Downtown Days in Lee’s Summit had great weather Saturday, for a successful start to the festival that brought a throng to stroll, enjoy rides, drink beer, shop and listen to music.
Kyle, Jonna and Henry Zenner, from Lee’s Summit, were visiting the petting zoo and Henry, 15 months old, got a close look at a pony on Kids Street.
They came last year and returned for the music, vendors and festival food.
“I love the brick fries,” Jonna Zenner said.
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The couple said the festival, which took place June 2 through 4, was a good time and the weather was great, if a tad hot on Saturday.
Donnie Rodgers Jr., director of the Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street, agreed.
“It’s a good turnout and perfect weather,” said Rodgers. Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street puts on the annual event as a fundraiser. “I call it beer-drinking weather.”
A few clouds Saturday afternoon helped to relieve the sun beating down on the festival-goers, and rain stayed away for the evening performance of The Elders, a Celtic group from Kansas City.
There was the usual supply of food, ice cream, burgers and entrées from downtown restaurants.
Plenty of vendors selling handcrafted items of all sorts rounded out the activities.
Ann Dahl, of Liberty, was making and selling custom signs made out of license plates.
She used to collect license plates and use them as garden art. She said she was inspired when she saw a handcrafter making signs out of Scrabble letters, and it occurred to her to cut up license plates and use the letters to make a a colorful sign for her office.
People started asking for their own, and her business was born. Now she buys plates from other collectors to use for projects in her booth, “Say It With Plates.”
She said Downtown Days is a good festival for the vendors as well as visitors.
“I really like it,” she said. “It is one of the few summer festivals.”