MORAN The 2018 Moran Day celebration touts The Old West, with several activities geared toward frontier life for pioneers and settlers alike.
The bulk of the activities are slated for Saturday, with one event, a rummage sale at Moran Methodist Church, beginning Friday and two others, a golf tournament and community church service, on Sunday.
As for Saturday, events kick off bright and early with the aforementioned rummage sale at the church and another consignment sale sponsored by the Marmaton Valley High School Drama Department at 315 W. Randolph, where proceeds will pay for catered desserts for the schools 20th annual dessert theater later this fall. (None of the sale items cost more than $5.)
Craft vendors and food trucks set up at the Moran City Park at 9 a.m., with a barn quilt and best cookie contest beginning at 10. The cookies must be homemade. Participants must drop off at least four cookies and their recipe at the park.
The scene shifts downtown for the 11 a.m. parade, with Jim and Anna Cole the grand marshals. Kaysha Elmenhorst will perform the national anthem; the Moran American Legion Post No. 385 will provide the color guard. Marmaton Lodge No. 245 is sponsoring a chariot race immediately prior to the parade.
Moran Hope Chapel will serve meals for $5 apiece immediately after the parade at the Moran Community/Senior Center.
Activities return to the park at noon, with Iolas Hannah Andersen singing and performing from noon to 1 p.m.
Free kids games begin at at 1 oclock. Festival-goers are invited to bring their turtles for a dry-land turtle race.
A merchants drawing starts at 3, followed by a free bean feed at 4. Diners are required to bring their own containers.
There are two entertainment options in the evening.
A free showing of the 1995 film Tom and Huck will be shown at the park. Meanwhile, the Mildred Store will host its monthly Saturday night free music show starting at 6:30.
Sundays golf tournament is in a three-person scramble format at Cedarbrook Golf Course in Iola. Registration costs $75 per team. Call 365-2176 to register.
The church service sponsored by Hope Chapel is set for 6 p.m. Sunday at the park. Cake and ice cream will be served following the services.