Time capsule to be buried in conjunction with Parkville Days celebration

Officials want to make history and leave some behind during the biggest annual event in Parkville, Mo. Scheduled for Friday through Sunday on Aug. 21-23, the City of Parkville will take the opportunity to use the annual Parkville Days festival to showcase its time capsule project. Parkville mayor Nan Johnston will present the city’s time capsule on the McKeon Stage at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

This will mark the culmination of a months-long project to bring the community together to remember this moment in time.

The project was created in conjunction with the Highway 9 entryway project, which is tentatively scheduled to get underway later this year. The project involves aesthetic improvements on Highway 9 from the White Aloe Bridge to the city limits, primarily focused at the entryway to downtown near the train depot and the entrance of Park University.

As a way to commemorate project completion, city staff has been working to collect items for a community-wide time capsule.

The time capsule will be filled with objects from various committees, organizations, neighborhoods and schools that represent Parkville. The city has already received item commitments from the Parkville Nature Sanctuary, the Parkville Police Department, Park University, Park Hill South High School, the Banneker School Foundation, Northland Lifestyle Magazine, The National, Pinecrest, Melody Heights and the Parkville Community Land and Recreation Board.

To date, more than 30 items have been received and cataloged, and a copy of this week’s issue of The Citizen will also be included.

The time capsule presentation is only one portion of the Parkville Days celebration, which will kick off at 6 p.m. Aug. 21 with Evans Midland Empire Carnival and vendors, and performances by Headz Up, Turkey Bone and Full Count and the Yardogs on the main stage near English Landing Park in downtown Parkville.

The American Legion pancake breakfast will be held beginning at 7 a.m. followed by a parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Entertainment that day includes performances by the Navy Leap Frogs parachute team at 10:15 a.m. and the Navy Band Southeast as well as Pride Martial Arts, Sean Clavin, Max Groove and Montage. The School of Rock will perform both Saturday and Sunday.

The event is organized by the Main Street Parkville Association and will feature a Harvesters Food Network collection site.

Admission is free and guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to enjoy a relaxing day at English Landing Park. Everyone is encouraged to use the free parking at Park University and English Landing Centre.

Alcohol will be available at the festival but cannot be taken out of the festival grounds. Outside alcohol will not be allowed into the festival.

Also at the event, the fifth annual Parkville Days 5K/10K River Run will be held starting at 7 a.m. Aug. 22 at Platte and English Landing parks. The race will start at English Landing Park.

Pre-registration is available at enter2run.com through Aug. 20 and costs $30 for the 10K, $25 for the 5K and $20 for a two mile walk. Prices increase the day before the race. Proceeds benefit Parkville’s Christmas on the River event. The race is hosted by the Parkville Chamber of Commerce.

Visit parkvillechamber.com, call 587-2700 or email info@parkvillechamber.com for more information.