The Republican Central Committee and The Republican Women of Newton County hosted event in Neosho's Scenic Big Spring Park Tuesday evening. Thank you to Gina Rodriguez, Scott and Chris Wade, Bill and Tammy Thogmartin, Cheryl Perkins, Rodney Griffin, Sen. Ron Richard, Gwen Delano, Ben and Naomi Baker, Family Market, Lenora Hyder, Susan Taylor, Chris Slinkard for their help in making the event a success.
Elected officials up for re-election in 2016 participated in the invocation, led by Judge Tim Perigo, and Pledge of Allegiance, led by Rep. Bill Reiboldt.
Missouri State Senator Ron Richard was the featured speaker. Additional guest speakers were candidates seeking nomination as Republicans for Statewide Office in 2016. Republican candidates for Missouri Governor: Randy Asbury, John Brunner, State Senator Bob Dixon, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder;
Lt. Governor: State Senator Mike Parson, Bev Randles;
Secretary of State: Jay Ashcroft, State Senator Will Kraus;
State Treasurer: State Senator Eric Schmitt; and
Attorney General: Joshua Hawley, State Senator Kurt Schaefer;
Judge Greg Stremel served as the time keeper for the event.
A presidential straw poll was available to those in attendance. For results of the Newton County Fair/Watermelon Feed Straw Poll, please see our separate post.