Archive for Thursday, March 17, 2005

Basehor groups band together to stage fall historical festival

March 17, 2005

Several local civic organizations and community members are banding together to organize an annual fall festival for Basehor. Plans are well under way, and a target date for this year's festival is Oct. 1.

Based on the success from last year's Basehor Historical Society-sponsored Civil War re-enactment, along with the desire of several community members to establish a permanent fall festival, local organization members began meeting to organize an event, said Carla Crawford, Historical Society member.

The theme for the fall festival is titled "Dairy Daze," which pays homage to the city's past dairy production, Crawford said.

Although organizers are still discussing many details, the fall festival will include another Civil War re-enactment, this year to take place at the 80-acre farm of Bill and June Beaver at the corner of Kansas Highway 7 and Parallel Road, as well as activities at Basehor City Park, 15940 Leavenworth Road.

Crawford said organizers are hoping for bigger and better battle scenes from this year's re-enactment. Members of the Third Missouri Light Artillery group, which performed the re-enactment at last year's event, are spearheading efforts to get more re-enactment groups involved in Basehor's second event.

"They hope to have at least 60 to 70 re-enactors on each side and possibly three or four cannons," Crawford said.

Festivities at Basehor City Park will include craft booths, youth activities, a bake sale, live music and an antique car show. A street dance and parade have also been mentioned as possibilities for the fall festival.

Crawford said anyone with photos or other items relating to Basehor's past dairy production should contact the historical society at (913) 724-2830.

"We're looking for any of those historical things that can make the festival better," she said.

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