Summer festivals, events planned in Cass County

June 6, 2014 

Clara Bierly WAM Festival

Friday-Sunday, June 6-8

Location: Downtown Peculiar

The sixth annual Clara Bierly WAM Festival sponsored by the Downtown Peculiar Arts and Culture District will include art vendor booths, demonstrations, wine tastings, food, talent show and live entertainment. Festival hours are 5-10 p.m. Friday, June 6; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, June 7; and 12-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

The festival is also a qualifying event for the Country Music Showdown, a national, country singer talent search. The national winner has a chance at $100,000 and a possible recording contract. Visit the DPACD website,, for more information.

Live entertainment schedule:

Friday, June 6

6:30-7 p.m. Welcome Ceremony

7:30-10 p.m. Flannigan’s Right Hook

Saturday, June 7

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Peculiar Talent Show

1-3 p.m. Open Mic

4-6 p.m. National Country Music Showdown Qualifier

7:30-10 p.m. Eisel and Hoover

Sunday, June 8

12:30-2 p.m. The Outtakes Unplugged

2:30-3:30 p.m. Pleasant Hill Dance Academy

Cornerstone Chapel History Tour:

Tours will be available at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, June 7, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 8.

Kid’s Activity Area:

Young attendees have the opportunity to create their own art during the festival. Hours are 5-7 p.m. Friday, June 6; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, June 7; and 12- 4 p.m. Sunday, June 8. Sidewalk chalk will also be available at any time during festival hours.

Fishing derby

The Cass County Elks Lodge No. 2791 will be hosting a free fishing derby Saturday, June 7, for children up to 17 years old. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Harrisonville City Park Ampitheater. Fishing will take place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The first 200 children to register will receive a free Zebco fishing pole and Eagle Claw tackle box. No fishing license needed. Prizes will be awarded. Event open to the public. Hot dogs, water and soda provided.

Relay for Life of Cass County

Relay for Life of Cass County will be 5-11 p.m. Saturday, June 7 at Memorial Stadium, 500 Polar Lane, in Harrisonville.

Relay for Life of Ray-Pec

Relay for Life of Ray-Pec will be at 6 p.m. Friday, June 13 at Raymore-Peculiar High School, 20801 S School Rd., in Peculiar.

Walter Buck Memorial Fishing Derby

Saturday, June 14

Location: Johnston Lake at Hawk Ridge Park, Raymore

Raymore's 12th Annual Walter Buck Memorial Fishing Derby will be Saturday, June 14. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. and the derby begins at 9 a.m. Prizes for the biggest fish; most unusual catch; casting contest and most fish caught. This free event is open to children ages 2-15 (must be accompanied by an adult). Don't forget to bring your pole, bait and tackle.

Garden City Kids’ Fishing Derby

The 10th annual free fishing derby will be 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at New City Lake. The derby is open to children ages 3-15. A fishing license is not required. All contestants must be accompanied by an adult who will sign a waiver. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the contest beginning at 9 a.m. Kids need to bring their own fishing pole. Some fishing gear and bait will be available. Free hot dogs and water provided for lunch. Trophies will be awarded for the first, second and third largest fish caught within legal limits. Prizes will also be awarded for every child catches a fish. Call Dewey Henry at 816-830-7630 for more information.

Skate Board Competition

The eighth annual Raymore Skate Park Competition will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14. Area skateboarders will perform their top tricks as the competition acknowledges the skills and talents of local skaters and their cache of often gravity-defying tricks.

Skaters can enter the competition in either the beginner, intermediate or advanced skill level categories and are allowed to do two 60-second exclusive runs through the skate park, free to utilize any ramp, step or rail in their performance of tricks. The top three finishers from each skill category are honored and awarded prizes from event sponsors.

Competition registration is $10, or $5 with three canned goods to be donated to the Harvesters Community Food Pantry. A parental signature is required for participants under 18 years of age. For more information, call the Raymore Parks office at 816-322-2791.

Belton Community Days

Wednesday-Saturday, June 18-21

Location: Markey Park, Belton

Carnival will run every evening Wednesday-Friday beginning at 6 p.m., and at 1 p.m. Saturday. Opening ceremonies will be 7 p.m. Thursday, followed by the Miss Belton contest. New events this year include a full royalty court competition, and a free Kids Pavilion for children 8 and under. The pavilion will include craft projects, an inflatable, Mad Science demonstrations and other child-oriented entertainment.

The George Elkins Memorial Parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, beginning at Memorial Park and will travel west on Main Street before turning south toward Belton High School. Food vendors and live entertainment will be provided throughout the weekend. The Missouri Strongest Man competition will also take place at 1 p.m. Saturday. There will be fireworks displays at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Arts in the Park

Saturday, June 21

Location: 200 S. Washington, Raymore

Raymore's inaugural Arts in the Park event will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Original Town Farmers Market property, 200 S. Washington. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of exhibiting art vendors, live music, performing artists, live art demonstrations, kid’s activities and food vendors. Admission is free. For more information, call the Raymore Parks office at 816-322-2791.

Live performances are scheduled for the event include the StoneLion Puppet Theatre at 10 a.m.; original choral readings about Raymore by Nancy Parks at 10:30 a.m. and noon; The Irish Roots Cafe house band at 11 a.m.; storyteller Susan Sylvia Scott at 12:15 p.m.; juggling, pantomiming, magic and more by Laughing Matters at 12:45 and 2 p.m.; fiddling fireball Betse Ellis at 1 p.m.; and blues-based country band The Souveneers at 2:30 p.m.

Live entertainment schedule:

10 a.m. StoneLion Puppet Theatre

10:30 a.m. Nancy Parks, original choral reading

11 a.m. The Irish Roots Cafe house band

12 p.m. Nancy Parks, original choral reading

12:15 p.m. Susan Sylvia Scott, storyteller

12:45 p.m. Laughing Matters, juggling, pantomiming, magic and more

1 p.m. Betse Ellis, fiddling fireball

2 p.m. Laughing Matters, juggling, pantomiming, magic and more

2:30 p.m. The Souveneers, blues-based country

Cruise Night

Cruise nights are planned for 6-9 p.m. on the third Friday of each month in Pleasant Hill, beginning Friday, June 19, through October, on First, Wyoming and Paul Streets. There will also be live music and food available.

Monthly South 71 Cruisers Cruise Nights on Belton’s Main Street have already begun. Upcoming cruises are scheduled for June 28, July 26, Aug. 23, Sept. 27, and Oct. 25. Shows begin at 4 p.m.

Drexel’s Fireworks in the Park

Friday, July 4

Location: H.T. Smith Park

Drexel’s 55th annual “Fireworks in the Park” event, sponsored by the city and Lions Club, include a full day of activities and a parade on Main Street at 10:30 a.m. A fireworks show will begin at dusk.

Garden City Fourth of July Celebration

Friday, July 4

Location: New Covenant Fellowship, 30815 S. State Route F.

New Covenant Fellowship will host their annual Fourth of July celebration 7 p.m. July 4. Activities include kid’s games, dessert contest and potluck before fireworks begin at dusk.

Harrisonville Independence Day Celebration

Friday, July 4

Location: City Park

The annual Harrisonville Independence Day celebration will begin at dusk for a 20-minute fireworks display with musical accompaniment.

Other city-sponsored Independence Day activities included a bike parade, open to all ages, at 11 a.m.; open pool from noon-8 p.m.; live entertainment at the Amphitheater at 6 p.m.; and a fireworks pre-show featuring Sterling Witt at 8 p.m.

Pleasant Hill Fireworks Display

Friday, July 4

Location: Skyline Field

Pleasant Hill will celebrate the Fourth of July with an exhibit at Skyline Field, 1300 Myrtle, beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, July 4.

Raymore Spirit of America Celebration

Friday, July 4

Location: Recreation Park, 1021 S. Madison.

The event begins at 4 p.m. with live music, kid’s games from 7-9 p.m., and a classic car show, before the fireworks begin at dusk. Park is located at 1021 S. Madison.

Cass County Fair

Tuesday-Sunday, July 15-20

Location: Downtown Pleasant Hill

Activities include motocross races, dairy and livestock shows, baby contest, fair queen contest, ATV races, art, quilt and horticulture shows, demolition derby, 4-H exhibits, MRCA/URA adult rodeo, fireworks, classic car, truck and hot rod show, super farmer competition, bike rodeo, tractor pull and FFA exhibits.

Event Schedule:

Tuesday, July 15

5-7 p.m. Fashion review

6:45 p.m. Opening ceremony

7 p.m. Motocross races

7 p.m. Cass County Voice

Wednesday, July 16

1 p.m. Youth dairy show

7 p.m. Rabbit show (judging)

7 p.m. Baby contest winners announced

8 p.m. ATV races

Thursday, July 17

7 p.m. Poultry show

8 p.m. Demolition derby

Friday, July 18

8:30 a.m. Youth meat goat show

12-9 p.m. Cass County 4-H Exhibits and FFA Exhibits open

12-9 p.m. Home Economics and Horticulture Show

1-8 p.m. Quilt show

1-9 p.m. Art and Photo show

5-10 p.m. Depot Park vendors open

8 p.m. MRCA/URA Adult Rodeo

10:30 pm. Fireworks display

10 p.m.-1 a.m. “The Scott Peery Band”

Saturday, July 19

7-10:30 a.m. Lions Pancake breakfast

8 a.m. Youth beef show

8 a.m. 5K run at Boardman and Cedar

8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Cass County bookmobile

9-11 a.m. KMZU Radio “The Farm” live remote

9 a.m.-9 p.m. Cass County 4-H Exhibits and FFA Exhibits open

9 a.m.-8 p.m. Depot Park vendors open

9 a.m. Parade

10 a.m.-8 p.m. Quilt show

10 a.m.-9 pm. Art and Photo, Home Economics, Horticulture shows

10 a.m.-2 pm. Classic car, truck and hot rod show

10 a.m. Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce Chair Challenge and Auction

11 a.m. Doug Porter Memorial Firefighters Competition

1 p.m. Bike rodeo

4 p.m. Super farmer competition

8 p.m. MRCA/URA Adult Rodeo

10:30 p.m. Fireworks display

10 p.m.-1 a.m. “The Phil Vandel Band”

Sunday, July 20

1 p.m. Pet show

2 p.m. Kid’s Pedal tractor pull

7 p.m. M.S.T.P.A. Truck and tractor pull

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