Neosho Masonic Lodge No. 247 is gearing up for a fundraiser on Saturday.

The fundraiser will be a pig roast from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the lodge, located on La Questa Drive, Neosho (near the big flag pole). It is an all-you-can-eat tender pork roast, baked beans, salad, potato salad, homemade pies, cakes and drinks for $8 for adults and $3 for children. It is open to the public.

This will be the first time the lodge has held the fundraiser, but when the Stella Masonic Lodge joined with the Neosho lodge, they opted to continue the annual event – which is held the first Saturday of May.

“When it was at Stella, it was a fundraiser to donate money to charities like Shop with a Cop, things like that,” said Brian Ward with the Neosho Masonic Lodge and former member of the Stella Masonic Lodge. “Now that it is Neosho, I am hoping that it is the same thing. It is a fundraiser for charity, to be able to donate to charity.”

Ward is pleased with the community support and his fellow Masons hosting this fundrasier.

“It is good to see the wives get together to help, then you have family and friends of the Masons that come to eat with you,” he said.

“It is just a good time for everybody to get together, whether you are a Mason or not.”

The event will be held rain or shine and take out orders will be available.
Along with the pig roast, those who attend can also purchase some sausage and bacon to take home with them.

“We bought the hog that we had, we had the sausage and bacon processed so we could resell it also as a fundraiser,” Ward said. “We will have fresh sausage and fresh bacon that will be for sale for $3.50 a pound. That will be on Saturday as well.”

When the pig roast was held in Stella, Ward said the attendance was great.

“Usually, we serve around 250 meals went out,” he said. “Some would call in and get meals to go.

Ward is pleased that Neosho Masonic Lodge No. 247 is carrying on the tradition.

“I think that it is great. I want to keep it going,” he said.