In show business, there's an old saying that the show must go on - no matter what.
In that tradition, Celebrate Neosho will be held as planned with a few changes despite the flooding earlier this week. Although portions of the celebration were planned to be held at Morse Park, those plans have changed due to flood damage at the park.
"We're moving everything to the square," Scott Hall, City of Neosho Public Relations and Events Director, said. "The park will be inaccessible to the public. It's hazardous and people can't be in the park."
The fireworks show, however, will be staged from Morse Park but where the public can go to watch has changed. Some possibilities are under discussion by the city and will be announced on social media the day of the event.
"We'll find a viewing space, as promised," Hall said. "We'll make it accessible for foot traffic and we encourage everyone to bring chairs, seating for the event."
The annual Lions Club Duck Race will also go on as planned - but it may also be in a different location.
"Tickets are already sold," Hall stated. "We have to get creative with it, we're evaluating it now."
One of the biggest challenges now that Celebrate Neosho will be centered downtown is parking.
"We're urging citizens to car pool," Hall said. "Please pack as many into the car as possible, share rides with friends and family members."
Some of the events this year at Celebrate Neosho include a bicycle ride and history tour, disc golf, an artists alley just off the Square, food trucks, carnival games, military and emergency services exhibits, outdoor games, kids games and activities, vendors and more are all planned.
The weekly Neosho Farmer's Market will also take place from 9 a.m. until noon at the corner of Spring and Jefferson streets a block west of the Neosho Square. The farmers' market is a weekly event from May through October with numerous vendors offering locally grown produce, honey, food, flowers and much more.
Celebrate Neosho will be an all-day event, from 9 a.m. through 10 p.m., concluding with what Hall says will be a spectacular display.
Despite the necessary change in locations and possibly a few schedule times, Celebrate Neosho will take place as anticipated.
"The big emphasis, because of the flood, is we're asking citizens for as much grace and patience and possible," Hall said.