Archive for Thursday, May 8, 2008

Turnout pleases Marble Days organizers

Spectators try to stay clear of the Pinkie balls that raced down Oak Street Saturday.

Spectators try to stay clear of the Pinkie balls that raced down Oak Street Saturday.

May 8, 2008

Everywhere you looked Saturday there were marbles in downtown Bonner Springs.

The area was flowing with people, games, food, and of course, marbles during the second annual Marble Days event organized by Moon Marble.

"I thought it went good," said Bruce Breslow, one of the organizers of Marble Days and co-owner of Moon Marble Company. "Everywhere I looked it was crowded."

For Angie Thomas, Bonner Springs, the Marble Days event gave her the chance to take her three children and nephew out for the day while supporting the community and local businesses. Not to mention the fact that "we love Moon Marble," she said.

For Thomas, a first-time Marble Days participant, the event ended up being a nice surprise. She said she had no idea there would be so many activities for children to do. The event helped remind her why she enjoys living in the Bonner Springs community.

"I think it's good because as areas grow around us you lose that small-town feel," she said. "It brings everyone together and reminds us why we live in this area."

Children were a focus of the day as many families saw the event as a fun activity for a Saturday afternoon.

Sheldon Bullard brought four children to the event. He said he was just hoping to spend time with his children while letting them have fun.

"I think it's a nice thing," he said. "They block off the streets so it's a safe place for all the kids to be walking around."

That sense of community is exactly what Breslow intended when he started the event last year. He said he wanted to tie the community together by showing people that the businesses downtown care about the residents and show generosity through the work they put into creating a positive event for everyone.

"I think in our day and age, with so much negative, that anything positive that can happen in the community can help," he said. "That's all we can do here in our home front, make positive experience for our children."

Someone who benefited from the positive and generous atmosphere of the event was Angela Blackwell. She set up a table to raise money for the Bonner Springs Wrestling Club. The money will help send members of the club to a wrestling camp, which she said could get expensive.

With the good turnout of the event, Blackwell said she was impressed with how well their efforts were received at the booth. She said she thought it was a great event, not only for kids to play games but also for residents to show support for their own community.

In addition to the free games that many children took full advantage of throughout the day, the event featured a marble tournament, a marble invention and art contest, the Running of the Pinky's and presentations from Yvonne Patterson's bird show, jugglers and fairies.

Marble Days event winners were as follows: Tim McCormick, Shawnee, in the marble tournament; Team Jayhawks from Glenwood Ridge Elementary in the elementary unit of marble inventions; Joel and Alex Nesler, Olathe, for adult marble inventions; Abigail and Olivia Schif, Bonner Springs, in the elementary-school division for marble art; Anna Wohler, Kansas City, Kan., in the adult division for marble art; Shawna Hart in guessing the number of marbles in a jar; Rachale Rehm in third place in the Pinky ball race; Carol Courtney, in second place in the Pinky ball race; and Josh Folsom in the Pinky ball race.

Money from the Running of the Pinky's will be given to the Bonner Springs Parks and Recreation scholarship program. At the time of publication event organizers were unsure of the final amount that would be donated.

Breslow said that the event was such a success for the second year that preparations have already begun for next year with the promise of more activities, fun, and, of course, marbles.

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