Buffalo Bill Days will be this weekend, and the schedule is now out – so you can start planning. Remember Sixth Street, downtown, will be closed for the duration of the festival: from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15.
To kick off the festival, the National Anthem will be sung and the colors presented at 2:50 p.m. on Saturday.
This will be followed on the main stage by an acoustic band, a '70s/'80s rock group, and The Good Sam Club Band at 5:30 p.m. Band K closes the evening, beginning at 9:15 p.m. and ending at 11 p.m.
The ROTC Honor Guard will present a drill performance at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
And at 7:30 p.m., the Lithium and Inglewarp Performance Arts group will stage a fire dancing performance.
On Sunday, come out for a youth '70s and '80s rock band, the First City String Band, the Benjamin Hyatt Band, the STL Christian Rock band, and Pete Maynard playing Native American flute music on the main stage; as well as Mallie Rust, Don Welborn, The Peris, Madii Patten, and local student performers on the Library Stage.
Don't miss the Leavenworth Library's performance of the brand-new "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," a Mark Twain-inspired original play, every hour on the hour from noon to 4 p.m., also on the Library Stage.
If you're in the mood for dancing, Brickhouse Salsa will be hosting free lessons and dancing at 1 p.m. on Sunday, also at the Library Stage. Or, if you are a musician who needs a stage or a singer who needs a mic, come to the "Open Jam" with your instrument and play on the Library Stage from 7:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. And Wolfman Karaoke will be open for singers from 4 – 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Throughout the day Saturday and Sunday, the Cody Choraliers, the same group that performed in the original Buffalo Bill Days in 1969, will be performing around the festival — as will jugglers and other street performers.
The famous Outhouse Races will be held on Sixth Street at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
If you're in a pie mood, come for the Leavenworth Public Library's pie and cake judging contest at 4 p.m. Saturday or for the "The Great Western Melodrama," a revamp of the original melodrama staged at the first Buffalo Bill Days more than 40 years ago, beginning at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Put on your best Western period costumes and try your luck at the Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, and Wild Bill Hickok look-a-like contest – judging times are at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.
Page 2 of 2 - A free kids area will be open throughout the festival with arts and crafts and other projects.
And if you're an artist, try your hand at the "Quick Draw" 15-minute drawing competition at the American Family Insurance booth – 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday.
All day Saturday and Sunday, art and craft vendors will be showing their wares along the festival route. The National Guard will also host a display of military vehicles.
If you're just interested in strolling around and supporting the various local community groups' booths, keep an eye out for the chalk art and window displays along the Cowboy Trail. Or join a guided tour of historic buildings and local history, organized by First City Photo and conducted by local community groups throughout the day on both Saturday and Sunday.
You can find the complete schedule and more information at the festival website: http://www.buffalobillfestival.com/.