Archive for Tuesday, June 5, 2012

New, old to mix at Tonganoxie Days

June 5, 2012

Tonganoxie Days organizer Connie Torneden said it’s hard to fathom that the annual festival has been around for nearly three decades.

On Friday and Saturday, the 27th installment of the summer festival will take place in downtown Tonganoxie.

“It doesn’t seem like it’s that many, but it is,” Torneden said.

The event will have its mainstays: the Leavenworth County State Barbecue Championships on Friday and Saturday at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds and vendors, a fun run/walk, children’s games and musical performances Saturday throughout downtown.

But there will be a few new musical acts with Christian country singer ShyAnne Mailen and the Good Sam Band performing for the first time at Tonganoxie Days. The Grandmaster Tae Kwon Do group from Bonner Springs will perform, as will historical characters from First City Performers and Story Tellers (PAST).

Torneden said Thursday she had between 80 and 90 vendors signed up for the festival.

She said several merchants also are planning to have tables or sidewalk sales set up for the event.

“We’re just hoping that the weather holds out,” Torneden said, “a nice dry day, and hope a lot of people come out for it.”

Teams will start setting up for the barbecue contest Friday and judging will start at noon Saturday.

Here’s a listing of events planned for Saturday:

6 a.m.

• Vendors start setting up booths.

7:30-9 a.m.

• Friends of Library 10K/5K run

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Car and truck show at VFW Park

• Booth spaces open downtown, children’s games and more.

9 a.m.-9:15 a.m.

• Welcome by Mayor Jason Ward

9:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

• Stranger Creek Band (Fourth and Bury)

• Good Sam Band (Fourth and Main)

10 a.m.-noon

• Country Legends 106.9 remote broadcast

10:30-11:30 a.m.

• Jami Amber Lynne (Fourth and Bury)

• Magic for You by Bob Phillips, roving magician

• PAST, Old West re-enactors.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

• Prairie Praise performing (Fourth and Bury)


• Flag Day Salute at VFW Park

• Barbecue judging begins at fairgrounds

1 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

• Graves Talent dancers (Fourth and Green)

1:30-2:30 p.m.

• ShyAnne Mailen, Christian country singer (Fourth and Bury)

1:30-3:30 p.m.

• Good Sam Band (Fourth and Main)

2-3 p.m.

• Grand Master Kim’s Tae Kwon Do (Fourth and Delaware)

2:30-4 p.m.

• Mike Warehime, country singer (Fourth and Bury)


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