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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Lansing cancels Friday's fireworks

  • City of Lansing officials announced Thursday that because of concerns over the weather, a fireworks show scheduled to cap the first day of this weekend's community festival had been canceled.
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  • City of Lansing officials announced Thursday that because of concerns over the weather, a fireworks show scheduled to cap the first day of this weekend's community festival had been canceled.
    City Administrator Mike Smith said the decision was made that day to cancel the display that would have ended the first night of the Brew, Blues and Barbecue Cookoff and Lansing Daze festival scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Friday as temperatures dropped from the 70s to the 30s and conditions changed from sun to snow this week, with rain possible through Saturday.
    “We're having trouble with the weather,” he said.
    The Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned Brew, Blues and Barbecue Cookoff, and its 42 registered teams, were still scheduled to take place, Smith said.
    “They come prepared for almost anything,” he said.
    The associated People's Choice competition, which Lansing Economic Development and Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Nolan Sunderman said would be inside along with a number of other festival events, were also scheduled to proceed.
    Other aspects of the two-day festival, he said, were subject to cancelation.
    “We'll also be looking at the bands, potentially, and the inflatable stuff for the kids, that'll be outside,” Sunderman said. “We'll kind of see how the weather plays out.”
    The festival is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Eisenhower Crossing Development, DeSoto and Eisenhower roads.
    Sunderman said the city would be issuing other information through their Facebook page and website and through press releases, which will be posted as they become available at www.leavenworthtimes.com.
    “Think warm thoughts,” Mayor Billy Blackwell said.
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