Archive for Wednesday, May 8, 2002

Festival organizers planning for move

May 8, 2002

Winners will be judged in each age group, and an overall winner will also be crowned.

Entry fee is $25 for the dress and photogenic competitions. For an extra $10, participants may enter the talent competition.

The studio has held beauty pageants the last two years at the dance center, but holding it in conjunction with Tonganoxie Days appealed to Carver.

"We thought this was a good time," Carver said. "And it has something to do with Tongie Days."

Although prizes are still in the early stages, pageant winners are expected to receive a trophy, crown and sash at this point.

For more information, call Carver at the studio on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at (913) 845-3505. Entry forms also will be available in Tonganoxie, Carver said.

Organizers for another festival event hope it will be on the agenda this year only in a different location.

The Tonganoxie Days 10K-5K Run and 5K Fun Walk is awaiting certification for its event. The run has usually been held on County Road 25, but construction at Evans Road and County Road 25 has hindered that plan for this year.

The race, if certified, will follow a course from the Tonganoxie Public Library, Third and Bury streets, to County Road 5 north under the U.S. Highway 24-40 bridge.

Steve Riley, a teacher at Perry-Lecompton who participates and helps organize the event, will evaluate the route Sunday.

Connie Putthoff, organizer for the Friends of the Library event, said she hopes the race becomes certified.

"Well, either it works or we cancel it," Putthoff said. "There isn't any other way. I don't want the hassle of KDOT and it's too late to get approval.

Proceeds from the event go toward the library. Putthoff said the run usually generates around $600.

Runners who pre-register for the event can participate for $17 per person or $28 per family. Those runners receive a T-shirt on race day, while those who register that day must pay an extra $5 and will receive shirts later.

A new service has been added for this year's race. Massages will be available before and after the races.

To register for the run, e-mail Putthoff at

Tim Clarrey, a country music performer and Edwardsville native, will perform June 8 at the fairgrounds. Clarrey, who's now in Nashville, Tenn., reached the semifinals of "Ed McMahon's Star Search."

Some happenings will be continued traditions in the event sponsored by the Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce. The annual car show will stay at VFW Park, and the annual barbecue contest will take place at the fairgrounds. Cowtown Cloggers, Lee's Summit, Mo., will perform music at the park and the fairgrounds June 8.

Connie Torneden, festival organizer, said the plans were going well for the celebration.

"It's coming right along," Torneden said. "It's sneaking up on us quicker than we think."

Torneden said organizers haven't received a confirmation on its annual demolition derby. A monster truck event and a pet parade will not occur.

Other events are still planned, though. A dance Saturday evening will be used to raise money for the VFW Post building. Billy Spears, Lawrence, will bring his band to the fairgrounds to play country music. Admission is $2 and money will go toward work on the inside of the new VFW building.

"They're needing some help to get that done," Torneden said. "I think that will be a good addition to the community."

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