Many enjoy Strawnfest 2016 activities and fireworks

Although the day was hot & muggy, a good-sized crowd turned out to enjoy the fun events planned for Strawnfest 2016.  There were food and merchandise vendors set up throughout the park for most of the day which was a much appreciated and welcome addition!

Registration for the car show, which was sponsored by Trophies & Things, began at 9 a.m. and by noon the east and south side of the city park was filled with classic cars and trucks.  Young and old alike enjoyed ogling the ‘oldies but goodies’ on display throughout the day.  Folks also enjoyed the antique tractor run and were able to get ‘up close & personal’ with the machines when they parked on the south side of the park near the car show.

An old favorite returned this year…the kids’ fishing derby!  Thirty boys and girls gathered at the City Lake at 9 a.m. and fished till 11 a.m., all trying to catch the most fish as possible.  A BIG thanks to Justin Morrison from the Kansas Dept. of Wildlife & Parks, who was on hand to offer expert advice and assist the kiddos as the fish were caught.  Results are as follows:

Age 4 & under:  Tom Vu – 1st Fish Caught; Brennan Buck – Biggest Fish Caught (20” catfish); Elyse Vu – Most Fish Caught in Inches (three fish totaling 33”)

Age 5-6:  Addyj Allen swept all three categories as she was the only one in this age bracket that caught a fish!

Age 7-8:  Chaelee Schmidt – 1st Fish Caught and Most Fish in Inches (two fish totaling 31”); D’Ann Raymer – Biggest Fish Caught (17” bass)

Age 9-10:  Brody Reynolds – 1st Fish Caught and Most Fish in Inches (two fish totaling 17”); Dominic Cauthers – Biggest Fish Caught (16”)

Age 11-14:  Easton Burns won all three categories as, again, he was the only one in his age bracket to catch anything, a 17” and a 6”.

Two three year olds took home the overall prizes for Most Fish Caught in Inches and Biggest Fish Caught;  Elyse Vu with a total of 33” in fish for the day and Brennan Buck who managed to reel in a 20” catfish, the biggest one landed all day!  Congrats to all the kids who participated and also a ‘thank you’ to Coffey Honda Powersports for supplying soda for the thirsty fishermen and a snazzy set of wheels for the derby ‘helpers’ to zip around in!

At 1 p.m. Citizen’s State Bank sponsored a Money Hunt for the kids.  They managed to find a shady spot under a tree and the kids enjoyed searching through a large pile of straw for ‘hidden treasure’.   Citizen’s State Bank also sponsored awards for the Hot Wheels Racing at 1:30.  Many thanks to them for their generosity and time!

At 2 p.m. the Coffey Co. Library New Strawn Branch sponsored kite flying in the park.  Kids were encouraged to try their hand at flying some homemade kites as well as some ‘fancier’ ones brought from home.  It was so fun to see the kites in the air and watch young and old alike working together to get them ‘up and away’!

Another new event this year was a water gun fight sponsored by the New Strawn Fire Dept.  This proved to be a very popular event as by 3 p.m. temperatures were in the upper 90’s!  We sure do appreciate our volunteer firemen and women!  Free inflatables also arrived at 3 and were a hub of activity until they departed around 7 p.m.

A free picnic of hot dogs, chips, bottled water and ice cream was provided by the city at 4 p.m.  Almost 300 hot dogs were grilled and distributed to hungry folks!

As evening rolled around, live music could be heard coming from the park.  Found Alert, a musical group from the Christian Church of Burlington, performed at 5 p.m. in the sweltering heat and still managed to sound fantastic!  A BIG thanks to them for coming out and sharing their music with us!  At 7 p.m. Highway 75 Band treated folks to some great country sounds!  This band is fairly ‘new’ but knows how to crank out some music that will get you moving and singing along!  Down the road, New Strawn may be able to boast that we were lucky enough to have them play before they made it ‘big’!

The day’s festivities at the park culminated in a fireworks display provided by Big Daddy’s Fireworks.  As usual, Big Daddy did not disappoint and treated folks to a nearly 20 minute show.

After the fireworks were over, folks were encouraged to go down to Buddies Bar & Grill to enjoy a street dance with music provided by The Good Sam’s Club Band.

A final big ‘thank you’ to everyone who donated time, money or other items.  Your generous nature is much appreciated!