It will be another busy weekend here in Southwest Missouri.

It will be another busy weekend here in Southwest Missouri.
Neosho's annual Fall Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday (see preview story in today's edition). Another event coinciding on Saturday will be History Alley at the Newton County Historical Museum. The third event will be 10th annual Car Show at Indigo Sky Casino, put on by the local Route 66 Corvette Cruisers.
I enjoy attending all of these events and either have covered them in the past or even going as a spectator. Countless people attend the fall festival, history alley and car show.
When I was growing up, I remember when the Neosho Square would be roped off for their sidewalk sale. I can not remember if it was at the same time as the the current fall festival, but I do remember going into town around 5:30 a.m. on that Saturday. My Dad was in the Lions Club and they would have a pancake feed (yes, there is one again this year). Greg and I being pretty young, would be able to help clean the tables or even take the pancakes to the customers. I love pancakes and Mrs. Crowe (who made the pancakes and ran the kitchen at the Neosho Municipal Auditorium (now the Civic). was great at that job. Anyway, after helping Dad and the Lions Club, Dad would go to work at the Bank of Neosho (now CBT) and Greg and I would walk around looking and even purchasing some toys at some of the stores on the Square.
I miss those days of looking at the toys at the stores on the Square.
Fast forward to now, there is a lot to do at the fall festival. Whether you enjoy  music or food or looking at the countless vendor booths, I highly encourage you taking the family to the festival. You will enjoy it.
Being a history buff, History Alley is a great aspect to see how living on the prairie was in the late 1800s. It is neat to see how blacksmiths made the countless items that people would use on their farms. Then there is the food, such as making butter or even making baskets or brooms. If you enjoy history, take some time to see this event.
The final event is the car show. I love looking at the older cars including Corvettes. I particularly enjoy looking and learning about the 1950s vehicles. Growing up, my parents had friends who would always have the 1950s cars including a 1956 or 1957 Chevy. When I was older, I even had the opportunity to cruise the Neosho Square in a 1957 Chevy.
Have a great weekend and support our local events.

Todd G. Higdon is the managing editor and writes a weekly column. He can be reached at thigdon@