Lansing DAZE adds contest for youths
The Lansing DAZE festival has a new addition that organizers hope will get more young people involved in the community and celebrate those who do.
The first annual Spirit of Lansing Days contest will give Lansing youths an opportunity to show their town pride this summer in a contest challenging them to be knowledgeable, creative and civic-minded about their town.
"We're always looking for ways to add to the Lansing DAZE festival, and the obvious choice was something that involves youth," said Christina Sanderson, a clerk with the city's Parks and Recreation Department who is heading up the contest. "We also wanted to celebrate youths who are most active in the community."
Lansing DAZE, the annual citywide celebration, is June 9-12.
The Spirit of Lansing contest consists of three events each participant must complete. The first is the costume contest, in which each student designs and makes a costume representing Lansing. The costume can be as simple as a decorated T-shirt, or as involved as a Halloween getup.
The next event is the service competition, in which participants complete a service project of their design between the period of April 1 to the day of the contest, June 10.
On that day, the participants will make presentations explaining their costume's meaning and the significance of their service project.
The last event is the question contest, which will challenge each participant to age-appropriate questions about the town. Younger contestants will answer trivia questions, while older contestants will be asked questions requiring oral-essay-style responses. The competition portion of the contest will take place 6 p.m. June 10 at Lansing Middle School.
Each participant will receive a tote bag, a Lansing Days T-shirt, and other giveaways.
Judges will represent five groups in Lansing: Terri Ulin, from the Lansing Historical Society; Kevin Gardner from the Parks and Recreation Department advisory board; Dave Trinkle, city council; Brenda Frese, Lansing businesses; and Cindi Kepler, of Varsity Sports in Kansas City, Kan.
Shanae Randolph, head of the Lansing DAZE festival committee, said, "We're very excited to be sponsoring the first Spirit of Lansing contest. It's a really positive way to show your community spirit."
Sanderson and Lansing librarian Darlene Dean were the main organizers of the contest. Winners will receive a trophy and additional prizes. Proceeds from the contest will go to the future Kansas Regional Prisons Museum.
Sanderson said, "We hope to get a really good turnout from the community."