Rain pauses for Mission, Roeland Park to roll out inaugural events on Saturday

Connor was one of the young pirates digging for treasure in Arrr Park Saturday morning.
Connor was one of the young pirates digging for treasure in Arrr Park Saturday morning.

A morning rain didn’t dampen the spirits at two inaugural events in northeast Johnson County Saturday morning.

In Mission, vendors out-lasted the rain and opened the first Mission farmers market on Saturday, which will continue to September and joins Merriam and Overland Park among the choices for farm fresh produce this year. Some products, such as fresh eggs, were sold out by mid-morning, but the farm promised to increase the supply and be back next week.

The Mission event featured food trucks and music as well as edibles.

Over in Roeland Park, the sun came out before the young pirates had to abandon ship and head indoors with the Arrr Park celebration designed for children. The pirate-themed activities drew a large crowd and included a Mr. Stinky Feet concert and kazoo parade along the new walking trail. The event also focused on staying healthy and active. It was the first of its kind for the park.

The "Jelly Man" from Muncie had more than just jelly for sale Saturday in Mission.
The “Jelly Man” from Muncie had more than just jelly for sale Saturday in Mission.
A kazoo parade around the park topped off events in Roeland Park Saturday. Mayor Joel Marquardt was part of the parade. Photo provided.
A kazoo parade around the park topped off events in Roeland Park Saturday. Mayor Joel Marquardt was part of the parade. Photo provided.