Shawnee Trail Days is shaping up to be an event-filled celebration on many fronts.
Starting Friday evening, the city’s second Night on the Bricks — or newly established Redbud Festival — will be start the fun, after being postponed due to severe weather in April.
First thing Saturday morning, the annual Juneteenth parade is scheduled, then Shawnee Trail Days will continue all day Saturday, with performances, vendors, bounce houses, as well as re-enactments and music.
A fireworks display will conclude the festival at 10 p.m.
The display will be set off near Kickapoo and Main, so they can easily be seen from open locations downtown, like the parking lot behind Neal’s Furnishings.
Due to the threat of severe and dangerous weather, the Redbud Festival originally scheduled April 21-22 was rescheduled for Friday as a kickoff to Shawnee Trail Days.
“Redbud Night on the Bricks,” the city’s second community dinner downtown — planned to become its own annual event — will be held on Broadway just north of Main Street, where a 40-by-100-foot tent will be set up.
Safe Events for Families (SEFF) Board Member Ed Bolt said volunteers will begin seating participants at 6 p.m. Dinner is between 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.
“Last year we fed more than 800 people,” Bolt said. “This year we are preparing enough food for 1,500.”
There’s no need for a meal ticket. As many may remember last year, tickets were distributed to secure a meal; that is not being required any more.
Residents are also welcome to bring their own…
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