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  • Day Trippin: Festival of the Arts in Sedalia

  • Join the fun in Sedalia on Friday, Sept. 21 and Saturday, Sept. 22 at the second annual Queen of the Prairie Festival of the Arts.
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  • Join the fun in Sedalia on Friday, Sept. 21 and Saturday, Sept. 22 at the second annual Queen of the Prairie Festival of the Arts. The festival will highlight an exciting weekend. The fun-filled event includes Harley Motorcycles, an Air Show, an Arts Festival, Cowboys, a Downtown Dash 5K Run/Walk, and live performances.
    Friday evening kicks off the events with a competition Bike Show at Yeager's Cycles and then on Saturday, Sept. 22, the day begins with Chris Cakes (a large griddle for pancake making), helicopter rides and a fly-in at the airport, in downtown Sedalia the second annual Queen of the Prairies Festival of the Arts includes fun for the entire family.
    "Get Your Feet Moving" with the 5K Downtown Dash Fun Run with a course winding through the historic districts of Sedalia. The evening wraps up with a motorcycle parade through downtown and a concert featuring Sony recording artist, Tyler Farr.
    The arts festival will host a nice variety of artists and crafters, from glass and pottery, paintings and sculpture to weaving and spinning a great time to purchase a new piece for your home or begin your Christmas shopping. The day promises to offer a lot of fun for all, a good time to take in a variety of performing arts and to hear some great country music.
    "Come out and enjoy the day in Sedalia," said Madge Gressley, a coordinator of the event. "And don't go home because the sun goes down," cautions Gressley, "there is still plenty to do."
    Most events are free and open to the public. For more information check out the website, www.lcaasedalia.com or call 660-826-7080. The Queen of the Prairie Festival of the Arts is being hosted by Sedalia Downtown Development Corp. and the Liberty Center Association for the Arts.
    The Liberty Center celebrates the arts within our community. We promote the arts in the community and coordinate and promote cultural and artistic activities that enhance an appreciation for all facets of creative expression as well as an appreciation for the diversity in the region. Funding for the LCAA is provided in part by the Missouri Arts Council.
    Schedule of Events:
    Saturday, September 22:
    7 a.m. 60th Anniversary Fly-In and Pancake Breakfast, Sedalia Regional Airport
    8 a.m. Kiddie Run around the Courthouse Square
    8:30 a.m. Downtown Dash begins
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. "Chalk It Up" amateur contest featuring professional chalk artist Craig Thomas, historic Downtown Sedalia
    10 a.m.-4 p.m. Young Eagle helicopter rides with Johnny Rowlins, Sedalia Regional Airport
    10 a.m.-7 p.m. Queen of the Prairies Festival of the Arts, historic Downtown Sedalia
    Professional artists, crafters and folk artists, Kid's Alley with make and take activities and an inflatable walk-through sculpture by artist, Victoria Weaver, strolling docents, a ventriloquist, face painting, hair chalking, musical performers, Historic Celebrity Bingo and lots more.
    Page 2 of 2 - 11 a.m. The Cowboy Ain't Dead Yet! a highly acclaimed one-man, musical comedy starring award winning singer/songwriter/actor/real cowboy, R.J. Vandygriff, historic Downtown Sedalia
    11 a.m. Whiteman AFB Flyover
    1 p.m. Spofest, poetry and prose festival, historic Downtown Sedalia
    1:50 p.m. "100 Years of Fashion" Show & Refreshments, CW Flower Building, Downtown Sedalia 4 p.m. Beer Garden & Fish Fry, Downtown Sedalia
    6:30 p.m. Missouri State H.O.G. Rally Parade with 500 + motorcycles from Missouri State Fairgrounds to downtown.
    7 p.m. Street Party with Tyler Farr, Sony recording artist, performing live with a Boogie Light Show during intermission, Downtown Sedalia
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