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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • DAZE-d and amused: Lansing community events set to begin

  • Lansing's economic development officials have their fingers crossed this week.
    They're hoping for warm weather and no rain for the Lansing DAZE celebration Friday and Saturday.
    Last year, economic development director Nolan Sunderland said, everything except the barbecue contest and indoor events were rained out.
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    • Below is a schedule of events for Friday and Sa...

      Friday:
      • 6-9:30 p.m. Children's inflatables, games and rides (tickets or wristbands available)
      • 6:30-8:15 p.m. Blues band Southside Souls
      • 8:30-11 p.m. Blues rec...

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      Below is a schedule of events for Friday and Saturday's 10th Annual Brew, Blues & Bar-B-Q Cook-off and the 2014 Lansing DAZE Festival:

      Friday:

      • 6-9:30 p.m. Children's inflatables, games and rides (tickets or wristbands available)

      • 6:30-8:15 p.m. Blues band Southside Souls

      • 8:30-11 p.m. Blues recording artist Katy Guillen

      • Approximately 9:30 p.m. Fireworks show

      Saturday:

      • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Craft, commercial and nonprofit booths, Lansing DAZE Car & Cycle Show, and Sunflower Piecemakers Quilt Show at Lansing Activity Center, 108 S. Second St.

      • 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Children's inflatables, games and rides

      • 11-11:45 a.m. Children's group Healthy Hip Hop H3

      • Noon-3 p.m. Garry Lincoln Band

      • 1-4 p.m. Car seat safety check lane

      • 3:30 p.m. Barbecue competition awards ceremony

      — All activities except for the Quilt Show take place at Eisenhower Crossing, near the intersection of Eisenhower and DeSoto roads

  • Lansing's economic development officials have their fingers crossed this week.
    They're hoping for warm weather and no rain for the Lansing DAZE celebration Friday and Saturday.
    Last year, economic development director Nolan Sunderland said, everything except the barbecue contest and indoor events were rained out.
    That meant two of the most popular events, the musical acts and the fireworks show, didn't happen.
    The most popular event, said Sundae Holler, economic development and Convention and Tourism Bureau assistant, is the fireworks show, which begins about 9:30 p.m.
    She's had people tell her afterwards that it's the best fireworks show they've ever seen, better even than the display at Kansas City Royals games.
    Coming a close second, Sunderland said, are the bands.
    This year, blues artist Katy Guillen will perform from about 8:30-11:30 p.m. Friday, preceded by Blues band Southside Souls, performing from 6:30-8:15 p.m. Guillen was supposed to perform last year before the show was rained out, Holler said.
    Holler noted that one of the blues artists who performed previously at Lansing DAZE was Mary Bridget Davies, who's now playing Janis Joplin in "A Night with Janis Joplin" on Broadway.
    Another previous performer, Sunderland said, was Samantha Fish, who's also had a promising blues career.
    While adults are enjoying the music, children can be playing on large inflatables, the number of which will increase this year from previous years, Sunderland said. There are also games and rides, Holler said. Inflatables and rides go from 6-9:30 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
    A big part of the Brew, Blues & Bar-B-Q Cook-off is the barbecue competition, and as of last week, more than 30 had signed up, which Holler said was about the average number.
    This is a Kansas City Barbecue-sanctioned event, Sunderland said, which means rules are strict. Among other things, there have to be certified judges, who have to complete a class.
    Holler said she's taken the class and she is one of 49 judges this year.
    Contestants come from near and far.
    Last year, one came from California, Holler said. This year, some contestants are coming from Iowa and South Dakota, as well as ones closer to home.
    All contestants have a chance to participate in the People's Choice Competition, Holler said. The city buys the meat that is barbecued and ready for tasting at 11 a.m. Saturday. For $5, visitors get a chance to taste them all and cast a vote.
    All events take place at Eisenhower Crossing, at the intersection of Eisenhower and DeSoto roads.
    The only event not there is the Sunflower Piecemakers Quilt Show, slated for the Lansing Activity Center, 108 S. Second St.
    Saturday morning is full of family fun, too. The Kiwanis Club will be preparing breakfast as a club fundraiser.
    Page 2 of 2 - There are craft booths as well as a Lansing DAZE Car & Cycle Show.
    And, especially for the kids is a performance at 11 a.m. by Healthy Hip Hop H3, a group originally scheduled last year as well.
    A local favorite, the Garry Lincoln Band, performs from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.
    Holler said Jamie Miller, who lives in Lansing, is a drummer for the band.
    And, for those who are expecting a baby or those who have babies, there's also a special event: Lansing police will have a car seat safety check lane, either installing or re-installing car seats those who desire the service.
    Altogether, Sunderland said, there's something for everyone in this year's Lansing DAZE and Brew, Blues & Bar-B-Q.
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