Bike parade, salsa-making contest, magician among added events for ‘Smokin’

    If you thought the Smokin’ on Broadway committee had used up all of its creativity, think again.
    The committee is adding a number of new events at the fourth annual day-long celebration on Saturday, June 22, in Imperial.
    At least seven new events are included in this year’s schedule, said Jana Pribbeno, Smokin’ on Broadway committee member, all of which will be capped off again with an evening concert.
    Among the new events are a Lions Club sponsored kids’ bike parade, magic shows, a salsa-making contest, LEGO building competition, a hot dog eating contest, a petting zoo on site and a “Thirsty Painter” workshop.
    All of the day-long events are in addition to Smokin’ on Broadway’s main event—the wood fire barbecue contest which will find the top BBQ chefs as they grill several meat selections. The baked bean contest will also be back.
    Also returning are the 5k race (official timing this year), iron skillet contest, hot wings contest sponsored by Pizza Hut and Imperial Auction Market, the library-sponsored escape room and a slightly changed Paint “Out” contest.
    Instead of a Paint In contest, this year it’s called a Paint Out contest as competitors will pick up supplies in advance, with works of art then entered on June 22 when a “People’s Choice” will be chosen. It’s sponsored by the Chase County Arts Council, which is also hosting a “Thirsty Painter” event later in the day when budding artists can paint a masterpiece together while enjoying refreshments.
    A sandbox will be added on the grounds for all-day fun, along with the returning giant Jenga, large Scrabble and human foosball games.
    Barbecue fans will again be able to sample the barbecue meats as in the past prior to the announcement of winners.
    Other food vendors and organizational booths will also be on the grounds again this summer.

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