Festival promises weekend of fun
Tonganoxie's ready for a fun-filled weekend.
The 16th annual Tonganoxie Days will kick off this Friday with a barbecue contest and continue on Saturday with a wide variety of activities for all ages.
Tonganoxie Days will feature food booths, arts and crafts vendors, a demolition derby, children's games, a run/walk to benefit the Tonganoxie Library, and car and motorcycle shows.
On Friday, the Leavenworth County State Barbecue Championships fire up at Leavenworth County Fairgrounds. Judging is about noon on Saturday.
On Saturday, Fourth Street, from Delaware to Shawnee streets, will be blocked so vendors and local business owners can set up booths along the sidewalk and in the street itself. The booths will feature arts and crafts, as well as food. Train rides will snake throughout the downtown area.
At VFW Park, a car show and motorcycle show will be under way again this year. And at 1 p.m., a demolition derby will roar into action at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.
A shuttle bus will provide rides, at no charge, to transport festival-goers from downtown to the fairgrounds and VFW Park.
Here's the lineup for Saturday's events:
8 a.m.: Friends of the Library 10-K run and 5-K walk, at the library.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: arts and crafts booths open along Fourth Street.
10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.: Star Struck Dance Studio performance, downtown.
11 a.m.-11:45 a.m.: Cowtown Cloggers of Lee's Summit, Mo., performance, downtown.
Noon, Leavenworth County State Barbecue Championships judging, Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.
12:15 p.m.-1 p.m.: Cowtown Cloggers perform at VFW Park.
1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: StarSkeet Ballroom Dance Studio, singing and dancing, downtown.
2:45-4 p.m.: Tim Clarrey, new country music singer and songwriter, downtown. Clarrey also will perform at Glen's Opry that evening.
8 p.m.-11 p.m.: dance at the 4-H Building at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds, with country-western music by Billy Spears.
Tonganoxie Days is sponsored by the Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce.