From dawn to dusk, Independence was alive with action and fun Saturday. Events happening over the weekend included the Montgomery County 4-H Fair, Independence Main Street's annual Summer Sidewalk Sale, Farmers Market, Stuff the Bus fundraiser, Helmets and Heels, the 22nd annual Don Harris Memorial Golf Scramble and free Downtown Movie Night.

Weekend 4-H Fair activities included conference judging, award presentations, food auctions, livestock shows, Barnyard Olympics and a Kiddie Tractor Pull. Monday evening, the fair concluded with a Buyer's Supper, a presentations of awards and the annual Livestock Premium Sale. Results of the sale will be in the Wednesday edition.

Saturday morning kicked off with the weekly Farmers Market in downtown which featured many home-grown goodies as well as baked goods and crafts. Special at the Farmers Market Saturday was Stuff the Bus volunteers who worked to collect donations for school supplies for USD 446 students. Jim Kelly said they are still seeking donations. Monetary contributions may be made payable to "Stuff the Bus" and either mailed to Stuff the Bus, ? Jim Kelly, Community National Bank & Trust, P.O. Box 687, Independence, KS 67301, or dropped off at either CNB&T in downtown Independence. 

"We are now 73% of the way to our goal," said Kelly. "Farmers Market was great this weekend."

Another Saturday morning event included the annual Summer Sidewalk Sale, hosted by Independence Main Street. Stores opened early Saturday, some as early as 7:30 a.m., to offer shoppers discounts and other special offers all through the day. Drawings were held for two $50 Main Street gift certificates with Gayla Wilson and Marilyn Gonzales winning the certificates.

Shoppers took a break in the afternoon and returned to downtown Independence Saturday evening with their families to enjoy Free Downtown Movie Night and the pre-show activities. Entertaining guests was Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl who posed for pictures with many of the littles in attendance. The Independence Community College Football Team were on hand to pose for photos, too. Sponsoring the July movie night was Independence Animal Hospital and Atmos Energy. Hundreds of children and their families enjoyed watching "Incredibles 2." Pre-show activities were sponsored by Aaron's Rents, Big Cheese Pizza, City of Independence, Corner Post Insurance, Independence Chamber of Commerce, Independence Cinemas, Independence Police, Fire and EMS, Independence Main Street, Medicalodges/Gran Villas, Sonic of Independence and the Young Professionals of Independence.

The next free Downtown Movie Night will be Aug. 24 with the featured movie, "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World." Pre-show activities will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the movie will start at 8:30 p.m. August movie sponsors are Wilson Medical Center/Independence Family Medicine and Westar Energy.