Archive for Monday, June 2, 2014

Tonganoxie to be busy in coming weeks with weekend events

June 2, 2014

Tonganoxie Recreation Commission partnered with American Legion Post 41, Legion Riders, the Women’s Auxiliary, First State Bank and Trust and Wizard of Paws to put on the annual Summer Kick-off Party on Saturday at Chieftain Park.

If you missed the event, there are plenty of community events in June — every weekend of the month, in fact.

Here’s a look at what’s happening in the coming weeks:


The Tonganoxie Communitywide Garage Sale is Saturday throughout Tonganoxie.

The event is an opportunity for residents to have yard sales on the same day.

People wanting to know where sales will be can pick up a copy of Wednesday’s print edition of The Mirror or check the online classifieds for a listing of local garage sales.

June 13 and 14

A summer fixture returns for its traditional second weekend in June.

Tonganoxie Days opens June 13 with the 19th annual barbecue contest at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds. The event, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, is the Leavenworth County State Championship. The contest is limited to the first 40 paid entries. For more information about the contest, go to

The rest of Tonganoxie Days activities, including the barbecue judging, take place June 14.

The 27th annual Tonganoxie Public Library Run/Walk for the Books starts with sign-in and registration at 6:30 a.m. and the race/walk at 7:30 a.m. near the library, Third and Bury streets.

For more information, contact David Frese at 913-369-5610 or

Craft, business and food vendors and musical entertainment will be set up along Fourth Street in downtown Tonganoxie.

VFW Park will be the site of the annual car show, while amateur ATV and motorcycle flat track races will take place at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds. Hot laps will start at 3:30 p.m.

June 21

Kirby McRill walked in a blizzard in 1919 from Tonganoxie to Leavenworth for jury duty. His venture helped him gain fame as an avid walker.

Court proceedings were canceled due to the weather, but McRill’s walk made him famous in the area. The next year, he walked from Topeka to Chicago in seven-and-a-half days.

A new event will pay tribute to McRill with a 5K bearing his name. The Kirby McRill Walk 5K will start with registration at 7 a.m. at Chieftain Park. The walk will begin at 8 a.m. and cover much of the newly constructed Chieftain Trail Phase II. It will make its way downtown and eventually finish at Flashbacks, 630 E. Fourth St.

The walk also will have five challenges along the way, including a pin-the-kiss-on-Kirby station, a shoe matching challenge and a hop scotch challenge.

Prizes will be awarded for Kirby look-a-like, funkiest shoes, slowest time, fastest time, oldest contestant and more. Anyone 7 or older can compete in the event.

Dexter the T-Rex, mascot at T Rex Café, will be at the race from 7-9 a.m. Stranger Creek Band will perform at Flashbacks after the race.

To sign up and for more information, go to

Proceeds from the event will benefit Heartland Habitat for Humanity.

Volunteers also are needed for the event. For more information about volunteering or the race itself, contact Keyta Kelly at 913-845-8780.

June 27

Residents can participate in a run or walk for the third consecutive week June 27 with the Fourth Annual Evening with the Stars 5K, with the Chieftain Stars dance team at Tonganoxie High School.

The 5K will start at 8 p.m. June 27. For more information and an entry form, email Gail Kiefer at or call/text 785-218-8083.


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