Festival planning continues
Tonganoxie Days plans are still under way, said Connie Torneden, head of the Chamber of Commerce committee planning the event.
At Thursday's chamber meeting, Torneden said about 50 booth spaces are rented and dawn-to-dark activities on June 10 will include a 10-K and 5-K run and a 5-K walk, basketball tournament, pet parade, dance performances, barbecue contest, motorcycle and car shows, demolition derby, musicians and a dance in the evening.
Valerie Kampfer, president of the firefighters' auxiliary, said members would sponsor a cake walk and pie-throwing contest to raise funds for an infrared camera to help firefighters entering smoke-filled buildings.
Pat Albert, chamber president, introduced state Sen. Don Biggs.
"The spirit of Tonganoxie has certainly been proven in the last week," Biggs said.
Biggs, who said he's been personally involved with Tonganoxie for 35 years, praised the community for working together after the May 11 tornado.
"I doubt that there's another community in Kansas that has the kind of volunteerism that you have here," Biggs said. "You can all really take pride that you're a part of this community."
Albert presented an award to Chris Eppley, whose last day as Tonganoxie city administrator was last Friday.