Ozark Mountain Proud Boys to have presence at annual festival

Lee Ann Murphy
Community Editor

The Ozark Mountain Proud Boys, part of a extreme right wing group that made the news earlier this week when President Trump told them to "stand back and stand by" during the first and what may now be the only Presidential candidate debate of the 2020 campaign, due to the fact that the President tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently a patient at Walter Reed Medical Center.

The Proud Boys style themselves as a "Western Chauvinist" pro-Trump group that rails against political correctness and is anti "white guilt." The organization was founded in 2016 by Gavin McInnes, a cofounder of Vice Media who announced the group's inception in Taki Magazine.

On Friday, the group was found on a vendor list for the annual Neosho Fall Festival, an event scaled down this year due to COVID-19.

A number of local residents objected to their presence and the City Council attempted to oust them from the event. City Attorney Jordan Paul, however, said that without a specific city ordinance stating what groups or vendors could have space during the festival, the city had no option to let them remain or violate their First Amendment rights.

Some residents voiced views that they would boycott the event which is on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the historic Neosho Square in downtown Neosho.