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August 21, 2013

Little Balkans Days Festival scheduled in Pittsburg

PITTSBURG, Kan. — The 29th annual Little Balkans Days Festival is scheduled to begin Friday, Aug. 30, and continue through Sunday, Sept. 1, with events for all ages that celebrate the history, heritage, art and culture of the Pittsburg area.

It has been dubbed “The Little Balkans” after the Balkans region in Europe, from which many of the area’s early miners immigrated.

For children, the festival will feature a petting zoo, ice-cream social, carnival rides, fishing derby, magician Larry Fleury and train rides.

The Pittsburg Public Library will conduct a book sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Downtown merchants will host a special sidewalk sale and more than 50 arts and crafts vendors will offer their goods.

The festival will feature more than a dozen food vendors offering everything from barbecue to frozen treats.

Musical acts will be on hand this year to provide more musical entertainment than ever before. Acts include Grab Bag Union, 33 1/3, Clean Slate, Area 51, Gino Geblin, The Wayward Bettys, Jamie Ortolani, Todd East, John Yoger Polka Band, Granny Chicks, Beta Delta Brass Band, Johnnie Zibert, Holly Reed and Friends, White Buffalo, Johnny Kendrick and the Branchy Boys, and AZIZ.

Hands-on activities include golf, tennis and bocce tournaments, a 5K run and fun run, the annual Gorilla Century 100-, 60-, and 32- mile bike race, chili cook-off, radio controlled planes, quilt show and the area’s largest street dance.

Details: www.littlebalkans.com or littlebalkans@gmail.com.

 

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