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Archive for Monday, July 2, 2012

25 years ago: Entertainment, food, fireworks scheduled at three-day Burcham Park festival

July 2, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 2, 1987:

Remember Independence Days? The annual festival in Lawrence was to kick off tomorrow, July 3, which was a Friday, and continue through Sunday. Events for the weekend included a downtown parade, the Free State Run beginning at the Holidome, and canoe and rowing races on the Kaw. In Burcham Park, musical performances were on tap from Riders in the Sky and New Grass Revival, Banu Gibson, the New Orleans Hot Jazz Orchestra, and the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra. Numerous food booths were to be available at the park, where visitors could purchase buffalo burgers, turkey legs, Indian tacos, bratwurst, barbecue, pork skins, pies, cobblers, homemade root beer, lemonade, and a wealth of other delights. Children from the Lawrence Arts Center, many dressed as ears of corn, were to perform a fun folk tale about a farmer who unknowingly grew popcorn and stored it in his shed, where hot weather caused it to start popping. The Jaycees' Fireworks Extravaganza was to kick off at dusk on Saturday night. Tickets for the festival were $5 for adults and $3 for children, with those five and under entering the park for free. Highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s were predicted for the next few days, with the usual summertime 20 to 30 percent chance of showers.

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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 5 months ago

"a fun folk tale about a farmer who unknowingly grew popcorn and stored it in his shed, where hot weather caused it to start popping."

That reminds me of something that happened when I was quite young. My mother took the three of us kids to our grandfather's ranch, and we went to pick some corn. There was a very large irrigated field, and we picked a couple bushels of corn.

But something was not right. Somehow, the corn didn't look ripe, or something was wrong with it. My mother mentioned that, and showed the questionable ears of corn to my grandfather's hired hand.

He said. "Oh, you picked some of the popcorn. The first few rounds we planted popcorn."

And, we didn't have any regular corn at all in our bushel baskets. It was all popcorn!

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