By J.R. SPARKE
HERINGTON—A first-ever Herington’s Got Talent program is one of the highlight activities scheduled this week during Herington’s annual Rails ‘N Trails Festival.
The program will be conducted at Tripp Field, located near the intersection of Hawley and A Streets, with preliminary rounds at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. The final round is slated for 5 p.m.
Festival activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday with a family-friendly bicycle rodeo at Father Padilla Memorial Park, located along the 500 block of N. Broadway. Participants will learn about bike safety and participate in a fun.
On Thursday, historical figures portrayed by current day residents will recount their lives and Herington’s history during tours of Sunset Hill Cemetery. Tours will leave from the West Walnut Market, 327 W. Walnut St., between 5 and 8 p.m.
On Friday, the band Shagnasty will be performing from 9 p.m. to midnight on the main stage at Tripp Field.
On Saturday, breakfast will be served from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Community Building, 810 South Broadway, by members of the Herington Municipal Hospital Auxiliary.
A fun run is scheduled at 7:30 a.m. The run will at the intersection of Hawley and A streets.
A health fair, sponsored HMH, will open at 8 a.m. in the Community Building. A variety of wellness tests will be available, some offered with applicable fees. The activity is scheduled until noon.
A craft and vendor fair also is slated in the Community Building from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
A marshmallow driving contest is planned from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tripp Field and a homerun derby is slated from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the southwest ball field.
History trolley rides will be offered on the hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Riders will meet at the Hawley and A streets intersection to view and be told about several historic sites in the community.
Sign-up for a Redneck Golf Tournament is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tee time will be 11 a.m.
Delanoes Dollies, a dance hall revue troupe from Wichita, will perform at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on stage at Tripp Field.
Persons will be able to taste a variety of barbecued foods and help pick a Peoples’ Choice winner for a Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned event at 11:30 a.m. at the Community Building.
Joel Daniel, performing as the Marine Sandpiper, will play the bagpipes at noon. His selections will include numbers from AC/DC, Guns and Roses and rock other bands. Daniel, who resides in southern California, is retired from the United States Marine Corps and works as a financial advisor.
From noon to 2 p.m., a storytime and crafts-making session is slated at Tripp Field under the guidance of Susan Mueller from the Herington Public Library.
Performances by a group of Old West gunfighting enthusiasts from White City are slated at 2:30 and 4 p.m. at Tripp Field.