2015 Huckster’s Day Memories

The next Huckster’s Day is scheduled for September 16-17, 2016. Sign up to be a vendor, BBQ contestant or judge here.

Huckster’s Day & BBQ Contest 2015 started Friday with crafts & food booths opening at 5 p.m., and Multiphonics – a band from KC, started playing for the street dance at 8 p.m. We had great weather for both days, although Saturday dawned a little chilly. If you’ve never attended Huckster’s Day, the festival has always had strong support from the community. Enjoy the photos below, and consider attending or participating in next year’s BBQ & Huckster’s Day on Sept. 9-10, 2016.

(Photo Credits: Steven Jackson, compliments of The Messenger.)

Kiss the Pig 3x

Butler High School Principal “won” the Kiss the Pig Contest, voted on by citizens of Butler. Chamber board member Lee McLain is pictured holding the piglet, board member Miranda Parks at right.

Greased Pig 1

The Greased Pig Contest is an annual hit with kids and parents, sponsored by Sheriff Chad Anderson

Greased Pig 2

Greased Pig 3

Greased Pig 4


Bates County Cattlemen enjoyed long lines all day long.


Twisted Taters – another popular fave, made by the Bates County Elks

Cheesepuff game

Kids games were sponsored by Medicalodges. Who wouldn’t love a game with Cheese Puffs and shaving cream?

Kids train

St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church runs the kids’ train every year – and rarely is a seat vacant throughout the day.

Connie White

Live entertainment was featured throughout the day, like the Connie White School of Dance from Harrisonville, Mo.

Band 3

The Bates County Nostalgia Band played in the morning with a backdrop that looks a bit like a war zone. (Thanks to Solar Shades out of Rich Hill for wrapping the building for the event!)

Earlier in the summer, the building in the background spontaneously collapsed, said to be as a result of a lightning strike.

Band 2

Baby Show winners

The Huckster’s Baby Contest, sponsored by Community First Bank, always draws a crowd. Pictured, from left – Avery Loe, 23 months, daughter of Derek and Jamie Loe of Amoret; Corie Coonce-Bearce, 17 months., daughter of Jack and Tosha Bearce of Papinville; Kynason Doll, 10 months, daughter of Josh and Sheila Doll of Butler; Melanie Varns, 3 months., daughter of Blayne and Stacie Varns of Butler.

Best Dog

Holly Rabourn of Butler, Mo. almost didn’t enter her Golden Doodle, Tucker for the Dog Show. In the end, Tucker won three categories – Best Trick, Owner Look-Alike, and Best in Show. Tucker made us think we should create a new category – happiest dog.

Talent show winners

Talent Show winners, sponsored by The Messenger, from left: first – Anna Spencer of Hume,   2nd – Mikayla Lawrence of Butler, 3rd – sisters Makenzie and Haylee-Ann Smith of Butler, and 4th – Alexis Ladehoff of Butler.

BBQ Smokin the night away

BBQ teams cooked right there on the square. Pictured, Smokin’ the Night Away.

Rusty Chicken vendor

Plan to attend next year’s BBQ & Huckster’s Day. You never know what you’ll see (a rusty chicken!) – or get to eat!

Canned goods


Crowd 2

Crowd 3


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