Archive for Wednesday, August 22, 2001

News briefs

August 22, 2001

Author to speak to historical society

On Tuesday, Carol Ayers, former special collections librarian at St. Mary College, will share with Tonganoxie Community Historical Society members the account of Abraham Lincoln's visit to Kansas in 1859.

This of special interest to the Tonganoxie community because of Lincoln's visit to the Delahay farmstead, now a part of the McGraw property.

Ayres' first book, "Lincoln and Kansas: Partnership for Freedom," has recently been published. She will discuss the role that the speech Lincoln gave in Leavenworth played in his election.

The Tonganoxie Community Historical Society meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Reno Church at the Historical Site, which is at 201 W. Washington. To reach the site, turn west for two blocks at West Haven Baptist Church, then right.

Attendance at fair increased this year

Fair attendance was up this year, said David Todd, president of the Leavenworth County Fair Board.

"On Friday, the people who parked the cars reported an all-time record of cars," Todd said.

That night, 2,519 drivers paid $1 each to park on the fairgrounds. Moreover, Todd said, there were individuals with passes, as well as other vehicles parked off the fairgrounds.

So Todd said at least 5,000 people attended the fair on Friday night alone.

Preliminary numbers show there were more people at the fair each night this year than last, Todd said.

"We were up significantly from last year, which is really good because we really needed a good year," Todd said.

Big draws, other than the carnival and exhibits, he said were Friday night's rodeo and Saturday's demolition derby. Todd also attributed the slightly cooler weather with the increase in attendance.

Todd said that time remains to purchase commemorative Leavenworth County Fair belt buckles.

He said the large oval pewter belt buckles were designed in honor of the 75th annual county fair.

They are emblazoned with yellow sunflowers and a ribbon depicting fair dates. On the back side is an engraved description of the fair.

The buckles, which sell for $20, plus $5 for shipping and handling, may be ordered by calling Todd at (913) 651-7882.

Recycling drop-off set for Saturday

The next SORT recycling drop-off will be from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.

Boy Scouts from Troop 3075 donate their time at this drop-off to collect recyclable items.

Beginning in September, SORT recycling dates will be the second Saturday of each month only.

The next SORT drop-off will be Sept. 8.

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