Newton County Third Annual Hermann Jaeger Festival

Published 05/01 2014 06:27PM

Updated 05/01 2014 07:36PM

NEOSHO, MO.--- Newton County is gearing up to host a historical festival for the community. The festival is kind of like a history lesson and a celebration all at the same time. The third annual Hermann Jaeger Festival starts today and those in Neosho might think differently when it comes to their glass of wine.

"To inform people of Jaeger's importance," said John Mills, President of Neosho Arts Council. 

Hermann Jaeger came to Newton County in 1865 and helped save the wine industry.

"Through development of local grapevines that he hybridized into root stock, that was used to graft onto European grapes and help save them from a insect invasion," said Mills. 

For the past three years, people in Neosho have been celebrating his legacy. The annual festival starts out with a history lesson through the Herman Jaeger Historical Exhibit. It's not just about the history, the party gets going each year during the weekend at Jaeger Fest.

"They will be playing Jimmy Buffet music presented by Jim Graham and the Concrete Speed Bumps," said Mills. 

For Newton County, Hermann Jaeger is a big deal. 

"Well, it's an important part of our history of Newton County and Neosho. And so we like to feature it because it's such an important event and it's a way to get people to come to Neosho. We've got lots of fun events tied into the Jaeger Festival," said Lauri Lyerla, Interim Executive Director of the Neosho Chamber. 

Events will be taking place this week for the festival. Tomorrow, the movie "Frozen" will be presented at the Civic Center at 7 p.m. Saturday, a silent art auction will take place with live music at Jaeger Fest at 6 p.m. Things will wind down on Sunday with the Jaeger Garden Party starting at 5 p.m. A wine-pairing dinner is currently going on at Cafe Angelica on the Neosho square. 

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