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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Lansing DAZE scheduled for this weekend

  • The city of Lansing is preparing for its eighth annual community celebration, the Blues, Brew and Barbecue Cookoff and the Lansing DAZE festival, this weekend.

     


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  • The city of Lansing is preparing for its eighth annual community celebration, the Blues, Brew and Barbecue Cookoff and the Lansing DAZE festival, this weekend.
    As in years past, Friday and Saturday’s festivities will include performances from local and national blues recording artists, games and a barbecue cookoff sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. However, as Mayor Ken Bernard said last Wednesday, the events will be “bigger and better” than before, with 42 contestants signed up for the barbecue cookoff. That number has grown steadily each year.
    “We’ve continued to have a lot of interest in that,” said Nolan Sunderman, director of economic development and the Convention and Visitors Bureau for the city.
    The event will open at 6 p.m. Friday at Eisenhower Crossing, near DeSoto and Eisenhower Roads, with a number of children’s inflatables, games and rides, with tickets or wristbands available.
    At 6:30 p.m., Kansas city blues band the Doghouse Daddies will take the stage. Nationally recognized 22-year-old Kansas City blues guitarist Samantha Fish will perform with her band from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday. Sundae Holler, economic development assistant at the city, said the night will culminate with a fireworks display at about 9:30 p.m. — an aspect of the festival that she said was back by popular demand.
    “We hope a lot of people come out for that,” she said.
    More activities begin the next morning. The Lansing Kiwanis Club will host a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Lansing High School.
    The Sunflower Piecemakers Quilt Guild will host their annual quilt show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day at the Lansing Activity Center, 108 S. Second St. More than 40 vendor and non-profit booths will be open starting at 9 a.m. at Eisenhower Crossing. The Lansing DAZE car and motorcycle show will also return during that time. Children’s games and activities will open again at 10 a.m.
    Local blues band Southern Reign will perform from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The people’s choice barbecue competition will also begin at 11 a.m. The awards for that competition will be presented in a ceremony at 3:30 p.m.
    With a number of different events sponsored by various community groups supporting the city’s own activities, Sunderman agreed that Lansing DAZE is really a community festival.
    “I think there’s something that would appeal to everyone,” he said.

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