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Third Annual Double Ogg Dare Festival offers outdoor fun and challenges for all ages
POSTED: 09/04/2013
Join a day-long celebration of the great outdoors during the third annual Double Ogg Dare Festival on Sept. 28.

Now in its third year, this year’s festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Oak Ridge Lodge and adjoining parklands on the north side of Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa. The event includes nature-based children’s activities, family adventures, beautiful scenery, and a challenging selection of mountain bike, running, orienteering, and disc golf events, as well as several new activities for 2013.

Admission to the festival is only $5 and children under three are free. With the exception of concessions and seven special challenge events which require entry fees, all festival activities are free with admission. Everyone who attends will have an opportunity to register for a free drawing and a chance to win one of two REI family camping packages that include a tent, shelter, chairs and table.

Free activities include an Amazing Family Adventure, the Dr. Ogg’s Nature Art Studio, award-winning storytelling by Jo Ho and Molly Postlewait, critters from Ernie Miller Nature Center, a performance by the Stone Lion Puppet Theatre, tractor-drawn hayrides, and an afternoon of lively music by The Konza Swamp Band. There is also a pancake breakfast from 9 to 10:30, and concessions will be available throughout the day.

Among activities requiring registration and a separate entry fee are the 4.4-Mile Oak Ridge Trail Run and Ogg Jogg 2-Mile Hill Run, the new Double or Nothing Run, which allows participants to take part in both runs, an Orienteering Adventure where participants of all ages use maps and compasses to find markers throughout the park, a Double Ogg Dirty Time Trial Mountain Bike Race for ages 14 and older, a new Dutch Oven Cook-off for all ages, and an 18-Hole Disc Golf Tournament.

For the most up-to-date details on Double Ogg Dare events, go to

Proceeds from the Double Ogg Dare Festival will help fund development of Oak Ridge Lodge and the adjoining parklands along Ogg Road in Shawnee Mission Park. The planned Oak Ridge addition includes a one-of-a-kind community gathering place, multiple trailheads, magnificent views, and 100 acres of wildflower meadows and native prairie surrounded by hardwood forest.

The Double Ogg Dare Festival is made possible by the support and involvement of the following community partners: Earth Riders Trails Association, Possum Trot Orienteering Club, Kansas City Flying Disc Club, REI, Kansas City Trail Nerds, Johnson County Sertoma Club, Boy Scout Troop 86, Bass Pro Shop, and Johnson County K-State Extension Master Food Volunteers.

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