Basehor celebrations scheduled for this weekend
Although the recent attacks in New York and Washington have made recreation difficult for most Americans, Basehor residents will be offered numerous activities this weekend to take their minds off the recent tragedies.
On Saturday, Sept 22 and Sunday, Sept. 23, the city of Basehor will be the scene of two major attractions to residents all over the state of Kansas.
While the events of the weekend are designed for celebration, the members of the Fairmount Township Fire Department have not forgotten the tragedies suffered by fellow firefighters and other public service workers during the terrorist attacks.
"You can't imagine what they are going through until you walk in their shoes," Fire Department Captain Jim Trower said. "They are tired, under stress and in a situation like that you don't sleep."
The first day of the Fairmount Township Fire Department 50th anniversary will be Saturday and the event will start with an amateur firefighter cookout at Basehor-Linwood High School. It will conclude with a sweetheart dance at Father Quinlan Hall at the Holy Angels Church located on 155th Street.
At the end of the dance, attendees will conclude the evening by singing God Bless America, Fire Department Chief Alan Goens said.
"People have to get other things on their mind and not let America down because of this," Goens said. "Morally, you can get to thinking the wrong way if you don't get your life going on something else."
The Fire Department has not participated in any formal fund-raisers for the victims of the attack as of yet, but Goens said there could be something done in the future.
"I am sure it has been on a lot of minds," Goens said. "This has been a good department and a good bunch of men and if something is needed I am sure we would do something."
On Sunday, Sept. 23, following a parade down 155th Street featuring fire equipment from various fire departments across the state, a dedication ceremony will take place at the fire station commemorating the anniversary of the fire department.
During the ceremony a color guard will be present as well as an aid to Kansas Governor Bill Graves, Goens said.
The number of vehicles entered into the parade is not known at this time although Goens said he expects a large turnout for the parade.
"Depending on the weather, we are expecting a sizable amount," Goens said. "I hope it is a nice weekend and I hope we have a nice Saturday and Sunday afternoon."
The Fire Department has been busy this week making final preparations for the event such as cleaning the station house and all the fire equipment that will be on display, Goens said.
Another event scheduled for the weekend is the fifth annual Basehor Car Show.
The Car Show will take place at Basehor-Linwood High School and proceeds from the event will go to Project Graduation, a post-graduation, non-alcoholic party for all students at BLHS.
Car Show Chairman Bob Purtee said the event is not just for those who like cars but also for the whole family.
"It is not just for the car buff, there are plenty of things to do besides looking at cars," Purtee said. "It is something that people need to come out and see because it is going to be a fun afternoon."
Other activities include a moonwalk, motor blow and a clogger and square dance show throughout the day. There will also be food vendors on hand, Purtee said.
Following the car show there will be a tribute ceremony at the high school flag pole to remember those lost in the attacks as well as supporting those in the military, Purtee said.