Manhattan City Park Hosts Purple Power Play

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - Over 80 vendors filled City Park Thursday night for Purple Power Play as hundreds of people clad in purple came together for an evening full of live entertainment.

The two day event has continued to grow over the years, bringing students and the Manhattan community together to celebrate the start of another Kansas State football season.

"It’s awesome first of all," said K-State Senior Hope Goertzen. "It’s excited to get ready for the first game and to get everybody locally back into school spirit. New students, returning students, it’s a way to connect with people you haven’t seen in a long time, and it’s a great way to get free stuff."

Due to contruction on Poyntz Avenue the event was moved to City Park last year. Purple Power Play made a return to the park this year, and over 20,000 people are expected to attend over the next two days.

"Traffic’s been good, it’s picking up a little bit," said Orange Sky Yoga Owner Jessa Voos. "I think maybe the rain held people off, but they’re coming out now and it’s going to be a good couple days."

Activities will continue Friday with K-State teams taking the stage along with a fireworks display at sundown.