The annual Tonganoxie Days festival will liven up the small community northeast of Lawrence this weekend with two days of activities at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.
The festival will get off to a running start with a 10-kilometer race and 5-kilometer walk at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Tonganoxie Public Library. The race-walk is sponsored by Friends of the Tonganoxie Library, and maps will be provided. A "Tot Trot" for the younger runners also will take place at the library.
The Country Cruisers Car Show will be on display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The show will feature restored older model cars.
The grand parade will roll through downtown starting at 10 a.m. with trucks, horses, cars and floats.
The Desperado Gang will perform gunfighter shows at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday. They will stage their shows in an old West "town" south of the administration building at the fairgrounds.
A rodeo sanctioned by two professional rodeo groups will be held at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The rodeo will feature bareback and saddle bronco riding, calf roping, barrel racing, bull riding, steer wrestling and other events.
Festival-goers can dance the night away Saturday to the music of Billy Spears from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Sunday's celebration will start at 9 a.m. with firefighter competitions between area township and city fire departments until noon. The draft horse pull will begin at 1 p.m.
A Mountain Man encampment at the festival will expose visitors to the lifestyle of the fur trade era, and Spencer's Rides and Concessions will hold a carnival both days. The festival also will feature arts and crafts booths, a flea market and plenty of food.
Tonganoxie is 13 miles northeast of Lawrence on U.S. Highway 24-40. Turn west at the traffic light to enter the fairgrounds.