There will be a lot of things occurring this Saturday around the area, ranging from the Stella Spring Fling to Art in the Park at George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, to a poker run which will end at the Neosho Shrine Club and also a East Newton High School FFA fundraiser.

As always, I encourage all of you to head to one or all of these fine events.

I enjoy this time of the year in Southwest Missouri. There is a lot of things to do for either free or at very minimal cost. The past week, there have been preview stories written about some of these activities.
One of the events that I truly enjoy covering is the annual Stella Spring Fling (from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Stella). I remember a couple of years ago, Tina and I went down there to not only cover the event, but also to hear some good gospel and bluegrass music. As we were walking around, Tina spotted a tomato plant. Yes, she loves tomatoes from grape-sized to big. As we walked over to the vendor, we asked some questions about this particular plant as far as if it was a good plant to where one should plant it for optimal tomatoes. The person was very nice and the price of the plant was around $5 or so. We purchased it and took it to our home, planted it and within a very short time, there were tomatoes growing.

Now when I was a kid, we always had a vegetable garden ranging from tomatoes to potatoes to corn to green beans, so I know some things about gardens. Unusually, we would have the garden going until late August.

For this particular tomato plant, it grew to about almost 6 feet tall, producing tomatoes all the way up until October.

So, that is one thing that I will be purchasing on Saturday for Tina.

Another event is the annual Art in the Park at the local monument. I really have enjoyed covering this event for the last few years. Carver is one of the historical people that I enjoy learning about and I do remember from years past, that he loved art including painting, by using berries and other items on the Carver Farm to make dyes for his paintings.

That event is a great event for all ages and the children will enjoy it. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
As I close this week's column, I have a personal note to add. Four years ago today, I married Tina, the most beautiful person in the world. I love her very, very much and treasure her every day. Happy anniversary, my princess.

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.