MBDC Press Release


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Becky S Wilson, WDS Marketing & Public Relations

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Spirit of Mission Days To Feature Family-Focused Events,
Shriner’s Parade, Live Music and Classic Car Show

Mission, KS (May 1, 2007): There’s a new look and a renewed energy at the "2007 Spirit of Mission Days" festival, on Saturday, May 12, according to Suzie Gibbs, Chairman of the Mission Business Development Committee. The old cow parade has been replaced with a community-focused parade that will include members from the Abdallah Shrine Temple, high school bands, floats, a color guard, and a beauty queen.

Also included in the Spirit of Mission Days for 2007 are a classic car display (Johnson Drive at Woodson), mother and daughter fashion show, and a variety of live music. Hungry adults and children can choose from a selection of cuisines served from the booths of area food purveyors. There will be inflatable attractions for the children and a children’s hat parade.

The highly popular Rotary Pancake Breakfast kicks off the daylong festivities on Saturday morning from 7:30 to 10:00 a.m. at Johnson Drive and Outlook. The Shawnee Mission North Jazz Bank will perform form 8:30am to 9:30 am at the Main Stage, Johnson Dr. and Outlook St.

The Abdallah Shrine Community Parade will begin at 10:00 am at Beverly St. It will then proceed east on Johnson Drive; ending at the Mission Mart. Floats will be announced at Johnson Drive and Outlook St. Miss Kansas 2006, Michelle Walthers of Towanda, Kansas, will ride in the parade.

At the Main Stage, the Nervous Rex Classic Rock Band will perform from 11:00am to 12:00pm. The Encore Too clothing store will present a Mother/Daughter fashion show from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. The Shawnee Police’ Probable Cause Band will perform from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. BJ the DJ will play classic hot rod music from 2:00pm to 3:00pm.

The Rushton Elementary School PTA and the City of Mission will hold their first "Risk Watch" event," from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm, in conjunction with annual The Spirit of Mission Days. Risk Watch is a comprehensive family-focused informational and interactive safety fair. Participating at "Risk Watch" will be the Mission Police Department distributing passenger safety and firearm safety information. They will offer on-site child safety inspections by appointment only. The location will be in the area of 5710 Johnson Drive (Casey Bros Sinclair) between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

The Johnson County Health Department will be teaching bicycle safety. The University Extension Program of Johnson County will have a display set up of poison look-alikes to assist in differentiating between the two substances. There will be Fall Safety booth, and a Water Safety booth sponsored by Mission’s lifeguards. Johnson County MED-ACT will be giving CPR demonstrations and will have handouts available on assisting individuals who may be choking. They will also have an ambulance available for tours.

The Burnett Burn Center and Children’s Mercy Hospital’s Burn Unit will have burn prevention information for both adults and kids. Flashy, the remote control dog, will be in attendance. American Red Cross’ station will have all information on disaster preparedness.

For more information, contact Suzie Gibbs at (913) 671-8564, or visit our website at http://www.mbdcks.org.