By the time that this is printed and in your hot little hands, my week will be coming to an apex. This entire week has been focused on completing the preparations, confirmations, coagulation and delivery of Celebrate Neosho.

By the time that this is printed and in your hot little hands, my week will be coming to an apex.  This entire week has been focused on completing the preparations, confirmations, coagulation and delivery of Celebrate Neosho.
 So my view of Neosho and of the City this week is really focused and quite narrow.  Celebrate Neosho and the Fall Festival are such consuming events and have such a wide scope that even with all hands on deck the logistics are massive.  But that’s alright, I understood this when I climbed on board this train, signed on to this outfit, hired on to help move the herd, yes sir, I understood.  So I ain’t complainin’, just to let you know, ‘cause I know there are some who will read this and think, “that old grouch is just complaining”.  Most weeks our view of the City of Neosho is wider and more comprehensive.  This is not that week.
Getting ready for one of the two larger events, Celebrate Neosho and Fall Festival can be equivalent to being locked in a closet and trying to see the world through a keyhole.  While items right in front may be pretty clear, there are a lot of items on the periphery that one can just barely see and then at times the doorpost gets in the way and doesn’t permit the eye to get the proper position to see some of those items.  
As events grow in depth a part of the plan is to not just maintain, but to improve the quality.  The focus of Celebrate Neosho has continued to sharpen.   In 2017 the purpose and location of Celebrate was refined and defined.  2018 will again bring a sharpening of the focus as Celebrate Neosho will target Military, Veteran, Police, Fire, and Emergency Service areas.  Vendors, other than food vendors, will be selected upon compatibility with this theme.  The event will still have a great Kid’s Zone, a Car Show that was well attended in 2017 and numerous new displays, static (stationary) airshow exhibits, Exotic Super Cars Runs on the runway, radio controlled plane demonstrations, ping pong ball drop for the kids, Lion’s Club Duck Drop and the list goes on.  
So the way to get the best view of Celebrate Neosho is to be there!   If you are reading this article and Saturday, June 30th has already passed without you attending Celebrate Neosho, bad news, you missed it.   Maybe you can live vicariously through someone else’s memories and maybe their photos, but nothing compares with the total sensory experience that happens when you are there live and in the moment.  You can’t get the pounding effect of the shockwave that is produced by the Jet Truck in a photo.  The sight, the smell, the sounds and the feeling is unique for those who are present.  

So if you haven’t been to Neosho Hugh Robinson Airport in awhile, this is the Saturday to make that happen.  Come and see what I will see when I finally pass through that keyhole on Saturday morning.  It’ll be great!
Paul Richardson is the director of public relations and events for the city of Neosho.