Corbin H. Crable
Edgerton residents will come together to celebrate the community’s history with the 38th annual Edgerton Frontier Days this weekend.
The festival, which will take place June 24-26, will include a range of activities for people of all age groups, said Denise Sullivan, one of the event organizers and a member of the Edgerton Frontier Days Association.
There is no admission cost to the festival itself, but event organizers may charge a fee for activities such as games.
Thursday, June 24 is kids night at the festival and will include Staples Safari (a magic show and petting zoo), the Cops ‘N’ Bobbers casting contest, frog and turtle races, a carnival and an ice cream social.
The carnival and Staples Safari will continue through Friday and Saturday. Added activities Friday will include a beer garden, a Knights of Columbus fish fry and the Flying Debris prop comedy show. Games for kids will include a cake walk and a ring toss.
Saturday will be the busiest day for the festival, with a biscuits and gravy breakfast at the Edgerton United Methodist Church, a bake sale, a parade with awards ceremony, a three-on-three basketball tournament, a kids ranch rodeo, a canoe race, a blind auction and a tractor pull. The weekend’s festivities will close with a downtown performance by local band Charlie and the Stingrays, which plays Southern rock, oldies and blues music.
Leading the Frontier Days fun will be Grand Marshalls Kathy McIntire, administrative assistant at Edgerton Elementary School, and Sharon Buffington, outgoing principal at Edgerton Elementary. McIntire and Buffington, who will step down as the school’s principal this summer, will be honored at the festival for their years of service to the community.
This will be the 38th year for the festival, Sullivan said, and volunteers from the city’s Recreation and Cultural Arts Committee are among the 25 volunteers to help make the event happen this year.
“This is one of the first events our group has been a part of that is solely centered around the community,” said Bryan Wilson, the committee’s president, who added that the event has something for people of all ages.
“There’s a diverse array of events. The festival reaches out to everyone.”
Sullivan said she personally is excited about several of the activities at the festival.
“I’m really looking forward to the Staples Safari and magic show,” Sullivan said. “I can’t wait to see the kids’ reactions to the tigers, monkeys and camels. It’ll be a blast. It’s the coolest thing.”
Sullivan said the Frontier Days Association will take a break for a couple of months and then reconvene in late summer to begin planning the 2011 event.
But for now, she said, she’s simply looking forward to being able to help provide Edgerton residents with low-cost, high-quality activities.
“It’s great family entertainment at little cost to the family,” she said. “And it’s local.”
Sullivan said Frontier Days couldn’t happen without the help and dedication of its volunteers.
“The fewer volunteers we have, the more we have to be on the lookout for more talent and entertainment,” she said.
Sullivan also said the festival’s corporate sponsors have donated time, supplies and funds to help keep the cost low for all – and in this economy, that’s important in any event.
“The more people and donations we can get to help us,” she said, “the less it costs the average family to come out here.”
A full schedule for the event appears on page 6 of the June 23 edition of The Gardner News and The Spring Hill New Era. For more information, call (913)893-6231 or visit www.frontier-days.com.
38th annual Edgerton Frontier Days kicks off Thursday, June 24
Corbin H. Crable