Archive for Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Planning for festival in full swing

February 16, 2005

Plans already are brewing for this year's Tonganoxie Days.

The annual summer event, which will be June 11 throughout the city, was the topic of conversation at a committee meeting Thursday in city council chambers.

Committee chairperson Connie Torneden said vendors for the downtown portion of the event already have requested space. About 12 vendors already have requested booth space. Last year, the festival attracted between 65 and 70 vendors to Fourth Street, Torneden said.

"I think things are shaping up pretty good," Torneden said. "We've got a lot of things going on."

The Tonganoxie Historical Society again plans to have living history exhibits at its site, while the Country Cruisers Car Show again will be at VFW Park.

Other activities the committee is working on include a fly-over, the Sacred Heart Altar Society's quilt show, various dance routines and an art show, which last year was held outside. This year, it will be conducted in the library.

"That will be a little bit better so if the wind comes up or whatever, they won't have a problem," Torneden said.

Torneden still has to make calls to organizers of the annual motorcycle show and the demolition derby.

The next committee meeting, which is open to the public, will be at noon March 3 in council chambers.

And later next month, committee members will be walking in the St. Patrick's Day parade on March 19 in downtown Tonganoxie to get the word out about the upcoming festival.

"We'll be handing out some fliers there," Torneden said.

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