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Old Fashion Saturday Night

Old Fashioned Saturday Night!

Join us in Kensington this Saturday, August 18th, for the annual Old Fashioned Saturday Night festivities and activities. From 9AM and all day until after dark, come enjoy the Color Run/Walk, Afternoon Yard Olympics, Sailboat Races and swimming, Bounce/Obstacle Course, food vendors, beer garden, fireworks and more!

Starting out the day will be the Color Run/Walk 5K from 9-11AM sponsored by the TRHS Sapphire Dance Team. Registration begins at 8:30AM in front of the high school (Ash Street) and the fun starts at 9:00.

Sailboat Races will start at 1PM with swimming to follow at the Kensington Pool. Each boat has an entry fee of $10. The boat must be made out of cardboard and any other craft materials you choose. No motors or other propulsion system will be allowed. Winners of the fastest boat and most creative boat will receive a family pass for next summer. Bring your suits for an after race swim. The pool will be open until 3PM for swimming.

Registration for the Afternoon Yard Olympics (for adults) starts at 1PM with games to begin at 1:30. Events include Polish horseshoes, ladder gold, and bags. The entry fee per 2 person team is $20. Please contact Adam Synoground or Cory Rahjes to participate. They’d like to have 20 teams playing.

There will be a Bounce/Obstacle Course on the north side of the legion building from around 2:00-9:00PM, allowing pauses for other activities. Cost is $2.00 unlimited use. Sponsors include: Insurance Smart/D&K Insurance, CenCon of KS, County Line Harvesting, Kensington Lockers, and the American Legion.

The beer garden will be open to adults at 5PM. Register your child and pet entries with the TRHS Cheerleaders at the City Office at 6PM. Food and game booths open after the Kid & Pet Parade at 6:30. The Busy Bees 4-H Club will have their homemade ice cream booth set up on Main Street along with various other food vendors.

The special program featuring TRHS Cheerleaders and Sapphire Dancers will start at 8PM followed by a fireworks show at 9PM/dark. Stick around for music and dancing in the street after dark.

OFSN Schedule:

9:00-11:00AM- Color Run/Walk; 8:30am Registration in front of TRHS.

1:00-3:00PM- Sailboat Races/Swimming at the Pool.

1:00-?PM- Afternoon Yard Olympics at the Open lot east of Grocery Store.

2:00-9:00PM Bounce/Obstacle Course north of American Legion building

5:00PM- Beer Garden opens

6:00PM- Register for the Kiddie/Pet Parade by the City Office.

6:30PM- Kiddie/Pet Parade

6:45PM- Food Vendors and Game Booths open on Main Street.

8:00PM- Special Program featuring TR Cheer and Dance Squads

9:00PM/Dark- Fireworks Show at the football field; Music and Street dance to follow until 11:30pm.

American Legion

Friday Night Special, August 17, serving from 6:00-8:30pm. This week at the American Legion we will be having scalloped potatoes with ham, green beans, and creamy cucumbers. Our dessert will be oreo refrigerator pie. Please let us know if you want to reserve a table or would like for us to make your supper to go by calling 785-476-3204. We would also like to wish a very successful year to all the teachers and students going back to school. Are there times when you just don't know what to get someone for a gift, or a small thank you, or a just because? We now offer gift certificates for Friday night supper's at the legion. They can be purchased for any amount and can be used for the specials or regular menu items. The certificates are for food and does not include alcoholic beverages. These would be great for the older person who has everything but enjoys eating out with their friends on Fridays.

Hunter Education

On August 25th, from 8:00am to 3:00pm, Jamie Reneberg will be offering Hunter ED at the 1st St John Lutheran Church in Kensington. Must be 11 years or older to take the course. Go to to register. Must register and take the online course before August 25. Call Jamie Reneberg with any questions at 785-476-5383.

Steering Committee Back to School Bash!

The annual Back to School Bash hosted by the TR Steering Committee is scheduled for Sunday, August 26th at the American Legion in Kensington from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Plan to attend for a great meal and order your Longhorn gear for the new year!

School Supply Drive

The Kensington Community/School Library would like to ask for your help and encourage school supply donations from the community. We have supply lists on hand to assist you with purchasing. Your donations can be delivered to the library and we will take care of distributing them to the Thunder Ridge classrooms. Certain items that are always in need include: Kleenex, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes (Clorox or Lysol), crayons and pencils. Your small contributions can make a huge difference and will be greatly appreciated.

Weekend With the Grands

Ron and Marlene Wolf were thrilled to have four of their grandchildren visit and stay for the weekend. Annabell, Sadye, Nola and Albin, children of Craig and Amanda Wolf of Concordia, enjoyed bike riding, playing on the farm and swimming at the pool. A fun getaway to grandma’s house before school starts this week.

Crocheters Needed Become part of the Miracle Mat Makers and help the members of St. John Lutheran Church complete their projects of making plastic mats for the homeless. This summer, the high school Sunday school class has been cutting up plastic shopping bags into strips to be crocheted into mats to be given to homeless shelters. The church learned about this project from Smith Center FCCLA members. After learning that half a million people are homeless, and 1/45 are children averaging 9 years old, we knew we needed to take action. Other crazy facts were that it takes 700-1,000 years for plastic bags to decompose. The church quickly decided that they needed to join the efforts to help the homeless and help preserve our environment. Everyone has tons of plastic bags around, and It takes about 2,000 bags to make one 3'X6' mat so we are needing your help. Crocheters are needed from the whole community and surrounding area. If you would like to join our Miracle Mat Makers team, please contact Robin Billings at 476-2692. If you don't know how to crochet but would like to learn, join the team and do just that. We have people willing to teach you! After we get several volunteers, we will schedule a time to get together and organize our crocheting! Please consider being part of our team and help those in need!


Your news is important to us. Send your stories and information to Erica Barnes at with subject line: NEWS. Or feel free to call 785-476-8185.

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