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Tonganoxie Days festival shines through

June 18, 2015

An overcast Saturday didn’t seem to hinder folks from getting out for the 30th annual Tonganoxie Days on Saturday.

“Despite a shower here and there, I thought it went pretty good,” said Connie Torneden, longtime organizer. “It seemed like there were people looking at the booths consistently throughout the day, so that was pretty good.”

Torneden said she thought the number of vendors was pretty standard.

“I think going into it was just about as usual and then there were a few I think the rain scared off and they didn’t’ come,” Torneden explained. “Otherwise, I thought it was pretty good.”

Yogi Bear was a popular attraction this year, as was an ice cream booth. An old gas engine powered the ice cream machines.

“That seemed to be pretty popular,” Torneden said. “And that was good stuff, too.”

A Wild West group performed for visitors in a grassy area north of the Mutual Savings parking lot. The group did various skits and even talked to youths about gun safety. For instance, actors in the group told youths what to do if they were at a friend’s house and a friend showed them a gun. The actor told the youths to get away from the gun and contact parents or other loved ones.

Torneden noted that Tonganoxie residents George and Cindy Mills were part of the frontier group.

The weather did cause some entertainment to cancel performances, but vocalists performed throughout the day and Tonganoxie American Legion Post 41 conducted a ceremony on folding the American flag. Tonganoxie VFW Park once again was full of hot rods for its annual car show as part of Tonganoxie Days.

Torneden said she received a great deal of positive feedback at the 30th annual Tonganoxie Days on Saturday.

The organizer, of course, already is looking toward next year’s event, which will be June 11, 2016.

“Oh, I guess it’s always there in the back of my mind,” Torneden said. “I had some people say ‘we want to come back next year.’”


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