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25 years ago: Independence Days festival crowds probably top previous year’s, organizers say

July 5, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 5, 1988:

  • Thousands had gathered on the banks and bridge of the Kansas River on the previous night to watch the annual fireworks display sponsored by the Lawrence Jaycees. Judy Wright, coordinator of Independence Days, said that numbers were still being compiled, but estimates showed that about 12,000 people had visited the festival on the Fourth alone. The three-day event had brought about 25,000 to the park the previous year, but "I think we're really going to top that," she said. Popular additions to this year's festival had included a Catfish Cookoff competition, live patriotic music from the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra, and a fly-by of a B-1 bomber from McConnell Air Force Base just prior to the 30-minute fireworks show.
  • A national printing company, based in Chicago, was scheduled to announce it would build a $14 million printing plant at the Intech Business Park, which now housed only one business. "This plant will lend credibility to the whole project," said Leo Lauber, who had begun the 93-acre business park on Kansas Highway 10 about a mile east of Eudora. Representatives of Uarco Inc., one of the largest business forms printers in the country, announced on the following day that the company would indeed break ground for a 115,000-square-foot facility at Intech.


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