Archive for Thursday, June 19, 2003

Celebration plans finalized for Basehor Fourth of July

June 19, 2003

The city of Basehor is set to go off with a bang July 4 as two separate groups announced celebratory plans for America's birthday this week.

Both the Basehor PRIDE organization and the Falcon Lakes development are sponsoring Fourth of July celebrations this year.

The Basehor PRIDE organization will kick off its festivities with a parade beginning at 6:30 p.m. The parade will run along 155th Street from Leavenworth Road to Parallel.

The theme of this year's parade is Operation Freedom, said PRIDE chairman Chuck Wilderson.

Parade entries should meet at the Holy Angels Catholic Church, 15438 Leavenworth Road, at 6 p.m.

"Just show up at 6 p.m. at the parking lot," Wilderson said. "There's no pre-registration required."

Parade entries best exemplifying the theme will receive a first place prize of $25 and second place price of $15.

The parade's grand marshal has yet to be selected, Wilderson said. Past grand marshals include Harry and Audrey Kelley and Bob and Lela Wiley.

Wilderson said there shouldn't be a shortage of parade entries this year.

"I think it'll be maybe a little larger than last year," he said.

Following the parade, beginning at approximately 7 p.m., games and activities will take place at Basehor-Linwood High School. Activities include a cake walk, water balloon toss, dunk tank and three-legged race.

A disc jockey will provide music and several local organizations will sponsor food and concession stands.

The Basehor Lions Club will raffle a homemade smoker cooker and two aluminum flag poles, the latter courtesy of Re/Max All-American.

At 8:30 p.m., PRIDE will announce parade winners and the recipient of the 2003 Basehor Citizen of the Year. Last year's winner was Bob Purtee.

The fireworks will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. This year's pyrotechnicians are Danny and Chris Dearinger, John Matthews, Mike "Mad Dog" McDowell, Michael Fowler and Ron Owen.

Wilderson said the display will last approximately 45 minutes and conclude with a grand finale of a Statue of Liberty and American flag.

The display costs the PRIDE organization $3,100 to perform and donations are welcome. Anyone interested in donating should contact Wilderson at (913) 724-1057.

Following the PRIDE fireworks display, an announcement will be made advertising the Falcon Lakes display, Wilderson said.

Falcon Lakes, a residential development and 18-hole golf course on Kansas Highway 7, will also sponsor Fourth of July activities.

Falcon Lakes manager Dean Ralston said two shotgun golf tournaments will take place July 4 with the first beginning at 8 a.m. and the second at 2 p.m.

The tournament, open to the public, costs $20 per person and includes green fees, golf cart, driving range privileges and a complimentary gift.

"It's just a fun day for everyone to come out and enjoy the golf course," Ralston said.

July 4 is also the first day the golf course's new clubhouse and restaurant -- The Brassie Restaurant Bar and Grille -- will be open.

Following the golf tournament, an eight-piece, big band will perform from 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. The concert is also open to the public.

The Falcon Lakes display will start after the PRIDE display, Ralston said.

"It's going to be a great day," Ralston said. "We'd like anyone and everyone to come out and enjoy the food or the golf course or both if they like."

For more information contact Falcon Lakes golf course at (913) 724-GOLF (4653).

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