MOUNDRIDGE — It is feeling more and more like summer outside, and for those itching to spend time outdoors, the Black Kettle Festival in Moundridge will provide a weekend full of opportunities for fun.
The festival will be held June 2 and 3 and has a full slate of activities for young and old. Though some activities will require spending a few dollars on tickets, most of the fun is free.
A community dinner, hosted by the Bradbury Company, will begin at 6 p.m. on June 2 in Black Kettle East Park. Following the dinner, there will be a movie showing for children at Grace Crossing Church, 111 Cole St.
"Something that is new on Friday night is Quincy's is hosting a street dance downtown," said Moundridge's Economic Development Director Murray McGee. "That will be from 8 to 10 p.m."
Saturday's lineup starts with activities held from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Moundridge Municipal Airport, 1100 E. Cole St.
"They do a fly-in and a breakfast out at the airport," McGee said.
The Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1344 will be part of the fly-in, providing free "Young Eagle" flights to children between the ages of 8 and 17.
The Ridge Run will begin at 7:45 a.m., and the parade will begin its lineup at 8 a.m. to start marching at 10 a.m.
"We are asking people who want to be in the parade to preregister, if possible, by May 29," McGee said. "All the forms are online, or they can stop in at the city office and get those."
A farmer's market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon at West Zion Church. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the church will serve lunch.
Festival attendees can also take part in the 13th Annual Black Kettle Car Show, open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Wheatridge Park. Registration will be open from 8 to 11 a.m. and the fee for entering is $15.
"They will have around 100 participants in that, and it is a judged event," McGee said.
A rock climbing wall and dunk tank will be set up in Wheatridge Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., children can see a petting zoo or ride a pony at Black Kettle Park North.
Sand volleyball will begin at noon at Mt. Hope Sanctuary, or visitors can choose to look over the selections of the craft fair and food vendors from noon to 4 p.m. at Black Kettle Park East.
A new addition to the festival lineup this year will be drone demonstrations and racing, held from noon to 3 p.m. near the tennis courts on Washington Street.
"They'll be able to do demonstrations and show people what the drones are all about — how fast they can go and how they fly," McGee noted.
Those wishing to cool off after the day can participate in a community swim in the Moundridge Swimming Pool from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Jazz in the Park concert proved to be so popular last year that it has been lengthened to three hours — serving up music from local jazz bands from 1 to 4 p.m. at Black Kettle Park East.
Bingo will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Black Kettle Park East shelter house, or children can try their hand at the firemen's games from 1 to 4 p.m. at Black Kettle Park East.
"They have to put on gear, carry a hose, go through a tunnel," McGee said.
Face painting will occur from 4 to 6 p.m. at Black Kettle Park East.
A community bonfire will be lit at 6 p.m. at the Moundridge Museum Complex.
"We're going to serve hot dogs and s'mores, with wagon rides going on from 6 until 8 p.m.," McGee said.
Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the Moundridge Arts Council will host outdoor entertainment, culminating in raffle drawings for a large garden shed and metal garden flowers at 8 p.m.
"That whole Saturday evening at the complex is an added feature to what we're doing," McGee said. "I'm kind of excited that we're getting more of our partners in the community involved this year. It's making it a longer weekend."
For more information about the 13th Annual Black Kettle Car Show, contact Matt Jarvis at 620-747-0838 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Moundridge Black Kettle Festival, visit its Facebook page or call 620-345-8246. A complete schedule and map will be available at the city offices, 225 S. Christian.