|2nd Annual Double Ogg Dare Festival on Sept. 29 offers outdoor fun and challenges for all ages|
The Johnson County Park & Recreation District will host a community celebration of the great outdoors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Shawnee Mission Park. Held in conjunction with National Public Lands Day, the Double Ogg Dare Festival will include nature-based children’s activities, family adventures, and a challenging selection of mountain bike, running, orienteering, and disc golf events.
The festival will also feature a pancake breakfast, award-winning storytelling by Jo Ho and Molly Postlewait, critters from Ernie Miller Nature Center, a performance by the Stone Lion Puppet Theatre, horse drawn hayrides, and an afternoon of lively music by The Konza Swamp Band.
Proceeds from the event will help fund development of the future Oak Ridge Lodge and 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.
Admission to the festival is only $5 and children under 10 are free. With the exception of concessions and four special events which require entry fees, all festival activities are free with admission.
The free activities include an Amazing Family Adventure, the Dr. Ogg’s Nature Art Studio, a half-mile Kids Mountain Bike Race, the Guided Mountain Bike Trail Challenge, a Flying Disc Shootout, and the Oak Ridge Orienteering Challenge.
The four activities requiring registration and a $25 entry fee are the 4.4-Mile Oak Ridge Trail Run and Ogg Jogg 2-Mile Hill Run, a Mountain Bike 101 Course, and the 27-Hole Disc Golf Tournament.
A schedule of the day’s activities and registration information for the special events are available at doubleoggdare.com
The Double Ogg Dare Festival is made possible by the support and involvement of the following community partners: Earth Riders Mountain Bike Club, Possum Trot Orienteering Club, Kansas City Flying Disc Club, Kansas City Trail Nerds, Johnson County Sertoma Club, and Boy Scout Troop 86.
Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road in Shawnee.