WRVHS Racers Reunion at Taney Center

As this photograph indicates, dirt track stock car racing was often a family affair in Taney County. (WRVHS photo)
As this photograph indicates, dirt track stock car racing was often a family affair in Taney County. (WRVHS photo)

The White River Valley Historical Society will host a Racers Reunion on Saturday, October 25 at the Taney Center, located east of Forsyth on Hwy 160.

The free event will run from 1 to 4 p.m. and feature an informal gathering of those who participated in, or are interested in learning more about the days of dirt track stock car racing in the area.

Attendees are encouraged to bring photos and racing memorabilia to display at the event. Refreshments will be provided.

During the 1950’s and 1960’s, Taney County dirt tracks once operated on Highway 76 in Branson, and at two different sites east and west of Kirbyville. Races were also held in places such as Ava, Aurora, and several locations in Arkansas, and most usually included powder-puff derbies in addition to the men’s races.

The WRVHS is currently in the process of collecting photos, newspaper clippings, and other memorabilia pertaining to dirt track stock car racing, as well as recording the personal histories and memories of those involved.

For more information about the event and to share information and items, please contact John Whitley at 417-546-2910, Leslie Wyman/WRVHS at 417-546-2210, or email info@wrvhs.org.

The 53-year-old non-profit White River Valley Historical Society includes a museum, research library, and bookstore/gift shop. WRVHS hours are Monday – Friday, 10:00 – 4:00. The Society’s Branson Centennial Museum (417-239-1912) is open Monday – Saturday, 10:00 – 4:00, and is located at 101 Veteran’s Blvd (corner of Business 65 and W Hwy 76). It features the Jim D. Morris Gallery, as well as a bookstore/gift shop. There is no admission charge at either location.

www.wrvhs.org

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