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  • Writer's pictureRoger Sims, Journal Staff

Jayhawk Blast set for Saturday at Mound City ball complex

Updated: Jun 10

Local sister duo Brea Dawson and Taylor Snyder were a featured act at last year's Jayhawk Blast. This year other local talent will take the stage at the Jayhawk Blast Idol contest. (Journal file photo)



MOUND CITY – Hoping to avoid the July heat and humidity that made last year’s Jayhawk Blast miserable, the Mound City Council moved the event, fireworks and all, to early June. And while the long-range forecast calls for the possibility of some rain, the high temperature for Saturday, June 8, is expected to be a comfortable 81 degrees.


That means this year’s Jayhawk Blast should be a much more enjoyable event. And with a fishing derby, a car show, a cornhole tourney, a talent show, more vendors, kids activities and two live bands, the fireworks display at dark will be icing on a very enjoyable cake.


Be sure to bring lawn chairs for the entertainment events as well as catching up with friends and neighbors. Food and vendors will have food and drinks to sell throughout the afternoon and evening, and craft vendor will have kiosks at the event as well.


The event starts with a fishing derby for kids at Mound City Lake, 11001 W. 750 Rd. Registration starts at 9 a.m., and the contest runs from 9:30 to 11 a.m. with prizes announced at 11 a.m.


The daylong party then moves to the Mound City Ball complex at 7566 Nickel Rd. on the west end of town.


The car show begins at 11 a.m. and runs through 2 p.m., with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. Last year’s car show drew a great line-up of classic rides, street rods and newer muscle whips.


Games and entertainment begin at 2 p.m. Bounce houses will be set up, and so will an obstacle course. Other activities include a water balloon toss, and if that doesn’t cool you down, the city’s splash park will be open. Those activities will be open until 8 p.m.


Also at 2 p.m., local talent will take the stage for the Jayhawk Blast Idol competition. Prizes for the best act will be awarded at 4 p.m. following the hour and a half show.


Some of the best teams in the area competed in last year’s cornhole tournament, and they can be expected to return for the local tourney, which begins at 2:30 p.m. Registration begins at 2 p.m. and the buy-in is $20 per team.


At 5:30 p.m. live bands take the stage. This year the Box Cutters and Western Cuts will perform.


At dusk, the fireworks begin, literally. Attendees had plenty of good things to say about last year’s fireworks show, and it is expected to be better than last year.


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