Archive for Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Summer may be half over, but there are still events to be enjoyed

June 30, 2015

It hardly seems possible that it is July! That means 2015 is half over and wasn’t it yesterday we were celebrating the New Year? Of course July means that summer will soon start winding down and that school can’t be that far off.

I remember when I was young (and it takes a long memory to recall me being a youth) July 1 meant it was time to begin getting in shape for football. Now high school athletes train year around for a season that never ends. But I felt the anticipation of the coming season and, yes, the butterflies. The Fourth of July meant that summer vacation was winding down.

Even though it is July, there is still plenty of time to take part in a couple of my favorite activities in Bonner Springs. Let me add that I’m involved in both activities so I guess you can call this a commercial.

Anyway, the Bonner Springs City Band will return to its weekly concert schedule at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 9, in the band stand at Kelly Murphy Park. The band took this week off because of the Fourth of July holiday. They band played its patriotic concert on Saturday, June 27, as part of the Bonner Blast.

The band will perform on July 16, July 23 and July 30. As usual the band concert will feature weekly ice cream socials sponsored by local organizations and a drawing for small prizes. In my opinion, the city band provides a lot of fun for all ages. The band has players ranging from middle school to those on the other side of 80. It is a unique activity that brings differing age groups together to work for a common cause and to have fun. In addition we have members from many surrounding communities.

The band is directed by Bill Turley and Aaron Hall and is sponsored by the City of Bonner Springs. As usual the 2015 band season will end with a concert on Thursday night during Tiblow Days. Oh, yes, Mayor Jeff Harrington and I share duties as the announcer. No, the jokes really haven’t improved that much but hopefully you’ll come to the park and enjoy an evening of small town Americana.

In addition, I hope you’ll consider visiting the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame. Yes, the Ag Hall is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Ag Hall is celebrating its 50th anniversary and will have a busy summer. I can tell you that the facility has many, many historic and educational exhibits, and I have learned a lot working as a volunteer. My favorite exhibit is the 1903 Dart truck, which is chain driven. It had a top speed of 27 miles per hour. I always though wind generation of electricity was a modern invention, but I discovered that it has been around since the 1920s, when farmers produced electricity so they could enjoy the radio.

There are many, many fascinating displays which interest all ages. Admission is only a donation of $5.

One of the summer’s biggest events is the “Tractor Daze and Touch-a-Truck” on July 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All varieties of trucks and farm equipment will be on display including “Smokey and the Bandit car and the “Snowman Semi.” A lot of fun activities are scheduled ranging from a parade of power at noon to a garden tractor pull and a kids’ pedal tractor pull. It will be fun for the entire family.

The Ag Hall is a local treasure and it deserves increased local support.

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