Joplin prepares for it’s city surplus auction

JOPLIN, Mo. — The City of Joplin will hold its annual Auction on Saturday, September 18, 2021, beginning at 9 a.m. The Auction will be held in the Street Maintenance Barn located northwest of the Public Works Center, 1301 West 2nd Street. Parking will be available at the Center’s parking lot.

The merchandise will be available to the public for viewing from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, September 17, and from 8 to 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 18, prior to the start of the auction.

Numerous items will be sold during the Auction, including vehicles, equipment, office furniture, computers, tools, bicycles, and various miscellaneous items.

The list of auction items is available on the City of Joplin’s website. This list is pending approval by the City Council at their September 7, 2021 meeting. If changes are made to the list during Council’s review, a new list will be posted on September 8, 2021.

Please contact Lynden Lawson, Assistant Director of Public Works for Operations, at 417-624-0820, ext. 1560, or Bob Johnson, Fleet Maintenance Supervisor, at 417-624-0820, ext. 1562 for more information.


Ozark Center hosts suicide awareness workshop

JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin’s Ozark Center hosted a workshop focused on suicide awareness.

The theme of the event was “Be Someone’s Lifeboat.”

At a separate location, boats were launched honoring 36 lives lost to suicide.


Spring River Mental Health and Wellness celebrates 40 years

RIVERTON, Kan. — The Spring River Mental Health and Wellness Center in Riverton is celebrating 40 years of service.

Spring River is a non-profit mental health center that specializes in substance abuse and mental health services.


Little Balkans Days gets in the full swing of things in Pittsburg

PITTSBURG, Kan. — This weekend is Labor Day weekend and, in Pittsburg, the big weekend for Little Balkans Days.

On Friday, September 3, the festival featured events including a quilt show, the first ever Drag The Gut Car Show, and a food truck festival.

The festival continues through Sunday and wraps up with a concert from 80’s cover band Members Only.

You can find the full schedule at LittleBalkinsFestival.com


Ernte-Fest goes on as planned for 2021

FREISTATT, Mo. – The Lions Club Ernte-Fest will go on as scheduled. The festival is in its 47th year celebrating the German heritage of the town of Freistatt, Missouri.

It features a beer garden, polka and bratwurst.

Bob Dieckhoff, the Lions Club President, says, “I think it’s just getting together, you know, socialization, and some people like all the variety of beers we have so we have a beer garden.”

This year’s event happens on August 21, 2021, from 4:00 pm to midnight.

Information from Ernte-Fest Website

Introduction to Ernte-Fest

In 1974, the Ernte-Fest was a vision of the charter members of the Freistatt Lions Club. The club was chartered in June, and by August the first Ernte-Fest had become a reality. Held in the middle of the quiet little German town of Freistatt, MO, it was small back then but the theme which is referred to as the “Harvest Festival”, was the same then as it is today. Since then it’s been enjoyed by many folks from the surrounding communities as well as people from afar – even from Alaska and Germany. It had a small beer garden in the beginning and a genuine polka band just like today. Word got around, and the festival gained in popularity over the years and has had as many as 10,000 visitors on Saturday night.

Bier Garten Admittance

All children are welcome inside the Bier Garten so as long as they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

There is a $5 admission fee for persons 18 and older to enter the Bier Garten.

Anyone wishing to either purchase or consume alcoholic beverages must first obtain a wristband at the designated booth. You must have a valid photo ID in order to obtain a wristband.

And, of course, no alcoholic beverages may be taken from the Bier Garten.

All for a Good Cause

The Ernte-Fest is the Freistatt Lions Club’s main fund raiser to be able to contribute to the many Lions programs, as well as take care of the needs of the less fortunate in the community and surrounding area. Indeed, since 1974 the Freistatt Lions Club has donated $500,000 from this event to various Lions International sight and hearing programs as well as the club’s local charity projects.

You can learn more about Ernte-Fest here.

You can also find more events right here on KOAMNewsNow.com/events.


Organizers get set for the annual Shoal Creek Water Festival this weekend

JOPLIN, Mo. — The annual Shoal Creek Water Festival is taking place this weekend.

The event features a number of fun activities for people to enjoy including a fishing derby, live music, food trucks, boat races and a lot more. The festival also provides some helpful information when it comes to safety on the water.

The festival begins Saturday, Aug. 14 at 9 A.M. and runs until 2:30 P.M..

The shoe box boat race is slated for noon.


CoxHealth hosts Salute to First Responders Day

BARTON COUNTY, Mo. — All CoxHealth locations took part in the Salute to First Responders Day, including Cox Barton County.

The salute is held in honor of local first responders and is designed to thank them for their efforts to keep folks in the area safe.


Economic Security Corporation hosts Homeless Connect Event

JOPLIN, Mo. — The Economic Security Corporation’s Homeless Coalition, hosted their Summer Project: Homeless Connect Event in Joplin.

Organizers say the event serves as a one-stop shop for people experiencing homelessness to access resources for healthcare, food, employment, and housing, among other things.


Area cities celebrate Missouri’s 200th anniversary

JOPLIN, Mo. — Missouri is celebrating 200 years of statehood.

In the 4-States that meant a celebration that everyone could enjoy, ice cream socials.

One of those socials happened in Joplin’s Spiva Park.