This year’s Gladfest pays a four-day tribute to sports with the theme “Take Me Out To Gladfest 37: A Sports Heaven.”
Gladfest runs Thursday through Sunday and includes a parade, entertainment, a carnival, and contests.
The parade grand marshal is Mary Cross, “…a tireless volunteer who always makes herself available to help in any way possible. She has a huge heart for children,” said Amy Harlin, president of the Gladstone Area Chamber of Commerce.
The festival kicks off with a party 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Linden Square. Music, food and sports-related activities are planned. Everyone is invited.
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The official opening is Friday at 5 p.m. with a full array of entertainment, booths, vendors, activities and a carnival. The Little Mister and Miss Contest for 3- to 8-year-olds is at 6 p.m. For more information go to www.gladstonechamber.com.
“Gladfest is a family-friendly fall festival with fun for all ages. But we have lots of special fun features for kids,” said Harlin.
Kid’s Corner will have kid-friendly crafts and activities as well as camel rides, train rides, a cake and cookie walk, and bubble soccer. A kids barbecue contest is planned and children must work with an adult. For information go to www.gladstonechamber.com.
On Saturday the Gladfest parade will begin rolling at 10 a.m. near the Gladstone Plaza at Shady Lane and North Oak Trafficway and will travel down North Oak to 72nd Street.
Saturday night’s headliner, Matt Snook from “The Voice,” will perform about 7:30 p.m.
The Gladstone Community Center will host a model train show as well as a traveling military exhibit, “Remembering Our Fallen from Missouri.”
On Sunday the carnival will be open from 1 to 4 p.m.