The promoter of a mixed martial arts organization is promoting a different sort of event this week.
John Kiser, founder of the Universal Combat League, is hosting the first in a series of free outdoor movies for children in downtown Leavenworth.
The first showing of Movies in the Park will be Saturday night at VFW Park, 519 Cherokee Street.
The park is located behind Ten Penny Restaurant and Bar.
The event will feature food, prizes, raffles, giveaways, bounce house, music and a dance for children beginning at 7 p.m.
VFW Post 56 will be selling hot dogs for $1 and discounted drinks as a fundraiser for the post.
The film “Incredibles” will be shown at about 8:30 p.m. on a 12-foot projection screen at the park.
“I just thought it would be fun to put on a little show for free for the kids,” Kiser said. “It’s just a little way (the UCL) can give back to the community. We’re doing it for the kiddos.”
Kiser said he is planning to have free outdoor movies once per month throughout the summer.
Kiser was the promoter of two Universal Combat League fight nights this year at the Riverfront Community Center.
The next fight night will be outside June 30 at Haymarket Square in downtown Leavenworth.
The 11-match fight card will feature four professional bouts. The card includes about one dozen fighters from the Leavenworth area.
“The card is stacked,” Kiser said. “This is going to be the biggest ticket-selling event of the summer in Leavenworth.”
Kiser said he has sold more than 1,500 tickets already. He said it is a realistic goal that approximately 2,000 tickets will be sold for the fight night.