‘Vikingpalooza’ festival benefiting West is Best Scholarship Fund returns Saturday

The dunk tank at last year’s Vikingpalooza festival.

The West is Best Scholarship Fund’s third annual Vikingpalooza Family Fun Fest is set for this weekend.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, the festival will bring live entertainment, community organizations and games to the school. The festival will be held in the Antioch parking lot at SM West.

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Vikingpalooza Performance Schedule

• 11:30: a.m. SMW Student and Singer Emma Mathieson
• Noon: Shawnee Mission West Drum Line Performance
• 1 p.m.: Shawnee Mission West Vicious Vikings Drill Team

[/pullquote]Started in 2012, the West is Best Scholarship Fund provides financial support to SM West area families for things like after school activities, youth sports leagues or scouting. Since launching, the group has provided about 670 scholarships totaling more than $65,000.

The Vikingpalooza event is free and open to the public, but attendees can purchase tickets to try to dunk SM West teachers, administrators and coaches in the dunk tank. There will also be food available for purchase. Proceeds go to benefit the scholarship fund.

The event will also bring several community groups and service agencies on site to provide attendees with information about services and programs. Groups who will have representatives on hand include:

  • El Centro, Inc.
  • Johnson County Human Services & Health Department
  • Shawnee Mission West Varsity Sports
  • Girl Scouts & Boy Scouts
  • Salem Lutheran Pantry Pack
  • Shawnee Mission Area Council PTA Clothing Exchange
  • Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense
  • Shawnee Mission Lacrosse