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Purple Power Play on Poyntz

Calling Manhattan, Kansas residents and all Wildcat Fans! It is almost time to, “Cheer on the Cats!” Next week starts the football season opener against Miami at Bill Synder Family Stadium.  For those of you new to town, or those wondering where summer went football is here.  The season opener is preceded by Purple Power Play on Poyntz, a pep rally on steroids. Purple Power Play on Poyntz started in 1988. Originally it was to welcome back Kansas State University students. It began with only about 200 people in attendance and has now become a non-for profit organization that will have more then 80 vendors and have more then 20,000 people in attendance over the two days. For those looking for something to do this weekend in Manhattan, KS Purple Power Play on Poyntz begins on Aug. 30, 2012 at 6pm then concludes on Aug. 31st, 2012 with the Intrust Bank Firework and Pyrotechnic Display.

The first night is all about Kansas State University Football, with Coach Synder speaking at 8:10pm (per the schedule). Prior to the Classy Cats, MHS Pops Choir, Bates Dance Studio and Brad Everett (KSU Baseball Coach) will all be in attendance.Willie the Wildcat will be available for photos with the kids and  from 5pm-7pm in the Manhattan Town Center. I am sure if you do not fall into the age range of “kid” you could still get a photo too.   There will also be a performance by the “Pride of Wildcat Land,” the KSU Marching Band!

Night two will be the KSU Men’s and Woman’s Basketball night. Bruce Webber the men’s coach and Deb Patterson the woman’s coach will be the speakers of the night. Performances by the Jared Daniels Band and the K-State Tap Ensemble will round out the performances prior to the Intrust Bank Firework and Pyrotechnic Display.

It is truly family fun though and not just for those who “bleed purple.” Both nights there is the Capitol Federal Savings Inflatable Carnival from 6pm-8:30pm at the 500 block of Poyntz Ave. Did I mention this is free?  Poyntz is lined with vendors, face painting, food and fun. If you have never been it is worth going down and checking it out. The Manhattan community works very hard in promoting events such as this and making it so that there is a little something for everyone to enjoy.

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