Bean bag tournament new addition to Tonganoxie Days
Yard game enthusiasts can try their hands at winning the inaugural Tonganoxie Days Bean Bag Tournament this Saturday.
The 28th annual Tonganoxie Days will have all of its regular entertainment throughout the day, but organizers have added an event for later in the day.
A 16-team bean bag tournament is planned to start at 4 p.m. Saturday at Chieftain Park. The single-elimination tournament costs $20 per team. The Roz Quartet will perform and pizza will be available at the tournament.
“We saw the need to basically add something to Tonganoxie Days for people who can’t come during the day and prefer an evening event,” said Cecilia Harry, one of this year’s organizers. “Something with a different focus to grow the event. The hope is we will grow it a little each year and it will be a larger extension of the overall event.”
Interested teams can call Harry at 913-232-6797 to register.
The tournament complements a full day of activities Saturday downtown, at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds and at VFW Park.
Festivities actually get started Friday with teams setting up for the Leavenworth County State Championship Barbecue Cook-off at the fairgrounds, but most events are Saturday.
Longtime organizer Connie Torneden said roughly 90 vendors are signed up for Saturday. That’s about the regular number for Tonganoxie Days, but she said more spaces are available. Vendors can go to tonganoxiedays.com to get more information about registering.
The 26th annual Tonganoxie Public Library Run/Walk starts with registration at 6:30 a.m. and the race at 7:30 a.m.
Several events start at 9 a.m. with the car and truck show at VFW Park, booth spaces opening downtown, children’s games getting under way and the 4-H petting zoo.
“That was a big hit last year,” Torneden said about the petting zoo.
Tonganoxie Mayor Jason Ward also will give a welcome at 9 a.m. downtown.
The Good Sam Band will perform from 9:15-10:30 a.m. at Fourth and Main, while Country Legends 106.9 will do a live remote from 10 a.m. to noon at Fourth and Delaware.
Stranger Creek will perform from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Fourth and Bury. Roving magician Bob Phillips will perform during that time, as will the First City Performers and Story Tellers. The group will do Old West re-enacting skits at Fourth and Bury.
From 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Grand Master Kim’s Taekwondo students will perform at Fourth and Bury.
Down the road at noon, there will be a Flag Day Salute at VFW Park. At the same time, at the fairgrounds, barbecue judging begins.
Graves Talent dancers will perform from 1-2:15 p.m. at Fourth and Green, while White Shield Dance Tribe of Mic-O-Say performs at 1:30 p.m. at Fourth and Bury.
Torneden said it would mark the Boy Scout group’s first appearance at Tonganoxie Days in about five years. The youths perform Native American dance.
The Good Sam Band will perform again from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Fourth and Main and Mike Warehime, country singer and songwriter, will close out the day’s entertainment from 2:30-4 p.m. at Fourth and Bury. Vendors will be open until 4 p.m. also.
Torneden invites the community to come out for the Tonganoxie tradition.
“We’re just continuing it on,” she said. “The chamber used to sponsor it and they’re not doing that this year, but there were some of us who thought it ought to keep on going, so that’s what we’re trying to do.”