New and traditional attractions to highlight annual festival in the park

Movie night, bands, dancers, petting zoo, food trucks, kites, monster trucks, cool cars and the perfect end – fireworks

It’s almost time for Webb City’s annual Cruise-A-Palooza festival in King Jack Park.

Activities will kick off Friday with inflatables and a petting zoo, and an evening of entertainment, including the Full Throttle Band, Pinocchio School of Dance, and a free movie, “Space Jam.”

Cruise Night will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Earlier in the day, beginning at noon, there will be food trucks and vendors.

Streetcar No. 60 will be giving rides from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tulsa Wind Riders will demonstrate kite flying from noon to 7 p.m. Also look for Tow & Throw Ax and Monster Truck Rides. Left of Center will perform at 4 p.m., and Mayday by Midnight will take the stage at 7 p.m.

A fireworks display will close the event.

Friday, July 9

Jungle Bounce Inflatables

Rubber Duck Ranch Petting Zoo

Full Throttle Band, 4 – 6 p.m.

Pinocchio School of Dance Performance, 6-8 p.m.

Movie in the Park, at dark – “Space Jam,” sponsored by Route 66 Movie Theater

Saturday, July 10

Farmers Market, 9 a.m. – noon

Rides on Streetcar No. 60, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Food Trucks, noon – 10 p.m.

Jungle Bounce Inflatables ~ noon – 10 p.m.

Friendly Farms Petting Zoo ~ noon – 5 p.m.

Vendors ~ noon – 7 p.m.

Tulsa Wind Riders Kite Flying – noon – 7 p.m.

Tow & Throw Ax Co

Monster Truck Rides

*Cruise Night, 4 – 7 p.m.

Left of Center band, 4 – 6 p.m.

Mayday by Midnight band, 7 p.m.

Festival Finale Fireworks by Display Pyrotechnics


*Registration is free and dash plaques to the first 50

JOMO Jammin’ in July kicks off Saturday

Connect2Culture will kick off JOMO Jammin’ In July – a new, free series that celebrates local talent as well as the return of live performances – this Saturday. 

Held at Mercy Park, 28th Street at Picher Avenue, the series will feature eight locally based musical groups over four consecutive Saturday evenings.

Lem Sheppard will be the first to perform, at 7 p.m. July 10. When Lemuel “Lem” Sheppard performs, audiences not only hear traditional music from the past but the stories and history these treasured songs carry. A versatile artist, Lem’s unique ability to weave history, storytelling, and folklore into each performance has made him a fan favorite among festivals for more than 20 years. In his hands, folk classics, like “The Crawdad Song,” and blues hits have the ability to move crowds of any age to their feet.

Also this Saturday, Jomo Jazz will take the stage at 8 p.m. Jomo Jazz, the four state’s leading jazz instrumental group, has been entertaining audiences since 2013. Comprised of Levi Randolph, Kyle Babbitt, Matt Holland, Matt Clark and Tyler Graves, each member’s unique sound and energy combines to provide a catalyst for the band’s explosive performances. From soulful originals to Big Band era classics, Jomo Jazz can perform a variety of songs to keep audiences entertained for hours!

Upcoming JOMO Jammin’ performances are:

July 17 – Fox Royale and Me Like Bees.

July 24 – The Community Choir and Mike Greenstreet Band.

July 31 – Route 3 and Borderline Bluegrass.

There’s no charge or reservations. Bring your own chair. More information is available at

Back-to-school COVID-19 vaccination clinic

Freeman Health System is holding a back-to-school COVID-19 vaccine clinic from 2 – 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 13. 

Parents can self-schedule their child for a vaccination appointment online or call (417) 502.SHOT for help scheduling a vaccination appointment. Parents must bring a valid form of ID. If they are a guardian of a foster child or a child of the state, they need to bring the affidavit with them that has been notarized showing consent to vaccinate. A grandparent or other responsible adult who wants to bring children, must bring a notarized paper statement handwritten by the parent/legal guardian giving consent, or parents can call and two nurses over the phone can get verbal consent to vaccinate just prior to vaccinating the child.

The second dose will be given on Wednesday, Aug. 11.

5 COVID deaths in county bring total to 165

The Jasper County Health Department reported three COVID-19 related deaths on Thursday and two on Friday.

The latest victims were a man and a woman in their 50s and three men in their 80s.

As of Tuesday, the seven-day total number of new cases was 209, a 2.45% increase over the previous seven-day period. 

Jasper County’s COVID-19 Dashboard is updated online.

According to Joplin’s COVID-19 Dashboard, there are 89 patients being treated in area hospitals.