Historic Council Grove Washunga Days options elite nation music leisure

Frank J. Buchmann
From June 18 to 19, Washunga Days will be entertaining young and old in historic Council Grove on the old Santa Fe Trail.
“The annual festival celebrates both past and present cultures in Council Grove and Morris Counties,” says Daedranite.
“This is a festival for the Kaw Indians, community and family,” said Knight on behalf of the Washunga Days Story Media Company.
Top musicals entertain you all day Friday evening and Saturday. “There’s KawNationPowwow, flea markets, parades, car shows, kids games, food stalls, and more,” says Knight.
Activities are planned for Neoshaw Riverwalk Park along Main Street, the high school parking lot, and throughout the area.
“You can visit more than 12 Council Grove historic sites like the Washunga Days schedule wasn’t enough,” Knight said. “In addition, all joint ventures will be opened with many special and unique services.
“We’re delighted that Farmers & Drawbar Bank sponsored Washunga Days and added three dozen donors,” Knight admitted.
Read the headlines for the South Hole Band and Shane Smith & Saints on Friday and Saturday at 10:00 PM, respectively.
Ian Munsick is an additional musical feature with performances starting at 7.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
The Read Southall Band was formed when four like-minded Oklahomans from different backgrounds just wanted to make music. In 2018 we released “Borrowed Time” with “Don’t Tell Me” and “Why”. It has made it to the top 10 on multiple streaming charts.
Shane Smith & The Saints is a five-person Texas tour group that operates in 40 states and three continents. Shane Smith & The Saints have released three albums in their 10 year career and are looking forward to their next album “Hail Mary”.
Ian Mansick brings the air of Rocky Mountain to the music of Nashville and pioneered a new nation. A Wyoming born singer-songwriter training was a combination of working on a ranch and working in a crowd. With a successful personal release, Munsick signed a major label deal with Warner Music Nashville.
Additional Friday entertainment includes the Lazy Wayne Band (5:30 am) and Savannah Chestnut (7:30 am). Saturday’s bonus roster includes Box Turtles at 11:30 a.m. Graceful Grain, 1:30; Derek Calvin & The All Nighters, 3:30 am; and block car, 5:30.
The Kaw Nation Washunga Days Powwow will be held on both Friday and Saturday in Alegawaho Park south of Council Grove. Arbor, used for dances and ceremonies, is a sacred place that is blessed by spiritual guides. All powwow dancers, with the exception of young children, will wear full regalia. There is no entry fee to participate in any of the Kaw activities.
This year’s Washunga Days Flea Market, hosted by the Council Grove Disc Golf Club, is taking place at Council Grove High School. On Fridays and Saturdays there will only be an outdoor stand from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The auto show is scheduled for Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. All entries were greeted with the first 75 entries of the Dash badge and goody bag. Door prizes are awarded every hour with special prizes for the best vehicles on display.
This year’s Washunga Days Parade will take place on the main street on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. All participants are welcomed with the pre-approval required to be eligible to win. The Grand Marshal are Bob and Christia Alexander, and Jolly Ziegler is the Junior Grand Marshal.
Special children’s activities such as rubber dinghy and drum safaris, face painting and climbing are planned for Saturday.
CG Stars & Stripes Fireworks will once again light up the skies over the Neo Show Riverwalk on Saturday evening. The choreographed music that accompanies the 20-minute show promises to make it unforgettable.
Grocery vendors will return to Neoshaw Riverwalk Park from 4:00 p.m. on Friday night and 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.
Bracelets can be purchased from the County Globe / Mori County Chamber of Commerce office and can attend Washunga Days on both days.
More information is available at www.washungadays.com.

Held in Council Grove June 18-19, many of Washungaday’s activities take place in the elaborately developed Neoshaw Riverwalk Park.

Read Southall Band will star all of Washunga Days entertainment at Council Grove June 18-19.

Kaw Nation Washunga Days Powwow takes place Friday and Saturday 18-19. June, in Alegawaho Park south of Council Grove. Arbor, where dances and rituals take place, is a sacred place that is blessed by spiritual guides. Farmers & Drawers Bank, which has operated in Council Grove and Morris Counties for over a century, sponsors Washunga Days. The bank building, built in 1892, is an example of eclectic architecture with brick and stone masonry, arches and domes. In 1981 the bank was expanded to include an adjoining display building from 1902.