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Washunga Days under way this weekend

Frank J. Buchman

By A Contributor

One of the most historic communities in the world plans a special celebration in recognition of its past this weekend.

Washunga Days are planned at Council Grove on the old Santa Fe Trail through Sunday, June 20-23.

“It’ll be the 31st anniversary edition of the recognition of our community’s strong Kaw Indiana heritage, the town’s prominence of importance on the old wagon train trail from Missouri, to New Mexico, and our additional other 24 national historic landmarks,” noted Star Veh, a member of the event’s planning committee.

Friday evening will feature the Luther Pepper Award presentation at the Guardian of the Grove right next to the Neosho River Main Street Bridge.

Pepper, who will attend the event, is a great-great grandson of Chief Allegawaho, after whom the Allegawaho Heritage Memorial Park, south of Council Grove, was named.

There will be a Kaw Intertribal Pow Wow Friday and Saturday evenings at the Kaw Mission State Historic Site, which served as a school for Kaw youth in the 1800s, and now is a state-supported museum.

The Kaw Princess and Kaw Tribal members will participate in the 10 a.m. Saturday parade, also expected to attract entries from throughout the Midwest.

A Native American flute concert is scheduled at the mission Saturday afternoon.

A flea market continues through Sunday at the baseball fields.

A Tricks of the Light fire dance troupe will perform Friday evening during a beer garden, with Livy High, a modern rock music group entertaining.

With the “Run-Shunga” race early Saturday, an arts and craft fair and a car and motorcycle show are planned at the high school as all-day Saturday attractions.

Additionally on the packed-full Saturday schedule are magicians, games, juggling, gunslingers, a dulcimer concert, kid’s music, Sternburg Museum display, plastic duck races and a comedian. The beer garden will be open Saturday evening, when the Jared Daniels Band will entertain.

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