NMAN — "Drive Your Dreams" will be the theme for this year's Santa Fe Days, coming up Sept. 21-23 in Inman.
The weekend will kick off with with a soup supper served up for a donation at 5 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Inman High School cafeteria. A homecoming ceremony will follow at 6:30 p.m. and the Inman Teutons will face off against the Marion Warriors at 7 p.m.
New this year will be a guided tour to nearby Santa Fe Trail sites from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 22.
"It's called 'Santa Fe Days,' (we thought) maybe we should actually have some connection to the Santa Fe Trail," said Santa Fe Days organizer Diane Miller.
The tour will start from the parking lot of Louie’s Service Center, 782 Cherokee Rd. in Inman. For $10 per vehicle, participants can learn about the Santa Fe Trail and see wagon ruts and swales that have been in existence for more than 100 years. Tour guide Britt Colle will explain the importance and history of each site.
Preregistration is not required for the tour, but all those in preregistered vehicles who are present at the last stop will receive a ticket for prize drawings at the end of the tour. The tour will go on rain or shine and will include some gravel roads. Participants are encouraged to wear good walking shoes and have a full gas tank before setting out.
A demonstration of firefighting is another new addition to Santa Fe Days. It will take place at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at 228 S. Main St.
Some other fun events on Sept. 22 include:
A pancake breakfast will also be served for a donation from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Sept. 22 at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 111 N. Pine St.
A fun run and 5K will begin at 7:30 a.m. in front of the train depot next to the Inman Historical Museum, 101 N. Main St. Participants can preregister for $25 by contacting the Inman Wellness Center at 620-585-2050 or pay $30 the day of the race.
Artists and other vendors will also be set up on the museum's grounds from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants can view and vote for decorated straw bales located behind the museum during that time.
The Inman Public Library will host a book walk from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Inman.
"The library has purchased a couple of books and they are going to take the pages out of them and post them around downtown," Miller said. "People can follow the pages around and read the book...and end up back at the library."
A parade will make its way through downtown Inman beginning at 10 a.m. and a basket auction will follow at 101 N. Main St. auctioned off to assist Donnie Anderson Schierling.
"We are looking to raise $6,500 to buy a machine that alleviates the pain she suffers with lupus," Miller said.
Visitors can view the exhibits inside the Inman Historical Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Eric Boese will be demonstrating blacksmithing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Meadowlarc Welding & Fabrication, 200 N. Main St.
A farm animal petting zoo hosted by Inman FFA students will be set up from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m at the museum's barn.
A fishing derby for children 0 to 14 years old will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at Lambert Park near the intersection of Center Street and Park Lane.
A hamburger cookout will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Zoar Mennonite Brethren Church, 400 S. Walnut St. Donations will be accepted for the meal and a movie will follow at 8 p.m.
Other food options on Sept. 22 include a fried chicken buffet from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. at Inman Harvest Cafe, 112 S. Main St. and a pizza buffet from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. at Main Street Pizza Cafe, 100 S. Main St.
The Inman Senior Center will also serve sloppy joes, walking tacos and desserts from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 103 E. Gordon St.
The weekend will be capped off with a performance by folklorist and singer Jeff Davidson at 3 p.m. Sept. 23 at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 111 N. Pine St. Sharing music, pictures and stories about the Santa Fe Trail, the free event will be followed by a reception.
"He will be doing songs and stories about the Santa Fe Trail which he is researching just for us," Miller said.
Davidson, from Eureka, is a member of the Western Music Association and a former square
dance caller who entertained for the Flint Hills Overland Wagon Train for 25 years. Davidson revisits the history of the west and its tremendous influence on the shaping of the U.S. economy, ideology and heroism.
For more information or to preregister for the Santa Fe Days tour, contact Linda Colle at email@example.com or Rosetta Bartels at firstname.lastname@example.org or 620-368-6052. Proceeds from the tour will go to support projects at the Inman Historical Museum and the Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trails Association.
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