Gower Festival

A four-day Gower Days event will be held this month to highlight the community of Gower, Missouri.

A four-day Gower Days event will be held this month to highlight the community of Gower, Missouri.

A four-day Gower Days event will be held this month to highlight the community of Gower, Missouri, and to host a summer festival. Chip Holman, Gower Days committee president, said there are events planned from Thursday, July 11, to Sunday, July 14. The summer event will kick off with a princess pageant at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Gower Christian Church. The following day, vendors will open at the event at 4:30 p.m. including local crafts that will be sold. He said the ladies group at Ebenezer Methodist Church will sell funnel cakes and the business Churn of the Century will make homemade ice cream using a machine on sight. “We have new vendors and those that have been coming for years,” Holman said. “We have a gentleman that sells frozen ice treats and lemonade that have been a staple every year.” Beginning at 5 p.m., there will be a company that sets-up inflatables such as a large slide, wrecking ball, mechanical bull and obstacle course that will remain open during most of the festival days.

A four-day Gower Days event will be held this month to highlight the community of Gower, Missouri, and to host a summer festival.

Chip Holman, Gower Days committee president, said there are events planned from Thursday, July 11, to Sunday, July 14.

The summer event will kick off with a princess pageant at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Gower Christian Church.

The following day, vendors will open at the event at 4:30 p.m. including local crafts that will be sold.

He said the ladies group at Ebenezer Methodist Church will sell funnel cakes and the business Churn of the Century will make homemade ice cream using a machine on sight.

“We have new vendors and those that have been coming for years,” Holman said. “We have a gentleman that sells frozen ice treats and lemonade that have been a staple every year.”

Beginning at 5 p.m., there will be a company that sets-up inflatables such as a large slide, wrecking ball, mechanical bull and obstacle course that will remain open during most of the festival days.

The Gower Fire Department will serve a pulled pork BBQ dinner as a fundraiser and the Masonic Lodge will serve their famous hamburgers. Dundee’s Concession from Maryville, Missouri, will also be on hand to sell burritos, nachos and chili cheese fries.

The opening ceremony at 6 p.m. will be the salute to service for military members and law enforcement.

“We are going to honor our veterans and the men and women who are currently serving,” Holman said. “We will also honor our law enforcement, firemen and ambulance service. We’ve invited all area law enforcement to send a representative. I think it’s important to honor all of those that serve in the local communities especially considering these fire departments are mostly volunteers.”

The night will round off with a baby show, a newly wed game and a performance by the group Oxymoron.

On Saturday, they will hold their first 5K Run. The Mid-American Endurance Club from Gower will give the money raised to the East Buchanan High School Booster Club which has agreed to buy items for the East Buchanan Cross Country Team.

There will be a parade at 10 a.m. with a tractor show at 11 a.m. with old or new tractors. There will be a people’s choice winner for the tractor show.

In addition, there will be an East Buchanan FFA Alumni Pedal Tractor Pull at 2 p.m. at the north side of the park.

The Gower American Legion will serve a fish and chicken dinner from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Legion Hall.

There will be a Zumba in the Park performance at noon followed by an Elvis Tribute Artist named Ben Johnson. There will be the Gower talent show at 2:30 p.m. at the band stage followed by the local singing group Missouri Rebels at 4 p.m. and rounding the night out with the Blue Oyster Culture Club.

On Sunday, they will hold their second annual car show which will be a fundraiser for the parks and recreation department. Last year, they had 218 participants that raised $8,400 for new equipment.

The event will close with a worship at the park service at 1 p.m. and the car show awards will be given at 3 p.m. to the winners of different classes. The Gower Lions Club will serve tenderloins the last day of the event.

For more information, follow Gower Days on Facebook. Holman can be contacted by email at gowerdays@gmail.com.

Margaret Slayton can be reached at news@greenacressells.com.