Pratt area residents enjoyed a farmers market, a car show, sidewalk sale, barrel train ride, vendors extravaganza and a concert on Saturday, July 8.
There were vendors galore, classic cars, a barrel train, grilled hot dogs and even Elvis showed up at Saturday full of activities.
The Pratt Sidewalk Sale coincided with the weekly Farmer's Market at Merchant Park Saturday. Included in activities was live music at the farmer's market that had a wide variety of items available, the Lion's Club barrel train, a car show hosted by Miss Kansas' Outstanding Teen Taylor Clark to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network, and a building full of vendors for Epsilon Pi's Summer Extravaganza vendor's market.
Also on hand was the Pratt Fire Department that provided grilled hot dogs free of charge.
Saturday evening, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. local musician Verlon Elliott performed in Merchant Park followed by Freddy Fox and the Hot Rods who had everyone's toes tapping. The evening concert was a benefit to raise money for Toys for Tots and about 150 concert goers brought lawn chairs and sat in the shadow of the Parrish Lofts as they enjoyed the music.
Freddy Fox (aka Fred Prosser) and the Hot Rods put on a great show with lots of classic rock music. Things really got nostalgic when Elvis (Freddy Fox) made an appearance in a classic white suit followed by a humorous performance from "Freda Turner," a "sister" of Tina Turner doing "Rolling on the River."
The Farmer's Market continues to draw interest. Merchant Park had lots of merchants on hand with a nice variety of products for sale including home grown food, jewelry, soil supplements, arts and crafts, balloons, repurposed antiques and more.
Deb Goyen, Farmer's Market event organizer, said she was pleased with the variety of vendors and that the vendors were making sales. Goyen said the market had the feel of a big city market and she was very pleased with the turnout.
As she prepares to represent Kansas at Miss America's Outstanding Teen, Miss Kansas Outstanding Teen Taylor Clark hosted a car show to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network. Clark said she had 14 entries including cars, a pickup and even a motorcycle. The event raised about $400 was a nice addition to the days activities, Clark said.
Shoppers took advantage of air conditioning in the Municipal Building to visit the vendors at Epsilon Pi's Summer Extravaganza. About 40 venders were on hand to display their variety of wares. Shoppers were pretty steady and vendors reported they were selling merchandise, said Miranda Mandle of Epsilon Pi.
The vendor fee went to various Pratt organizations. Vendors had hand crafts, clothes, essential oils, and other items.
A special treat for the children was a chance for a picture with a princess, April Hemphill, manager of Pratt Area Humane Society with proceeds going to the PAHS. Waldo (Andy Hemphill) of "Where's Waldo" fame was also on hand.
One of the vendors tables was dedicated to painting Friendship Rocks, a current trend going across the country where people paint rocks with a friendship message then leave the rocks where they can be found by others who then repeat the process, said Mindy Wiltshire who is organizing the project in the Pratt area.
Several stopped by Wiltshire's stand and painted rocks to spread the friendship message in the Pratt area. Check out Facebook and Twitter to find out more about Friendship Rocks.
The Lions Club barrel train was also on hand to provide rides for children. The Pratt Firefighters grilled up free hot dogs to help feed the hungry shoppers.