Lecompton festival to feature territorial flags
Lecompton -- This year's Territorial Capital Festival in Lecompton will feature the unveiling of a Civil War-era Kansas territorial flag and remarks by a Congressman and the Kansas secretary of state.
"It's an opportunity to visit the territorial capitol of Kansas," said Paul Bahnmaier, president of the Lecompton Historical Society and organizer of the event.
The festival will be held Saturday, with a territorial flag unveiling ceremony at 1:30 p.m. at the Territorial Capitol Museum.
Speakers at the ceremony will include U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun, R-Kan., and Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh.
The history of the territorial flag will be outlined by Tim Rues, curator of Constitution Hall at Lecompton, before the unveiling.
It features a seven-color impression of the Kansas Territorial Seal on a red background with "Lecompton, Kansas" printed in gold.
Tours of both museums, the Territorial Capitol Museum and Constitution Hall, also will be held Saturday.
In addition, pioneer history demonstrations, guided walking tours of Lecompton, carnival rides, food, games, arts, crafts and music will be held.
Events are scheduled from 6:30 a.m. Saturday, when a pancake feed will begin, through midnight with an evening concert.
A carnival will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, and a Contra dancer's barn dance will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday.
For more information, call 887-6691.