey Sullivan Band 11:30 a.m. - Debra Lane 12:30 p.m. - Casey Ritchie 12:...
One of Gainesville’s youngest farmers, Jeremiah Paul Hamm, then 4, and his cowgirl-costumed red hen, Miss Pinky, walked away with the Most Unusual Pet Award in the 2017 Hootin an Hollarin pet show. Times photographer Jessi Dreckman snapped this photo of the award-winning pair backstage right after...
Welcome to the 58th celebration of Hootin an Hollarin, always my favorite festival in my favorite little hometown. This year’s theme is “Fun from the Old School,” and that kind of fun is something I’m very familiar with.  You see, my mama, Edith Gaulding, taught in “old schools” – the one-room...
The Ozark Mountain Bass Club held its last night tournament of the year on Aug. 25 out of Pontiac Cove on Bull Shoals Lake. Several fish were caught. Jigs and single-spins appeared to work well.  First place was won by Greg Phillips and Caleb Cline with 24.23 pounds. Second place went to Pete...

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The Missouri Department of Conservation will host a free gigging clinic for youth age 15 and younger on the North Fork of the White River in Ozark County on Oct. 6. MDC agent Tom Leeker said the specific location and other details will be announced later. The first 20 youth to sign up by calling...
Sixteen knitters or knitters-to-be gathered Sept. 4 at the Ozark County Historium for the first meeting of the Historium Knitters group. Historium volunteer Janet Taber said the participants enjoyed “sitting down together, needles and yarn in hand, to talk about knitting, share our projects and...
To contact the Ozark County Sheriff’s Depart-ment or other emergency-responding agencies here, call 417-679-4633. In an emergency, dial 911.   Sept. 3 (Continued from last week’s Times.) 10:57 a.m. – Caller on County Road 511 said a freezer and refrigerator in another house had been turned over and...

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