NEWS

Gentlemen, start your outhouses!

Joyce L. Miller

Imagine the sight: dozens of outhouses on wheels sailing down a street, complete with their moon-shaped windows and their his and her signs flapping in the breeze.

Somewhere out there is an engineer or a shade tree mechanic with the ability to design a prize-winning outhouse that can take on the competition in a dead-heat race on the Bagnell Dam Strip.

The race is scheduled for Sept. 29 during the second annual Oma and Noma Days, which runs for three days the last weekend of the month.

“Everyone here in the Ozarks remembers the outhouses at their parent’s or grandparent’s farms,” Jeff VanDonsel said. “Now that we have indoor plumbing, we decided the old outhouses are only good for one thing -- racing.”

It promises to be nothing but old-fashioned fun and entertainment for the whole family when the outhouse races get underway.

The outhouse can be an original design or a refurbished model that has sat out on the back lower forty. The only rules are the outhouse has to be piloted by a team of five or six people and be on wheels. Each team must have a theme and must be dressed accordingly.

Teams can be friends, family, co-workers or even businesses looking for a unique way to advertise. Deadline for entry is Sept. 1.

Oma and Noma Days highlights the history of the lake area. The festival kicked off in 2006 as a celebration of the 75th anniversary of Bagnell Dam and Lake of the Ozarks.

Contact this reporter at joycem@lakesunleader.com.