The 17th Annual Kansas Day will kick off at 9 a.m. Saturday with a variety of food and fun for the entire family. Cindy Wright, one of the Kansas Day organizers, said volunteers from the small town work hard every year to make sure Kansas Day is a success.
“The people of Kansas get together and have this outdoor event every year in order to raise money for our city park,” Wright said. “We’re a small community, and it’s hard to get much government funding for a small community, so we just have to get out and we have to work hard and come up with our own means for our park.”
This will be the first year organizers have allowed food vendors to set up at the annual event. Booths are still available to purchase at $25 for non-food vendors and $50 for food vendors. Chances will be sold for $1 each on winning a homemade Alabama quilt that displays the Tide’s three iconic coaches: Paul “Bear” Bryant, Gene Stallings and Nick Saban. Food will also be provided by Big Daddy’s Grub.
A number of gospel groups will start off the day’s entertainment, including Pure Heart at 9 a.m., followed by Jacob Jackson at 9:40 a.m., Covered by Grace at 10 a.m., Rita and MaKayla Hall at 10:40 a.m. and Press Play at 11:20 a.m.
The main event, an auction, will be held at 1 p.m. that will include many donations from area businesses. Items to be auctioned off include a two-ton floor jack from AutoZone, a bathroom faucet from Discount Home Center, a lamp from Barry’s Furniture, a CB antenna rod from Manchester Auto, car cleaning kits from Advance Auto and Clowers Brothers and oil change certificates, just to name a few.
For a $10 donation, you may purchase a square at your chance of winning $500 in a cow patty drop. One hundred squares are sold which amounts to $1,000. Wright said the winner receives the prize of $500 while the town of Kansas will receive the other $500. “That’s a quick, easy money maker,” she said.
Full Throttle Lawn Mower racing will begin at 3 p.m. and the Southeastern Buc-N-Bulls will be present at the day’s event as well. Activities will be available throughout the day for both adults and kids, including face painting.
“Over the last 17 years, with this being our 17th year to have Kansas Day, we try to have something new out there every year so that folks can see what the money is going toward,” Wright said. “All the folks that have given donations over the past and all the volunteers, we are so thankful for. We are so thankful for the people that give of their time, their items and their monetary donations to help with the park every year.”
Since the park’s inception, money has been raised to provide the community with a beautiful park equipped with a large, covered pavillion, paved walking track, a developed ball field with dugouts and two concession stands, a lawn maintenance building and public bathrooms.
The park also has the town’s antique volunteer fire truck on display and a veterans’ monument.
“The Kansas park is named after the veterans who have lost their lives serving our country. It’s to honor those who have lost their lives and to honor those who have served,” Wright said. “We’ve memorialized those who have gone on, and it’s to honor all servicemen and women, especially those from Kansas, but it is to honor all veterans. We do have a monument with their names on it with the ones that were from Kansas, but it is to honor all veterans no matter what branch of service.”
Wright said all of the proceeds from each year’s Kansas Day go back into the park. Kansas Mayor Shelia Clark recently had surgery, but Wright said she and others continue to work together “to ensure that Kansas Day is as successful as it has always been in the past.”
For more information or if you would like to purchase a booth, you may call Kansas Town Hall at (205) 924-0072 or Wright at (205) 300-0565. You may also visit the park’s Facebook page at Kansas Day Memorial Park.