Neosho will be blooming again in 2019

What began as a dream to bring a little color back to Downtown Neosho has grown into a community-wide initiative to “Bring Back the Bloom”. The Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce announced last week they will begin a journey to revitalize the Flower Box City. This journey was catapulted into motion by a generous donation from local manufacturing company, K & S Wire. The Neosho-based company is currently in the process of manufacturing and will be donating over 65 flower baskets to go on the Downtown area lamp posts. Executive Team members of K & S Wire were eager to jump on board and give back to the community in this fashion.

From there support just began coming in daily from area businesses that wanted to be a part of the “Bringing Back the Bloom” initiative. The Neosho FFA group applied for, and was awarded, a grant to help provide plants, planting services, and educational pieces on how to care for flowers. Adult & Teen Challenge will be contracted through a partnership to provide the maintenance and daily care of the flower baskets. Several other businesses have reached out to say they are planning their own fundraiser to help contribute to the cost of the flowers and maintenance plan.

There are also plans to help the City of Neosho refurbish the World’s Largest Flowerbox, replant the flowers and to redo the signage that is displayed. “This is a project that is near and dear to my heart,” says Lauri Lyerla, Chamber’s Executive Director. “I remember as a little girl growing up on the Neosho Square, lugging a bucket and a cup out daily to water our flowers in front of my family’s business. It is truly amazing what joy can come from something as simple as fresh flowers outside a business or home.”

The Chamber has plans for several community events over the next couple months to include everyone in this initiative. The dates of these are yet to be announced but you can follow the progress on the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page. If your business would like to partner by either a sponsorship or your own fundraising initiative, please contact the Chamber Office at 417-451-1925.