This year’s Kansas Day will feature the Macabillies performing on stage, the annual cow patty drop for a $500 prize, the annual drawing for homemade queen-size quilt, and probably the most popular event of the day, the annual auction.
Booths are also available for those interested in selling crafts or other items. The booths are $15 or $25 with electricity, and vendors are asked to bring their own table and chairs.
“We started doing Kansas Day 16 years ago, because there was nowhere for our kids to play,” Kansas Day organizer Cindy Wright said. “We wanted a safe place for them to play and for our senior citizens to be able to take a walk, so we started raising money to renovate the old ball park, and 16 years later we’re still adding things.”
Wright said a variety of things have been added to the area around the old Kansas ball park over the years, including a walking track, a new ballfield, playground equipment, a covered pavilion complete with three picnic tables and barbecue grills, public restrooms, a covered stage, two concession stands, a monument honoring veterans from Kansas, and a huge glass display case, which houses an antique fire truck once used by the Kansas Fire Department.
Donations raised through the annual Kansas Day fundraising event are used to help maintain the park.
“People from all over the state of Alabama and beyond have been so generous to us over the years,” Wright said. “And I think the reason for that is because they know their money is going to be used wisely, because we do this for the kids in our community.”
Wright, who has been a part of Kansas Day since its inception, said the fundraising event began after a little boy in the community was hurt while playing near his home and that inspired her and other to do something to make some changes in their community.
"I live here, and when this started, my son was 2 and my daughter was 14. There was nothing for the kids to do and nowhere for them to play,” Wright said. “And when that little boy got hurt, it really inspired me to do something about it.”
Wright said one of the most popular events at Kansas Day by far has to be the annual auction.
“Everybody loves it. People donate all kinds of things to be auctioned off,” Wright said. “We’ve had all kinds of things in our auction from jewelry and free meal tickets to haircuts and manicures to lamps and birdhouses. You name it, we've probably had it in our auction and this year is proving to be no different.”
Wright said Kansas Day is a huge undertaking, but she believes it can serve as a lesson to larger areas.
“We’ve done a lot of work here, and we want other people to see what we've done,” Wright said. “We’re a small community, and if we can do something like this, imagine what a big community could do.”
Wright is currently selling tickets for the quilt for $1, which will be given away the day of the event, as well as squares for the Cow Patty Drop for $10. For more information about Kansas Day, or to purchase a quilt ticket or cow patty square, or to rent booth space, just contact Cindy Wright at 300-0565 or Joey Bagwell at 275-1597; or call the Kansas Town Hall at -924-0072; or check it on Facebook at Kansas Day Memorial Park.