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A Festival of Performers in Lawrence

Sword swallowers, Fire-walkers and Pogo-stick stuntmen are among the dozens of performers taking to the streets in Lawrence this month for the 5th annual Busker Festival. It’s a chance to enjoy performances ranging from the bizarre to the truly unique. Festival Co-Conspirator (Founder) Richard Renner explains what the party is all about:What is a Busker Festival?The Busker Festival is a three day long street performer festival that’s based on a lot of similar festivals in the United States and Europe. They do a lot of what I like to call, “Useless skills” like fire-eating and sword-swallowing, contortionists, Pogo acrobats. There are also plenty of musicians. This year there will also be food vendors. "

Posted on August 7, 2012 11:28AM by Becky Blake

Top 10 Favorite Things at Salina’s Smoky Hill River Festival

Tapping my toes and nodding my head to the sounds of salsa, jazz, rock and Latin music, I spent a good part of this June afternoon sipping sweet tea under the shade of a huge oak tree during the Smoky Hill River Festival in Salina. As I reached to admire my newly-purchased treasure – a sculptured container designed from cream, brown and green handmade paper – that I found at the craft show, drums and other hand percussion instruments begin beating an energetic rhythm nearby, beckoning me to get up and dance. Ahhh, this is the life!

Posted on June 19, 2012 5:05PM by Cecilia Harris

Paxico Serves Up Meatloaf Festival

There’s plenty of chili cookoffs and barbecue competitions throughout Kansas, but as far as I know there’s only one Meatloaf Festival. And no, this event is not about the famous hard rock musician named Meat Loaf I listened to in college. Held in Paxico, the festival named for one of our favorite comfort foods features a parade, car show, music, children’s activities and, of course, the Meatloaf Cookoff as the highlight of the day.

Posted on June 7, 2012 10:56AM by Cecilia Harris

Kansas' Neewollah Festival offers alternative Halloween fun

Dress up and join the week-long celebration in Independence

Newspapers in Independence, Kan., reported that pranksters committed more vandalism during Halloween 1918 than the citizens found tolerable. As a result, city leaders decided a healthy diversion from mean-spirited Halloween antics might be a solution. So they created festivities for "Neewollah" - Halloween spelled backward - as an outlet for young people's autumn energies. What began as a one-day county fair, parade and rodeo has grown into southeastern Kansas' largest celebration the last full week of October. 

Posted on October 4, 2011 1:39PM by Becky Blake


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