Rain or shine, Arbor Day must go on, at least that was true in Joplin on Friday.
Residents braved the rain and cold to celebrate and grab a free treat thanks to Empire District Electric.
The variety of trees offered were specifically selected to help reforestation efforts in the Joplin area.
Foresters were on hand to offer planting advice and recommend planting smaller trees closer to the power lines rather than big trees.
Empire officials say homeowners could seek benefits from planting the right tree in the right place.
"In terms of energy efficiency benefits, the shade the trees provide in addition to providing reliable service, you know, when trees interfere with power lines it does impact service reliability and we know customers like to keep their lights on," says Julie Maus, Media Relations for Empire District Electric.