Yellow Brick Road Car Show keeps expanding and will include national Deuces Club this year, as well as a crafts show and food vendors
By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times
In its seventh year, the Yellow Brick Road Car Show is growing, so much so that this year’s show had to be moved to a new location.
This weekend, Light Park will play host to the car show, and along with the event’s growth comes new things for people to do at the show as well.
Organizer Bill Hill had contacted Ada Linenbroker last winter about doing a craft show with his event. Linenbroker is the coordinator for the SPBH’s annual craft show, the Folk Art Festival, and after some talking with Hill, a craft show was added as part of the car show.
The craft show will take place Saturday in Light Park, and Linenbroker said she already has much interest in the event from all over the region.
“I’ve got people from Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, one from New Mexico coming,” she said. “We’ve got all the different food vendors. Motorcycles for Christ is going to be having a food booth. I have a group that’s coming with kettle corn.”
Linenbroker said more than 50 vendors with items such as jewelry, clothing, photography, artwork, pottery, blown glass, lotions, soaps, candles and purses are looking forward to come to Liberal for the show.
“We will have several artists with outside art for your yard and summer decoration needs, including furniture, metal art and other items,” she said.
The Kansas Sampler Festival took place in Liberal during 2012 and 2013 at Light Park, and Linenbroker said the success of that event made her believe that a craft show such as this weekend’s could be successful as well.
“I thought this would be a good event to keep going,” she said.
Linenbroker herself has been doing crafts for more than 40 years and has been in charge of the Folk Art Festival for close to 30 years, and she said the first run of the craft show at the car show will give an indication as to whether crafts and cars will sit together on one stage.
“We’re going to wait and see how it goes,” she said. “Bill and I said let’s do it on a trial basis, and if we get a lot of people who really like it and they want to keep doing it and it’s a good add on for the car show, we’re going to keep doing it. We want to make sure we have a good crowd.”
Linenbroker wants to remind everyone coming to the show of the large selection of food, snacks and goodies.
“There will be barbecue sandwiches, hamburgers, pizza and more,” she said. “The root beer wagon will be serving homemade root beer and other drinks. There will be homemade lemonade and limeades. Fresh roasted corn, kettle corn, cotton candy, snow cones, homemade beef jerky, jams and jellies, candied apples, baked items and candy.”
Linenbroker is inviting everyone to come out and see cars and bikes and enjoy both the car and craft show in Light Park, as well as many other events taking place this weekend in Liberal.
“I think we’ll have a good turnout,” she said. “People will pull in just to see what’s going on, and it doesn’t cost anything to go to. It’s free to the public.”