The annual Neosho Fall Festival is scheduled to kick off at 9 a.m. this Saturday in the Neosho Square.
The theme this year is “Autumn Harvest” which parks and recreation director John Jordon said goes nicely with the Neosho tradition.
“It’s something that the city has done for several years,” Jordon said. “Fall Festival has always been the first weekend of October.”
Before the events in the square get started, the Lion’s Club will host a pancake feed, from 7 until 10:30 a.m., at the Civic’s east wing, for a cost of $5 per ticket, with all proceeds benefiting the Neosho High School football team.
From 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., the Neosho Square will be surrounded with a variety of activities and more than 80 vendors.
Items offered by vendors include treats such as shaved ice, stuffed baked potatoes, and smoked turkey legs, as well as handmade items, leather goods and miche bags, to name a few.
Maccaroo Gym will have inflatable toys on site for children, The Arts Council will be hosting an Art Exhibit and Sale from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and there will also be horse and buggy rides as well as train rides offered around the square.
The event will also feature a dance performance and musical performances from the Neosho High School Choraleers, Folk & Roll, Jeremiah Jones and 3 on a Wire. The events will also include a Square Dancers promenade at 11 a.m. and a pet contest at 1 p.m., sponsored by Faithful Friends Animal Advocates.
Jordon said the event serves as a way to draw people from the surrounding area to Neosho.
“It gives the city an opportunity to provide something for the people of Neosho,” Jordon said. “It’s just a great, great opportunity for people to come in and be a part of Neosho as well.”
In conjunction with the Fall Festival, the Newton County Historical Society, located one block north of the northeast corner of the Neosho Square, will be hosting History Alley from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The program will include demonstrations of tasks from the past, an interactive children’s project focusing on Native Americans, and Civil War food being prepared near the Civil War Soldiers Camp. Also at the event, a collection from the George Washington Carver National Monument will be on display.
Those with questions regarding the Fall Festival may contact city hall at 451-8050. For questions regarding History Alley, contact the Newton County Historical Society at 451-4940.