The Annual Free Watermelon Feed, co-hosted by the Republican Women of Newton County and the Newton County Republican Central Committee, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, at Big Spring Park, 308 West Spring St., Neosho; one week before the Aug. 2, 2016 Primary Election.

The Annual Free Watermelon Feed, co-hosted by the Republican Women of Newton County and the Newton County Republican Central Committee, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, at Big Spring Park, 308 West Spring St., Neosho; one week before the Aug. 2, 2016 Primary Election.
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, U.S. Congressman Billy Long, and Missouri State Senator Ron Richard will attend as this year's featured speakers. Additional guest speakers will be candidates seeking nomination as Republicans for statewide office and all Republican contested countywide office seekers on the Aug. 2, 2016 Newton County Primary Ballot. The additional guest speakers will address the crowd for three minutes, subject to time keeper Judge Greg Stremel.
Statewide Republican candidates (in ballot order) for Missouri Governor: Catherine Hanaway, John Brunner, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder; Lt. Governor: Bev Randles, State Senator Mike Parson; Secretary of State: State Senator Will Kraus; State Treasurer: State Senator Eric Schmitt; and Attorney General: Josh Hawley, State Senator Kurt Schaefer; have all confirmed attendance.

Countywide Republican candidates (in ballot order) for Commissioner District #1: Alan Cook, Kevin Pruitt; Commissioner District #2: Jim Jackson, Lucas Thogmartin; Sheriff: Richard Leavens, Chris Jennings, Craig A. Davis, Mike Langland; Assessor: Cheryle Perkins, Tami (Renfro) Owens; Coroner: John T. Broom, John Worley, Dale Owen; Surveyor: Jerry D. Wood, James Loncarich; have all confirmed attendance.
The Free Watermelon Feed is open to all Republicans.  Ice cold watermelon, bottled water, and ice-cream made in Newton County by All Aboard Ice Cream Co. will be provided — free of charge (ice cream courtesy of Committee to Elect Ron Richard).  All you need to bring are your lawn chairs, appetite, and friends and neighbors.
A straw quiz will be available to those in attendance. The straw quiz will serve as entry into a drawing for prizes including 12 gauge, .22 ammunition, Donald Trump’s Crippled America-How to Make America Great Again, and Trump-The Art of the Deal by Donald Trump with Tony Schwartz. A separate drawing will be held for a picnic basket.  The drawings will take place at the conclusion of the Free Watermelon Feed.
In case of rain, the Free Watermelon Feed will be moved to the Lampo Building, 500 E Spring Street, Neosho, 6:30 p.m.
Use of electronic media recordings will be prohibited except for credentialed media prior to the start of the event by the Newton County Republican Central Committee.