Tumbleweed Festival among weekend entertainment





Live music and children's entertainment, an open house, story telling, a movie and a free party are all on tap this weekend in Garden City.

The 22nd Annual Tumbleweed Festival is taking place Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the west green of Lee Richardson Zoo.

"We provide a nice, clean, family atmosphere for people to come to bring their kids and enjoy a nice setting there at the zoo in the shade, in the green grass," Daryl Hamlett, president of the Tumbleweed Festival board, said.

The family-friendly event draws 6,000 to 7,000 people every year, with music and entertainment geared toward both kids and adults.

"For the kids, there are magicians, storytellers and puppeteers, a tent for face painting and a tent for arts and crafts.

For adults, the draw has always been the musical acts, which include a variety of genres — bluegrass, country, rock, Christian rock, folk and blues.

Local acts, including, Willis Pracht, 88 Hours, Russ and Debbie Tidwell, Fresh Picked Parsley, Collective Faith, 3rd Degree and DV8, will be performing Friday night from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on the north stage.

On Saturday, nine other acts will be performing, including the featured performers, Kerri Roberts and headliner, Sanctus Real, both Christian acts.

"There's something about live music and all of these genres," Jim Randall, Tumbleweed Festival board member, said. "Besides the fact that it's live, you can't beat the spot for a festival."

Wristbands will allow entry to all the festivities for a one-time fee of $5 per child and $15 per adult.

Advance tickets, $5 for children and $10 for adults, may be purchased at participating locations in Garden City, Scott City, Ulysses, Dodge City and Liberal.

For more information on advance tickets or for a schedule of events, go to www.tumbleweedfestival.com, or contact Kathy Friesen at 290-1011.

* The Kansas Children's Service League is hosting a ribbon cutting and an open house Friday for its Head Start Facility.

The ribbon cutting will take place at 10:30 a.m. and the open house will take place from 10:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.

Refreshments will be served and tours will be given at the new building at 603 E. Cedar St.

* Personal stories about immigration and success in Kansas will be shared at the Finney County Public Library at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Armando Minjarez, Laura Duncan and Emira Palacios are co-founders of the Seed House, where each plays a unique and important role in opening up learning space for social change in Kansas.

Minjarez and Palacios will share stories about their migration from Mexico to the United States and present the story collecting project, the Traveling Seed Pod, an enclosed teardrop trailer in which a projector, video and audio recording equipment are housed to electronically record, archive and share stories of both old and new immigrants across the state.

Minjarez will be working on a southwestern Kansas initiative collecting stories this winter and spring 2014.

For more information, contact Minjarez at (785) 477-6066 or email him at minjarez.armando@gmail.com.

* The Garden City Recreation Commission continues its Silver Screen Saturday Nights, with this week's screening of "Kangaroo Jack" beginning at dusk Saturday at Stevens Park.

The movie is about two friends who get caught up with the mob and are forced to deliver $100,000 to Australia, but things go haywire when the money is lost to a wild kangaroo.

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs, as well as their favorite movie snacks, to the free screening. Popcorn, drinks and homemade goodies will be available for $1 each. In the event of high winds or severe weather, movies will be rescheduled. Call the Hotline at 276-1202 for cancellation details.

For movie titles and future showings, visit www.gcrec.com.

* The "Back to School Blowout," Garden City Family YMCA's 10th annual event, is scheduled for Saturday.

The event will feature crafts, prizes, games, inflatables, swimming and more for the entire family, free of charge, from 7 to 9 p.m. at 1224 Center St. Chips, hotdogs and drinks will be provided while they last and there also will be a school supplies giveaway.

For more information, call Krystal Richardson at 275-1199.

* The Blue Notes will provide a variety of music for seniors to dance to from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Eagles Lodge, 2603 N. Taylor Ave.

There is no admission for senior citizens aged 65 and older. For all others, admission is $5.

For more information, call Art Green at (620) 290-0279.

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