After making it through Celebrate Neosho and escaping any injury from all of those moving parts I am reminded of all the moving parts that make up the operations of the City of Neosho. There are a lot of irons in the fire, a lot of spinning plates in the air.

After making it through Celebrate Neosho and escaping any injury from all of those moving parts I am reminded of all the moving parts that make up the operations of the City of Neosho.  There are a lot of irons in the fire, a lot of spinning plates in the air.  
Throughout this year I have had a greater opportunity to visit with people around Neosho due in large part to the development of the Event Sponsorship Program.  As we have visited with people we have received great quantities of input.  The majority of it was good, positive, and constructive.  I would venture estimation that the negative input constituted less than 1% of the feedback.  What I did observe however, was that all of the input was focused in the specific area of expertise of the particular person providing the information.  This is totally understandable.  If the individual’s expertise was finance, then the response was centered upon the finance and cash flow returns of the event, if their expertise was retail, then the impact of the event on retail became the central theme, and so on and so on.  
As I stepped back and pondered all of these issues, the complexity of the situation began to take shape.  Because there are a lot of irons in the fire and a lot of spinning plates in the air, the impact of what happens in Neosho is never about a single issue, but is a combination of many or all.  We have an opportunity to make an impact and bring Neosho to the forefront, drawing attention from points far and wide or we can play a lower profile and maintain the status quo.  Neither option is negative nor bad but will determine the outcome and should be planned to achieve the outcome desired.
No matter what we do events will put “heads in beds” and make a short burst in the retail economy.  The short term effect of these occurrences may be the outcome that is desired.  If so, then events that produce that can be developed that are often and repeated.  However, if we look at the long term effect, the impacts from events that reach a larger target area provides a greater draw to people who are not within a short commute to Neosho and the surrounding area resulting in a different set of results.   Events that draw people from short distances probably won’t be a presentation that will result in a transition from a visit to a relocation or even possibly the investment and birth of a new business.
Due to the many “irons in the fire” and “spinning plates in the air” the City of Neosho is in need of people who have interest in serving in the planning of Celebrate Neosho and the Big Spring Bluegrass & BBQ Festival.  Currently we have a great committee that assist in developing the Fall Festival, but they should not have to carry the burden of working continually throughout the year volunteering for the other events.  Their interest is clearly focused and they provide great assistance and direction with their participation for this specific event.
As we move forward, we need people with diverse backgrounds and a specific interest in serving for the further development of Celebrate Neosho and Big Spring Bluegrass & BBQ.   This would be people who would be friends of air shows and friends of Bluegrass.  Bring those thoughts that have been discussed over the last few months as we met to the table and together let’s find an application that can turn them into a beneficial reality.   The time is now to make these commitments as the planning for 2019 begins immediately once the 2018 event is concluded!  

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