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By Austin Andre
The village of Kampsville is holding its annual Summer Celebration this Saturday, Aug. 20. Organized by the Kampsville Summer Celebration Committee, this year’s celebration is particularly special, as it marks the event’s sesquicentennial year (150 years).
There will be numerous activities taking place throughout the day, starting at 11 a.m with a parade beginning at the Kampsville American Legion. Following a flag-raising and anthem ceremony, pageants will begin at Schumann Memorial park at 1 p.m. shortly after.
Baby Kampsville: Kyler Farland, Calliope Behrens, Oaklynn Gettings, GraceLynn Mapp, Zoey Meyer, Noah Moser, and Marriana Garlich
Kampsville Toddler: Sullivan Churchman, Autumn Lewis, Layton DeSherlia, and Matthew Kemp.
Little Mister: August Moser, Devon Bean, Dennis Stumpf, and Tommy Goode.
Little Miss: Toni Ruyle, Cecelia Moser, Emma Aguilar, Lauren Pohlman, and Sirrena Garlich.
A BBQ cook-off will start at 2:30 p.m at the Old Settlers Grounds. Ribs, Loin, and Chicken will be the main food items of the event, as each contestant prepares their entry and side dishes. Awards from the event will be handed out at 4 p.m. Those not entered in the cook-off can purchase an armband for $10 and sample the food items at the 2:30 p.m. start time.
Several local vendors will be selling a variety of products and gifts during the day. Vendors include Scentsy, Boards&More, KW Custom Etching, Tammy’s Bright Ideas, and many others. Kids will have plenty to do as well, with games, bounce houses, face paintings, and magicians, providing fun and entertainment for all ages.
Live music will kick off at 4. p.m, performed by the Crypt-Kickers. The quilt raffle and donated raffle basket drawings will begin at 8 p.m after the concert concludes. The evening will go out with a bang with a firework show at dusk, presented by the J&M Fireworks Display Company.
The Summer Celebration Committee, consisting of Diane Brangenberg, Meghan Klunk, Debby Klunk, and James Palmer, have been planning activities and carrying out fundraising efforts for the past few months to make this event possible.
Further information can be found on the Kampsville Sesquicentennial Summer Celebration’s Facebook page. Anyone with questions about the celebration can contact Palmer at 618-771-1082.