Car and bike enthusiasts will surround the Neosho Square this Saturday for the fifth annual Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce Car and Bike Cruise Night.


Car and bike enthusiasts will surround the Neosho Square this Saturday for the fifth annual Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce Car and Bike Cruise Night.

Shana Griffin, executive director of the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce, said the Chamber expects approximately 200 cars and bikes to turn out for Saturday’s event.

“We usually have all four sides of the Square with entries,” Griffin said. “This year we anticipate it to be full or it would even be nice to have them overflowing off in front of the Civic, or wherever we can put them.”

The cruise night runs from 4 until 8 p.m., though participants may begin registering at 3:30 p.m.

Griffin said the motorists are asked to enter the square on the northwest corner, near Community Bank and Trust, where registration will be taking place.

“We can kind of direct people where to go, but some people like to park in certain places or be by certain individuals, and we let them do that,” Griffin said. “We just let them park in the parking lots, in the spaces, and then if we get that all full then we’ll start parking them in the inside driving lane.”

The event is free and open to the public. There will be door prizes, car spotlights, a 50/50 drawing, and live disc jockey, Sound Dynamics. Concessions will also be available for purchase from the Neosho Rotary club.
Griffin said the chamber will also be providing dash plaques with each registration. The small dash plaques will include the date and name of the event, and are often collected by enthusiasts at car shows.

She said those attending should expect to see a little bit of everything.

“You’ll see every type of car,” Griffin said. “You’ll see newer cars to classic, they’ve even had a Model T in the past. Motorcycles, you’ll see everything for motorcycles. It’s really a gathering where everybody can come and have a good time. It can be adults, kids, anyone that has an interest in that.”

She said regular attendees include a Corvette club and a car group from Northwest Arkansas.

Though there have been no changes made to the annual event, Griffin said the Neosho Art Council’s ongoing Herman Jaeger festival could add to the event.

“I think with them having the Herman Jaeger festival this is kind of a good way to cap it off because people that would like to come to the cruise night can also go over to the Civic and see the exhibit and also the art sale,” Griffin said. “There’s going to be so much more that’s going to be happening I think it’s really going to enhance the cruise night.”