MCVB Press Release


Media Contact:

Becky S Wilson, WDS Marketing & Public Relations

Phone (913) 362 4541


Spirit of Mission Days to Feature Parade, Carnival & Shawnee Mission North High School Jazz Bands, Community Fair and More on May 8 & May 9, 2009

Spirit of Mission Days 2009Mission, KS (April 17, 2009): The 2009 “Spirit of Mission Days” will have some real spunk, energy and spirit this year from a unique variety of activities and entertainment for people of all ages, according to Suzie Gibbs, Chairman of the Mission Convention and Visitors Bureau (formerly the Mission Business Development Committee). Kicking off the annual festival in Mission, KS will be a carnival set up in the Northwest corner of the Sylvester Powell, Jr. Community Center. It will offer fourteen rides, cotton candy, sno cones, funnel cakes and more, and will open at 5 pm, May 7 and run through Sunday, May 10. For the hours each day of the carnival and complete event details, refer to

Friday evening, May 8, four hip combos from Shawnee Mission North High School will provide a cool Jazz Session, performing from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm in Beverly Park, Beverly and Martway Streets. There is no charge for the concert. Scheduled to play are the Shawnee Mission North Combo Club, the Hungry Critters, S. M. North Graduate State Assessment Blues Gathering, and the Spin & Marty Jamboree Floor Show.

Local food purveyors and vendors of jewelry, art, healthcare services, candles, books, gift items and more will be open Friday evening and Saturday. The Rushton Elementary School PTA will sponsor the “Risk Watch Safety Fair, a comprehensive family-focused informational and interactive safety fair, on Saturday.

Saturday morning, May 10, is the highly popular Shawnee Mission Rotary Pancake Breakfast in the community center parking lot, serving from 7:00 am to 11:00 am and the price is $5.00 for ‘all you can eat’.

The “Casey Brothers Spirit of Mission Days Community Parade” begins at 11:00 am, originating at Beverly St and Johnson Drive and promises some spirited performers, unique floats, and surprises. The parade will proceed east to Nall. Serving as Grand Marshall will be Hersh Casey, Casey Brothers Sinclair, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in business. Also scheduled to be in the parade will be local dignitaries, a 40 Ft. Long Walking Weiner Dog, Lee Tolbert Marching Eagles Drill Team, Foreign Language Academy Drill Team, the Salvation Army Marching Falcons (Wichita, KS), Johnson County Sheriff’s Honor Guard and an authentic army tank provided by the National Guard. The tank will be in the community center parking lot for photos after the parade.

In cooperation with the Spirit of Mission Days, there will be a free community fair presented by Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday, May 9, Noon to 4:00 PM in Beverly Park. Entitled “The Simple Life—Living Better for Le$$,” it will include activities for kids and sessions on how to save money, relieve stress, eat healthier, and un-clutter your home. Featured speakers will be Elizabeth Blume, author of “Living on Cash,” giving tips on “How to keep your kids from whining while you shop,” and Joan O’Keefe, author of “Simple, Quick, Nutritious Foods for the Busy Life,” who offers advice on how to “Boost Your Child’s Test Scores.” Included in the community fair will be opportunities to win free prizes such as groceries, books, a Costco membership, gift certificates, and a Nintendo Wii Fit.

The Mission Convention and Visitors Bureau (formerly the Mission Business Development Committee) was established in August 2003, by the City of Mission, Kansas to assist in the revitalization and redevelopment of the Mission business district. Responsibilities of the committee include development and administration of investment and revitalization programs for this area.

For more information, contact Suzie Gibbs at (913) 671-8564, or visit our website at