The sights of Villagefest 2016

A police motorcycle escorted the participants in the bike parade down Mission Road.
A police motorcycle escorted the participants in the bike parade down Mission Road.

Unseasonably cool weather was a welcome backdrop to the 20th annual installment of Villagefest, Prairie Village’s family-centered Fourth of July celebration. And while the cloudy skies may have made the water features — including a huge slip ‘n slide down the Harmon Park hill — somewhat less appealing than on a typical scorching July morning, they did little to dampen enthusiasm.

The day started with a pancake breakfast and Fourth of July awards ceremony under the pavilion, where Kristy Lambert of the Kansas City Symphony Chorus sang the national anthem:

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Families gathered in front of the stage outside city hall early to hear live music from acts including Janie Next Door…:

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…and Funky Mama:

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Of course, the petting zoo proved an irresistible draw for little ones, with a menagerie of furry fellows from lemurs to alpacas on hand:

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Kids took in puppet performances…:

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…went for pony rides…:

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…and even got to try their hand at spraying the fire department’s hose:

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The patriotic fervor reached fever pitch with the annual parade, where children got the chance to pilot their decorated bikes, trikes and wagons down Mission Road. Which proved a bit overwhelming for some…:

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