Here comes Hootin an Hollarin!

The 2019 edition of Hootin an Hollarin is rolling toward reality, including the always-popular outhouse races set for Friday afternoon on the west side of the square. Shown here, the 2018 second-place-winning Gainesville High School FBLA outhouse team in action. Counterclockwise, starting back left: Will Uchtman, Jake Leeker, Ethan Chapman (riding), Tanner Jennings, Jaxon Britt.

Hootin an Hollarin is just six weeks away. On Sept. 19-21 it will fill the Gainesville square with folks taking “A Trip Back When,” the 2019 festival theme. 

Hootin an Hollain chairperson Nancy Walker said musical performances are being lined up and event chairpersons are finalizing details for this year’s festival. The Gainesville Lions Club has chosen Paula Herd Rose to be awarded the Barney Douglas Citizen of the Year Award, and the Hootin an Hollarin committee has named longtime emcee Morey Sullivan and his band members as parade marshals. Sullivan has served as emcee for about 15 years after stepping into the role when his father, Don Sullivan had to step down due to health problems. The Times will have more about these honorees in the Hootin an Hollarin Magazine, to be included in the Sept. 11 edition of the newspaper.


Queen pageant contestants 

Ozark County girls age 14-18 are being recruited for this year’s Hootin an Hollarin queen contest to be held, as always, on Thursday, the festival’s opening  evening. Queen pageant committee co-chairs Pam Cramm and Becki Strong invite girls to fill out the registration form printed on page 3 of this week’s Times. Cramm and Strong, with committee members Jerri Sue Crawford and Nancy Walker, say they’re happy to answer questions and to help contestants find dresses, sponsors and rides to rehearsals. Committee members’ phone numbers are printed on the registration form. The deadline for registering is Aug. 31. Forms may be dropped off at any Century Bank of the Ozarks branch or the Ozark County Circuit Clerk’s office or mailed to one of the committee co-chairpersons.


Quilt show entries

Hootin an Hollarin quilt show chairperson Lily Branco reminds area fabric artisans that the annual quilt show, always a festival highlight, is a showcase that in the past has exhibited “the awesome quilts created by the ladies, men and children as old as 90 and as young as 9 who spend many hours creating works of art in cloth.” 

Not only is the quilt show a way for experienced quilters to show off their skill, it’s also an inspiration for those who have yet to catch the bug of quilting, Branco said, adding, “So don’t be shy. Bring your creation for the visitors to admire. The only requirement is that it has never been in our quilt show before.”

Antique quilts are welcomed for display only if space allows; they are not judged, but quilt show attendees love seeing them, Branco said.

Quilts to be judged should be brought to The Meeting Place on Third Street, four doors west of the square, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18. A quilt show banner will mark the spot.

The show will include 10 categories to cover just about anything that can be quilted, Branco said. Special ribbons will be awarded for Judges’ Choice, Best in Show and People’s Choice, as well as an award for the quilt best exhibiting the 2019 Hootin an Hollarin theme, “A trip back when.”

“Help us have another Hootin an Hollarin quilt show,” says Branco. “We look forward to displaying your talents.” For more information about quilt show entries, contact Branco at 679-3163 or

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