Burnt District Festival begins Friday

bbashioum@demo-mo.comOctober 4, 2013 

The fourth annual Burnt District Festival will be underway in Harrisonville this weekend.

The festival, organized by the Harrisonville Chamber and the city of Harrisonville, will be held Friday, Oct. 4 and Saturday, Oct. 5, on the historic square.

The festival will be open 5 p.m.-midnight Friday and 9 a.m.-midnight Saturday.

“The Burnt District Festival provides a number activities for all ages,” Harrisonville Chamber Festival Organizer Sara Craig said. “The ongoing community stage entertainment, a wide variety of booths and vendors, the new play at courthouse, and the carnival, there is something for everyone.”

Scheduled events for the festival are as followed:

Friday, Oct. 4

5-7 p.m. - Moodaddy Entertainment DJ (Pearl Street Community Stage)

6-8 p.m. - Adrian Community Theatre performance of “State of Missouri vs. Cole Younger” (Cass County Courthouse)

7 p.m. - Studio D Dance Company (Community Stage)

8-10 p.m. - the rest (Community Stage)

8 p.m.-Midnight - Cheap Thrills (Beer Garden)

Saturday, Oct. 5

8 a.m. - Grin and Bear It 5K Run/Walk (Cass County Courthouse)

9:30-10:30 a.m. - Keys to the Music (Community Stage)

10:30 a.m. - Zumba with the Harrisonville Community Center (Community Stage)

11 a.m. - Parade (Theme: “Red, White and Blue for you”)

Noon Midwest Cloggers (Community Stage)

1 p.m. - “Up, Up and Away” Mad Science Show (Community Stage)

2 p.m. - Connie White School of Dance (Community Stage)

3 p.m. - Hervina Wheeler (Community Stage)

4 p.m. - Cass County Dance (Community Stage)

4-7 p.m. - Tater and the Gravy Train (Beer Garden)

5 p.m. - Elvis (Community Stage)

6 p.m. - Baby Contest (Community Stage)

6-8 p.m. - Adrian Community Theatre performance of “State of Missouri vs. Cole Younger” (Cass County Courthouse)

7 p.m. - Keys to the Music (Community Stage)

8 p.m.-Midnight - Down in Flames (Beer Garden)

Other activities include a carnival, business expo, food vendors, art and craft vendors, and a petting zoo.

The Harrisonville Farmers Market will also be open Saturday morning, and tours of the historic Sharp-Hopper log cabin from the Cass County Historical Society will be given throughout the festival.

“The Burnt District Festival provides a place for residents to come together for a weekend full of entertainment, and as an opportunity for local organizations to have a fund raising event within in their community,” Craig said.

A new event at this year’s festival will also feature a play production performed by the Adrian Community Theatre called “State of Missouri vs. Cole Younger.” The play will be held from 6-8 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday on the second-floor courtroom in the Cass County Courthouse.

Harrisonville High School student Mackenzie Eisel was named the 2013 Burnt District Queen on Sept. 30. Cricket Kroenke, Harrisonville, has been selected as grand marshal.

The Ararat Shriner bikers will return to festival parade this year after a several-year absence. They will be joined by 80 other parade entries.

OATS will be providing transportation to festival for Harrisonville residents from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. To schedule a ride, call 816-380-7433.

Festival-goers are also encouraged to stop by the Cass County Democrat Missourian booth on the West side of the courthouse.

Individuals who sign up for a new, one-year subscription, or renew their existing subscriptions, will receive a limited edition newspaper thermal cup. Each cup will have a prize inside and one winner will walk away with a $100 gift card to Price Chopper.

The Democrat Missourian will be offering a special $35 annual subscription rate during the festival. Subscriptions to the newspaper also include a copy of the Sunday edition of the Kansas City Star.

For more information about the festival, check out the Burnt District Festival guide included in the Sept. 27 Democrat Missourian or the Oct. 2 Shopper. Copies will also be available at the Burnt District information booth and the Democrat Missourian booth during the festival.

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