MCVB Press Release


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Arts & Eats Festival & Battle of the Brisket Family-Friendly Fun;

Set for Sept. 18 & 19, 2009 in Mission, Kansas


BBQ Teams, live music, artists & crafters, food vendors, children’s activities, painted chair auction
create a lively community event!  

Take more than fifty eager Bar-B-Que teams, add some favorite KC bands, include the wares of local arts and crafters, give the kids inflatables to play on, and top it off with tasty treats from favorite food vendors, all these things and more are the makings of the 2009 Mission Arts and Eats Festival and the Battle of the Brisket Bar-B-Que Contest, according to Suzie Gibbs, Chairman, Mission Convention and Visitors Bureau, the volunteer group that produces the annual festival. Events and activities will be staged in the areas surrounding the Sylvester Powell Community Center, on Martway between Lamar and Beverly Streets, Friday night, September 18, 2009, 5:00 – 11:30 p.m., and Saturday, September 19, 2009, 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (See schedule of events below).

Saucy, colorful and competitive teams will square off for the 2009 AT&T ‘Battle of the Brisket State Championship Bar-B-Que Contest’ sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. “The public is invited to watch the teams cook on Friday evening and Saturday, as they prepare to compete,” adds Gibbs. Judging begins at noon on Saturday, and Bar-B-Que contest prizes are to be awarded at 3:00 p.m. in the categories of Chicken, Pork Ribs, Pork, Beef Brisket, Side Dish, and Dessert. Grand Champion and Reserve Champion trophies will be given to the top two all around scoring teams. The BBQ Team Theme and Spirit Award will be presented to the team that brings a creative theme and lively energy to the competition.

The annual “Arts & Eats Festival,” sponsored by Keystone Nissan, will also be going on around the Bar-B-Que contest. It is an outdoor event celebrating the visual, culinary, and performing arts. Skilled artisans and crafters will be selling a variety of works and wares. 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 will be on Saturday morning from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

New this year is the “Painted Chairs for Charity” community project. Children, groups, adults and businesses were invited to show their true colors and colorfully paint all types of chairs. The chairs will be sold in a silent auction on Saturday with the winning bid on each chair being donated to the charity of the purchaser’s choice.

Free live music on Friday evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with Saucy Jack’s Band; 9 Plus 1 at 7:00 p.m., and headlining Friday night at 8:30 p.m. will be the popular Charlie & The Stingrays band. Entertainment on Saturday includes combos and jazz bands from Shawnee Mission North High School performing from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Identity Crisis Band performs from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. A complete schedule of activities can be found on line at

The Mission Conventions and Visitors Association (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