Last Saturday the north end of Morse Park was taken over by “Occupy Short People” who promptly began to run amuck. While this event was very similar to the evening roosting call of swarms of blackbirds, this particular clan had a developed plan to gather as many little multi-colored orbs as possible.

Last Saturday the north end of Morse Park was taken over by “Occupy Short People” who promptly began to run amuck.  While this event was very similar to the evening roosting call of swarms of blackbirds, this particular clan had a developed plan to gather as many little multi-colored orbs as possible.  
Like the mysterious navigational system of the blackbird, these short people accomplished their task without running over or into each other, for the most part. While this appeared to the result of a totally chaotic system, there were those who resembled “Tall People” and had actually composed and orchestrated the entire event, directing this run amuck operation.  Things turned out well and a great time was had by all. This became another year with a successful Egg Eggstravaganza and congratulations to the promoters and sponsors of this event.
This weekend will bring another “run amuck” event to Neosho.  For the 30th time, a mass of mostly “tall people” will invade our quiet little villa and begin to ravage the place like a hoard of locust.  The fortunate result of this invasion is that the harvests that will leave with the “run amuck” mass consist of things that we want to get rid of anyway.  This crowd, unlike the one in Morse Park last weekend, doesn’t seem to possess the 6th sense navigational skills of a roosting blackbird swarm.  This group will run into, over, under and head-on if not given very specific instructions.  For that reason, like in past years, Oak Ridge Drive will be one-way southbound, High Street will be one-way northbound and Macy Subdivision along with Western Hills will be one-way someway!   Just follow the signs and they will keep you straight. So let everyone “run amuck” safely and we can enjoy another successful Neosho City Wide Garage Sale. By the time that this is printed, delivered and read the madness will be afoot.  Congratulations and recognition for this event goes to the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce.
Who knew that “running amuck” would bring in so many people?  It turns out that “running amuck” can come in many different forms.  The City of Neosho actually has a “run amuck” league with a Spring and Fall session.  The people who participate in this refer to it as soccer, but I am here to testify that this is a closely guarded secret and just a cover name for a choreographed “run amuck” session managed by another “tall person” and regulated by a time limit.  While the final results can be seen on the open fields, man you should see what goes on behind the scenes! However, that is not really a “run amuck” situation as a very high pressure cooker bombarded by constant questions. Like that random rambling my personal “run amuck” sessions happen mostly with the voices in my head.  These are the same ones that wrote this article.


Paul Richardson is the director of public relations and events for the city of Neosho.