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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Pineville gearing up for annual celebration

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  • PINEVILLE — For the next few days, the Pineville Square will be filled with booths, carnival rides, bands and spectators enjoying the annual Jesse James Days event.
    The event began on Wednesday, and will conclude on Saturday night.
    "(The main purpose is) to raise money for the fire department, since it is volunteer only," said Kathy Shannon, a clerk at the Pineville City Hall.
    The proceeds from the booth rentals and the silent and live auctions will go back to the fire department.
    "Also, they are raffling a truck and a recliner, all of (the proceeds) go to the fire department," said Shannon.
    Live music consists of Diversity Band for tonight and then on Friday and Saturday, Michelle McBride and her band will perform.
    Another time-honored event is the pageant and naming of the Mr. and Mrs. Jesse James, which will be held at 6 p.m. today.
    "I am pretty sure it is for ages 0-12," she said.
    Looking to ride some rides, a carnival will be available each night, armbands each night $15 each in advance and on sale at city hall.
    Also each night, there will be a kids Frisbee throw at 7 p.m.
    The parade will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, followed by a barbecued chicken dinner at the community center.
    Shannon said this year, there will be a special quilt made – also in the auction.
    "This is the first year ever doing a quilt, this kind of quilt, this one has all of the different years," she said.
    And as an added interest, the famous Jesse James movie, starring Henry Fonda, which was done in Pineville in the late 1930s, will be shown.
    Fire Chief Robert Drake told the Neosho Daily News last year that the event has been held for at least 50 years.
    He said Jesse James Days usually raises approximately $13,000 for the department.
    Those funds go toward purchasing equipment for the department, made up of more than 20 members.

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