Changes, new events in store at Smokin’ on Broadway

While many items on the schedule for Smokin’ on Broadway are repeats from years prior, there are also some additions and changes coming up for the event on Saturday, June 22.
Bike parade
Sponsored by the Smokin’ on Broadway committee and organized by the Imperial Lions Club, a bike parade will travel around the block starting at 9 a.m.
All ages can participate, and all participants will receive a prize.
“It doesn’t have to be a bike,” incoming Lions Club President Sheryl Curtis said. “It can be a stroller, a wagon, a stick horse...basically if it can go on the sidewalk it can be in the parade.”
Curtis encourages participants to dress up themselves and their mode of transportation.
Leading the parade will be volunteers from the music program at Chase County Schools, directed by CCS alum Amber Stumpff.
Participants for the parade should arrive at the Lied Imperial Public Library around 8:45 a.m., Curtis added.
Paint out, not in
Instead of a paint-in this year, the Chase County Area Arts Council will be hosting a paint “out.”
Packets will be available to pick up at the city offices today (Thursday).
The packets for the paint out will contain a canvas, paints, two brushes and this year’s theme, as well as instructions.
“People can use whatever supplies they choose, as long as they use that canvas,” Arts Council President Sara Stretesky said.
“If they want to add glitter, marker, crayon,” she added, “their budget and imagination is the limit.”
Entries for the paint out will be due to the city offices at 9 a.m. on June 22.
Another change to the event is the judges. All entries will be displayed at the arts council booth, where the pieces will be judged by the public.
Prizes will be $100 in chamber bucks for first place and $50 for second.
In addition to the painting competition this year, the arts council will be hosting a “Thirsty Painter” session, where Stratesky will lead a painting session.
The thirsty part is BYOB from the vendors on site.
To register or for more information, call or text Stratesky at 308-883-1505.
Seating is limited for the Thirsty Painter.
Lego competition
Also new this year is a Lego building competition, sponsored by Boy Scouts Pack 199.
The competition will be for youths age five through fourth grade (2018-19 school year).
Jack and Dee Schnieder are donating two bikes for one boy and one girl winner. Lego kits will also be given as prizes.
“Older boy scouts will be part of the judging group,” coordinator Michelle Mandeville said.
The competition will take place in the multipurpose room of the library from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Participants will receive a certain amount of Legos and a time limit to create something.
“They’ll mostly be judged on creativity,” Mandeville said.

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