Today at the Fair

The Wyandotte County Fair continues from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at 13700 Polfer Road, Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by Steve Rupert)

The Wyandotte County Fair continues Saturday, July 26, at the fairgrounds at 13700 Polfer Road, Kansas City, Kan. (east of K-7 and Polfer Road).
This is the last day of this year’s fair.

Saturday at the Fair
Hours: Noon to 10 p.m.
2 to 4 p.m. Bill Morris “Celtic Flavor – Modern Flair” at Free Stage Tent
5 to 10 p.m., Carnival
5 to 6 p.m. Prairie Praise Band at Free Stage Tent
5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Hedricks Petting Zoo, Hedricks Camel Rides, Pony Rides and Pictures
6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Hedricks Pig Races
6 to 7 p.m. Sagasu Family Martial Arts Demonstration, Free Stage Tent
Noon to 11 p.m. Helicopter Rides ($40), weather permitting
6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Free Magic Show, Red Barn
6:30 p.m. to dusk, Hot Air Balloon Rides, free, weather permitting
7:15 p.m. Bucket Calf Parade
7:30 p.m. Livestock Auction
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Glory Road Prairie Gospel Singers concert, Free Stage Tent
6 p.m. Arena, Mud Run, admission charge is $12 for adults and $5 for children.

Admission to the fair is free and parking is $5. There is a charge for carnival rides, arena events and concessions. Coolers, open containers and firearms are not allowed at the fair.

For more information about the fair, visit

The Wyandotte County Fair continues from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at 13700 Polfer Road, Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by Steve Rupert)

The Wyandotte County Fair continues from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at 13700 Polfer Road, Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by Steve Rupert)

The Wyandotte County Fair continues from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at 13700 Polfer Road, Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by Steve Rupert)

The Wyandotte County Fair continues from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at 13700 Polfer Road, Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by Steve Rupert)

The Wyandotte County Fair continues from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at 13700 Polfer Road, Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by Steve Rupert)

Community calendar

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Live at Legends free concert to be July 26
The Legends Outlets, I-70 and I-435, will sponsor free family friendly concerts on some Saturday evenings during July and August in front of the center courtyard fountain. Perpetual Change will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 26. The Live at the Legends summer concert series will feature local and regional talent performing popular pop, classic rock and country hits from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and today. The concert series will take place at the center of the Civic Courtyard Fountain in front of Phoenix Theaters Legends 14.

Summer concert to be July 26 at Legends
Dave and Buster’s Summer Concert Series will continue at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 26, on the rooftop patio at The Legends Outlets. Odyssey Road will perform from 9 p.m. to close July 26. Different bands will play on Saturdays through September.

UG to hold budget workshops
The Unified Government will hold special budget workshops in July in the fifth floor conference room, Suite 515, at City Hall, 701 N. 7th, Kansas City, Kan. The schedule is subject to change. The final budget public hearing, followed by a budget workshop if necessary, will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, July 28, in the Commission Chambers. The budget adoption is scheduled at 7 p.m. July 31 in the Commission Chambers. The meetings are open to the public. For more information see

Free summer movies offered
The Legends 14 Theatres will present “The Tale of Despereaux,” rated G, and “Turbo,” rated PG, at 10 a.m. July 29, 30 and 31. Admission is free. All ages and groups are welcome. Doors open at 9 a.m. Seating is limited to availability. Currently showing feature films are not included in the free admission, and the schedule is subject to change.

Show N’ Shine Truck and Car Show to be July 26
The Show N’ Shine Truck and Car Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 26 at the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame, 126th and State, Bonner Springs. A $3 admission donation is requested. For more information call 913-721-1075 or visit

Health Fair planned July 26
A Health Fair is planned from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at 730 Osage Ave., Kansas City, Kan., by the Armourdale Renewal Association. Free health screenings such as dental, blood pressure, adult health risk assessments, BMI, and glucose. There also will be information provided on several topics. Several organizations are participating.

Christmas in July event planned
The Unified Government Parks and Recreation Department will have a Christmas in July event from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. July 26 at Wyandotte County Lake, 91st and Leavenworth Road. The event will include activities for children, a disc jockey, food, and a parade of pontoon boats at 8:15 p.m. The event is free to the public.

School supply drive planned for children in foster care
A school supply drive for Wyandotte County children in foster care will take place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at Walmart, 10824 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. KVC is holding the school supply drive for 527 children in Wyandotte County foster care, said Bryan Drescher, a community resource specialist with KVC. There will be a flier available at the location with school supply lists for each grade, he said. Anyone with questions may call Drescher at 913-890-2207.

Kobach plans to speak at GOP meeting

Kris Kobach, Kansas secretary of state, plans to speak at the Tuesday, July 29, GOP town hall meeting at the Frontier Steakhouse, 94th and State. For information about the time of the meeting or other details, email Mark Gilstrap at

Red Cross blood drive to be July 29

A Red Cross blood drive will be held from noon to 7 p.m. July 29 at Sporting Park, 1 Sporting Way, Kansas City, Kan. To schedule an appointment, call 800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit

Program offered for Spanish-speaking women
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., offers a program for Spanish-speaking women: Grupo de mujeres, dirigido por Mary Ellen Rodriguez y Ana Maria Sauer: 10-11 a.m., los martes, 29 de Julio, 19 y 26 de agosto.

BPU Ethics Commission to meet
The Kansas City, Kan., Board of Public Utilities Ethics Commission will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, in Conference Room B, West Wyandotte Public Library, 1737 N. 82nd St., Kansas City, Kan. The purpose of the Ethics Commission is to ensure proper implementation of BPU’s code of ethics and to review and report on all violations of the ethics policy, a spokesman said. The BPU Ethics Commission Hotline is 913-271-6337. The email is

Quarterly meeting planned
The Wyandotte Economic Development Council will hold its quarterly event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, at the Community Clubhouse at Village West Luxury Apartments, 11024 Delaware Parkway, Kansas City, Kan.

Candidate forum to be held at KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College will play host to a candidate forum from 6 to 9 p.m. July 30 in Room 2325 in Upper Jewell on the main KCKCC campus, 7250 State Ave. Candidates who will be on the primary election ballot in August have been invited to attend. There are several sponsors of the candidate forum. Those who have been invited include Republicans, Sen. Pat Roberts, D.J. Smith, Milton Wolf and Alvin Zahnter and Democrats Chad Taylor and Patrick Wiesner, who are all vying for a U.S. Senate seat; Democrats Kelly Kultala and Reggie Marselus, U.S. Representative, Third District; Gov. Sam Brownback and Jennifer Winn, Republicans, Kansas Governor; Republicans Kris Kobach and Scott Morgan, Secretary of State; Republicans Beverly Gossage, David Powell, Ken Selzer, Clark Shultz and John Toplikar, Insurance Commissioner and Democrats Tim Dupree, Courtney Mikesic and Jim Yoakum, 29th District Judge, Position 11. Each candidate will be allowed a three-minute opening statement and a two-minute closing statement. Moderators from various sponsoring organizations will ask candidates questions about relevant issues. Sponsoring organizations include KCKCC, Business West, the Kansas City, Kansas Chamber of Commerce, The Central Avenue Betterment Association, the Historic Northeast Mid-town Association, Downtown Shareholders, Rosedale Development Association, Fairfax Industrial Association and the Kansas City Press Club.

Gardening program offered

“Planning Your Fall Garden,” a presentation by Sarah Heppler of K-State Extension, will be offered from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, July 31, at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Call 913-906-8990 to register for the program.

Blood drive planned July 31
A Community Blood Center blood drive is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 31 at the University of Kansas Francisco Lounge, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., (Rainbow and Olathe Blvd.), Kansas City, Kan. For information or to schedule an appointment, visit or call 816-753-4040.

Concert scheduled July 31 at outdoor theater
As part of the Warped Tour, Of Mice and Men is coming to Bonner Springs, Kan., July 31 to play Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, 126th and State Avenue. Some of the albums of the heavy rocker group are “The Flood” and “Restoring Force.”

Night trail run to be Aug. 1
The 2014 Psych Night Trail Run will take place at 8:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at Wyandotte County Lake, 91st and Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kan. This trail running event will include a 5K fun run-walk, and a 10K fun run-walk along a hilly, wooded route. There is an entry fee. For more information, visit

Bonner Springs to hold Operation School Supplies
Operation School Supplies will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 2, at Bonner Springs High School for students in the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville School District. The event is intended to help low-income families with providing school supplies for their children in kindergarten through 12th grade. To qualify, students must be in the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville district, currently enrolled or a returning student in the district. Sponsors of the event include the school district, Vaughn-Trent Community Services, Fellowship West, Bonner Springs City Library, Walmart, Lagasse Sweet, and churches, businesses and individuals.

Night Out Against Crime to be Aug. 5
Night Out Against Crime will be held at 5 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Kansas National Guard Armory, 18th and Ridge, Kansas City, Kan. The guest speakers include Topeka Police Chief Ron Miller, former Kansas City, Kan., police chief; and Thomas Beall of the U.S. Attorney’s office in Kansas. Local elected officials also are expected to speak. Children and adults may attend. A yo-yo demonstration and competition is planned. Community groups also are attending the event. The first 100 who belong to a registered neighborhood group will receive a free T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded. Those attending will also have the opportunity to meet with members of the local Police and Sheriff departments.

Keeler Film Series to be held Aug. 6
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., will hold the Keeler Film Series at 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Roxanne Hutton is the facilitator. Films will be presented about women and films with subjects important to women. Discussions will follow. On Aug. 6, the movie and discussion will be about “Girl Rising.” Call 913-906-8990 to register.

Marriage enrichment class starts Aug. 6
A marriage enrichment class will begin Wednesday, Aug. 6, at St. Patrick Catholic Church social hall, 94th and State Avenue. Classes will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 27. Dinner will be provided at 5:30 p.m. The classes are in a relaxed small-group atmosphere where topics such as problem solving, decision making, communication, hidden issues and commitment may be discussed. Trained facilitators will lead the class. The class is sponsored by Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. Pre-registration is necessary to or 913-906-8925.

Learn about budget basics
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., KCK, will present “Basics of Budgeting,” in partnership with Heartland Habitat for Humanity and Wells Fargo Bank from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 7. Men and women may attend. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

Back-to-School Fair to be Aug. 9
The annual Wyandotte County Back-to-School Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at two locations, Kansas City Kansas Community College, 7250 State Ave., and Boys and Girls Club Wyandotte County, 1240 Troup Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Students who live in Wyandotte County may participate. Parents should bring proof of residence. Children are required to attend. Immunizations are available to those who bring their immunization cards. Sports physicals will be available; a pre-participation examination form is requested. Bookbags with school supplies will be given out. Books will be distributed to children. Haircuts will be available. Lunch will be served. The United Way of Wyandotte County is accepting donations toward this event. People interested in volunteering may contact the United Way, 913-371-3674.

African-American Art Festival planned Aug. 9
The MoKan African-American Art Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Quindaro Park, 35th and Sewell, Kansas City, Kan. Those attending the free event may bring a blanket, enjoy artwork, stilt walkers Gullah basket weathers, African drummers and dancers, food and vendors. For more information about having an art exhibit there or being a vendor, contact 913-788-7330.

End of Summer Carnival Aug. 9 at library
The Schlagle Library at Wyandotte County Lake Park, 91st and Leavenworth Road, will hold an End of Summer Carnival from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. Saturday, Aug. 9. The family event will include games, food, a silent auction and “Doo-Dad Mike,” a musician performing at 11 a.m. The event is free. There is a donation for games. The Leavenworth Road Association will provide lunch and snacks for purchase. Silent auction donors include T-Bones, Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs, Great Wolf Lodge, Kansas City Zoo, Paradise Park, Sunflower Golf Course and Science City.

Mobile food pantry to distribute food Aug. 9
Civitan Clubs of KC are sponsoring a mobile food pantry at noon on Saturday, Aug. 9 and Aug. 16, at 8822 Parallel Parkway. This is in the parking lot of the Crossroads Family Church. The mobile food pantry will be open until the food is gone. The Civitan Family Life Development Center is at that location. For more information, visit

Blood drive planned Aug. 11

A Community Blood Center blood drive is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Chiropractic Healing Center parking lot at 8437 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. For information or to schedule an appointment, visit or call 816-753-4040.

Vendor Fair planned
A Vendor Fair will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Unified Government City Hall lobby, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan. This is an opportunity for local vendors to learn how to do business with the Unified Government and BPU. An educational forum will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Some of the topics covered will be vendor numbers, business licenses, equal employment opportunity compliance license, and tax clearance letter. Reservations are required to or 913-573-5446.

Personal finance class, ‘Finding Cash,’ offered

“Finding Cash,” a four-session class for general financial education, will be offered from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on four Tuesdays, Aug. 12-Sept. 2, at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Topics will include budgeting, savings, credit, needs vs. wants, plugging spending leaks and avoiding spending traps. This class is a prerequisite for individuals and families who are income eligible (below 200 percent of the federal level and have a net worth, market value of all assets owned minus debt of less than $10,000. The home you live in and one vehicle are excluded from asset determination) to participate in Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas 2:1 matched savings account program to assist with first time homeownership, homeowner occupied housing repair, post-secondary education, specialized skills training, or small business. Visit or call Kimberly Simmons, Catholic Charities, 913-384-6608, Ext. 2577 for questions. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

Author to attend book club meeting Aug. 12

Keeler Women’s Center monthly book club will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Author Judith Valente will be present to lead discussion and read from her award-winning book, “Atchison Blue, a Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home, and a Living Faith.” In addition to regular participants, there is a limited number of spaces for additional women who wish to take part. Books are available for $11. A limited number of copies will be available for those who are unable to purchase one. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

College president to speak at Women’s Chamber meeting Aug. 13
The guest speaker at the Aug. 13 meeting of the Kansas City, Kan., Women’s Chamber of Commerce will be Doris Givens, president of Kansas City Kansas Community College. The meeting will begin with networking at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 13, followed by a lunch and program from noon to 1 p.m. at Dave and Busters, Village West, Legends Outlets, Kansas City, Kan. The cost of the lunch will be $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. At the program, four scholarships will be awarded. Recipients include Tiffani Henley, Melissa Cooper, Deborah Sparks and Teresa Hall. Melissa, Tiffani and Teresa will attend KCKCC while Deborah will attend Park University. Reservations are required by emailing Barbara Newby at, telephone 913-485-1208 or Ardith Deason at, telephone, 913-233-3305.

Yoder to speak at Fairfax luncheon
U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-3rd Dist., will speak at the Aug. 14 luncheon of the Fairfax Industrial Association. The event is at 11:15 a.m. Aug. 14. The sponsor is General Motors, 3201 Fairfax Trafficway, Kansas City, Kan. Reservations may be made to Melissa Clark by 5 p.m. Aug. 12 at

United Way campaign opening luncheon to be Sept. 11
United Way of Wyandotte County will kick off its Live Heroic annual campaign with its annual kick-off luncheon set for 11:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at the KCKCC Technology Center. United Way encourages the community to support the Wyandotte community by attending this luncheon or by donating to the Live Heroic campaign. Further information can be found at the United Way of Wyandotte County website, or by calling 913-371-3674.

Dotte Trot to benefit SAFE fund
The Dotte Trot, a 5K and 10K run, will be run at 8 a.m. Sept. 27 at Wyandotte County Lake Park, 9100 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kan. All proceeds from the run benefit the Surviving Spouse and Family Endowment Fund. SAFE supports the families of law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency service personnel in the Kansas City metropolitan area who have died while protecting the community and citizens. The event is limited to 500 participants. For early registration, visit

Fundraiser set Sept. 27

A Texas Hold-‘Em and Taco Dinner to raise funds for Missy Kline is scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Walk to Cure Lupus scheduled Oct. 11
The Kansas City Metro Walk to Cure Lupus is scheduled Saturday, Oct. 11, at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at The Legends area in Kansas City, Kan. Former Kansas City Chiefs player Eddie Kennison, honorary co-chair, will lead the walk. For more information, see

Counseling offered
Keeler Women’s Center, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., offers individual and couples counseling to women and men who might otherwise not be able to afford counseling. Nothing is billed. Donations are accepted. Call 913-906-8990 for information or to do an intake and schedule an appointment.

Fringe Festival celebrates 10th year

by William Crum

The year was 2004 when the Fringe Festival started in the Kansas City area. Referred to by many as the new vaudeville, the Fringe Festival has gotten bigger and better every year.

This year it has 100 artists and groups in more than 422 performances in 18 venues from the Crossroads area to the University of Missouri at Kansas City. The performances range from dance to comedy and the visual arts.

The price for each event ranges from $10 to $15 and the tickets can be purchased at the venues 30 minutes before show time. Tickets for children 12 and under are $5 and are available at box office for shows that are rated family friendly.

One of the participants in the Fringe Festival is Heidi Van Middlesworth, who is known at the festival as Heidi Van. She is a 1996 graduate of Bishop Ward High School who now is the owner of the Fish Tank, a place where a new playwright can get a chance to show off his work.

Heidi started acting at a very young age; her mother was involved with the Theater League and they would have plays where children who are young get a chance to act.

“I really had fun doing these plays as a child,” she said. “As I got older my love for the theater has become a major part of my life. I really enjoy teaching acting to young people. This is how the Fish Tank came about,” Heidi said.

Another participant in this year’s festival is Wendy Wood, who performs with a group called Skin. She goes by the stage name of Emery. This is a Las Vegas-style ensemble that when you see it you think you’re right there in downtown Vegas, a group that Wayne Newton would have on stage with him. This performance is for adults.

Wendy Wood, a resident of Wyandotte County, appears in this year’s Fringe Festival. (Photo by William Crum)

Wendy lives here in Wyandotte County. Wendy is a graduate of Schlagle High School in Kansas City, Kan., and has relatives who live in Bonner Springs, Kan., and Edwardsville, Kan. Like Heidi, she started off at a very young age and both Heidi and Wendy are proud of their roots in Wyandotte County.

“Eventually I plan to move back to Wyandotte County and bring the Fish Tank along with me. Especially with the redevelopment of Minnesota Avenue,” Heidi said.

There are lots of residents from Wyandotte County who really enjoy the Fringe Festival and every year they try to attend various performances. Two people who enjoy the festival are State Sen. David Haley and State Rep. Pam Curtis. “I tried to attend as many of the performances I can even though I have a very busy schedule,” said Sen. David Haley.

“Eventually we want to go to the Wyandotte County area, but nothing for me yet. They have been talking to the Alcott Center but nothing is firm yet. As soon as we close this year you start getting ready for next year immediately,” said Cheryl Kimmi, the executive director.

The Fringe Festival started July 17 and runs through Sunday, July 27, at 20 places in Kansas City, Mo. For more information about the performances of the Kansas City Fringe Festival go to the website,