Car and motorcycle enthusiasts are encouraged to spend some time on Neosho’s historic downtown square this Saturday, May 3, when the downtown events committee of the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce hosts Neosho’s Car & Bike Cruise Night.
Debbie Werneke, committee member, said, “There’s no fee. Just come down and fill out a registration card and give it to the registration desk, and we’ll be giving away prizes, and dash plaques,” which are sponsored by Stouffer Communications.
A live DJ will fill the square with music during the 3 to 7 p.m. cruise night, and Werneke said door prizes will be awarded. Cars and bikes are asked to enter the square on the northwest corner with registration beginning at 2:30 p.m. She said car spotlights will feature several entries; and organizers will host a 50/50 drawing. Werneke said proceeds from that event have previously gone to the Newton County Food Basket Brigade, and she doesn’t expect that to change this year.
As Neosho’s Car & Bike Cruise Night occurs during the third annual Herman Jaeger Festival weekend, Werneke said there’s no reason to leave downtown when the car show concludes.
“At 6 o’clock,” she continued, “there will be a band that plays over at the Civic and there’s some concerts going on also at One14 Coffee Bar.”
Jim Graham with the Concrete Speedbumps will perform their Jimmy Buffett style of music for free in the Civic until 9 p.m. Meanwhile, One14 Coffee Bar will host the Dr. John Galey Art & Music Festival all day, with performances that evening by City Limits, Halflit Halo, Rich Roberts, and Tony Bergkoetter.
Werneke said the chamber’s first Cinema in the Park for the year will be held the night before, on Friday, May 2, with a little twist. It will be Cinema in the Civic at 7 p.m., when the Disney movie “Frozen” will be shown.
Action continues on the square Sunday, May 4, with the second annual Mason Dixon Blessing of the Bikes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with Sunday morning services at 11 a.m., and the bike blessing at 3 p.m. The all-day bike show will features runs all day, with live music, assorted food and other vendors on the square.