Tiblow Days to mark 30th anniversary under chamber sponsorship this year
For the past 30 years under the sponsorship of the Bonner Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Tiblow Days festival has been entertaining the residents of Bonner Springs.
As the festival committee gears up for its 30th anniversary event, it’s hard not to look back at just how much growth the festival has seen. This year’s Tiblow days will start Thursday, Aug. 27, with the carnival and Mayor’s Banquet and will continue throughout the day on Friday and Saturday, Aug, 28-29.
All of the same events and attractions will be returning, with many of the old favorites showing growth as contests gather more participants, and the event brings in more entertainment.
Ashford said this year’s “Smokin’ on Oak” barbecue contest was a sanctioned event with the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Last year was the first year for the contest, and there were 14 teams competing.
This year, the contest drew in more entries than the Tiblow Days committee had room for, forcing some to be turned away. The final count of 30 teams will begin cooking Friday evening and into the night, with judging at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
“It’s just well run,” Ashford said of the reason the contest had such a growth in participation. “It’s well organized, and it’s a great location that draws a lot of people. I think it could grow even bigger.”
Adding to Tiblow Days, so far 72 craft and food vendors have signed up to participate. Ashford said she expected that number to reach 100 come festival time.
Also growing this year will be the number of bands performing throughout the weekend. Last year’s festival had four bands, but this year’s festival is bringing in seven bands, with four performing Friday and three performing Saturday.
On Friday, The Transients Band will kick off the evening from 7-8 p.m., followed by the Bonner Springs City Band performing its final performance of the summer from 8-9 p.m. at Kelly Murphy Park. The Emily Rose Band and the Outlaw Junkies Band will close the night from 8:30-10 p.m. in the parking lot at Cedar and Front streets.
For Saturday’s entertainment, in addition to the Starlit Platoon Band and the Hells Bells AC/DC Tribute Band playing from 7-9:30 p.m. in the parking lot at Cedar and Front streets, Tiblow Days has drawn in a major band from Oklahoma, Crooked X.
“They’re becoming pretty big,” Ashford said. “They’re a teen band that sounds much older.”
Before the performance at 10 p.m. in the parking lot at Cedar and Front streets, 98.9 The Rock will have a live broadcast, where a Rock Band video game signed by Crooked X members will be given away.
At the conclusion of the performance, a fireworks show has been added to the Tiblow Days line up.
“It’s a good ending we thought,” Ashford said about why the fireworks show was added. “What a great event to wrap up the ending of a great event.”
Returning to Tiblow Days will be the Biscuit and Gravy Breakfast at the First Christian Church, the Tiblow Trot 5-mile Run, a parade, a carnival, an EMS blood drive and dance performance from various local dance groups.
“(Tiblow Days) creates a synergy in town,” Ashford said. “We’ve got something to do for all age groups. There’s just going to be so much going on.”
Information and a schedule for the 2009 Tiblow Days can be found at lifeisbetter.org and tickets to the Mayor’s Banquet are on sale for $17 at City Hall and the chamber of commerce office, 129 N. Nettleton.