Old Timers’ Day Pa­rade May 5

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South­west City Com­mer­cial Club will

host its an­nual Old Timers’ Day pa­rade at 12:30 p.m. Satur­day, May 5. Con­tact pa­rade chair­per­son Misty Reece at 417-762-3497 for more in­for­ma­tion.

The South­west City Com­mer­cial Club be­gan Old Timers’ Day in May 1978. The event be­gan fol­low­ing the re­tire­ment of John Poynor, a long­time area res­i­dent who had owned and op­er­ated the Phillips 66 Ser­vice Sta­tion from 1927 to 1977. In 1978, the Com­mer­cial Club voted to hold a pa­rade in honor of John and Bess Poynor for their 50 years of ser­vice to South­west City. The Poynors be­came the first Mr. and Mrs. “Old Timers.”

Due to the suc­cess of that day, the Com­mer­cial Club has held a pa­rade each year to honor mem­bers of the com­mu­nity. Those hon­ored have in­cluded busi­ness own­ers, area farm­ers, com­mu­nity lead­ers and vol­un­teers. Each has rep­re­sented some­one spe­cial who con­trib­uted to the South­west City area over the years.

South­west City Com­mer­cial Club is again host­ing its an­nual Old Timers’ Day pa­rade at 12:30 p.m. Satur­day, May 5. The event is spon­sored by the SWC Com­mer­cial Club and area busi­nesses and in­vite all busi­nesses, churches, youth groups, civic clubs, school groups and rid­ing clubs to par­tic­i­pate in this year’s pa­rade.

The pa­rade will in­clude floats, march­ing units, au­tos and many other cat­e­gories. Plaques will be awarded to first-place win­ners in each of the pa­rade di­vi­sions.

Those who wish to en­ter the pa­rade are asked to check in with Misty by the Amer­i­can Le­gion build­ing (across from the school) to pick up a line-up num­ber. Ev­ery­one should be in their line-up po­si­tion by noon. The pa­rade be­gins promptly at 12:30 p.m.

Con­tact pa­rade chair­man Misty Reece at 417-762-3497 for ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion or en­try forms. Reg­is­tra­tion dead­line is Thurs­day, April 26.

MEGAN DAVIS/MCDON­ALD COUNTY PRESS

Old Timers’ Day is fun for all ages, as was proven by this cherub on horse­back dur­ing the 2017 event.

MEGAN DAVIS/MCDON­ALD COUNTY PRESS

Bob Bech­doldt of The Black­smith Shop in Neosho demon­strates the process of forg­ing a fork dur­ing Old Timers’ Day last year. Bech­doldt was “born into black­smithing”and has been ac­tively craft­ing since the age of 16.

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