Many events planned in G.C. this weekend


Bridal show among activities.

Bridal show among activities.

By The Telegram

“Head over Heels,” The Garden City Telegram’s second annual bridal show, is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Clarion Inn, 1911 E. Kansas Ave.

Robin Phelan, Telegram advertising director, said 70 brides and more than 300 people attended last year’s bridal show. He expects turnout to be even greater this year.

“We have a lot more than last year, a lot more growth. Anything someone can use for their special day,” he said.

As Garden City’s only bridal show, Sunday’s event will feature more than 50 vendors, including caterers, wedding cakes, wedding and prom dresses, rental businesses, furniture, gift ideas, floral, deejays, limos, “and lots of other stuff.”

“This is a fun thing. You will have a good time,” Phelan said. “There is something for everybody.”

Phelan said the bridal show will be interactive, featuring live models wearing wedding dresses and other wedding attire, along with cake cutting demonstrations and samples and catering samples.

“There will be tons of demonstrations,” Phelan said. “One of the unique things this year is we will be having the cosmetology school from the college at the show doing hair, nails and demonstrating things along those lines.”

Admission is free. All who attend have a chance to win a $100 door prize; brides will have the opportunity to win a $500 door prize for their special day.

Other giveaways include a $500 pendant from Riddle’s Jewelry, $500 in china from Celebrity China, and thousands of dollars in door prizes that anyone can register for.

The bridal show is sponsored by The Telegram, Clarion Inn and Ewe Specialties and Perfect Occasions.

More information about the event is available online at, and at

Other events this weekend include:

• The First Christian Church, 306 N. Seventh St., will host the 14th annual Navajo Taco Dinner from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the church basement.

The special dine-in or carry-out meal consists of authentic Navajo Indian fry bread topped with beef, beans and a variety of condiments. A slice of homemade pie and beverage are included in the ticket price of $6.

Tickets may be purchased at the church office during regular business hours. Tickets at the door will be $7. A live auction of antiques and collectibles begins at 6 p.m. Auction items will include three hand-sewn, hand-quilted quilts; and a hand-crafted olive wood nativity from Bethlehem.

Last year, more than $24,000 was given back in outreach to community organizations like Russell Child Development Center, Family Crisis Center and many other local charities.

For more information, contact the church at 275-5411.

• The Sand and Sage Rifle and Pistol Club collectors show is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Finney County Exhibition Building. Vendors from five states will feature everything from antiques, coins, stamps, all types of firearms, ammunition, reloading supplies, gun smiths, collectables, to military surplus, arts and crafts and lots of jewelry. There will be “homemade” concessions, as well as homemade candies, cakes and pies.

Admission is $5 for adults; free for children 12 and younger with parents.

• At noon Saturday, the Garden City Police Department will host the “Polar Plunge” to benefit Special Olympics Kansas at the Garden City Municipal Pool, 504 E. Maple St. Preceding the plunge at 11 a.m. will be a one-mile strut/walk/run through the Lee Richardson Zoo, 312 Finnup Drive.

Black Hills Energy will provide a free chili feed for all participants, and warm beverages will be provided.

Participants are encouraged to come in costume, but it is not mandatory. Anyone who participates in the strut/walk/run will receive a long-sleeve T-shirt, and those who take the plunge will receive a sweatshirt.

Cost to participate in the strut/walk/run is $25 and $75 to take the plunge. Interested individuals or teams can register online up to 24 hours in advance at, or can pre-register at Samy’s Spirits and Steakhouse, 1911 E. Kansas Ave., from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Registration also can be done on site the day of the event starting at 10 a.m.

• College Goal Sunday 2013, scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Garden City High School, will offer southwest Kansas students and families an opportunity to get help in applying for financial assistance to attend college or vocational-technical school.

The come-and-go event is open to high school students and their parents, plus anyone else interested in receiving advice and assistance in completing federal application paperwork, as well as other aspects of attaining funds for college.

Approximately 27 volunteers will assist at the Garden City site in explaining federal grants, loans and other types of college financial aid, and in helping families fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is the basis for nearly all university and college financial assistance.

Financial aid counselors will also be available to help students apply for their required federal personal identification numbers.

Volunteers will come from GCCC and local high schools, and some will be able to speak Spanish as well as English. GCHS counselors plan to make Internet-linked laptop computers available, so students can obtain their federal PINs and submit their FAFSAs on-site. Organizers are encouraging GCHS students to bring their school issued iPads.

The day is not designed to direct students to any particular college or university, so volunteers will be able to help students no matter where they’re planning to enroll.

• The GCCC College Players are staging their annual dinner theater presentation Friday and Saturday. Showtimes are 6:30 each night in the college fine arts auditorium in the Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Building. The show is “Shotguns for Wedding Bells,” an original comedy written by Phil Hoke, GCCC drama director.

Admission is $20 for singles or $35 for couples. Reservations are necessary, and those may be made at 276-9540, or in person at the Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Building office. The play will be presented in the college fine arts auditorium, with the doors opening at 6:15 p.m.

“Guests,” a.k.a. the audience, will participate in the wedding reception where they will feast on a southern dinner prepared by GCCC’s Great Western Dining. The reception will include all of the usual components, along with a few twists. Guests will mingle with the cast as they dine, dance and celebrate the nuptials of Bubba Jr. and Ima Belle.

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