More details are emerging about a new community festival that is planned for next month.

More details are emerging about a new community festival that is planned for next month.

Leavenworth city commissioners were briefed about plans for Camp Leavenworth when they met Tuesday.

Keli O’Neill Wenzel, president and CEO of O’Neill Events and Marketing, reviewed musical acts and other activities that are being planned for the festival’s inaugural year.

“We have a lot of ideas,” she said.

The City Commission has hired O’Neill Events and Marketing, Kansas City, Missouri, to manage Camp Leavenworth, which is planned for Sept. 20-21 in downtown Leavenworth.

Activities that are being planned include axe throwing and a zip line.

Wenzel said each day of the festival will conclude with a fireworks show.

“We think this is a good way to celebrate your first year,” she said.

The festival will take place along Esplanade Street between Cherokee and Short streets.

Wenzel said two stages will be set up for musical acts during the festival. The smallest stage will be used for live performances during the day. But at night, it will be used for a silent disco.

Wenzel said a disc jockey will play music for the silent disco, and people who attend will be issued headphones to listen to the music.

“They’re a lot of fun,” she said of silent disco events.

Wenzel said the festival will have an area called the Trading Post, where vendors will be set up. Another area, called Mess Hall, will feature food vendors.

Wenzel said people also will be able to purchase Camp Leavenworth merchandise such as shirts and water bottles.

Admission to the festival will be free. But some events, such as the zip line and axe throwing, will require fees.

Even though people will be charged fees for some events, the festival will still be picking up some of the cost for these activities, City Manager Paul Kramer said.

“The festival is dramatically subsidizing these events,” he said.

Kramer said money collected through the city’s transient guest tax is being used to support the festival.

The transient guest tax is charged to people who stay in hotels in the city.

Kramer said transient guest tax funds can be used for tourism-related activities such as festivals.

A website,, has been set up for the new festival.

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