Two name bands on tap for Marion?s Chingawassa Days

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Foghat (above) and the Bellamy Brothers (below) will perform this weekend at Marion?s Chingawassa Days.

Building on its tradition of inviting a nationally known musical act to perform at the annual city festival, planners of Chingawassa Days in Marion are planning to double the excitement this year.

Two classic performers?Foghat and the Bellamy Brothers?will take the stage during this year?s event, June 5 and 6.

On Friday night, June 5, Foghat will take the main stage at 9 p.m. in Marion?s beautiful Central Park. The British band reached peak success in the mid- to late-1970s with its best-known hit, ?Slow Ride.? The band achieved five gold records over the years.

On Saturday, June 6, the Bellamy Brothers will perform at 9 p.m. The duo, which achieved fame in the mid-1970s with the pop-music mega-hit ?Let the Love Flow,? moved into the country-music field in the 1980s.

The Bellamy Brothers hold the record in both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Associa?tion Awards for the most duo nominations. Numerous Grammy nods have also been directed their way.

Admission to both concerts?and all other weekend events?is covered by the purchase of a $35 Chinga?wassa Days button. Children 10 and under will be admitted free with an adult admission. Buttons are required to enter the park for the performances.

The concerts by the two headliner acts will follow preliminary performances by groups with regional ties.

Prior to Foghat, the prize-winning a cappella group Six Appeal, featuring Marion native Michael Brookens, will perform on the main stage at 6:45 p.m. It will be followed by The Co-Dependents at 7:45 p.m.

The following night, the bands Hopkins Switch at 6 p.m. and Justus at 7 p.m. will perform prior to The Bellamy Brothers taking the stage.

While the big-name concerts draw the most public attention to Chingawassa Days, the weekend offers numerous family-friendly activities, all of which occur in the downtown area.

A Saturday ?Day Pass? is available at the park for $5, but it does not include Friday night activities or the Saturday concerts.

For more information about any of the events listed below, call 1-800-382-0055 or 620-382-3425; or visit



Schedule of events


Friday, June 5

n 5:30-7 p.m. ? Marion National Bank Chingawassa barbecue.

n 6:30 p.m. ? St. Luke Hospital ice cream social.

n 6:45 p.m. ? Concert by Six Appeal.

n 7:45 p.m. ?? Concert by The Co-Depen?dents.

n 9 p.m. ? Concert by Foghat.


Saturday, June 6

n 7-10 a.m. ? Kiwanis pancake feed.

n 8-11 a.m. ? Horseshoe pitching tournament.

n 8 a.m. ? Case & Son Rhino Run (5K run, 2-mile run/walk).

n 9 a.m. ? Kansas Anvil Shooters.

n 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. ? Lions Club classic car show.

n 9:30 a.m. ? American Legion Riders? motorcycle parade and poker run. Also, celebrity tricycle races and the Marion County EMS/Kiwanis bed and couch-potato races.

n 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ?? Animal menagerie sponsored by Double S Alpacas. Also, St. Luke Dinky Duck Race.

n 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. ? Chinga Chuck water balloon battles. Also, Carlsons? Grocery ?Kid Zone,? featuring inflatables.

n 11:30 a.m. ? Christopher Star Magic Show.

n Noon ? Marion Marble Texas Hold ?Em tournament (must be 18 or older to play, limited to 100 people).

n 12:30 p.m. ? Prairieland Partners pedal tractor pull. Also, Jeziree?s Visions of Cairo (demonstrations of Hindu, Hula and other cultural dances).

n 1:15 p.m. ? Tampa State Bank rock-paper-scissors tournament.

n 2 p.m. ? Marion Police Department dodge ball tournament (pre-registration required).

n 2:15 p.m. ? Jeziree?s Visions of Cairo (second program, demonstrations of Flamenco and other dances).

n 2:30 p.m. ? Spam carving contest.

n 3 p.m. ? Central National Bank watermelon feed.

n 3:45 p.m. ? Central National Bank Bingo. Also, Carlsons? Crazy Contest.

n 4:15 p.m. ? Fife and drum act. Also, Kansas Anvil Shooters.

Central Park will close after the final event, then reopen at 5:30 p.m. Festival buttons required for music concerts.

n 6 p.m. ? Concert by Hopkins Switch.

n 7 p.m. ? Concert by Justus.

n 9 p.m. ? Concert by The Bellamy Brothers. (Fireworks to follow.)


Sunday, June 7

n 10:30 a.m. ? Community church ser?vice in the Marion High School Perform?ing Arts Center.

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