For those interested in competition and physical challenges, Marion Wellness is sponsoring the festival?s inaugural arm-wrestling tournament beginning at 2:45 p.m. Saturday.
Tournament organizers have researched what it takes to run such a contest in an official way. It is believed to be the first formal arm-wrestling contest in the county.
Hoping to raise interest in the annnual community church service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, planners have invited former Kansas University basketball star Wayne Simien to be the featured speaker.
Simien was a McDonald?s High School All-American at Lawrence High School before signing with the Jayhawks, where he was a part of two Final Four teams, claimed three Big XII Championships, was named Big XII Player of the Year and a two-time All-American.
Simien was drafted in the first round of the 2005 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat, and in his rookie year was part of the 2006 NBA World Championship team.
A the end of his sophomore year at KU, Simien became a born-again Christian. He now ministers through Called To Greatness as a commissioned minister, and he volunteers as KU religious adviser and mentor of student-athlete development.
For a full schedule of events for Chingawssa Days go to chingawassa.com.
Chingawassa Days admission buttons went on sale in May. Between now and this weekend, buttons will cost $35 and can be purchased with a credit card by calling 620-382-3425.