As I write this week’s column, I am also looking at the upcoming weather for the next couple of days.

As I write this week’s column, I am also looking at the upcoming weather for the next couple of days. As such, there will be some rain in the forecast, however, I am hoping and praying that for Sunday, it will be nice for a couple of reasons.

The first one is the annual Dogwood Tour in Neosho.

Being around the area for 42 years now, I don’t think that I have actually taken the tour – in full. And what I mean by that is I have covered the event, but usually just not driving from the start to the finish. Well this year it will be different. I think that it would be a nice time for Tina and I to drive the tour.

Tour details are as follows. First it will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, with the maps available at the Neosho High School Rotary tent. There will also be dogwood tour signs posted along the route for this 52nd annual event.

The big event draws people from not only the local area, but from our neighboring states.

The dogwood tour was initiated in 1961 by the Rotary Club and over the years has brought thousands of visitors into our community to share in the beauty of Missouri’s official tree, which graces many of the hills and hollows of the Neosho area.

But the fun doesn’t stop there. The Neosho National Fish Hatchery, located at 520 Park St., will host their annual open house from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., also on Sunday. The fish hatchery will be giving tours throughout the day. 

In addition, cookies and coffee will be served at 9 a.m. and hot dogs served at noon. The Missouri Conservation Department will be giving away free trees. Live music will be provided along with conservation and naturalist exhibitors such as reptiles, bee charmers, herbalists, etc.

I encourage all of you to take time either before or after church to attend both of these family events. And make sure you have your cameras as well to capture the dogwoods in bloom or the kids feeding the fish at the hatchery or when you dig the hole to put the trees in your yard.

Todd G. Higdon is a staff writer and writes a weekly column for the Neosho Daily News. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter at @toddghigdonNDN