Archive for Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Tonganoxie scavenger hunt leading up to sesquicentennial starts Saturday

Train naming contest ends Friday

May 31, 2016

Tonganoxie Public Library is celebrating the Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial a few days early with a scavenger hunt.

Library aide Bethany Hyde, with assistance from the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society, has put together clues for the hunt, which starts Saturday.

People can stop by that day to pick up the first scavenger hunt clue.

There will be eight clues total, including some old photographs. Hunters must figure out where the photos were taken and capture photos in the same place next week.

“It’s kind of like a mixed media scavenger hunt,” Hyde said.

The hunt officially runs for a week. If people can’t pick up information Saturday, they can come in Friday, Hyde said, as long as folks wait until Saturday to start looking for clues.

Each clue will lead participants to the next clue.

“It leads them to a certain place in Tonganoxie,” Hyde said. “You have to solve one riddle to find the next riddle.”

Winners will be announced and prizes given out June 11, which is the main day of the Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial celebration. TCHS member Bill Peak has gathered prizes from local businesses and assisted in the creation of the scavenger hunt.

The first 10 people who finish the hunt and get everything back to the library get gift cards to businesses, Hyde said.

If a clue leads hunt participants to a business, they can ask someone at the business if they have the next clue.

“I love the history of downtown and I think the scavenger hunt will hopefully get people downtown and see what’s going on,” Hyde said. “Hopefully it gets businesses noticed. And just kind of celebrates Tonganoxie.”

The Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial will be 4-11 p.m. June 10 and 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m. June 11 throughout downtown Tonganoxie.

Community Band rehearsals

Because of last week’s unsettling weather, the Tonganoxie Community Band practice scheduled for last week was rescheduled for this week.

The band now will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday and then again 6 p.m. Thursday and 6 p.m. June 9 at Tonganoxie High School’s band room for rehearsals. Participants are to enter through the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center entrance.

The band will perform 11:30-12:30 p.m. June 11 at the Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial’s Gallagher Park stage.

Train contest ends Friday

An online poll that will determine the name of the trackless children’s train at the Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial will end at noon Friday.

Sesquicentennial organizers asked for name suggestions on the Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial Facebook page.

As of Tuesday morning, Chugga Chugga Chieftain leading the pack with 17 votes, while Tongie Toot Toot had 11, T-Town Train 10, Chieftain Choo Choo 6 and Chief Choo Choo 2.

Go to and look for the online poll down the right rail of the website to vote.

Turtle races at festival

Youths with turtles to race should bring them to the Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial.

Turtle races will begin at 10 a.m. June 11 near the southwest corner of Third and Main streets with other children’s activities.


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