In addition to the usual old-fashioned family fun, the seventh annual “Marble Day” celebration will feature a few hundred tractors and a bike rodeo.
This year’s Marble Day will take place 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, in the downtown area of Bonner Springs. The contests, prizes, performers and free activities usually found at Marble Day will return, but the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame’s Tractor Cruse also will swing by this year’s event, and the United Methodist Church’s second annual Bike Rodeo will become a part of Marble Day activities.
The Tractor Cruse will make its way through downtown just before the annual Wacky Parade, in which everyone is invited to dress silly, decorate bikes or wagons and join in the fun.
An opening ceremony is set at 10:15 a.m. in Centennial Park followed by the Wacky Pet Tricks contest. The bike rodeo, sack races, a cake walk, straw mountain and numerous games are just a few of the activities beginning at 10:30 a.m. The marble tournament is open to ages 13 and under. The competition for marble related art and inventions is open to all age levels. Prizes will be awarded.
The famous “Pinky Ball Run” returns, in which 5,000 Pinky balls are dumped at the top of Oak Street to bounce and roll their way past a series of obstacles to the finish line. The balls are numbered and there are prizes for the winning balls. Pinky “sponsorships” are available on site the day of the event or from local businesses in the prior weeks. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Bonner Animal Rescue.
For more information, visit marbleday.com.