By this time next week, Celebrate Neosho will only be one day away and a lot of the preparations, practice rounds and setup will have began. I don’t have everything done, but I am hoeing in the short rows. Have we got an event planned for you! Let me tell you about what is going to happen.

By this time next week, Celebrate Neosho will only be one day away and a lot of the preparations, practice rounds and setup will have began.  I don’t have everything done, but I am hoeing in the short rows.  Have we got an event planned for you!  Let me tell you about what is going to happen.
Celebrate Neosho 2018! Brings new exciting events and an expanded air show. As always the day will be concluded with an Awesome Fireworks Display!  Activities such as Rides for Hire, and select static displays will be accessible as early as 9 a.m.  As always, there are no gate fees, free parking and tons of activities. This year the event is focused as a Military-Veteran-Police-Fire-Emergency Services Air Show. With plenty of food vendors one will be able to spend the entire day visiting the various ground/static displays provided by Civil Air Patrol, The Flight Museum, a CAF Traveling Museum, Air Med Services Helicopter, the many planes in the show, Firefighter Tribute Truck from CEI, Military Tribute Truck from D&D Sexton, Highway Patrol, Newton County Sheriff, NPD, NFD, Twin Jet Engine Powered 1940 Fire Truck "Aftershock", and more. If you want to get off the ground you can participate in Flights for Hire provided by Arkansas Helicopters or Alpha Air in a fixed wing plane. If you want to fly and then take a different route back to the ground, join in with the Skydive for Hire provided by Skydive Airtight.
For the Kids there will be fun activities with rides and Kid Zone Entertainment. At 1:00 p.m. a Ping Pong Ball Drop will let the Kids collect ping pong balls that can be exchanged for a variety of prizes. Buy tickets throughout the day for the Lion's Club Duck Drop at 3:30 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded.
Throughout the afternoon, watch R/C controlled aircraft demonstrations or experience the Exotic Super Cars as they make high speed runs down the runway. These cars will also be on display in the Car Show held throughout the afternoon. Get your photo made in a F-101 (F-14 Tomcat Tribute) Fuselage and receive a complete tour of the intact and historically correct restored cockpit.
The aerobatic Air Show will begin at 5 p.m. with a Flag Raising tribute. Watch as a host of performers provide everything from skydiving to a variety of planes demonstrating amazing displays of flight including flyovers by KC Formation Flight. This year’s        program includes a local favorite Kyle Franklin who along with his Franklin's Flying Circus will bring 3 separate acts to the show, The Shetterly Squadron (composed of Radial Rumble, Rifle Airshows and G&M Airshows) returning for their second year, Mike "Spanky" Galloway, Brian Correll Airshows, Outlaw Airshows, Bob Richards, Justin Lewis in the FLS Microjet, Darnell Racing with the "Aftershock" Jet Truck, and all choreographed by Gordon Evans of Heartland Airshows.
Finish the day with one of the top fireworks displays in the regions. Designed, choreographed and constructed by A.M. Pyrotechnics from Buffalo, Missouri, each year gets bigger and better. Over 15,000 shots will light up the night sky as we bring the day to a climactic conclusion!

The Media Schedule for the air show is as follows: (Please understand that this is not etched in stone. This is the proposed schedule and is somewhat fluid dependent upon the conditions and mitigating factors.  All of the acts will perform, but the order may change.)
5:00 – 6:00 PM
• BRIAN CORRELL IN HIS HIGHLY MODIFIED PITTS SPECIAL “WAKE UP TEASER ROUTINE”
• OPENING CEREMONIES. SKYDIVERS WILL BRING IN THE AMERICAN FLAG TO OFFICIALLY KICK OFF THE START OF THE AIRSHOW
• BOB RICHARDS WILL PERFORM HIS AWARD WINNING DEMONSTRATION HIS PITTS SPECIAL
• JOE “RIFLE” SHETTERLY, TEST PILOT AND A-10 FIGHTER PILOT, WILL PERFORM AEROBATIC MANEUVERS IN HIS POLISHED “RV-8” MONOPLANE
• GREG SHETTERLY, A SMOKE JUMPER PILOT, WILL AMAZE YOU IN HIS DR-107 HOMEBUILT PERFORMING PRECISION AEROBATICS
• VINCENT T. HILL IN THE GORGEOUS HIGHLY POLISHED NORTH AMERICAN T-28 TROJAN TRAINER WITH A SOUND ONLY THE T-28 CAN MAKE.
6:00 - 7:00 PM
• MIKE “SPANKY” GALLAWAY, YOUR NEOSHO AIRSHOW ANNOUNCER AND AEROBATIC PERFORMER IN THE NIMBLE AND FAST TURNING XTRA-300
• KYLE FRANKLIN, NEOSHO HOME TOWN HERO AND NATIONALLY KNOWN AIRSHOW ENTERTAINER IN THE AGILE “KITFOX”
• KC FLIGHT FORMATION TEAM WILL KEEP IT IN TIGHT FORMATION
• BRIAN CORRELL RETURNS TO SHOW CENTER TO AMAZE YOU HIS AMAZING PITTS SPECIAL BIPLANE
• NEAL DARNELL AND “AFTERSHOCK”… THE FASTEST JET TRUCK IN THE WORLD… HOW FAST WILL HE GO IN NEOSHO?
7:00 - 8:00 PM
• LEE CROUCH, CORPORATE JET PILOT, WILL FLY THE BIG RED 450 HP STEARMAN AND SHOW YOU AEROBATIC GRACE AND BEAUTY IN THE SKY
• JEFF SHETTERLY AND HIS NORTH AMERICAN “SNJ”
• “SHETTERLY SQUADRON” GREG SHETTERLY IN THE DR-107 AND JOE SHETTERLY IN THE RV-8 WILL JOIN JEFF SHETTERLY FOR ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE 3-PLANE DEMOS
8:00 - 9:00 PM
• JUSTIN LEWIS WILL PERFORM IN THE 320 MPH FLS “MICROJET”
• “TEAM VORTEX” DUAL PITTS HIGH ENERGY DEMO. BOB RICHARDS AND BRIAN CORRELL WILL PERFORM TOGETHER IN ONE OF THE BEST DUAL ACTS IN THE AIRSHOW INDUSTRY
• KYLE FRANKLIN IN THE HIGHLY MODIFIED AND CUSTOM BUILT BIPLANE KNOWN AS “DRACULA”
• NEAL DARNELL AND “AFTERSHOCK”… THE FASTEST JET TRUCK IN THE WORLD… WILL HE AND KYLE SEE WHO HAS THE MEANER MACHINE?
• KC FLIGHT FORMATION TEAM’S “TWILIGHT” SHOW
9:30 PM
• JEFF SHETTERLY IN THE SNJ PERFORMING HIS FAMOUS NIGHT SHOW
9:45 PM
• FIREWORKS

Arrive early and stay late as the day will be filled with surprises. Fly, Jump, Be Amazed!
We are still accepting sponsorships and contributions for the 2018 Events in Neosho.
Paul Richardson is the director of public relations and events for the city of Neosho.