The 2016 Neosho Fall Festival brings changes along with the changing color of the leaves. New events, activities and entertainment are in store for attendees this year. So let me run down what is going to be available for women, men, kids, families, inter-planetary species and all others that may arrive!
Dates to remember and put on the calendar: October 1-2, 2016, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
FEED YOUR FACE, BE HAPPY!
Beginning on Saturday morning the Lion's Club will provide a Pancake and Biscuit & Gravy Feed at the Civic Center located at 109 West Main. You can put on the feed bag from 7:00 am to 10:30 am; a $5 donation is accepted for the charity services provided by the Lion's Club.
ART, DANCE, REFINEMENT (OR: “NOT YOUR NORMAL HILLBILLY FARE”)!
Following the Pancake Breakfast/Biscuit & Gravy Feed, a plethora of events will follow in the Civic Center. Check out the Art Show, the Chalk Art Contest and the Dance Studio Performances all sponsored by the Neosho Arts Council. The Neosho Arts Council Art Exposition and Sale is scheduled for Oct. 1 in the Neosho Civic, 109 W Main. If you are an artist, or if you know an artist, this part of Fall Festival is just for you!
Make pictures on the sidewalk! With categories and cash prizes for both youth and adult, the Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest, sponsored by the Neosho Arts Council, is always fun.
Registration Form for Neosho Arts Council Activities
More information can be acquired from Donna Divine-Jones at 417-389-4726.
HELP FOR YOU!
Located at the Southwest corner of the Square you will find the main stage. Various entertainment acts will be taking place here throughout the Festival. Next to the main stage you will find the Information Booth where information (obviously), schedules, directions, medical attention and a sundry array of services can be obtained. Located near the Information Booth, a full color digital sign will be displaying information for attendees throughout the Festival. Facilities in the form of porta johns will be located near the center of each block around the Square. All provided for your convenience and to make our Festival your Festival of choice! Join us there for the kickoff of the Festival with the National Anthem at 9:00 am on Saturday, October 1, 2016!
FIREHOUSE CHILI COOKOFF!
Once you get past the early morning Pancake/Biscuit & Gravy Breakfast, you need to begin planning for lunch and do we have a treat for you.
Located at Firehouse #1 on North College Street, the Firehouse Chili Cookoff will take place from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm. So stop by and enjoy the competition and partake of recipes that had to have been born in the depths of the inferno!
Coaster Car Rally!
But after breakfast and prior to lunch, check out the vendors and travel around to South Washington Street for to witness speed, death defying daredevilism, and fun for all in the Gravity Assisted Coaster Car Races! Build and race your own Coaster Car (think "soapbox derby") at this year's Neosho Fall Festival! In its fourth year, the coaster car race is always a big hit. Don't miss out on the fun! Young or old, boy or girl, everyone is welcome to compete by building and racing their own coaster car.
Download Coaster Car Rally Rules Here
Download Coaster Car Rally Registration Form Here
For more information call Kendall Brockman at 417-389-6818 or Justin Carnahan at 417-592-7454.
Throughout both days, vendors will occupy the Neosho Square and side streets. Be sure to check out the wide range of products available. Items that you won't find anywhere else but here. Chase those side streets; they will lead you to other areas of interest. North Washington from Spring to McCord and East Spring from Washington to Lafayette will be adjacent to an entirely different era.
To the northeast side of the square, along North Washington and East Spring you can step back into time in the History Alley. On the grounds of the Newton County Historical Society and adjacent areas you will find exhibits of all kinds from pioneer life in the Southwest Missouri area. The Newton County Historical Park and Museum is located at 121 N Washington. The exhibits can be viewed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Demonstrations in blacksmithing, lye soap making, weaving, log hewing, and lots, lots more, with plenty of hands-on activities. Also, free wagon rides! Be sure and check out the steam engine tractor, too!
For more information call Deanna Booyer at 417-451-4940.
Travel on to the east on Spring Street to 500 East Spring and you will find new events this year. Bring out the "He-Man" and you can leave him at this location while you go enjoy the more refined activities. He will be right at home both days! On both October 1 and 2 he can enjoy:
Otherwise known as a Lumberjack Contest, one can watch chainsaw carving performed by one-armed, fingerless chainsaw masters! JUST KIDDING! But seriously folks, chainsaw carving, chainsaw races, all types of competitions, but if you would like more information contact Derek Rice at 417-658-5337.
MODEL TRAIN EXHIBIT!
On Sunday October 2, 2016 in this same area we have some additional activities and events. Inside the Lampo Center we will host a Model Train Exhibit. Be sure and visit this fun for adults (at least adult men) and kids alike.
Also on Sunday, just to the north of the Timber Sport Competition will be a Car Show/Cruise In. No matter your ride, we want to see it at Neosho Fall Festival on Sunday, Oct. 2. 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. No registration fee or signup. Just cruise in and hang out.
For more information contact Rick Nix at 417-389-6966.
Now back to the more refined areas!
There will be a cornucopia of activities for the kids from the little ones to pre-teen to teenagers. On Saturday and Sunday the 200 block of East Main will be filled with inflatable activities for ages ranging from pre-school to teen. Pony rides and other kid friendly event can be found on the square. At 500 East Spring Street, in the area near the aforementioned Lumberjack Contest, you can find Kid Car Races. Designed for ages pre-school and early elementary, you can put your kid on a circle track that only makes left turns. No 10 second quarter-milers need apply! Some of these events will require a parents signature for participation.
Build and show off your personalized scarecrow! Make and decorate using your imagination! Gather your family, friends, co-workers and students to join in the scarecrow contest, then auction if off to benefit your group or organization! Auction is at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2 on the Neosho Square.
Go here for Scarecrow Contest Rules
Go here for Scarecrow Contest Application
For more information contact Megan Henry at 417-456-4003.
MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT THROUGHOUT THE EVENT!
Remember at the beginning I mentioned the stage at the southwest corner of the square? Well it turns out that all this time musicians, theatrical skits and other forms of entertainment have been carrying on at that main stage. It is easy to get distracted by all the other happenings, but man, take a break, set back and smell the roses. No, wait a minute that is at another location. Well, just stop, get a seat, grab some food and enjoy the entertainment. You need to rest your feet for a bit anyway!
NEED HELP DURING THE EVENT?
Look for the information booth located near the Southwest Corner of the Square, next to the main stage. There you can find information, schedules and if the need be, medical attention. Also, check out the full color digital sign on the Westside of the Square near the Information Booth. Event, locations and times will be displayed there. Schedules will be supplied to each vendor also, for distribution.