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Carnival Returns To Frontier Days


September 12, 2019

We’re counting down to Frontier Days — and to the return of the carnival.

That’s right, the carnival will be back this year, setting up in Slick Humphrey Park on West Walnut and opening Friday, Sept. 20. That means the carnival will be available Friday night and Saturday,

It will be located in the east parking area at the park, near the playground equipment and skate park. Visitors are asked to park at Tecumseh High School both days.

The addition of the carnival was last minute, but vendor coordinator Sharla Dyer is attempting to see if a few of the 10 food trucks expected Saturday can come early on Friday night.

Frontier Days is held annually on the third weekend in September, to honor Tecumseh’s birthday on Sept. 23, 1891. This year, the one-day celebration will be on Saturday, Sept. 21.

This year’s theme will be “To Every Thing, There Is A Season,” hoping to capture the history of Tecumseh from the Land Run to current. Dennis Dyer is chairman of the event, which is sponsored by Tecumseh Together.

T-shirts sporting the theme are now available for $15 each at the Tecumseh Public Library and Heather’s Salon.

The fun will begin with a pancake feed at the American Legion Saturday morning and the Officer Justin Terney 5k Run. The pancake feed will be at the Legion Hall at 201 E. Park, and the run will begin at the Tecumseh Police Department.

The run honors the Tecumseh officer who was killed in the line of duty, and money raised will go toward a scholarship in his name. Registration begins at 6 am, and a kids’ fun run starts at 7 am. As soon as that is over, the 5k will get underway.

To pre-register for the run, go to “officerjustinterney5k” on Facebook or email [email protected]

A concert by the Tecumseh High School band will begin at 9 am, and the annual parade is at 10 am, with lineup at Broadway and Jefferson at 8:30 am. There is no charge to enter, but organizers request you fill out and submit a parade entry form in advance to assist with lineup and announcing.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the parade winners. Entry forms are available at the Tecumseh Public Library and The Countywide & Sun office.

Although the parade will follow its traditional route downtown, activities for the rest of the day will then move to Slick Humphrey Park on West Walnut.

The Tecumseh Rotary Club’s annual Art Show will join the Frontier Days this year. The event will be held in the commons area of Tecumseh High School campus just north of the park and will feature a dozen or more local artists.

It will be held in conjunction with a Chalk Art Contest for all ages, said organizer Dr. Bob Evans.

The location will be the perfect first stop for Frontier Days activities, since visitors are encouraged to park at the high school. Parking is very limited at the park and some of those areas will be used for the carnival, handicapped and other purposes. Golf carts will go back and forth to offer rides for those who need them.

The annual Car Show, sponsored by Shawnee Paint, will offer cash prizes in ten categories, including motorcycles, “work in progress,” and “rat rod.” Registration is $15 through Sept. 16 (register at the store, 120 S. Union, Shawnee) or $20 at the show. Car show hours at 11 am-3 pm.

Meanwhile, there will be vendor shopping, food trucks, live music, ponies, inflatables, reptile rescue, splash pad and much more at the park. A Talent Show is set for noon on the park’s main stage, and entries are still being accepted.

Ten food trucks are set to come, including IceKween Creations, Sooner Kettle Corn, Miss K’s Kitchen, Eagle Scout Concessions, TNK BBQ, Summer Snow Storm, Ookebobs and Yum Yum Bites. About 50 vendors of all types will also set up in the park.

At 2 pm, Trent Smith will present his Lil’ Elvis show on the main stage)

, and at 3:30 pm Blackwater Smoke


For more information, visit Tecumseh Together on Facebook.


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