A biscuit and gravy breakfast at City Hall prepared by the Burden Masonic Lodge 233 kicked off the annual Burden Dayz celebration Saturday.
The theme of the celebration was “Put Your ’Merica On.”
The American Legion Post 10 Color Guard led the parade and paused while Melissa Henderson, daughter of Vance and Becky Henderson, sang “The Star Spangled Banner.” Next in line were the parade Grand Marshals Lowell Smith, a longtime resident and business owner, and Delbert Peters, who was in business for many years with Smith in Burden.
Among the other 40 entries in the parade were Miss Burden, Ricki Hilario, daughter of Jason and Jody Mannon; Miss Atlanta, Madeline Hervey, daughter of Sheryl and Roy Hervey; Miss Grenola, Megan Rierson; Emma Losh, Miss Teen Rodeo Kansas from Concordia; Burden, Atlanta, Dexter and Cambridge volunteer fire departments; floats representing Burden Pride, Burden veterans, Burden 4-H; Central Junior-Senior High School band, football and cheer squad; Kansas Veterans Home; business and political entries; and horses from Rockin’ H Drill Team of Halstead; Burden Rodeo Association; and Winfield Saddle Club, along with individual riders.
First in the parade was awarded to the Burden 4-H float; second went to the Kansas Veterans Home; and third was the Rockin’ H Drill Team. Kim Tatum was parade chairwoman.
Following the parade, visitors went to the city park, where food vendors were ready to serve lunch and snacks, accompanied by live music by The Student Loans. The band Mountain Deer Revival played, followed by The Adam Capps Band.
A craft show was set up in the park pavilion, and kids took part in games and inflatables, along with a variety of playground equipment next to the pavilion. A horseshoe tournament and a corn hole tournament were also during the afternoon.
A Fun Run was conducted as a fundraiser for the Central cross country team. Around 20 men, women and children entered. Grant Loewer, 22, had the fastest time at 5:09 in the men’s division, and Lydia Nelson, 12, had the fastest female time of 7:21. Jason Braun organized the run.
“Mutton Bustin’” for kids preceded the PRCA Rodeo, followed by a dance.
“It was a great day,” Burden city clerk Julia Loving said, a member of the Dayz committee.
“The weather was fine, and we had a really good crowd for all the events. Our committee and all the volunteers helped make the celebration a success. We appreciate the vendors and visitors who came out to enjoy the day.”