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  • Writer's pictureRoger Sims, Journal Staff

Jayhawk Blast has sizable draw despite heat


Brea Dawson, left, and Taylor Snyder perform an acoustic set at the Jayhawk Blast on Saturday afternoon. (Photos by Roger Sims/Linn County Journal)


MOUND CITY – The sun beating down and combined steamy summer temperatures likely kept some people away from Mound City's Jayhawk Blast on Saturday, June 24, but overall organizers were pleased with the event.


Beginning with a 28-vehicle car show in the morning in the ball field parking lot until the last firework was launched, the city-sponsored event drew decent crowds even in the heat of the afternoon.


Vendors and attendees alike set pop-up canopies to ward off the sun, and one couple wore matching wide-brimmed hats with solar-powered fans to keep cool.

A 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu belonging to Andrew Kelly of Paola won Best of Show at the car show.


As the trophies for the car show were handed out about 2 p.m., competitors in the cornhole tournament began warming up for their tournament. The city's splash park was busy as children scampered through the water jets to beat the heat and adults watched them from beneath the recently installed steel and cloth shade structures.


A pesky wind initially kept bounce houses from being inflated for the children, with one that was unoccupied blowing over on its side soon after they were inflated. But the breeze died down as the afternoon wore on and the bounce houses filled with kids.


Mound City's Brea Dawson and Taylor Snyder shrugged off the heat and took the stage for their acoustic set to start off an afternoon and evening of live music that also included the bands Two Lane Highway and Quite Frankly.


As the sun began to set, more cars pulled into the ball field parking lot or on the street as people prepared to watch the fireworks.

Clint Eastwood and his son, Pryce, warm up for the cornhole tournament in the afternoon.

Two-year-old twins Torben and Octavius beat the heat by playing in the splash park.

Car show winners include, from left, Jeff and Cindy Whitley, Best Truck First Place and Best Daily Driver Second Place; Jimmy and Cindy McCullough, Best Truck Second Place; Brandon McCullough, Best Daily Driver Second Place; Elmer Moore, Peoples' Choice Award; and Best of Show winner Andrew Kelly.

Jerry and Velma Peterson wear matching wide-brim hats with solar-powered fans to beat the heat on Saturday.



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