Daily Archives: August 23, 2014

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Shelly Hailey of Leavenworth displayed food that will be available this year at the Renaissance Festival, Bonner Springs. (Photo by William Crum)
Shelly Hailey of Leavenworth displayed food that will be available this year at the Renaissance Festival, Bonner Springs. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

This is the best year ever for this year’s Kansas City Renaissance Festival.

Every year the Kansas City Renaissance Festival in Bonner Springs sells more than 50,000 turkey legs. That doesn’t include other favorites like Scotch eggs.

This year is even bigger and better than ever. The festival even has a pulled pork sandwich that will amaze you. The fried Twinkies and fried Oreos will delight anyone with a true sweet tooth.

Also this year they offer vegan food for those who are health-conscious. There’s also a taco bar this year.

New this year at the Renaissance Festival will be a sit-down restaurant called White Stag, which offers such things as a Guinness stew and the pulled pork sandwich. These and other items are at one low price with unlimited sodas.

Coordinating the changes to the menu at the Renaissance Festival is Holly Price, new food and beverage manager. She has worked at the Florida State Fair and has developed many menus for various fairs and organizations.

“I really want people to come to the fair not only for the entertainment but for the food as well,” Price said. “This is why I came up with so many new items on the menu, which has taken several years just to develop.”

For entertainment, according to Will Peterson, one of the owners of the Kansas City Renaissance Festival, “We have something new this year.”

The group is called Pichus Stock, which is out of Scotland. They will be here for the Scottish Festival during that weekend.

If you want to go to a place the whole family can enjoy, the Kansas City Renaissance Festival is that place. For more information go the website www.kcrenfest.com. They’re open weekends Aug. 30 to Oct. 13 near 130th and State Avenue in Bonner Springs.

Pernell Thomas, left, of Kansas City, Kan., plays a body guard and Jasper Hudgens-Bradley, right, plays a prince this year at the Renaissance Festival in Bonner Springs. (Photo by William Crum)
Pernell Thomas, left, of Kansas City, Kan., plays a body guard and Jasper Hudgens-Bradley, right, plays a prince this year at the Renaissance Festival in Bonner Springs. (Photo by William Crum)

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Gary, Ind. – Behind the pitching of Kyle DeVore and a perfect game at the plate by Danny Richar, Kansas City beat Gary SouthShore in game two Friday night, 5-2, and split the doubleheader at the U.S. Steel Yard.

Kansas City got started early with three first-inning runs off Gary starting pitcher Nick McCully (1-2). Bryan Sabatella started the scoring with a two-out bases-loaded walk that scored Danny Richar from third. Robby Kuzdale connected on a two-run single to right, driving in Ray Sadler and Nick Schwaner and giving Kansas City a 3-0 lead.

The T-Bones added to their lead in the second inning when Richar connected with his sixth home run of the season, and gave Kansas City an early 4-0 lead. Richar finished the game a triple shy of the cycle, on a 3-for-3 night with a double and a homer.

Kansas City starting pitcher Kyle DeVore (4-6) gave the T-Bones exactly what they needed as he went 6 innings and allowed two runs on five hits to go along with six strikeouts and one walk. Trailing 4-0, in the bottom of the second the RailCats finally scratched across a run against DeVore, when Ryan Brockett was able to get an RBI single past the infield that scored Drew Muren from second and brought Gary within 4-1.

Kris Regas (19) picked up the save with a perfect seventh-inning frame.

In the first game, which was a makeup of Thursday’s rainout, the T-Bones committed four errors that led to five unearned runs as Gary SouthShore scored in every inning except the first and beat the T-Bones 11-4.

Six days after throwing a complete game in a win over the RailCats, starting pitcher Casey Barnes (3-5) gave up seven runs in his 3 1/3 innings, but only two were earned. The T-Bones biggest offensive presence came in the fifth inning when Matt Padgett connected on a three-run home run, his fifth homer of the season, that brought Kansas City back to within 7-4.

Game three of the four-game series is scheduled for Saturday night, with first pitch at 6:10. The game can be heard in the Kansas City area on 1660-AM or worldwide at tbonesbaseball.com.

Box score, game one: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=233039

Box score, game two: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=178196

- Story from T-Bones

National Weather Service graphic
National Weather Service graphic

A heat advisory is in effect in Wyandotte County until 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures at 2 p.m. were 96 degrees here, with a heat index of 101.

Today’s high this afternoon may reach 98, with a heat index as high as 101. A south wind will be around 11 mph.

Temperatures will be about 94 degrees at 6 p.m. Saturday, and about 87 at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Tonight, skies will be mostly clear. A low around 76 is expected to be at 6 a.m. Sunday.

Sunday’s forecast will be sunny with an afternoon high near 96, and a heat index as high as 101.

The high heat continues through Tuesday, with the heat index from 97 to 102 degrees.

The next chance for thunderstorms is Tuesday night; severe thunderstorms are not expected.

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