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Marble Days organizers ready for fourth annual celebration

Spectators try to stay clear of the Pinkie balls that raced down Oak Street in 2008. The 2009 Marble Days will be Saturday, May 2, and will include a few new features.

Spectators try to stay clear of the Pinkie balls that raced down Oak Street in 2008. The 2009 Marble Days will be Saturday, May 2, and will include a few new features.

April 22, 2010

The fourth annual Marble Days event is approaching and organizers say they’re pulling out the stops when it comes to silliness and wackiness this year.

Marble Days, which is hosted by the Moon Marble Company, will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 1. Bruce Breslow, co-owner of the Moon Marble Company, said the entire Bonner Springs downtown area will be abuzz with free activities, fun entertainment, old-fashioned games and plenty of just plain silliness for the event.

“I just like to pass some of the (activities I did as a kid) off,” Breslow said of his inspiration for the old-fashioned family fun that is synonymous with Marble Days. “You don’t need a lot of expensive things to have fun to stay entertained and enjoy your days.”

The day will kick off with a “Wacky Parade” at 10 a.m. at the top of Oak Street. Anyone is welcome to join. Breslow encourages participants to dress up themselves or their pets, which must be on a leash, and decorate a bike or scooter to take part in the fun.

For those with pets coming to the event, Breslow said a new event has been added. “Stupid Pet Tricks” will show off the talent of local pets at 10:30 a.m. at Centennial Park, which will be the location of most of the day’s activities.

Breslow said the planning committee decided to put more activities in the park, rather than the Community Center like years past, because of the central location. Weather permitting, Breslow said Centennial Park would be the main hub of action for anyone wanting to get involved or participant in any of the offered games and activities.

Entries for the marble artwork and inventions contest may be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Saturday at the park.

Breslow said he planned to spend most of his time teaching marbles to anyone and everyone that would listen. The official marble tournament will begin at 11 a.m. at the marble ring in the park and is open to both boys and girls ages 7 to 15. Anyone else wanting to learn about marbles will have the opportunity with Breslow following the tournament.

Breslow might be taking a break from the marble teaching, however, when he puts on his pinky costume for the famous “Running of the Pinkies,” which will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Oak Street. Five thousand rubber pinky balls will bounce, roll and wind their way through a series of obstacles to the finish line. Pinkies are available to purchase for $2 at several local businesses, including Moon Marble, but will also be available on the day of the event. Proceeds from the evening are being donated to the Bonner Springs Senior Citizens/Nancy Jones Johnson Scholarship Fund.

Several old-time games and contests will also be ongoing throughout the day. From the gunny sack races to a petting zoo with cute and not-so-cute creatures to different types of entertainers walking the streets, Breslow said families will have no problem joining in the fun.

For more information or for a schedule of all activities, visit marbledays.com.

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