Despite colder than average weather, some rain and a few snowflakes, the 58th annual Neosho Dogwood Tour proved to be a success with dogwoods in bloom all over town and through the surrounding countryside.
Both pink and white dogwood blossoms were in evidence for the tour.
The history of dogwoods in Neosho dates back to 1946 when local resident Hazel Warden founded a Camp Fire Girls group in Neosho. As a fund raiser and as a community service project, the Camp Fire Girls sold dogwood seedlings. The girl who sold the most was crowned Dogwood Queen.
By 1961, dogwood trees bloomed in such profusion around Neosho that the Rotary Club held the first Dogwood Tour.
This year marked the 58th annual event and the trees put on their best blossoms.
Each year The Neosho National Fish Hatchery, a part of Neosho since 1888, holds the annual open house at the hatchery. In addition to various events, music, a free lunch and more, the event includes representatives from The Missouri Department of Conservation handing out free trees. Each family could take home a dogwood tree. Other trees available in unlimited quantities including redbud, two varieties of pine and tulip popular.
The Kufara Marimba Band was on hand to provide music.
Most of the events took place inside the Visitor Center due to chilly temps and morning rain but the crowds came out to enjoy the annual event, a stop along the Dogwood Tour.
Although this year's Dogwood Tour is history, next Saturday is the date for another spring tradition, the
37th annual Dogwood Wood. It will be held on Saturday, April 20st, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. There will be a 5K (3.1 miles) Run & 1-mile Walk. The course will run through a section of the Dogwood Tour. All Entries will receive a Dogwood Tree. Entry Fee is $8.00 in advance and $10.00 the day of the race. Registration Forms are available at the Chamber Office. For more information about the Dogwood Run call 417-389-0332.
If you missed the official tour, take a drive through town and see the dogwoods in bloom, a Neosho tradition!