Last minute preparations aside, the annual Downtown Days street festival in Lee’s Summit is ready to roll.
Music, games, entertainment and more is on tap for the annual event hosted by Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street.
“We’re very organized,” said DLSMS executive director Trisha Drape. “Our event coordinator, Stacy Needels, is very organized, so things run very smoothly. But there’s always that last minute chaos. We are so, so fortunate to have dozens and dozens and dozens of volunteers. There are a lot of people that have put in a lot of time and effort into this that don’t get paid a dime that makes this very, very successful. We really couldn’t do without these volunteers.”
The three-day festival June 7-9 spans six blocks in and around the downtown Lee’s Summit central business district.
“We’re very excited for the nice weather (forecast) this weekend,” Drape said. “Everything is going to go great. Vender-wise, we’ve been sold out for a very long time. We have a long waiting list that unfortunately we couldn’t accommodate because there are so many people on the waiting list.”
Highlights for June 7 include an appearance at 5:30 p.m. by Sporting KC soccer player Benny Feilhaber at the 810 Sports Zone sports booth, a mustache and beard contest on the Summertime Stage on S.W. Main St., the opening of the Smokin’ on the Summit BBQ competition, and a performance by The Nace Brothers at 8:30 p.m. on the Depot Stage on S.E. Main St.
Also on June 7, Irish rock band Chance the Arm performs at 9 p.m. on the Summertime Stage.
The next day, Fashion in the Streets, featuring summer styles from Downtown Lee’s Summit businesses, begins at 7 p.m. on the west side of the railroad tracks. A performance by Bad Reputation, a Joan Jett tribute band, is at 7:30 p.m. on the Depot Stage, followed by a mullet contest at 8:15 p.m.
Lights, a tribute band to Journey, perform at 8:30 p.m. on the Depot Stage, and up-and-coming musical act Making Movies performs at 9 p.m. on the Summertime Stage.
A 80s costume contest will begin at 9:15 p.m. on the Depot Stage, followed by an appearance from another 80s tribute band, Paramount.
“We think our 80s night is going to be a lot of fun,” Drape said.
The festival wraps up June 9 with, among other activities, a car show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the west side of the railroad tracks, a performance by Striving for Cairo at noon on the Depot Stage, followed by a performance from Clint Martinez at 1:30 p.m.