The theme of Turner Days this year is “Go Blue: A Community United to Promote Kindness.” The Turner Days 5k run and the mud volleyball tournament will benefit the families of two slain Wyandotte County deputies, according to event organizers.
The 5k run starts at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Turner Days, and the mud volleyball tournament will be on Saturday, Oct. 13, and Sunday, Oct. 14.
They are two of the many events scheduled for Turner Days this year, according to Vikki Mullins, publicity chair of the event.
The annual Turner Days this weekend will be held rain or shine, she said. The weather forecast for Saturday currently calls for sunshine and a high of 58, while rain is possible on Sunday.
The annual Turner Days parade is scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday, with the festival following until 5 p.m. On Sunday, the festival continues, and there will also be a car show, she said.
Mullins anticipates about 2,000 people at Turner Days this year, and attendance could be affected by the weather, she added.
The 5k run and the mud volleyball tournament are sponsored by Turner Recreation Commission, she said, and there is a cost to enter both. Same-day registration is possible for the 5k run, while the mud volleyball tournament registration has already closed.
Proceeds from the other activities at Turner Days go back to the Turner Days group to pay for next year’s events, and also are used for other community activities during the year, as well as scholarships, Mullins said.
The grand marshal of Turner Days this year is Mayor David Alvey, who grew up in the Turner community, she said.
The event also will include craft and food booths and entertainment, she said. There will be activities for kids, also.
Most of the activities of Turner Days take place at Steineger Field at 58th and Metropolitan, Kansas City, Kansas. Turner Days is open to the public and there is no admission charge at the gate, although some activities such as the 5k run have a fee, and concessions will be for sale.
Turner High School’s homecoming is tonight at 7 p.m. at Turner stadium.
At 9:30 a.m. Saturday, South 55th Street will be blocked off for the Turner Days parade, which begins at 10 a.m. The parade route is north on South 55th Street from Douglas to Inland.
Booths at the festival will open after the parade. Parade awards are scheduled at 1 p.m. Lil Mister and Miss Turner, and Walk of Fame inductees will be recognized.
Mud volleyball games, adult division, begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Saturday schedule also includes Tim Bright, 2 p.m.; Dennis Chanay, 2:20 p.m.; Silver Streak, 3 p.m.; and Wyatt Huyett, 4 p.m.
The car show registration opens at 8 a.m. Sunday and closes at noon. Car show awards will be at 2:30 p.m. There also is a silent auction. The car show will end at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Scheduled on Sunday at 9 a.m. is an Olive Branch Ministries Service, and at 10:30 a.m., a Risen Lamb Church service.
Mud volleyball, high school division, is scheduled at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
Turner schools will provide music at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, by fourth grade music classes; and at 1:45 p.m. by the Turner Sixth Grade Academy Singers. The Turner High School Drama Department performance is scheduled at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Kansas City Tsuruoka Karate is scheduled at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
Booths will close at 5 p.m. Sunday.
For more information on the Turner Days event, visit https://www.facebook.com/turnerdaysofficial/.