County prepares for Memorial weekend

The Free Press

Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer in the minds of most people across Marion County. With the magnitude of events planned Friday through Monday, everyone should find something of interest.

Saturday events

Hundreds of friends and families might want to consider connecting with old friends at the Hillsboro All-School Reunion starting at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour; banquet festivities will start at 6:30 p.m.

The reunion will be in the Hillsboro High School commons, situated between the high school and middle school.

School tours will be available Saturday by appointment.

Banquet tables will be set up with class designations marked, but organizers encourage participants to take advantage of roaming.

The emcee for this year?s reunion is Max Heinrich, HHS principal.

Burns car show

The city of Burns is having its annual ?77 Classic Car and Bike Show? Saturday. Organ?izers are expecting about 300 cars for display.

A flea market, food vendors, bake sales, quilt shows, kiddie tractor pull and more is waiting for spectators in Burns, according to City Clerk Carol Callahan.

The flea market opens at 8 a.m. and vendors are encouraged to check in by 7 a.m. at the gazebo.

The car show will be held downtown on main street. Marvin Ranch will be there to provide old-time rock & roll music all day. The Burns Cafe will be open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a barbecue is planned.

The Burns Museum will be open Saturday. The museum is housed in the former Burns Union School built in 1904 as the first consolidated grade and high school in Kansas.

For more information, call 832-298-7329.

Hillsboro car show

Prior to the All-School Reunion, Hillsboro will host the 11th annual Classic 56 Cruisers Car Show in memory of Dave Unruh, a former member.

The event will be in Memorial Park with registration from 8 a.m. to noon. The awards ceremony is slated for 3:30 p.m. and will include the top 10, motorcycle, sponsors awards and dash plaques to the first 75 entries.

Money from entries will go toward the Marion County Toy Run and the food donation will be given to the Marion County Food Bank.

Peabody?s WW II event

Now in its second year, Operation Celebration will be Saturday, Sunday and Monday in downtown Peabody. The event is a 1940s World War II-era festival celebrating the men and women who served this country.

With more than 1,000 attendees from 17 states in 2008, Operation Celebration 2009 promises to be bigger and better than ever, organizers said.

The event features the state’s largest victory parade, concerts, museum quality displays, WW II re-enactments and more.

For more information about Operation Celebration, call 620-983-2174.

Marion?s ?Art at the Elgin?

?Art at the Elgin,? is the first event of its kind, bringing young and seasoned artists together with a shared goal of helping to further the reality of a youth center in Marion.

All artwork has been donated for the fund-raising event, said Doug Kjellin, member of mYac, the acronym for Marion Youth Activities Center.

?The occasion is really two events?art work supplied by the school students and professional art provided by local artists,? he said.

The afternoon session is from noon to 4 and the evening session is from 6 to 8. Organizers are asking visitors to dress in business-casual attire to make the event even more special, as this is also the open house for the recently renovated Elgin Hotel.

?The afternoon session will showcase all donated art with a silent auction on art pieces done from our schools, with the exception of the chairs,? Kjellin said.

Donations range from jewelry and paintings to crafts, photography and paintings.

Along with donors to the event, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will also offer volunteer and monetary assistance.

Contributions are still be accepted through Friday, May 22, Kjellin said.

Lyle Leppke will be the auctioneer at the evening event.

For more information, call the City of Marion economic development office at 620-382-3703.

Memorial Day services

In addition to Peabody?s Operation Celebration, Ramona, Hillsboro and Marion will also honor veterans with Memorial Day services on Monday.

Ramona resident Mark Heiser is organizing a service starting at 10:30 a.m. with pastor Don Mashburn of Strassburg Baptist Church speaking. Music is being provided by Terry Deines and Lisa Hanschu.

Following the service, a picnic in the park is scheduled. Residents can bring a covered dish; fried chicken will be provided. The picnic is sponsored by the Ramona Improvement Committee; donations will be appreciated.

The Hillsboro Memorial Day services begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Memorial Park. This year?s speaker is Kansas Rep. Bob Brookens.

A Memorial Day prayer will be offered by American Legion Auxiliary member Brenda Kimberly.

The American Legion is inviting the public to a steak dinner at the park beginning at noon. The cost is $12. For more information, call Harvey Ray at 620-382-6100.

In Marion, a 10 a.m. service is planned at the Marion Cemetery with guest speaker Joshua Wesner, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church. The Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Auxiliary are organizing the event.

Following the ceremony, the Marion Kiwanis Club is having a doughnut and coffee time at the Marion Elementary School.

For more information, call Bud Hannaford, 620-382-2130.

Other events

Although other towns in Marion County do not have an organized Memorial Day service, each have cemeteries. Many families and friends will decorate graves in honor of fallen loved ones.

Goessel has services at its three Mennonite churches. In Burns, there is a Catholic and Protestant cemetery across from U.S. Highway 77. Tampa officials said people get together for picnics and to visit area cemeteries.

For more information about possible services, call a specific town for details.

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