The Manhattan Municipal Band under the direction of Dr. Frank Tracz will begin its 97th Season by presenting two Memorial Day Concerts. The morning concert will be held at Sunset Cemetery in conjunction with the American Legion Post 17 Memorial Day Program beginning at 9:30 am. The evening concert will be held at City Park’s Larry Norvell Band Shell at 7:30 pm. The concerts will consist of the traditional marches “National Emblem”, “Semper Fidelis” and “Stars and Stripes Forever”, and “Armed Forces Salute” which honors each branch of the United States Military. The evening concert will feature vocalist John Richard performing “God Bless the USA”. The concerts are free and open to the public.
The Kansas Veterans Cemetery at Ft. Riley-Manhattan will honor fallen veterans and their loved ones on Monday, May 29th at 11:00 am at 5181 Wildcat Creek Road, (near the Manhattan Airport). this year’s program will feature guest speaker Robert Boyd, Jr., the Little Apple Chorus and the Kansas Territorial Pipes and Drums. Please bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on as seating usually fills up quickly. This event, as always, is free and open to the public.
Kandango is 3 1/2 days of bicycle rides on the back roads of Kansas. It originated in 2013, as a tour through the Flint and Smoky Hills regions of Kansas. Its central themes are to ride the road less traveled (but far more interesting), take the time to explore the pass-through communities and see the local attractions during the ride. The 2017 event is June 8-11. Paved and gravel routes from Manhattan are available each day. Camping and lodging packages in Manhattan are available. For more information go to www.ridekandango.com.
Paxico Sacred Heart Parish will have a Chicken Dinner on Sunday, June 11th from 12:00 to 3:30 pm with Buffet Style Serving. Mass will be at 10:30 am. They will also have Bingo/Games/Raffles and a Silent Auction at the dinner. Adults – $10.00; Ages 5 thru 12 – $4.00 and Ages 4 and under – FREE. This event will be held at the Parish Hall located 1 1/2 miles north of Paxico.
Manhattan, Kansas 28th Annual Juneteenth Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 17th in Manhattan City Park. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Non-food vendor & community organization information booths & tables; 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Proclamation & Community Unity Walk around City Park. Free T-shirts to the first 100 participants (line up beginning at 10:30 am); 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Grilling Contest; 2:00-3:30 pm – Kids’ Bike Rodeo & Race; 3:30-4:30 – Car Wash Contest; 4:00-8:00 pm Food truck vendors; 4:30-6:30 pm – Talent Show, Comedian & K.C. Steppin’ – Main Stage; 7:00-9:00 pm – Featured Entertainment – Main Stage, Betty O.
The 28th annual Sunflower State Games will be held July 14th – 30th. The Sunflower State Games is Kansas’ largest amateur sports festival. With over 45 different events there is something for people of all ages and skill levels. In 2017 they will be adding Cornhole (Bags) and Drone Racing to the list of events. Registration for the Sunflower State Games opens on March 1st, deadlines to register vary for each sport. Complete event information and registration procedures can be found at www.sunflowergames.com.