Butler County Times Gazette
  • Plans set for 22nd  Walnut River Festival

  • Downtown El Dorado will be filled with kids activities next weekend with the 22nd Annual Walnut River Festival.
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  • Downtown El Dorado will be filled with kids activities next weekend with the 22nd Annual Walnut River Festival.
    A variety of activities are set for the day of activities, including arts and crafts, face painting, Jim Clements portrait painting, art projects, sketching by Amboo Ploy, Ident-A-Kid (Child identification), a spinning wheel and archery by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.
    Kids will have the opportunity to make beaded bracelets and decorative crowns, as well as try the tricycle maze, hula hoops, buildings blocks and coloring.
    There also will be a car seat safety check.
    In addition to these activities, there will again be a group project set up by Sherry Hermreck which will be a community art project.
    Exhibits at the festival will include Art of Life Chiropractic, BCC Early Childhood Kids Center, City Animal Shelter, City Recreation Department, Coutts Museum, USD 490 Scavenger Hunt, Mike Nail - Cars, Coffins, BCC Fun Kid Bandage Station by the nursing department, WWII History Museum - open today, Butler County Challenge Course, City Recycle, City Fire Department, Elks DARE trailer, Highway Patrol Convincer, Smokehouse Fire Prevention, Youth Commission, Merchants of 142 North, Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Sweet 120, Vintage Automobiles, Tru Green, Lyons Club accepting donated glasses, Butler Rural Electric, American Legion, Senior Center, St. Francis Community Service, Bright Beginnings, Rainbows United and Emergency Preparedness.
    Games at the various booths will include a ball toss, TP toss, tricycle maze, coloring, sidewalk chalk, play dough and building blocks.
    In addition to the activities, entertainment will be provided throughout the day for the whole family.
    The Butler Pep Band will open up the stage entertainment at 11 a.m., then at 11:30 a.m. will start the karate demonstration and Humig hula dancers. At noon will begin the demonstration by the YMCA gymnastics, Zumba dance by the YMCA and a performance by Ploy. At 1 p.m. the entertainment will be the First Baptist Church Mime Team, First Baptist Choir, Road 23 and Mizelle's School of Dance. The entertainment will wrap up with performances by the El Dorado High School music department and EHS musical cast beginning at 2 p.m.
    For those who get hungry while attending the events, the area churches will again set up a food court. This will include a sweet shop by Trinity United Methodist Church; cotton candy, snow cones and roasted corn by the Antioch Baptist Church; soft drinks, bottled water and popcorn by Family Worship Center; meatballs, hot links, bottled water and chimichangas by Riverside COGIC; hamburgers and hot dogs by Trinity United Methodists Tyke's Pre-School; and tacos in a bag by Prospect Baptist Church.
    In preparation for the event, youth will be making posters which will decorate downtown business windows. Classes also will make scarecrows for the annual scarecrow judging which will take place Saturday morning.
    Page 2 of 2 - The activities run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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