June 6 will be a day of fun family activities in and around the Independence Square.
Circle June 6 on your calendar as a terrific day for budget and friendly family events planned in Independence, Queen City of the Trails.
Beginning at sunrise, dig into a hearty spread at the Trails Breakfast, held at the Bingham-Waggoner Estate, 313 W. Pacific Ave. From 7 to 9:30 a.m., early birds can feast on scrambled eggs, sausage, hash brown potatoes, biscuits and gravy, fresh fruit, orange juice, coffee and tea.
Then, sit back and enjoy live bluegrass music while you relax under the black walnut trees on the lush grounds of the Estate, which sits right along the Santa Fe Trail. Get in the trails spirit by hitching a ride in a covered wagon ($4 adults, $3 for children 12 and under).
Tickets for the breakfast are $7 per person and reservations for this annual fundraiser are requested by calling 816-461-3491.
After a leisurely breakfast, head up Main Street to the historic Independence Square, where restored classic and antique cars will be on exhibit from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free show, titled “Dragons on the Square”, is an annual event and is offered to the public at no charge. Shops and restaurants around the Square will also be open for business at 10 a.m.
On Saturday afternoon ( continuing on Sunday), step back in time at one of the living events planned for the 150th anniversary of the 1859 Jail, Marshal’s Home and Museum. Historic re-enactments at the Jail will focus on border wars, the Civil War, Order No. 11 and famous guests such as Frank James and William Clark Quantrill, leader of Quantrill’s Raiders. For a full list of weekend events at the Jail, call 816-461-1897 or visit www.jchs.org.
North of the Square, the Strawberry Festival will be in full swing at the Vaile Mansion, 1500 N. Liberty St., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Take the free shuttle from Chrisman High School, 1223 N. Noland Road, and stroll through booths and tents of almost 100 vendors. Antiques, crafts, plants and flowering baskets, food and kettle corn will be available, as well as a variety of strawberry treats.
A children’s tent will offer crafts and activities for a nominal charge. Free live outdoor entertainment includes fiddle, accordion, dulcimer, ballet, the Spirit of Independence Concert Band and the Village Dancers. Drawings for giveaways and tickets to Independence attractions will also be offered.
For $5, take a guided tour of the home offered by volunteers in period costumes. Carriage rides are also planned ($5 fee for adults, $3 for children 12 and under). Admission to the Strawberry Festival is free. For more information, call 816-325-7430 or visit www.vailemansion.org.
For a complete listing of summer events, other attractions, lodging information and discount coupons, call 816-325-7111 or visit www.visitindependence.com.