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Burrton Fall Fest Adds Softball Throw, Puppet Show

Posted 9/28/2017

By Jared Janzen

BURRTON—From kid’s games to craft vendors to the car show and more—there’s going to be a lot to do in Burrton this Saturday at the annual fall festival.

No button or wristband is required, and only food and crafts purchases have a cost. This leaves a long list of free, family-oriented activities. Organizer Carol Kirk with the Burrton Community Development Committee said it’ll be an opportunity for people to enjoy themselves without breaking the bank.

“It’s a great, fun day for the family,” Kirk said. “We invite everybody to come.”

Several new events have been added to this year’s schedule. Burrton Community Church is giving a puppet show in the afternoon, following which the police department is sponsoring a fast softball throw. The competition is open for sixth- through twelfth-graders, and the police will use their radar gun to measure speeds of pitches. Small prizes will be awarded to the top throwers.

Another first-time event will be a simulation by Kohl’s Safety Town, an outreach sponsored by Via Christi Health and Kohl’s Cares. According to the organization’s website, the simulation is an interactive way for children to learn about pedestrian and bicycle safety.

Performing the afternoon entertainment this year is Lauren Thompson of Newton, who was first runner-up in the Kansas Miss Outstanding Teen Pageant. According to Kirk, Thompson will be singing a mix of secular and contemporary Christian songs, accompanied by her father on guitar.

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