KC Fringe Festival in full swing

Scenes from a KC Fringe Festival performance on July 19 at the Black Box Theater, 1060 Union Ave., Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

Many people in Wyandotte County might remember Heidi Van, whose father taught at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Now she has a new theater in the West Bottoms called the Black Box Theater, 1060 Union Ave., Kansas City, Missouri.

On Friday she did a major production called “Weirdo 2019.” The production includes adult language and contemporary themes.

The next performance is scheduled at 5 p.m. July 20. For more information, visit https://kcfringe.org/.

Scenes from a KC Fringe Festival performance on July 19 at the Black Box Theater, 1060 Union Ave., Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by William Crum)
Scenes from a KC Fringe Festival performance on July 19 at the Black Box Theater, 1060 Union Ave., Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by William Crum)
Scenes from a KC Fringe Festival performance on July 19 at the Black Box Theater, 1060 Union Ave., Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by William Crum)
Katherine Herrera performed at a KC Fringe Festival performance on July 19 at the Black Box Theater, 1060 Union Ave., Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by William Crum)

Scenes from the KC Fringe Festival

Cheryl Kimmi, executive producer, welcomed guests to the KC Fringe Festival opening night teasers event on Tuesday, July 16, at Union Station’s Extreme Screen in Kansas City, Missouri. A second event of opening night teasers will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at the Extreme Screen at Union Station. Presentations at this Wednesday event are rated PG and R. The Fringe Festival runs July 14 through July 28 in theaters in Kansas City, Missouri. For more information, visit https://kcfringe.org/. (Photo by William Crum)
Scenes from the KC Fringe Festival, running through July 28 at Kansas City, Missouri, theaters. (Photo by William Crum)
Scenes from the KC Fringe Festival, running through July 28 at Kansas City, Missouri, theaters. (Photo by William Crum)
Scenes from the KC Fringe Festival, running through July 28 at Kansas City, Missouri, theaters. (Photo by William Crum)
Kitchen song to be performed at the Just Off Broadway Theater is part of the Kansas City Fringe Festival. (Photo by William Crum)
Kitchen song to be performed at the Just Off Broadway Theater is part of the Kansas City Fringe Festival. (Photo by William Crum)
A play held in the Fringe Festival. (Photo by William Crum)
Shift show at the KC Fringe Festival. To see a schedule for the KC Fringe Festival shows, visit https://kcfringe.org/. (Photo by William Crum)

Emergency crews respond to fair

Kansas City, Kansas, Fire Department personnel responded to a medical emergency, possible heat exhaustion, on the Main Stage Saturday evening at the Wyandotte County Fair, 137th and Polfer Road. At 6 p.m. Saturday, it was about 91 degrees with a heat index of 94. A band member was looked at and released at the scene. (Photo by Mary Rupert)

A member of the Silver Streak band was overcome by heat exhaustion while playing on the Main Stage on Saturday evening at the Wyandotte County Fair, 137th and Polfer Road, Kansas City, Kansas.

Rick Kesterson said he is resting at home today and is better, still recuperating from exhaustion, with a headache, and is going to be fine.

Kesterson and Silver Streak play at many area events, including rodeos, fairs, fraternal events, wedding receptions and retirements.

Performers and fairgoers experienced a hot day Saturday, with temperatures reaching 91 at 6 p.m. with a heat index of 94.

Kesterson said the sun was going down when his concert started around 6:15 p.m., and the heat just got atrocious. The hot sun was on the faces of the performers at sunset. He was treated at the scene, and did not want to go to a hospital.

He added he hopes that next year they will turn the stage around so it faces the other direction.

“Other than that, we had a really great time,” Kesterson said about his day.