Jack Sours is a busy man these days as he prepares for the 130th anniversary of the Neosho National Fish Hatchery. The event if sponsored by the Neosho Arts Council and the Friends of the Neosho National Fish Hatchery. Since Sours is the treasurer of the hatchery's friends group and also a member of the Neosho Arts Council, he is the pivot man for the event.

Jack Sours is a busy man these days as he prepares for the 130th anniversary of the Neosho National Fish Hatchery. The event if sponsored by the Neosho Arts Council and the Friends of the Neosho National Fish Hatchery. Since Sours is the treasurer of the hatchery's friends group and also a member of the Neosho Arts Council, he is the pivot man for the event.
The 130th celebration will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 7 and the public is invited. The highlight of the celebration will be an art exhibit which will feature past and present scenes from the hatchery and from the City of Neosho.
Members of the arts council will be presenting their images of the hatchery and community, and privately owned works of art, some featuring artists of the past, will supplement the show.
Featured artists from the Neosho Arts Council will include Jeff Jones, Dustin Miller, Todd Williams and Jack Sours. A watercolor and pen rendition of the old hatchery building (once called "The Grand Old Lady,") executed by Maudemary Wilson will be on display. Ms. Wilson was an art teacher who taught at Neosho High School for 27 years. Many local artists studied under her tutelage and she herself studied under Neosho's most famous artist, Thomas Hart Benton.
Susan Carlsten, a member of the hatchery friends, is planning birthday cake for the celebration. Cake which will be served, beginning at 10 a.m. until it is gone or the celebration ends. Like the art show, which will have something for everyone's taste, there will be three flavors of cake; vanilla, chocolate and strawberry.
During the celebration, the public is encouraged to check out the hatchery building and grounds and the friends' bookstore/gift shop. Hatchery personnel will be on hand to answer questions about the hatchery and its operation.
Some of the art works held in private hands were painted by such artists as Mary Ellen Pitts, Richard "Dick" Rhine, and Billie Gofourth-Stewart.
Because of various construction projects underway, the hatchery ponds are mostly empty, but the grounds are still groomed and usually there are picnickers under the shelter houses each Saturday. The Neosho Arts Council, the Friends of the Neosho National Fish Hatchery, and the hatchery staff encourage visitors to come and just see the art show or bring a picnic lunch and then be treated to dessert.
The Neosho National Fish Hatchery is the oldest operating federal fish hatchery in the United States.
Thanks to all his work, Jack Sours is making sure that all will be ready on July 7 for an artistic showing of the historic hatchery and the beautiful community it calls home.