Fall is definitely in the air and for this weekend, there will be two festivals right in our backyard.

Fall is definitely in the air and for this weekend, there will be two festivals right in our backyard.

The Neosho Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, with a multitude of activities ranging from food, arts and crafts to pony rides to a coaster car race and show and, don't forget, music.

One of my fondest memories growing up was to attend the annual fall event. My dad was in the Lion's Club and he woke Greg and I up – well, let's just say before the roosters got up – to go to Neosho and help with the pancake feed. We helped serve the pancakes to the customers and boy, were they good pancakes. (Now, that is making me hungry for pancakes! Maybe I will go to the pancake feed first thing on Saturday with Tina).

My brother and I participated in the pancake feed for a number of years. After our shift was done, we walked around the square looking at all of the vendors and the businesses who had sales that day.

The other event that is this weekend is the 17th annual Barnyard Days, which will be held at the Circle R Ranch, north of Neosho. This event begins on Friday and concludes on Saturday. It is a great place to take your family. There are also a number of things to do at Barnyard Days from arts and crafts, a mountain man exhibit, children's games which will benefit the local FFA, 4-H groups and other groups, music, food and other activities.

On the food side of things, I recently talked to Steve Roark, co-owner of Circle R Ranch about Barnyard Days. He told me that one of the food vendors will actually have fried green tomatoes. Now I am not a person who likes fried green tomatoes, but I know that Tina does. She is really looking forward to having some of those tomatoes. You don't hear about a lot of people who serve fried green tomatoes, but I have heard that a lot of people in the area love them, so I can imagine that there will be a great crowd for that.

I am looking forward to looking over some of the arts and crafts at Barnyard Days. One of the vendors that Roark told me about was a chainsaw sculptor who can carve your name into a log or even make an animal like a bear. Maybe that would be something for a Christmas gift to the Higdon household.

I encourage everyone to attend these events: it is fun for the whole family.

As a side note, during last Saturday's Newtonia Fall Festival, Tina and I attended and we both participated in the cakewalk. And she won the cake on the first try. I was unfortunate, I didn't win one. Oh well, there is next year.

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