Saturday events

If there is inclement weather, check with the sponsoring organization to see if the event still will be held.

PiperFest planned Sept. 28
Preparations are underway for the annual PiperFest, a community festival on Saturday, Sept. 28, and Sunday, Sept. 29, at Piper High School, 4400 N. 107th St., Kansas City, Kansas. A previously announced schedule for PiperFest has been changed because of the rain and storms. The car show will be on Sunday. The fun run will be on Saturday morning. The new schedule can be found at http://wyandottedaily.com/piperfest-schedule-changes-because-of-weather/. The annual event will raise funds for the Piper Public School District 203, according to Sean Ziolo, who is volunteering with the festival’s car show. Highlights of the event will include a pancake breakfast, run-walk, auction, car show, carnival, bingo, concessions and food trucks. For more information, visit http://wyandottedaily.com/piperfest-schedule-changes-because-of-weather/, www.piperfest.com or https://www.facebook.com/pipercarshow/.

Hispanic Heritage Festival planned Sept. 28
A Hispanic Heritage Festival will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Bonner Springs Farmers’ Market at Kelly Murphy Park, 129 Elm St., Bonner Springs. This year’s festival, celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, highlights contributions made by the Latino community. The festival will include music, dancers, a clown, bounce houses, food and games.

Adopt-A-Spot to launch Saturday in KCK, Bonner Springs and Edwardsville

The cities of Kansas City, Kansas, Bonner Springs and Edwardsville are teaming up to make Wyandotte County litter free through a grassroots, citizen based program called Adopt-A-Spot. The event will officially launch at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, with Kansas City, Kansas, Mayor David Alvey, Bonner Springs Mayor Jeff Harrington and Edwardsville Mayor John McTaggart joining for the event at Leo Alvey Park, Metropolitan Avenue and 49th Street South in Kansas City, Kansas. The Adopt-A-Spot program is voluntary and designed for civic-minded groups, businesses, and organizations with an interest in keeping Bonner Springs, Edwardsville, and Kansas City, Kansas litter-free. The Adopt-A-Spot program is open to families, youth organizations, civic groups, nonprofits, churches, schools, social organizations, retiree organizations, and city, county, or state agencies. To learn more and check out the list of adoptable spots, visit the Adopt-A-Spot WyCo page at www.wycokck.org/SOAR/Adopt.

Library in the Park to be Sept. 28
The fifth annual Library in the Park festival will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Big Eleven Lake, 11th and State Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas. The festival is free and includes activities for all ages. This year’s special guest is Christine Taylor-Butler, an award winning author of children’s fiction and nonfiction. Free copies of her book, “The Lost Tribes,” will be given away, while supplies last. She will sign copies of her books and conduct two science experiments with children. There will be performances from local groups Drum Safari, The Cubanisms, and The Freedom Affair. Drum Safari will also host three drum circles during the event. Other activities will include Blind Date with a Movie, Music Sampling, Book Fortune Teller, the Yearbook Project, bubbles, face-painting, a photo booth, and lawn games. Attendees will also get to visit the Mobile Library to sign up for a card and check out items. Library in the Park will include a return of the taco competition with local taquerias Carniceria la Luz, San Antonio’s, Daisy’s Mexican Food, and Eduardo’s Pueblito. Attendees will get a chance to sample tacos from all four locations and vote on which taco is the best. The tacos will be provided by KCKPL at no cost to attendees. Attendees will get a chance to sample tacos from all four locations and vote on which taco is the best. The tacos will be provided by KCKPL at no cost to attendees. For more information on Library in the Park and a full schedule of events, visit libraryinthepark.org.

Renaissance Festival continues
The Renaissance Festival will continue from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29, at 130th and State Avenue, Bonner Springs. Tickets are $22.95 for adults and $13.95 for children 5 to 12 years old. For more information, visit www.kcrenfest.com.


El Centro Cultural Celebration and Resource Fair planned
El Centro plans a Cultural Celebration and Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at 650 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The event includes a ceremonial dance, folkloric dance, Fiesta Mexicana, healthy cooking demonstrations, food, a disc jockey and activities for kids. Resources will be available on voter registration, Medicaid and other information.

Family story time planned
Family story time is planned from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the youth services craft room at the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The event includes stories, dance and singing. The program is geared to ages 2 to 6. For other library programs, visit www.kckpl.org.

Spanish singing lessons planned
“Clases de Canto,” or Spanish singing lessons, are planned from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, in Conference Room B, South Branch Library, 3104 Strong Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The Spanish language singing class is taught by Sandra Zamora. For other library programs, visit www.kckpl.org.

Slovenefest planned Sept. 28
Volunteers from Holy Family Catholic Church, Kansas City, Kansas, are preparing for the annual Slovenefest, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Monsignor Mejak Hall and Holy Family School grounds, 513 Ohio. The event will include a traditional Slovenian dinner, music and family entertainment. The funds raised will support Holy Family Church. The festival begins after the 4 p.m. Mass on Sept. 28 at Holy Family Church, 274 Orchard St., Kansas City, Kansas. The festival from 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 28 includes children’s and adult games, cultural booth, souvenirs, a silent auction, authentic Slovenian food including sarma (stuffed cabbage rolls), poljene paprika (stuffed peppers), krvavica (a specialty sausage), Slovenian potato salad and green beans. Tamburitza music from Hravatski Obicaj is featured from 5 to 6 p.m., and Slovenian polkas by the Brian McCarty Band are planned from 6 to 9 p.m. The festival will be held rain or shine.


If there is inclement weather, check with the sponsoring organization to see if the event still will be held. The events here were listed according to their starting times. If you have an event to list that is happening in Wyandotte County, send it to news@wyandottedaily.com.

Annual PiperFest to be Sept. 28

Editor’s note: Because of rain in the forecast, the schedule of PiperFest has changed. Some events now will be held on Sept. 29, while others will continue Sept. 28. To see the new schedule, visit http://wyandottedaily.com/piperfest-schedule-changes-because-of-weather/.

by Mary Rupert

Preparations are underway for the annual PiperFest, a community festival from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Piper High School, 4400 N. 107th St., Kansas City, Kansas.

The annual event will raise funds for the Piper Public School District 203, according to Sean Ziolo, who is volunteering with the festival’s car show.

Highlights of the event will include a pancake breakfast, run-walk, auction, car show, carnival, alumni softball game, bingo, concessions and food trucks.

The day begins with a Boy Scouts pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Piper High School Commons, 4400 N. 107th St.

A 5K run-walk follows from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. starting at Piper Elementary School East. The event is coordinated by Anytime Fitness. The race begins at 8 a.m., with late registration accepted through 7:30 a.m. Online registration ends Sept. 23, and details are at https://www.piperfest.com/5k.

A silent auction opens at 7 a.m. and runs through 8 p.m. The event will be in the Piper High School Commons. All funds raised will go back to the Piper Public Schools. This year, persons also may participate in the auction through “ClickBid,” a mobile app. For more information, see https://www.piperfest.com/auction.

The PiperFest Car and Truck Show will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Piper High School south parking lot. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., then the car show will begin with the national anthem at 11:30 a.m. There are plans to have two tow trucks supporting an American flag in the air at the car show; entrants should be able to drive under the flag.

The entry fee for cars and trucks will be $10, Ziolo said. All models and makes of vehicles are eligible to enter the judged show, he said.

He said entries were down a little last year because of the weather, and he hopes the show draws 200 to 300 cars this year.

The show will hand out over 70 awards, along with cash prizes. The “best of show” award is $200; second runner-up is $100 and third runner-up is $50. The principal’s choice award winner will receive a trophy and the picture of the vehicle will go on next year’s T-shirt, fliers and banners.

A special class for anyone 25 and younger will include 15 “Rising Star” awards to recognize youth who enter the car show.

Besides the top awards, there will be giveaways to car show entrants including a TV set, neon signs, gift cards to restaurants and tools, with donations from a lot of sponsors, he said.

The rain date will be Sunday, Sept. 29.

For more information on the car show, visit https://www.piperfest.com/carandtruckshow.

PiperFest also includes an alumni softball game from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 28 at Piper High School baseball field.

In addition, there will be soccer and track skills stations from 10 a.m. to noon at the district stadium.

The carnival, community stage and vendors will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at Piper High School. A $20 carnival wristband will be available. Music performances also are part of the festival.

Bingo will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Piper High School Commons, with concessions available.

Ziolo said eight food trucks will be at the festival.

There is no admission charge to attend the festival.

“We look forward to having everyone out and we appreciate their support,” Ziolo said. “We look forward to seeing old friends and making new, and making the car show one of the best in KC.”

For more information, visit www.piperfest.com or https://www.facebook.com/pipercarshow/.

White’s 5 TDs pace Pirates

Six Baldwin defenders brought down Piper junior running back La’James White. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)
 

by Brian Turrel

Piper running back La’James White scored five touchdowns in a runaway 57-6 home victory over the Baldwin Bulldogs on Friday evening.

White picked up two rushing touchdowns, including a 76-yarder. He also collected three scores through the air from quarterback Karson Schaunaman. White primarily used his speed to outrace Baldwin’s defense around the ends.

Schaunaman connected with receivers Camaro Scott and Jack Robinson for two more touchdowns. Running back Brandon Snell rounded out the scoring with a 43-yard touchdown run.

Piper’s defense was just as dominant as the offense, forcing fumbles on consecutive possessions in the first half and quickly turning the game into a rout.

Junior linebacker Branden Martin led the defense with 11 tackles and a fumble recovery. Freshman defensive back Mehiki Frazier had an interception in the first half.

The Pirates have started the season with two dominating wins. They’ll face off with Atchison next Friday in Piper’s homecoming game. A major challenge will come in three weeks when they play the Tonganoxie Chieftains (also 2-0) on the road.

Piper junior Camaro Scott (10) had three receptions in the game, including a touchdown catch. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)
La’James White brought down a throw from sophomore quarterback Karson Schaunaman for a touchdown. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)
Freshman defensive back Mehiki Frazier pulled an interception from the arms of a Baldwin receiver. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)
Senior defensive lineman Jamarion Frazier celebrated as he came to the sideline after the defense forced another Baldwin turnover. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)
Junior linebacker Branden Martin (11) closed in on the Baldwin ball carrier. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)
Junior linebacker Darius McNeal brought Baldwin’s quarterback down for a loss. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)
The Piper cheerleaders performed stunts before the game. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)
White ran away from the Baldwin defense for another touchdown. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)
Junior wide receiver Camaro Scott (10) and junior offensive lineman Tony Cobbs (55) celebrated after Scott’s touchdown reception. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)
The Piper dance team performed at halftime. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)
“Troy’s our hero” chants from the student section cheered on athletic trainer Troy Koerner, right, as he worked with the athletes. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)
Junior running back Brandon Snell raced around the right side on his way to the end zone. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)
Senior receiver Jack Robinson fought his way past a Baldwin tackler for a touchdown reception. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)