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June Jaunt features free entertainment
Model airplane fly-in planned
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Karma Byers from the Great Bend Tribune, left, scores a hit against Cole Reif from Eagle Radio in a jumbo-sized game of Battleship, Thursday afternoon in Jack Kilby Square. - photo by Dale Hogg/Great Bend Tribune

An extreme pogo jumper, comedic fire juggler and several musical acts are all part of the free entertainment on tap for Saturday’s June Jaunt activities in Jack Kilby Square.
Great Bend City Coordinator Christina Hayes said she signed the pogo act after seeing Pogo Fred at the Kansas State Fair last September. His scheduled performance was canceled due to a death in the family, but another extreme pogo stunt man, Wacky Chad, will be here for performances at 4 and 7 p.m. Bostonian Chadd Deitz is known for “jaw-dropping pogo tricks.”
The Crazy Boy Coy fire performance is set for 10 p.m. on the south side of the square. This entertainer says, “I juggle and make people laugh, not necessarily in that order.”
Matthew the Magician, who was already scheduled for a show at 8 p.m., will also take the 11 a.m. time slot originally set aside for Pogo Fred. Matthew is a regular performer at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival.
The Great Bend Renaissance Festival is also moving to the north side of the courthouse square this weekend. This annual event was previously by paid admission, but this year it’s a free City-sponsored event, Hayes said. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Two singers who also play acoustic guitar are scheduled to perform Saturday: Ruby Tilton from Ellsworth will perform from 10-11 a.m. Taylor Fugitt from Great Bend will perform from noon to 1 p.m.
GB Rocks Band Camp, led by Chris Price, will perform from 2:30-4 p.m. The camp started in April and June Jaunt is its finale.
TMC Covers is a cover band from Oklahoma that includes former Hoisington resident Terrance Croslin, along with Draven Smith and Hannah Good. “TMC Covers is a social media sensation,” Hayes said. Catch their act from 5-7 p.m.
Local band and area favorite Homebrew will perform from 9-11:30 p.m. Band members are Kyle Jeffery, Aaron Hammeke, Ryan Hammeke and Cody Cale.
The Community Beer Garden opens at 2 p.m. and will be open until midnight, one hour later than originally announced. Proceeds will go to the Shriners.

MACK June Jaunt Fly
Not all of the action this weekend happens in Jack Kilby Square. June Jaunt takes place in communities along K-96 from Tribune to Ellinwood. Schedules can be found online at
The Model Association of Central Kansas (MACK) will have a fly-in from 1 p.m. to dusk on Saturday. Members will be flying and talking about model airplanes during this free come and go event at the Roger Brining Model Airport, located south of the intersection of Patton Road and Railroad Ave. This program is for all ages, but children must be accompanied by at least one adult.
It will be canceled if the wind is 20 mph or greater or if it’s raining. If the event is postponed due to weather, the rescheduled date will be Sunday, June 5, from 1 p.m. until dusk.
For more information about this event, contact MACK member Cory at 792-3108. This event is co-sponsored by MACK and the Great Bend Recreation Commission.