MBDC Press Release


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Becky S Wilson, WDS Marketing & Public Relations

Phone (913) 362 4541


Mission Arts & Eats Festival & Battle of the Brisket Sept. 14 & 15,
Artisans, Bands, and BBQers will Bring their Best to Community Event

Mission, KAN (August 23, 2007): Mission, Kansas will be offering a unique variety arts, music, BBQing, and activities at their 2007 “Arts & Eats Festival” and the “Battle of the Brisket State Championship Bar-B-Que Contest,” scheduled for Friday night, September 14, 2007, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m., and Saturday, September 15, 2007, 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 according to Suzie Gibbs, Chairman of the Mission Business Development Committee. This year the event will be staged in the areas surrounding the Sylvester Powell Community Center on Martway between Lamar and Beverly Streets. (See schedule of events below)

Over fifty teams will be vying for top honors in the “Battle of the Brisket State Championship Bar-B-Que Contest.” Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, the teams will set up their pits and spits in the parking lot of the community center. The public is invited to come and watch the competitors Friday evening and Saturday as they prepare to compete. Judging begins at noon on Saturday, and BBQ prizes will be awarded at 3:30 pm in the categories of Chicken, Pork Ribs, Pork, Beef Brisket, and Dessert. Grand Champion and Reserve Champion will be awarded for the best all around scoring teams.

The annual “Arts & Eats Festival” is an outdoor event celebrating the visual, culinary, and performing arts. Skilled artisans and craftsmen will be selling their original works in various categories including sculpture, photography, ceramics, glass, painting, jewelry and fiber. The event also offers art and activities for children including ceramic painting, face painting, caricature entertainment, and free large inflatables.

In Beverly Park, free live music from popular local bands, and dance performances for 2007 include New Vintage Big Band, Rhythm Rockets and Souled Out on stage on Friday evening from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. Entertainment begins on Saturday at 11:30 and ends at 9:00. Scheduled bands and performers include Pompous Jack, Mo City Jumpers, Light Walker with Painted Spirit Dancers, Levee Town, David Basse and Charlie & The Stingrays.

Hungry and thirsty art and music lovers can choose from a selection of cuisines served from the booths of area restaurants, food, snack, drink, and beer purveyors. The highly popular Shawnee Mission Rotary Pancake Breakfast on Saturday morning from 7:20 to 11:00 a.m.

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