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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Stella plans Spring Fling event as fundraiser for its historical society

  • A fundraiser to benefit a local historical society will be held this Saturday. The Spring Fling — consisting of house and garden plants for sale, craft sales, and gospel and bluegrass singing — will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Ozark Street in Stella.


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  • A fundraiser to benefit a local historical society will be held this Saturday.
    The Spring Fling — consisting of house and garden plants for sale, craft sales, and gospel and bluegrass singing — will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Ozark Street in Stella.
    “This is to help raise some money for the Stella Historical Society,” said LaMelia Beckett, co-organizer of the Spring Fling. “(The society members) are wanting to try to get some new windows, copy machine, propane tank, just some items they are wanting to try to do. For several years, they have done this, it has just been local people that would bring in their houseplants from home. Last year, we had the East Newton High School and we had a couple of local nurseries bring some plants over and people seemed to enjoy that. So this year, we thought we would add the gospel and bluegrass singing, some arts and crafts, along with the plants and make it an all-day thing.”
    Several houseplants will be for sale, along with crafts from area craftsmen and craftswomen.
    “There is going to be wood crafting, weaving guild, scratch art, some general craft items, woodworking, jewelry and needlepoint,” she said. “Donations are welcome to benefit the historical society. Those who want a booth for (selling) the crafts or to sell the plants, there is a $10 booth space fee. That money goes to the historical society. Whatever they sell, they can keep.”
    A wide range of gospel and bluegrass musicians will be performing, including one who has performed at a local amusement park.
    “The Meyer bluegrass gospel group, Lamar, and they have been to Silver Dollar City and have won contests,” Beckett said.
    During the all-day event, the historical society will be serving food from hot dogs to chili hot dogs to nachos to a variety of desserts, soda pop and tea from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Prices will be marked on the day of the event. After 2 p.m., the mayor, Bill Alsop, firefighters and Bill Beckett will be grilling some hamburgers, making potato salad, baked beans and drinks, with prices also posted the day of the event. The newest café, the Lentz-Carter Café, will also be open all day.
    Various raffles will be conducted including for a cedar eagle bench, a plant stand, a cooler and other items from the area. You will need not be present to win.
    “There is going to be something for everybody,” Beckett said.
     

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