Moundridge's annual Black Kettle Festival and Car Show will bring a bevy of traditional activities — and a few new ones — to the town. The location of some events has changed due to recent heavy rains, but all of the family-friendly fun is scheduled to take place as planned. Here are three highlights:


1) Eat and eat some more

The festivities start at 6 p.m. May 31 with a community dinner hosted by The Bradbury Company at the Moundridge Historical Museum Complex at 402 W. Cole St. S'mores will be served at 8:30 p.m. around a campfire.

June 1 will be packed with events including a fly-in from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Moundridge Airport with breakfast hosted by Southwind Global Aviation.

A farmer's market will be held from 8 a.m to noon at West Zion Mennonite Church, 101 Washington Ave. It will also serve as the location for a chalupa lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A BBQ Cook-Off will start at 4 p.m. at the Moundridge Swimming Pool, 400 Washington Ave., with the grand champion walking off with $500 in prize money.


2) View the vehicles

The 15th annual Black Kettle Car Show will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 1 in the grassy area west of Moundridge High School at 526 E. Cole St.

A parade will start at 10 a.m. and will make its way downtown along Christian Avenue.

Touch-A-Truck will also be held between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. near the car show, giving children a chance to see and climb inside various utility trucks and emergency vehicles.


3) Mosey around Moundridge

A jazz band will play from 6 to 8 p.m. May 31 at the Moundridge Historical Museum Complex. There will also be children's activities including a kiddie train, rope making, soap making and a blacksmith demonstration. Even more activities will take place between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. June 1 near the car show, featuring a dunk tank, ring toss, money pit, gunny sack races and fireman's games.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Jennifer Crum will speak at 9 a.m. June 1 and Young Eagles flights will be provided throughout the morning by EAA Chapter 1344 at the Moundridge Airport.

Moundridge Public Library will hold a book sale from 9 a.m. to noon June 1 at its location at 220 S. Christian Ave.

Teams can pay $20 to compete in a cornhole tournament beginning at 10 a.m. June 1 near the car show.

New this year is a pin-up contest in which contestants, dressed in costumes from the 1940s to 1960s, will be judged on crowd interaction and then awarded prizes at 2:30 p.m. on June 1.


If you go

When: Various times May 31 and June 1.

Where: Various locations around Moundridge.

How much: Most activities are free; bring cash for the farmer's market, meals and cornhole tournament.