A deluge of rain in the morning and early afternoon Saturday, June 12 failed to stop Gardner residents from coming out to enjoy the third annual Festival on the Trails in downtown Gardner. Above, Central National Bank hosted an arts and crafts tent for kids, where they could make artwork using a variety of colorful materials. Staff photo by Corbin H. Crable

An arts and crafts tent sponsored by Central National Bank at Saturday’s Festival on the Trails featured a station where kids could make friendship bracelets. Bank employees were on hand to help kids make their own creations. Staff photo by Corbin H. Crable

Shelly Kroencke (left) and her husband, Lee, of Lenexa-based Gladiator Chili, prepare their chili Saturday morning for a chili cookoff, a new event included in the festival this year. Cooks entered chili in two categories: CASI and homestyle. Staff photo by Corbin H. Crable

Judges for the Festival on the Trails’ chili cookoff sample chili prepared by area and regional cooks Saturday afternoon outside the Johnson County Library. Judges for the cookoff included Gardner Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Stewart (left) and Gardner Mayor Dave Drovetta (right). Staff photo by Corbin H. Crable

Kids at Festival on the Trails got their faces -- and even hair -- splashed with colors that added brightness to an otherwise mostly cloudy day. The festival took place all day Saturday in downtown Gardner. Although rains soaked the downtown area during the late morning and early afternoon, crowds -- and the sun -- came out around 2 p.m. After a long day outside, the festivities concluded with a performance by the Little River Band. Staff photo by Corbin H. Crable

There was plenty to see, do and eat at Gardner’s Festival on the Trails Saturday — including roasted corn, a festival favorite. Crowds arrived at the festival in full force in the afternoon, after rains dissipated and the sun came out. Staff photo by Corbin H. Crable