June Jaunt delivered something for every age group in Great Bend.
The weather cooperated after a chilly start with cloudy skies. The afternoon was blessed by sunny skies and temperatures into the 70s.
The children had their games and train show. Their parents and grandparents enjoyed the variety of musical entertainment.
Drawing one of the loudest ovations of the day was 13-year-old singer Ashlyn Prescott. She was voted People’s Choice Award at “Barton County’s Got Talent,” competition in January at Grace Community Church.
The eighth-grader at Great Bend Middle School performed a collection of ballads and folk rock songs — “Put Your Records On,” by Corinne Bailey Rae; “Landslide,” by Stevie Nicks; “Thousand Miles,” by Vanessa Carlton; and “Listen to Youir Heart,” by Roxette.
Some of the lyrics from “Landslide,” fit Prescott’s age perfectly:
“Can the child within my heart rise above? Can I sail through the changing ocean tides? Can I handle the seasons of my life?”
Ashlyn said she enjoys singing and made her first public appearance when she was 11 years old at the Wilson Czech Festival. She is the daughter of Suzanne Johnson and Nathan Prescott. Her favorite singer is Christina Aguilera.
“I enjoy singing a little bit of everything. I get a little nervous when I start, about in the middle of being really nervous or really nervous,” she said. “But once I get going, I’m OK.”
Others performing were Alex Cartwright, Prairie Winds Jazz Trio, Kurtis Koch, Charles Moyers and Steve Lueth; Alex Moyers and Ashley Nease; Old Time Band and Homebrew.
The Biz Olympics coordinated for June Jaunt were a ton of fun for spectators and participants. Teams competed in five challenging and mind-bending events — three-legged walk (with a twist); water balloon toss; newspaper walk, egg walk and tricycle race.
The Biz Olympics were won by Champion Service. The city of Great Bend Parks Department finished runner-up and JMAC Farms finished third.
Other businesses participating were Barton Community College, Beer Thirty Drinking Hole, Club 1 Fitness, two CPI teams, Farmers Bank, Fuller Industries, Great Bend city council, Great Bend Regional Hospital, Straub International and Waters True Value.
Sunday will feature a variety of June Jaunt activities. Most of the activities will be held at Veteran’s Park, including the popular barbecue contest.
• Kite flying —Free kites provided. Veteran’s Park.
• Birdhouse Scavenger Hunt —3007 10th Street.
• NBC Baseball —Great Bend Sports Complex.
• Imagination Playground — Great Bend Sports Complex.
• Waters True Value Barbecue — Celebrity judging noon. Veteran’s Park.
• Live Open Jam — Veteran’s Park
• Rhonda Klug Sand Volleyball — Coed Tournament. Veteran’s Park.
• Club 1 Fitness — Zumba, Kickboxing, Kid Zone, Tennis. Veteran’s Park.
• Garden Tour —Features private gardens.
• Wood Art Display —Lynn Kaiser designs. 1649 K-96.
• Wine Tasting —Rosewood Wine Cellar, 1901 Lakin.