The Great Lenexa Barbeque Battle Champsionship
Each year approximately 160 teams compete for the coveted prize of Kansas State Barbeque Champion at the Great Lenexa Barbeque Battle held at the end of June in Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park (87th ad Lackman). A panel of 300 judges is present to determine the team that receives this prestigious award. Seven different categories of meats are taste tested including brisket, miscellaneous, pork, chicken, ribs, sausage, and whole animal. To be eligible for the title, the winning team must enter in five of the seven categories.
The fun begins on Friday evening as teams prepare their giant cookers and special sauces. The competition begins Saturday morning and continues throughout the day with live entertainment, a food court, and activities for children. Judging concludes on Saturday afternoon, when the winners are announced in each of the categories and a Grand Champion is crowned. Don't miss the fun and excitement, and of course, samples of the best Barbeque in the State of Kansas. For more information call the Lenexa Parks and Recreation Department, 913-541-8592.
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Lenexa Community Days
Lenexa residents celebrate Community Days each year around the Fourth of July with a pancake feed, parade through Old Town Lenexa, a pet show, and fireworks. The 10K Freedom Run is one of the oldest and most popular races in the area and prizes are awarded in various categories including participants in wheelchairs. The race begins at 7 a.m. on July 4. For more information call the Lenexa Parks and Recreation Department, 913-541-8592.
Spinach and Trails Fest
The Spinach Capitol of the World ... that's part of Lenexa's heritage, so each year we celebrate this colorful part of our history with the largest spinach salad. History states that in th e1930's, the good Belgian farmers of Lenexa raised and sold more spinach than anywhere else in the country. It's a great reason for a community celebration.
The second reason for a celebration is our rich agricultural and ethnic heritage. The Kansas City area was once considered the "jumping off" point for the Oregon and Santa Fe Trails. From 1820 to 1890 wagon trains were a common sight as people traveled west in search of a new life. More than 400 reenactors, performers, demontrators and exhibitors assist festival goers with a comprehensive look at the customs, clothing, lifestyles, and legends from the 1800s. There are a variety of events, booths, entertainment and activities for the whole family such as an authentic cattle drive, a Civil War reenactment, Native Amerian performers and displays and prairie schooner rides. For more information call the Lenexa Parks and Recreation Department, 913-541-8592.
Lenexa Chili Challenge
Hot shots from around the area gather on the streets of Old Town Lenexa every October to compete for the esteemed honor of Chili Hot Shot. The competition challenges 65 teams to brew up their favorite concoctions of chili for the judges and the public. The competition begins at 9 a.m. The public is encouraged to try (at their own risk) samples and to vote for their favorite recipe. The Big Lenexa Chili Challenge has been sanctioned as an Official Chili Cook-off by CASI (Chili Appreciation Society International, Inc.).
Although everyone has a personal preference, a past winner explains, "chili is like fine art and everyone's idea of a good bowl of chili is a little different." Other activities include an Arts and Crafts Fiesta, Jalapeno Pepper Eating Contest, Decorated Apron, and a variation of musical chairs called Sombrero Shuffle. A live band performs Friday evening and during the day on Saturday. For more information call 913-541-8592.