Neosho community members attend car show on the square and annual Bowlathon amidst increase in COVID-19 cases

But despite cases increasing...many Neosho community members expressed the desire to retrieve some sense of normalcy.

NEOSHO, Mo – Many people are taking advantage of the free drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Newton County.

“They drive through, they get a nasal swab, they never have to get out of their car or touch anything it’s a pretty quick process” said Lieutenant Harold Holiway, Missouri Army National Guard.

The two day testing event saw over 400 people on its first day–and Lieutenant Holiway says those numbers look like they’ll hold steady.

“This particular site has been fantastic, the Rockeytdyne Church has been really gracious in helping us, assisting us, to make this a success.”

But despite cases increasing…many Neosho community members expressed the desire to retrieve some sense of normalcy.

“With the COVID and all of that, it makes me happy to see everybody out and about enjoying the town and celebrating Neosho” said community member, Stephanie Jordan.

The Neosho Cruise event featured a car show…with more than 40 vintage cars on display, something Jordan thinks is safe, as long as people keep a safe distance from each other.

“I look at it like if everybody follows their own rules that they have for themselves, everything should be good.”

Community members could also swing by the second annual Bowlathon event at the Clay Cup, where potters were making clay bowls for the Watered Gardens Empty Bowls fundraiser.

“The arts have taken a back seat for a while and rightfully so right now but we’ve been consulting on a daily basis not only with the health department, the health director, and the health inspector, but also David Kennedy, the City Manager here, so I’ve been working with all those people consulting every day to make sure we were doing this right” said Owner of the Clay Cup, Jeff Jones.

Seats were socially distanced apart to watch the potters make the clay bowls.

Jones says it’s all about following the health departments guidelines to ensure a safe event during these times.

“Because these are all outdoor events and its warm right now I think that helps people and people were tired of being inside but most all of us are aware of what’s going on, so we’re being careful, we’ve been social distancing.”

A food truck event also took place as part of the Neosho Cruise night outside of Antique-ish.