Letter: A special invitation
Tonganoxie Days is drawing near June 7 and 8 and I just want to invite you and the whole community to come out and take in this annual event. This is the 17th annual Tonganoxie Days, and it was originated as a celebration of the town.
George and Cindi Mills were the ones who presented the idea of Tonganoxie Days to the Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce and felt that since other towns surrounding us had celebrations, it would be good if we could do the same.
The main goal is to bring people together to have an enjoyable day.
We have some new things this year, such as the possibility of a refurbished carousel, by the First City Museum in Leavenworth; a small Ferris wheel; the Kansas Army National Guard; a Miss Tonganoxie Beauty Pageant on Friday evening (and of course the Barbecue Contest will be going on Friday evening into Saturday!!).
Tonganoxie Days will take place at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds and at the VFW Park.
Tim Clarrey, who performed last year, has since gone on to become a semi-finalist in Ed McMahon's "Star Search" as one of the top six male vocalists and will be returning to entertain the crowd this year. He will also have available his CD "Blackfyre" that contains four of Tim's original songs.
I would also encourage your readers to come to the dance Saturday night from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. This year, a $2 admission fee will be charged and those proceeds will benefit the Tonganoxie Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9271. They are building a new post home, which will be a great asset to our community.
We need to remember the contribution that the members of the VFW made to our community and our country in protecting our freedoms, along with countless others.
Thanks! Hope to see y' all there!
Connie J. Torneden,
Chairman, Tonganoxie Days.