Kiwanis - Serving the Children of the World
Marion Metro
Serving the Children of the World

For the past two years Marion Metro Kiwanis has worked hard to put on a great event for Marion.  We have to admit the first year was a little rough but we learned many lessons that made the second year a big success. This is a little tour of the 2012 event.

The 2011 and 2012 BBQ paid to replace old playground equipment in Linniger Park and basketball court improvements in Thomas Park.  The court was resurfaced, given adjustable backboards, and is capable of being flooded and turned into an ice rink in the winter.

Below are some pictures of the event.

  Our first band was the Cedar Island Band.  They are a Jimmy Buffet cover band and a crowd favorite.
  All the food is purchased with tickets.  1 ticket is $1.  Customers purchase the tickets from us and then pay for their food with them. You can purchase tickets in front of the depot or from our members in the blue aprons walking around the park.
  The vendors are all award winning Kansas City BBQ Association members.
  These guys are out there the night before preparing your food.  The smells are fantastic.  THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR.  There's nothing like slow cooked BBQ and these guys are the best.
  Our club sells soda and water for tickets.  Stop by the depot when you're thirsty. Dairy Queen is also in the depot selling ice cream.  Tastes great with the BBQ.  HyVee will also be there selling non-BBQ items just in case someone in your group (kids) doesn't care for BBQ.
  There is FREE admission so everybody can bring a chair and enjoy the food and music.
  We want this to be a family friendly event so we have face painting for the kids.
  The first two years we had balloon animals for the kids.  Rickie Rowray did a great job.  Unfortunately he passed away a few months ago.  He was a great guy that enjoyed making the kids smile.  We are going to miss him.
  The Janeys played the second set into the evening.  They are a rocking blues band and also a crowd favorite.
  We invite you to come out and enjoy the food, music, and good times.  This year's event is June 1st.  Hope to see you there.