The Hootin an Hollarin Festival, one of the oldest of its kind in Missouri, begins each year at 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday in September with a Queen Pageant.
Contestants, dressed in their best country dresses, will delight the crowd this Thursday in Gainesville with stories of how things used to be and a square dance.
This year will mark the 59th year and plans are for a great celebration, say organizers. All the Hootin an Hollarin is offered free to the public, with handcrafted items and food available for purchase.
A costume parade will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, with all ages competing for best old-time “Life in the Ozarks” dress. The Big Float and Band Parade will start at 2 p.m. Sept. 21.
Bluegrass, country and gospel music entertain visitors on Friday and Sept. 21, and the music continues for square dancing at 9 p.m. all three days.
There are contests of all kinds during the festival: bed races, outhouse races, calling contests, quilt show, pet show and pie contest, just to name a few.
There will be old-fashioned “brush arbor” gospel singing in the gazebo, and old-time games and races for kids.
Hootin an Hollarin visitors can shop at a multitude of craft vendors around the square. They can also watch demonstrations of old-time crafts and, when they’re hungry, there are all kinds of food offerings including lemonade, kettle corn, ice cream, burgers, hotdogs, beans and cornbread, funnel cakes and barbecue.