One of the things that I love about my job is getting out into the public, whether it is for a feature story or even for various meetings.

This Saturday, I will have twice the opportunity to cover two events that I truly enjoy: the first being the annual quilt and craft show in Fairview from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the John Q. Hammons Community Center. This is a great opportunity to gather some ideas and even pick up gifts for family members for Christmas. While covering it in the past, I have talked to some crafters about how they got involved with making crafts. I remember one person said they learned making their particular crafts from their grandmothers to their mother.

Other items I enjoy looking at are books. In the past, the Fairview Library brought in some books for sale at very reasonable prices.

I can only imagine that there will also be some baked goods ranging from cookies to cupcakes to pies.

The second event on Saturday is Neosho Christian School’s annual Labor of Love Auction. A preview story appears in Friday’s edition.

This is a major fundraiser for the school, with all of the proceeds raised to help operate the school.

Every year, this event has people literally standing inside the Lampo Building because of the high attendance.

Both of these events are family oriented and I encourage you to come out to these events.

As a side note and with Veteran’s Day on Monday, remember to attend the Newton County Historical Society’s Veterans Day program at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Civic in Neosho. This year, area Vietnam veterans will have a chance to tell their stories. I am personally grateful that this will give Vietnam veterans a chance to tell their stories. As a side note, my dad is a Vietnam veteran.
As I end this week’s column, remember to keep warm.

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