Friday Facts: July 28
Friday Facts

National Night Out: August 4th is National Night Out when citizens can meet our local law enforcement personnel. Clay County Sheriff’s Department and the Liberty Police Department will join up at the parking lot east of City Hall from 6:30-9PM. Gladstone will have their meet and greet from 6-9PM at Happy Rock Park East. Both events will have plenty of things for kids of all ages.

Over a Year Ago: It’s been over a year since North Kansas City Police Officer Daniel Vasquez gave his life in the line of duty. North Kansas City Chief of Police Kevin Freeman and Rick Kuhl at WSKF Architects, along with Fire Chief David Hargis, are creating a Public Safety Memorial to honor all fallen officers and fire fighters in the history of North Kansas City. For more information or to donate contact one of the Chiefs or Rick.

Royal Race: Tuesday morning the Kansas City Royals majority owner Jon Sherman sent a letter to the fans saying that a stadium selection site will be announced in September. You can read his letter here. Clay County is one of two finalist from an original list of 14 locations. The ability to put North Kansas City and our County in the spotlight has been priceless.

High School Mentorships: Are you interested in mentoring a small group of high school juniors for one hour a month? The North Kansas City School District is currently recruiting local business and community mentor volunteers who would like to share their time and wisdom with their students. You can watch a video here. You may register here or contact Shannon C. Shelton for more information at

Weekend Day Trips in Clay: This week lets visit North Kansas City’s Macken Park where they have afternoon concerts every Friday from 11:30-1:00. Located at 1002 Clark Ferguson Drive, this beautifully maintained, 60-acre park is home to a variety of recreational activities and includes great amenities like reservable shelters, ball fields, walking trail, playgrounds and more. The trail is one mile in length and for most of the distance, made of rubber. Depending on the time of day you visit you could see deer at dusk and dawn. You can watch ball games from kids just learning soccer or t-ball to competitive high school baseball games to just those with their best athletic days behind them playing softball. There are nine shelters along with tennis courts. The park is home to many North Kansas City hosted events from evening concerts and movie nights to weekend festivals.

Coffee Connect: This Wednesday we are going to hear the story of ReRoll Tavern and how they became the home away from the basement for so many gamers. Located at 2368 Armour Road in North Kansas City, they are Kansas City’s premier board game bar and pop-up venue. Networking begins at 7:45AM with the presentation at 8.

Things To Do in Clay: Your EDC’s Friday Facts is your go-to read to see what is happening in our County. We 

Daily: Worlds of Fun continues their 50th anniversary with their 50 Nights of Fire through August 12th.

Tonight: Liberty’s Popcorn in the Park July 28th 6PM at Liberty Community Center featuring Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

Tonight: North Kansas City’s Movie in the Park July 28th 9PM featuring Puss in Boots: The Last Wish at Macken Park

Tonight: Gladstones Linden Square presents Damien Gunn July 28th 7PM

This Weekend: BITS Bull Riding in Kearney July 28th & 29th at the Jesse James Farm 5PM

This Weekend: Excelsior Springs’ Slightly off-Broadway Theatre presents Bye, Bye Birdie July 28th& 29th

Tomorrow: Screenland Armour Theatre’s outdoor movie this Saturday is The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Gladstone Theatre in the Park features Cinderella Aug 4th-6th 8PM at the Gladstone Amphitheater

Liberty Parks & Rec Foundation’s 11th annual Tee It Up Fore Parks golf tournament at WinterStone Golf Course August 11th at 8AM

Gladstone’s Theatre In the Park Golf Classic Aug 11th 8AM at Paradise Point

NKC’s Friday Night Concert August 11th 5:30 with Ain’t Misbehavin’s and Surfin’ USA at Macken Park

Gladstone’s Linden Square presents Petty Thieves August 11th 7PM

Kearney’s Second Saturdays August 12th

Gladstone’s Atkins-Johnson’s Big Shoal Farm Sunflower Field Festival Aug 12th 10-3

Kearney’s Whiskey Tasting Tour 2023 Aug 12th 5-7PM 111 E Washington St.

Kearney Amphitheater presents The Phil Collins Experience Aug 19th at 7:30PM

Excelsior Springs Chamber’s Third Saturday Wine Tours  August 19th 10:30-5

Gladstone’s Atkins-Johnson’s Restoration Run Aug 19th 8AM

Look North Nominations: Once a year your EDC recognizes a person who has made an invaluable contribution to economic development in Clay County with our Look North Leadership Award. Past winners are listed on our website. Criteria used in the selection process may include one or all of the following: business achievement; civic leadership; cultural contribution and/or philanthropic commitment in Clay County. Applications are available through Julie Lewis in our office at

School Vaccinations: School vaccinations will be available at the KCMO Health Clinic at Northland Neighborhoods Inc.’s walk-in-clinic August 10th from 2-7PM. If you would like to make an appointment please call 816-513-6108. NNI is located at 53410 NE Chouteau Trafficway.

Click on the high school of your choice to see their calendar of events. Excelsior SpringsKearneySmithvilleLiberty, Liberty NorthNorth Kansas CityWinnetonkaOak ParkStaleySt. Pius Northland Christian and Platte County R-3 (yes, part of their district is in Clay County).

Farmers’ Markets: It’s that time of the year when the farmers’ markets start popping up. Here are the ones your EDC found in Clay County. KearneyLawsonSmithvilleGladstoneLibertyDowntown Liberty and Excelsior Springs. Simply click on the location for more information.

Clay County Visitors’ GuideOur friends at the Courier Tribune created a Guide to Clay County for visitors and locals alike. If you are a subscriber and already got this then great. If not, here is a link to some super cool things to do right here.

Our Mid-Continent Public Libraries offer many classes including the Square One courses on how to operate a business. The website offers many opportunities, both virtual and in-person.

Did you know that your EDC provides small business loans through our partnership with Midwest Small Business Financing? We want to put your business into buildings and purchase the required fixed assets. Our rates include the Small Business Administration fees and are currently 6.506% for ten years, 6.410% for 20 years and 6.320% for 25 years. Please contact us with any questions. You can read about upcoming SBA trainings and get more information about the SBA’s Resource Partner Training here.

The Northland Education and Business Alliance now has its own YouTube channel. This organization just continues to grow and get things right and your EDC is proud to be a part of it. Feel free to view the dozens of videos of various career opportunities right here in Clay County.

Your CCEDC is on the move. Click to join a committee, or to invest with us.

Thanks, from your friends at the Clay County EDC

David Slater, Executive Director

Julie Lewis, Business Retention Specialist

Karina Guzman, Loan Officer

7001 N. Locust, Suite B101 – Gladstone MO 64118 – (816)468-4989

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