The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


September 21, 2012

Pelican Festival part of area’s fun fall season

GROVE, Okla. — The pelicans are already on Grand Lake, according to Tad Jones, executive director of the Grand Lake Association. And the weather looks great for a fun weekend of fall festivities, he said.

On tap for this weekend is the 29th Annual Pelican Festival in Grove, Okla. The carnival offered as part of the festival will run from 6 to 10 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Har-Ber Village will have free admission all day Saturday, Jones said.

Part of the festival’s events include:

  • Willamae will take the stage with a comedy routine from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday.
  • Clint Walker will follow with a country playlist from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Civic Center Indoor Stage.
  • Magician Doug Anderson will perform magic tricks from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday.
  • The Pelican Festival Parade will take place 10:30 a.m. Saturday and begins at the Grove Community Center.

“We should have a great show and lots of arts and crafts and entertainment,” Jones said.

Details: 918-786-2289 or

Other festivals scheduled for this fall include:

  • Newtonia: 37th Annual Newtonia Fall Festival, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Newtonia, 12 miles east of Neosho on 86 Highway.

    A 5K run/walk is scheduled, the Newtonia Community Center will offer craft booths, games, raffles and food and a parade is set for 2 p.m.

    Details: 417-472-3163.
  • Oswego, Kan.: Oswegofest, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 29, Oswego Riverside Park.

    The festival will feature live music from Area 51, a local band from Pittsburg. A 5K run/walk is scheduled, along with many food and craft vendors, an antique fire truck ride, baby contest, inflatables, kids’ tractor pull and a pumpkin decorating contest. There will be a $500 cash drawing.

    Details: 620-795-4433 or
  • Columbus, Kan.: Columbus Day Festival, Oct. 5 - 7.

    The festival is set to include a scarecrow contest, hot air balloon regatta, 5K run/walk, parade, quilt show, arts and crafts fair, pie baking contest and entertainment for families and kids.

    Details: 620-429-1492 or www.columbusdayballoons    .com.
  • Neosho: Autumn Harvest, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 6, Neosho downtown square. 

    The festival will include a pet contest, local entertainment, Newton County Historical Society’s History Alley, arts and crafts and food vendors.

    Details: 417-451-8050.
  • Lamar: Apple Days Festival and Crafts Show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 6, Lamar square.

    The festival will include a baby show, car show and dog show. Food and arts and crafts vendors will be on the square.

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