As students return to school and the summer nears its end, the Neosho community will gather one last time to celebrate the summer season.

As students return to school and the summer nears its end, the Neosho community will gather one last time to celebrate the summer season. For the seventh year in a row, the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce Downtown Events Committee will sponsor a Summer Social on the Square, scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, on the Neosho Square. “It’s our end of summer celebration,” said Neosho Chamber Executive Director Shana Griffin. Griffin said the event would be filled with free family fun, with more than 25 booths from local businesses, organizations and vendors on hand. The day will also offer old-fashioned children’s games, a wheelbarrow race, a bathtub race, dance performances, a performance from the Neosho High School marching band, face-painting and a live disc jockey. Concessions and fundraisers will also be present. “We have two sides of the Square filled so far,” Griffin said. New to the event this year is the bathtub race, which will take entries up to the day of the event. Griffin said the event will feature teams of five who have added wheels to either a fiberglass or cast iron bathtub. The tub will be filled with water and one participant must ride in the tub as they race down the Square from near the Neosho City Hall toward the Neosho Civic. “We wanted to do something that was unique,” Griffin said. So far, Griffin said five teams, made up of four businesses and one organization, have entered to race their bathtubs. The bathtub race kicks off at 4:30 p.m. The wheelbarrow race will also take place in the Square, and is open to children ages 7-12. Griffin said a separate heat might also be arranged for adults to push the children in wheelbarrows. Earlier in the day, the Neosho Masonic Lodge 247 is holding their child identification and protection program from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Neosho Civic. The MoCHIP program will aid in fingerprinting, photographing and preparing pertinent information for parents to use if their child is to ever go missing. Following the events in the Square, the festivities will move down the road to Big Spring Park where the Neosho Chamber will host Cinema in the Park following sunset. Attendees are welcome to bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a movie outdoors. Organizers have not yet announced what movie they will be showing. Griffin said the purpose of the day is to bring old-fashioned, fun activities to the Neosho Square as well as to celebrate the summer season. “There usually aren’t very many events in the summer, so it fills that purpose,” Griffin said. “It’s something for the kids and families to look forward to.” Organizers are still taking entries for booths to set up at the event as well. For questions or to sign up to take part in the social, contact the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce at 451-1925.