Voters, candidates invited to annual Republican watermelon feed

Voters Candidates Invited To Annual Republican Watermelon Feed
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NEOSHO, Mo. – Voters are invited to meet Missouri Republican candidates this evening at Big Spring Park in Neosho.

The Republican Women of Newton County and the Newton County Republican Central Committee co-host the annual Free Watermelon Feed.

It’s tonight at 6:30 pm.


Organizers invited Republican candidates on the August 2nd ballot. Those candidates include:

  • U.S. Senate Candidates
  • MO State Auditor Candidates
  • U.S. Representative in Congress. MO 7th Dist. Candidates
  • MO State Senator 32 Dist.
  • Newton County Presiding Commissioner
  • Newton County Auditor

Each candidate that joins in will get a 3-minute time limit to speak. Organizers say Judge Greg Stremel will serve as the timekeeper.

At the time of the release of the Watermelon Feed event, the following candidates confirmed with organizers they would attend:

  • U.S. Senate Candidates
    • Eric Schmitt
    • Vicky Hartzler
    • Mark McCloskey
    • Dave Schatz
  • MO St. Auditor
    • Scott Fitzpatrick
  • 7th Dist. US Congress
    • Jay Wasson
    • Eric Burlison
    • Sam Alexander
    • Alex Bryant
    • Paul Walker
    • Mike Moon
  • MO St. Senator
    • Jill Carter
    • William (Bill) White
  • Newton County Presiding Commissioner
    • Daniel Swem
    • Kevin Van Story
    • Alan Cook
    • Rick McCully
  • Newton County Auditor
    • Ian Liss
    • Raleigh Ritter
    • Matt Major

Free Event

Republican voters are invited to attend the event. They are serving ice cold watermelon and bottled water for free.

Organizers say bring your lawn chairs, appetite, friends and neighbors.

The primary election is on August 2nd.

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If it rains, organizers will move the Watermelon Feed to the Lampo Building at 500 East Spring St. Neosho, MO 64850 at 6:30 P.M.