Archive for Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial organizers asking for residents to show up Sunday for lip dub video

May 17, 2016

Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial organizers are looking to promote the event this Sunday, but they need the community’s help.

With assistance from Tonganoxie High School video production students and Gab Local TV of Topeka, organizers are trying to put together a lip dub segment for the community.

Lip dub is a form of lip syncing to music in a video.

Several high schools have produced such videos, including Shawnee Mission East, which created one to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” in recent years.

Residents interested in being part of the event should meet at 2 p.m. in downtown Tonganoxie. Fourth Street will be blocked off long enough to complete the video down Fourth Street. Residents can show up for the event to be in the video, while anyone interested in serving as lip syncers for the videos should send a direct message to the Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial’s Facebook page.

Various organizations are encouraged to wear uniforms or other attire promoting their groups for the songs.

Because U2 tribute band Rattle and Hum will be performing during the Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial, U2 songs will be used for the promotional video.

Depending on turnout, organizers are looking to create a video down Fourth Street and then do another that possibly starts at the walking bridge along the Chieftain Trail and then makes its way into Chieftain Park.

More activities planned

Many plans for the sesquicentennial, which will be June 10-11, are being finalized.

Big Jay and Willie Wildcat will be making appearances at the event, as will Yogi Bear.

A slew of children’s activities are planned, including a place for photo opportunities. Tonganoxie High School art students created a scenic board with cutout areas for faces where children — and likely even adults — can get their pictures taken.

More than 30 entertainers have been booked for the festival, which celebrates Tonganoxie’s 150th anniversary on the weekend that historically has been Tonganoxie Days, the second weekend in June.

The Tonganoxie Library Run will take place June 11. Run officials continue to welcome race entries and other donations, as all proceeds from the run go to a building fund for a new library.

The VFW Car Show also will take place and a barbecue contest will happen just east of the Tonganoxie Fire Station.

Food and non-food vendors also will be set up throughout the festival grounds downtown, while Tonganoxie United Methodist Church will have a pancake feed.

In addition, DVDs of the community’s history will be sold at Ratliff Drug Store and the medical office of the late Dr. Stevens also will be open part of the day. People who have their baby picture on the wall in the office are encouraged to stop by to take a selfie.

Other historical events celebrating Tonganoxie’s history also are planned.

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