Skidmore Punkin Show

Three members of the Skidmore Punkin Show planning committee, Matt Brown, Luke Coffelt and Clint Coffelt, ask permission for various needs for the show at last week’s Skidmore Board of Aldermen meeting. Set for Aug. 2 and 3, the planners intend the show to offer a parade, Mr./Miss Punkin competition, tractor and antique car show, barbecue cook-off and many other family activities.

SKIDMORE, Mo. — Returning after a lengthy hiatus, the Skidmore Punkin Show will offer family fun for residents young and old.

Matt Brown, Luke Coffelt and Clint Coffelt met last week with the Skidmore Board of Aldermen and requested the use of city streets, utilities and a concession stand if needed to hold a fall Punkin Show on Friday, Aug. 2 and Saturday, Aug. 3.  Mayor Tracy Shewey told The Forum that this would be the first Punkin Show held in Skidmore in about 17 years. She estimated the last Punkin Show being held around 2002.

“We’re all excited for you to do this,” said Mayor Tracy Shewey. “... I think Skidmore could use some positive stuff going on.”

While nothing is yet set in stone, the committee has a lot it wants to schedule for the event. From a parade, a tractor and antique car show to a Mr. and Miss Punkin Show competition, live music and family fun events, the three men assured the board that there will be something for everyone.

Confirmed musical acts include: Clement Brothers at 7 p.m. on Friday night and Outlaw Creek at 7 p.m. on Saturday night.

Other possible family activities may include a barbecue cook-off, horseshoe tournament, cake walk, pie-eating contest, skillet-throwing contest, tire throw, bingo and more.

The committee purchased insurance for the event, so the city is not liable for that. The board then approved the committee’s use of city streets, utilities and the concession stand at the ball field, should it be required. 

The show is set to be held on the old school grounds, but the group is hoping with the help of the Missouri State Highway Patrol to block State Highway 113 through town on Saturday, Aug. 3 for a parade.

“I guess my motive is (it’s) something for my kids to enjoy,” said Luke Coffelt. “I remember as a kid coming to it. I want them to remember it.”

Not looking to make a profit, he said they hope to just break even or to put a little back for another event next year.

He said they intend to reach out for sponsors and vendors starting this week. For anyone interested in sponsoring or for more information, the email address to contact the committee is SkidmorePunkinShow@gmail.com. The committee intends to create a Facebook page to keep the community informed.

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