This weekend, there will be two events that I truly enjoy attending: the annual Neosho Fall Festival held on Saturday in downtown Neosho and the annual Barnyard Days, held north of Neosho on the Circle R Ranch.
This will be a great time for people to come out, enjoy the nice weather and pick up some items for the autumn season or even Christmas, which is just around the corner.
At this time, I would like to give some of the reasons I enjoy not only covering the events in the past, but also being a customer at each of them. So, I will start off with the fall festival.
When I was growing up, there were numerous times that the Lions Club would have their pancake feed. Dad – who was a Lions Club member – would wake Greg and I up at 5 a.m. on that Saturday and we would head down to the Neosho Auditorium to help serve the pancakes, sausage and orange juice or coffee. The cook back then was Mrs. Crowe and her pancakes were out of this world. I miss those pancakes. After a few hours of working, we would walk around the square, looking at the vendors and the businesses who set up shop that day.
Years later when I would cover the event, the festival would have some of the memories of my yesteryear. There is also the History Alley down at the Newton County Historical Park, one block off of the square. That is a living history and people of all ages enjoy that. (See Wednesday’s edition of the Neosho Daily News for a complete story on the fall festival).
The second event this week is the annual Barnyard Days, which starts on Friday and runs until Sunday. (See last Sunday’s edition for a complete story).
Countless vendors will be set up, some even having items geared toward October. This event has a lot to offer this year from arts and crafts, music, food and commercial exhibitors. Crafters will not only sell their items, but also demonstrate their abilities for the audience. There will also be a petting zoo, antique tractors, pumpkins, children’s rides and musicians during the festival.
Three years ago, the festival took on a new meaning, that of a fundraiser for Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks (BCFO). As visitors enter the festival grounds, some vendors will have items catered toward helping raise awareness of breast cancer.
Both of these events will be family friendly and I encourage you to take advantage of each of them.
Todd G. Higdon is a staff writer and writes a weekly column for the Neosho Daily News. He can be reached at email@example.com