Submitted by Larry Schmitt
On January 25, one-hundred-eighty-four (184) Kansans from all over the Rio Grande Valley met to commemorate the anniversary of the state’s January 29, 1861, admission to the Union. Considering we met at a new venue and had a few other challenges, the organizers are very happy with this total attendance. What was super special is that thirty-eight (38) Kansans joined us for their first time. YAY!!
This year’s event took place at Balli’s Social Event Center, the Krysta Room in Mission. The organizers much appreciated that all tables and chairs were set up by the host. The tables were decorated to the organizer’s choice…yay, yay!! A great lunch was prepared and served by Ballis Catering of Mission. Entertainment was provided by Rusty Rierson, home grown entertainer from Augusta, KS and Valley Star Awards 2019 and 2022 Male Vocalist of the Year. We heard many positive comments about the speed of delivery and taste of the food, and about the entertainer. YAY!!
Jan Bergman, chair of the event and Larry Schmitt, communications and reservations, facilitated the day’s events. The organizers also thank all the volunteers that facilitated registration, collecting monies, and distributing the prizes. Jan works hard throughout the year to accumulate door and raffle prizes. We are also thankful to some of the attendees’ bringing items for the raffle. Many attendees took great prizes home, including the writer of this message. YAY!!
Plans for the 2024 Celebration are in process. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, January 24, 2024. The venue has not yet been determined. Our current plans include the delicious food from Ballis Catering and entertainment by Rusty. RSVP will be required. If Larry has your contact information, great. If not, please email your information to Larrys13@icloud.com.