Archive for Wednesday, June 9, 2004

Swing into summer with annual festival

June 9, 2004

This weekend, Tonganoxie again will host its annual festival -- Tonganoxie Days.

And what a wonderful opportunity it is to showcase our beautiful and hospitable town. There's nothing like the excitement that comes with Tonganoxie Days, and this year's event is shaping up to be better than ever.

The addition of the Historic Site as a venue has brought a new dimension to Tonganoxie Days, which in the past has centered on activities downtown, at VFW Park and at the fairgrounds. The historical society's contribution to the festival will allow visitors to walk back in time as they watch weaving demonstrations, wool spinning and furniture making. In addition, two local business owners will make goat soap.

And children will learn some longtime past household duties -- now considered quaint -- such as churning butter, washing clothes with a washboard and beating a rug.

The annual library run/walk is back this year, along with a dedication ceremony for former librarian Winifred Turner. Jim Two Crows Wallen will perform at the Amanna Elan with a theme centering on the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Throughout downtown, arts and crafts and food will be available. And the Sacred Heart Parish will have a benefit quilt show at the elementary school. The barbecue cookoff will feature lots of great food at the fairgrounds.

And young women will compete on Friday in the Miss Tonganoxie Pageant.

An auction is planned Saturday morning, and dancing and musical performances will be featured throughout the day.

The popular car and motorcycle shows are back this year, as is the demolition derby. And a miniature horse show is on tap, too.

A flyover is planned just before noon at VFW Park as part of a Flag Day ceremony.

This year's organizers have worked many hours to ensure Tonganoxie Days 2004 is the best festival ever.

So load up the family -- and invite friends and family from out of town -- to enjoy the Saturday festival in Tonganoxie. You'll be happy you did.

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