MOUNDRIDGE — For 14 years, the Black Kettle Festival has been honoring traditions and is starting a few new ones this year. The event will be held from June 1 until June 2 at Black Kettle Park and Wheat Ridge Park in Moundridge.
"It's an annual community festival and car show. There's also several other events going on in the community as well that weekend," said Murray McGee, economic development director for Moundridge and the Moundridge Chamber of Commerce director.
Events will begin at 6 p.m. on June 1 with a free community dinner at Black Kettle Park East hosted by the Bradbury Co., Inc.
Also at 6 p.m., The Moundridge Arts Council will be performing the play "It's a Long Story," at Pine Village and again at 7:30 p.m.
New this year is a 50/50 coin toss and tickets are $5 each.
"We have several new things this year but we're giving away a prize of half a hog from the Canton Locker for the 50/50 coin toss," McGee said.
Also new this year is the corn hole tournament, which will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Black Kettle Park East and costs $20 per team.
A 6 foot long and a 3 1/2 foot deep smoker, which was made by the Moundridge High School Agriculture and FFA students, will be raffled off. Tickets for the raffle cost $10 a piece or $50 for six and the winner of the raffle will be announced at 4 p.m. at the Black Kettle Park East Shelter House.
Every year, the chamber board chooses a nonprofit to split the proceeds of the raffle with and this year that nonprofit is the Associated Ministries of Moundridge.
While many events are happening during the span of two days, McGee noted there is something for everyone.
"We have a kids movie on Friday night for the younger kids and they can also enjoy the fly-in at the airport. Some fun things for young adults and for those who are athletic is (they) can participate in the 5K, the softball tournament or the corn hole tournament. There's also a lot of games for kids and the car show is a big draw for people," McGee added.
The movie featured for the kids will be "Zootopia" and will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday.
For those wanting to participate in the Ridge Run, the race will begin at 7:45 a.m. and runners should meet at 526 E. Cole St.
The fly-in will be from 7 to 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Moundridge Municipal Airport with breakfast, which is hosted by Southwind Global Aviation.
As McGee noted many new events are happening this year, the car show will be returning with registration beginning at 8 a.m. and lasting until 11 a.m. at Wheat Ridge Park. The car show will conclude at 3 p.m. for the awards ceremony. Registration is $15.
At 9 a.m. on Saturday, the parade line-up will begin and at 10 a.m. the parade will begin on Christian Street.
A Moundridge EMS Wellness Screening will be taking place at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Black Kettle Park East.
Other activities that will be happening on Saturday are a farmers market, the West Zion lunch, a rock climbing wall, a dunk tank, craft and food, horse rides, jazz in the park and firemen's games.
"Firemen's game is really fun to watch. The kids are dressed up in firemen gear and run through an obstacle course in their gear," McGee said.
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