The Peabody Main Street Association has expanded its headline event this year. 


The Peabody Main Street Association has expanded its headline event this year. 
Operation Celebration 2010 is a four-day festival, kicking off Friday and going through Monday, commemorating World War II.
Event officials say it is the largest World War II commemoration festival in the state.
Shane Marler, executive director for the Peabody Main Street Association, calls this year’s festival the largest yet.
“Every town has a memorial service,” Marler said. But the festival is more: “It's a tribute to the efforts (veterans) made during WWII.”

About 125 volunteers will clock in more than 1,000 hours of work for the festival with a performance.
“We have a great volunteer base, which makes this a lot easier,” Marler said.
Country artist Jason Callahan will kick off the festival. He will be featured at 8 p.m. Friday at the American Legion. 
On Saturday morning, the Doyle Valley Farmer's Market will from 8 a.m. to noon in Santa Fe Park.
 Breakfast and lunch also will be available in the park.
At 3 p.m., festivalgoers can experience the “Siege on Peabody,” a re-enactment of a WWII-era battle.
“It lets them know what it was like,” Marler said. “It’ll be loud and realistic.” 
The mock battle will show what it was like during WWII as U.S. forces try and defend Peabody from a German attack. 
The re-enactment is sponsored in partnership with the WWII History Center in El Dorado.
U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, will be featured in the Victory Parade following the “Siege on Peabody.” 
At 4:30 p.m., Rep. Bob Brookens, R-Marion, will address the crowd in Santa Fe Park at a reception for veterans. 
Saturday’s events will conclude with a jazz and swing concert featuring The Nouveau Quintette at 5 p.m. Dinner also will be available in the park.
From 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday there will be an ice cream social and concert featuring the Senseney Music Concert Band. 
The festival will wrap up Monday morning with a Memorial Day service at Prairie Lawn Cemetery. 
Following the service, the Peabody-Burns sophomore class will serve its annual lunch in Brown Gymnasium at the high school.
All-day events include a display by the WWII History Center, Avenue of Flags in Prairie Lawn Cemetery, a flag display in Peabody State Bank Park and walking tours. 
Brochures for the self-guided tour can be picked up at the information booth.
A package ticket is $20 and includes a T-shirt, one meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner) and an Operation Celebration 2010 lapel pin. 
A lapel pin is required for all Operation Celebration 2010 events. Pins can be purchased for $3 at the information booth at the corner of Second and Walnut streets on any day of the festival. The cost of meals is separate.
For more information about Operation Celebration 2010 or the Peabody Main Street Association, visit www.peabodyks.com.