BAXTER SPRINGS - Cowtown Days has come and gone and event coordinators seem happy with the way things ran this year.
Cowtown Days returned this year after a four year hiatus.
"For our first Cowtown Days in 4 years I was pleased with the turnout, of course it can always be better. We learned from this years event, and plan on adding new activities to next years event. Some of those we hope to add are a car cruise and an old time fiddler's contest. It was alot of work, and I hope everyone that attended had a good time. It was certainly worth the work the comittee put into this years event," Cowtown Days Committee member Chris Zimmerman said.
Neal said she hopes to keep it going next year. She said the chamber has received calls from people asking about a car cruise and asking if Duke Mason, a singer from the area, would be performing.
Cowtown Days committee member Doug Scott was also happy with the turnout of Cowtown Days.
"I thought Cowtown Days was a big success." Scott said.
He said the number of people that showed up for the different events like the dog show and the senior luncheon was wonderful.
"The highlight of Cowtown Days for me was helping with the senior luncheon." Scott said.
He said he loved how much the seniors enjoyed the bingo and the old time shootout.
Additionally Tastefully Simple vendor Terra Miller said she thought the event went well. She said this is the first event she has had a booth at and that she made a lot of contacts at Cowtown Days. She said she plans to continue participating in local events.
"I made a lot of good contacts and that made it worth it to be there." Miller said.
Pizza Hut vendor Tyson Coombes had different feelings about the turn-out.
"We didn't do very well at all." Coombes said.
He said he thinks because this is the first year Cowtown Days has come back and because a lot of people did not know about it, it may have been causes for why he did not see very many customers.
Coombes said they would probably have a booth at the next Cowtown Days to see if business is better.
Cowtown Days featured many different activities, including a pie, cake, and cobbler baking contest and a senior day at the museum.
Other activities ranged from a 5k run, a ham and bean feed, a gospel night, a karaoke night, and a men's sexy leg contest.
The senior day at the museum saw a large number of senior citizens from around the area. The event offered bingo, lunch, a hat show, and an old-time shoot-out for entertainment.
Quaker Hill Outreach Coordinator Mandy Kinsley said she was very pleased with the number of people that showed up to the museum. She said there were many seniors who came from nursing homes and church groups.
"Everyone seemed to be having a good time." Kinsley said.
Kinsley also said they had been hoping to have that many people.
She said this was the first year the committee had gotten together to plan and it was very successful.
Kinsley also said they hope to partake in next year's events.
Additionally the baking contest saw almost 20 entries. Three judges decided which entries were the best based on taste and presentation.
First place cake winner was Sophia Evans with second place going to Victoria Sly.
Sophia Evans won both first and second place in the cobblers section and first place for pie was Elaine Warstler with second going to Sophia Evans.