TOPEKA, Kan. (May 15, 2007) - A full day of military and civilian defense displays, hot rods, band performances, and fireworks are planned this Saturday, May 19 as Heartland Park Topeka will host the Third Annual AT&T Armed Forces Day Celebration presented by The Topeka Capital-Journal, and sponsored by Budweiser and Cumulus Broadcasting.
Gates open at 2 p.m. to the public to enjoy all festivities planned for the day. Admission is absolutely free, and parking will be available inside the facility. All traffic should enter Heartland Park Topeka through Gate E off Gary Ormsby Drive.
Spectators are welcome to browse the dozens of exhibits and military hardware on display throughout the afternoon. Interested car owners can take part in the “Hot Rods and Humvees” Car Show presented by The Eagle 99.3 beginning at 2 p.m. There is no charge to enter the car show, and awards will be given at the end of the day.
Car show judging begins at 3:30 p.m., and awards will be presented at 4:30 p.m.
Stage shows begin at 5 p.m. with the Section 8 Military Rock & Roll Band kicking off the evening entertainment in the Liebler Pavilion. At 6:00 pm the Kings of Swing will share the Liebler stage with the USO Troupe for dancing and reminiscing. “The best Military Band You’ll Ever See”, the Kansas Army National Guard 35th Infantry Division Band takes the main stage at 8:15 p.m. The 35th Infantry Division Band will perform a medley of contemporary patriotic music and classic military marches, including Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” complete with cannon fire.
The night sky will light up with the Armed Forces Day grand finale, the “Rockets Red Glare” fireworks display scheduled to begin at 9:25 p.m.
Heartland Park Topeka, a multi-purpose racing facility located in Topeka, Kan. annually hosts NHRA POWERade drag racing, the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), and many other pro and amateur drag racing, road racing, and dirt racing events throughout the race season.