A northeast Johnson County Fourth of July tradition, VillageFest returns to PV Saturday

VillageFest brings thousands to the Prairie Village municipal grounds each Fourth of July.
VillageFest brings thousands to the Prairie Village municipal grounds each Fourth of July.

The Prairie Village Municipal Grounds will turn into the most festive Fourth of July celebration in northeast Johnson County Saturday.

Back for its 19th year, VillageFest has become a draw for families across northeast Johnson County, with thousands of parents and kids swarming Harmon Park and the area outside city hall. Attractions include a petting zoo, pony rides, craft booths, face painting, train rides, a climbing wall and live music, among others.

This year, the organizing committee has added a new feature, a play area with fake snow that will include appearances by characters from Disney’s “Frozen.”

There will be one notable change from years past, however. Starting in 1999 — just the event’s third year — Prairie Village’s longtime mayor Ron Shaffer filled the role of emcee for the Patriotic Ceremony that kicks things off at 8:30 a.m. at the Harmon Park Pavilion. This year, Shaffer’s successor Laura Wassmer will be running the show for the first time.

A full schedule of events and list of attractions is embedded below:

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