Time for city to celebrate again at Santa-Cali-Gon

To the editor:

It’s inevitable that summer always ends too soon. But around here the rituals of summer include one last event – the Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival. Every decade and generation seem to see a reinvention of the Labor Day weekend gathering on the Square in Independence. With total attendance estimated at more than 300,000 over the long weekend, there is something for almost everyone.

I’m thankful that our local Chamber of Commerce has continued to keep the festival a free event, despite having nationally known Blackberry Smoke headlining the main stage on Saturday night. Where else can you see a band of this caliber for free? Kudos to the hundreds of volunteers who make it possible.

Funnel cakes, the beer tent, the new 1800s street, the venders and children laughing with delight at the carnival rides, it all makes me smile and appreciate our community all the more. Have fun, Independence, and celebrate together. The three trails don’t just originate here – they lead here as well and collectively we keep coming back again and again.

Brad Speaks



Come join the fun at Santa-Cali-Gon

To the editor:

It’s time to celebrate our city’s heritage and sense of community: The 45th Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival begins in only a few days. We are so lucky that our town served as a springboard to the westward expansion.

The festival allows us to celebrate that history with our friends and family. Hundreds of volunteers have been working countless hours to ensure that everyone has a grand time. We will experience “Main Street 1849,” as well as enjoy various offerings of food, crafts and entertainment.

Come to the historic Independence Square this Labor Day weekend. Join us as we enjoy music, fellowship and fun! The festival opens Sept. 1 at noon and closes on Sept. 4 at 5 p.m. Free parking is available at the Community of Christ Auditorium parking lot, 1001 W. Walnut St. From there you can ride the shuttle ($1 per person over age 12 years and free to children under age 12 years).

If you have any questions, just call the Independence Chamber of Commerce at 252-4745 or log on to www.SantaCaliGon.com.

Karen M. DeLuccie



Website gives a great glimpse of Santa-Cali-Gon

To the editor:

Don’t get me wrong, I will be enjoying my favorite festival foods (corn dogs and funnel cakes) at Santa-Cali-Gon Days this weekend, but there’s going to a lot of new and tasty food fare available to try this year. So, I’m also gonna be checking out the Cajun, Greek, German and Mediterranean eats along with the fruit kabobs, peach cobbler and roasted corn (not all in one day)!

Additionally, I’m pretty new at this cell phone stuff, but I’ve also checked out the santacaligon.com website on my smartphone to see where the food and this year’s new arts and craft vendors are located (that’s really handy). A yearly vendor told me that a lot of the SCG “regulars” have encouraged arts and craft vendors from other festivals to come be a part of our event this year, so I’m looking forward to seeing their new products along with my favorites.

SCG introduced me to Julia Othmer at the beer garden last year and I’m hooked – great voice and she’s just as much fun to watch as listen to. Lastly, this big name Blackberry Smoke is a mystery to me, but was told by my husband to think “great southern rock,” so I’m hoping for something akin to the Allman Brothers.

Something for everybody and beautiful weather to boot – yea, Independence!

Sharon Koch