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Neosho

203 E. Main
Neosho, MO 64850
Ph: 417-451-8050
Fx: 417-451-8065
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fall Festival
Great Success!

Neosho Fall Festival 2014 saw the best public turnout in years! We couldn’t ask for better weather and both Saturday and Sunday were filled with fun family activities. New things added this year included the scarecrow contest and auction, outdoor movie at the museum, skateboard exhibitions at the skatepark, and car, truck, and bike cruise-in, as well as expanded regular activities that have been part of Neosho Fall Festival for years, including more food and craft vendors than ever before.

See below for results of some of the contests and competitions. More results will be posted as they become available. 

Meanwhile, we would like to give special thanks, in no particular order, to the following:

  • Evan Chronister for providing and running the sound system both days of the festival at no charge.
  • Ron Scroggins for providing the trailer for the sound stage at no charge.
  • Competitor’s Wearhouse and Neosho Graphics for sponsoring the cash prizes for the scarecrow contest.
  • Bob Lasswell for auctioning the scarecrows.
  • Robert Kelsheimer for the free wagon rides, and the loan of the prison wagon, at History Alley.
  • Neosho MFA Agri Services for loan of the straw bales.
  • 294th Engineer Company, 203rd Engineer Battalion, 35th Engineer Brigade, Missouri National Guard for providing overnight security.
  • Neosho High School ROTC for their volunteer work at the barricades, coaster car race and elsewhere.
  • Neosho High School FFA for the petting zoo at History Alley.  
  • Ignite Church for their volunteer work at the coaster car race and elsewhere.
  • Crowder College Theater Department for the costumes at History Alley.  
  • Southwest Missouri Bank for providing the dash plaques for the car, truck, and bike cruise-in.
  • Candy Wilson of KBTN Radio for donating her time at the announcement stage both days. 
  • Steve York and the Neosho Arts Council for providing the free outdoor movie at the Newton County Museum.
  • All of the other volunteers not already mentioned who helped out in any capacity.
  • All of the dedicated citizens on the Fall Festival Committee who gave their time, energy and even personal money in making this year’s event a great success.

Coaster Car Race

A total of 10 different cars entered this year’s Coaster Car Race. Race results are as follows:

Best of Show: Performance Muffler

Under 16, under 240 weight class:

  1. Dylan Cole – Cole Express
  2. Freddy Oxlay – Fellowship Baptist Church
  3. Code Lyerla – Neosho Arts Council

Under 16, over 240 weight class:

  1. Gabe Cole – Cole Express
  2. Judah Melot – Carver Cruiser
  3. Austyn Guthrie

Over 16, under 300 weight class:

  1. Eli Cole – Cole Express
  2. Brandon South – Fellowship Baptist Church
  3. Jordan Wirth – Fellowship Baptist Church

Under 16, under 400 weight class:

  1. Daniel Guthrie
  2. Von Williams

Over 16, under 400 weight class:

  1. Daniel Guthrie
  2. Basil Brockman
  3. Kendall Brockman 

Scarecrow Contest

We had around 40 scarecrows for the first ever Neosho Fall Festival Scarecrow Contest! Judges were Eric Crosswhite, Hank Rotten Jr., and Stacey Garvilla from KSN-16 TV. Competitors Wearhouse and Neosho Graphics sponsored the prizes. Results are as follows: 

First Place: Maullers U-Pick Berry Farm – “One Scary Picker” - $300

Second Place: PEO Chapter NH – “Penelope -E-O” - $200

Third Place: Crowder College Behavior Support – “Some People are Worth Melting For.” - $100


Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest

Lots of talented adults and young people alike participated in the Neosho Arts Council Chalk Art Contest. Results are as follows:

Age Group 1  (6 through age 9)

First Place - Selah Hoskins - $25

Second Place - Paige Corter - $15

Third Place - Jasmine deGroat $10

Age Group 2 (10-16)

First Place - Tyler Eads $75

Second Place - Brian Ivey $50

Third Place - Kitt Shallenburger $25

Age Group 3 (17+)

First Place - Aaron Lindsey $450

Second Place - Amie Wilson $250

Third Place- Ron Hayworth $100



PhotoSquared Kids Photo Contest

Once again, there were lots of great competitive entries for the PhotoSquared Kids Photo Contest. Results are as follow:

First Place – Lauren Clark

Second Place – Georgia Housh

Third Place – Kellen Anderson

Honorable Mention – Carly Anderson

Best Nature Photo – T. McQueen

Best Landscape – Gabrielle McCauley

Best Use of Reflection – Kendall Davidson

Best Portrait – Ryleigh Ludiker

Best Architectual – Sophia Kennedy

Best Contrast – Lannum Litherland


Firehouse Chili Cookoff

It was cops versus firefighters and fire shifts versus each other for the second annual Neosho Fall Festival Firehouse Chili Cookoff. The public got to be the judge. 

First Place: A Shift

Second Place: C Shift

Third Place: B Shift 

Fourth Place: Police Department


Skateboard Competition

We're proud to announce the results of the inaugural Neosho Fall Festival Extreme Skateboard Competition:

Beginner Competition:

First Place - Dawson Renfro

Second Place - Nicholas Clifford

Third Place - Logan Clifford.  

Intermediate Competition:

First Place - Ben Sammons

Second Place - Jake Norris

Third Place - Chris Nunez