On Saturday, the first Bowl-A-Thon event will take place at The Clay Cup, A Coffee Pottery, in Neosho. North Wood Street in front of the shop will be closed to traffic for a block-long street festival planned to provide fun, food, music and something more.

Co-owner Jeff Jones, an artist and potter, planned the event.

"This is a big deal," he said at a recent meeting of the Neosho City Council. "It's going to be an annual event."

Five potters wheels will be set up on the street so potters, including Jones, can make bowls. Festival goers will be able to try their hand and some local individuals will make an effort at throwing a bowl or two.

The bowls will be donated to an event, Empty Bowls, which will take place in November at Watered Gardens, a Gospel rescue mission in Joplin. At that time, individuals can get a bowl for a suggested donation of $20-25, then fill it with food from local restaurants before taking the bowl home.

Violet and the Undercurrents will be on hand to provide music from 1:30 until 3 p.m. Several other groups will also provide music throughout the event.

Two food trucks, Smokin' Hawg and El Taco Zone will be present, selling their wares.

The event, in addition to creating bowls for future fundraising efforts to feed the hungry, is also a way to draw visitors to downtown Neosho.

"We can have a town party that will bring people in from other areas, like we've never seen before," Jones said. "Let's party!"

The public can watch potters at work, enjoy live music, food and fun during the event.

The Clay Cup is located at 114 North Wood Street just off the historic Neosho downtown Square. The Bowl-A-Thon event will run from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m.