Welcome to Neewollah 2023 –
Beautiful Moment, Timeless Memory
Neewollah has been a part of my life since I was a small child and Independence, Kansas, is
one amazing place to live. I have made many memories here and some of my favorite
memories have been at Neewollah with my family and friends.
As we embark on our 65 th celebration of the “rejuvenation of Neewollah,” this year, my heartfelt
thanks to the amazing sponsors and hundreds of phenomenal volunteers that support this
festival year after year. It really is amazing to see our community come together and create
such beautiful moments to cherish a lifetime. Whether you are a musical lover and attend a
performance of the award-winning Beauty and the Beast, the Queen Neelah talent and
coronation to support these talented young ladies, or venture to the bandstand, carnival, craft
fair, or the three fun-filled parades, I hope that you find something during this year that creates a
very special memory for you and your family.
If none of those events have you excited that Neewollah is back and the banners are flying high,
then maybe our reinvented opening day at the park with a barbeque contest and dessert contest
and the 5K/10K and Fun Run, does the trick. It is with deepest pride and great pleasure, we will
be closing out Neewollah 2023 with the amazing and super talented Oak Ridge Boys, who
themselves are celebrating 50 years in the music industry!!!
I am truly honored to serve as Generalissimo 2023 and on behalf of myself and my family, be
our guest, be our guest, please be our guest, and create your beautiful moment, timeless