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CITY FESTIVAL CELEBRATES TONGANOXIE

June 12, 1994

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Sharon Nick sat under the shade of an umbrella to escape the hot afternoon sun at Saturday's ninth annual Tonganoxie Day celebration.

Nick, who has brought crafts from Kansas City, Kan., to the celebration with her mother for the past four years, said a few clouds would be welcomed.

"As long as it doesn't rain, we don't care if it clouds up a little," she said.

Nick was one of the merchants who set up shop in downtown Tonganoxie for the celebration. Police closed off two blocks to traffic so that adults and children could roam the streets to check out the craft and food booths.

Down the block, a Kansas City group found another way to beat the heat. The group, which was raising funds for St. Mary's Kitchen in Kansas City, Kan., sold drenched sponges to people, who then aimed them at group volunteers.

"It actually feels kind of good," said Mary Beth King, one of the drenched.

Pat Black, a Tonganoxie resident who was selling baked goods to raise money for the Tonganoxie United Methodist Church, said the celebration was an opportunity to showcase Tonganoxie's growth.

"It's a nice thing and it promotes our merchants," she said. "Tonganoxie is kind of a little growing metropolis here. We have a lot of different things."

Pat Albert, owner of East Side Auto in downtown Tonganoxie, said the celebration was good for his business.

"It gets out-of-town people here to see the stores in town and to see that the downtown is a growing part of the community," he said.

The celebration began with a 10-K run Saturday morning. It also featured an antique car show at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds sponsored by the Country Cruisers, a Tonganoxie car club.

The celebration ended Saturday night with a dance featuring the music of Billy Spear, a Lawrence country and western musician.

Connie Torneden, Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce secretary and an organizer of the event, said next year's celebration would be even larger, since it would be the 10th annual.

"We want to celebrate Tonganoxie and let people know we are here," she said.

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