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Marching Cobras 50th Anniversary Celebration


Kansas City, MO, JUNE 21-22 – Marching Cobras 50th Anniversary Celebration: Friday, June 21st, starts a weekend celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Marching Cobras. There will be dinner, a roast of founder Mr. Willie Smith and an Alumni Showcase performance. The festivities begin at 6:00pm with the alumni performance scheduled to begin around 7:00pm. The activities continue Saturday with the Show-Me Drill Team Competition. There will be 13+ teams competing. The competition starts at 3:00pm. Tickets may be purchased at the door. HyVee Arena

The Marching Cobras have humble beginnings. Mr. Willie Arthur Smith moved to Kansas City from Prescott, AZ in 1969 to teach at Lincoln Junior High. He organized an all-male dance group to perform a routine, called the Madison Line, for a school talent show. After five short years, there were 58 boys in the group. The Marching Cobras have been growing ever since, and the team has earned an international reputation. They regularly perform in parades, competitions, Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, and college football half-time shows. The Cobras have performed before four U.S. presidents and twice at the White House.


Kansas City, MO, JUNE 21 - ‘Arena Live’: Hy-Vee Arena’s Free Friday Night Music concert. The music begins playing at 7:00pm and runs through 10:00pm. This week’s performance features Nicki White. This is the second time she has performed at Hy-Vee Arena. Nicki is a singer-songwriter and describes her sound as having a base in blue with influences of R&B, funk, easy listening, classic country, and of course, jazz. Live music on the second-floor atrium. Food and drink specials.

Kansas City, MO, JUNE 28-30 – Under Armour Futures National Championship:

Games will be held all three days. Play will start at 11:00am Friday and last until 10:00pm that night. Action begins at 8:00am on both Saturday and Sunday and run until 10:00pm and 6:00pm respectively. Tickets are available at the door.

This is the first annual Under Armour Futures Championships. Teams are comprised of 4TH through 8TH grade boys. Regular season games started in March and have been played in 9 different regions spanning across the nation for a shot at the title. 250 teams from across the nation will compete to be name UA Futures Champions.

Kansas City, MO, JUNE 29 – Harry Potter 5K (3 1/10 Miles): The run will start and finish in the West Bottom’s at Hy-Vee Arena’s north parking lot. Distances include a 5K (3 1/10 miles) and a 1 Mile Fun Run. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes. Runners will be treated to a free butterscotch soda at the finish line. Awards will be given, and DJ Bob Brown with Boca Enterprises are partnering with Resonation to spin a magical atmosphere.

This is the second year of the Wizarding Run. The inaugural race was held in Joplin, MO. The idea for the run emerged out of the love for all that was witches and wizards. The main objective was to create a little magic for the city by brining the community together to celebrate the extraordinary. It has grown to runs in 5 Missouri cities: Springfield, Kansas City, Joplin, Columbia and St. Louis. In addition, runs are scheduled in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Philadelphia. They are looking to expand to more cities across the country. Ashleigh Teeter – President or Matt Stevens – East Coast Race Director.

About Hy-Vee Arena:

Hy-Vee Arena is bringing new life to the historic Stockyards District at the former Kemper Arena. The $39 million-dollar renovation has transformed the single level 18,000 seat arena into a multi-level, multi- functional complex.

Installation of a second floor created over 82,000 square feet of column-free event space bringing a total of 12 basketball courts to the arena. The courts are striped for volleyball, futsal and 24 pickleball courts. Sports agility, fitness facilities, health care services, retail, entertainment and dining services surround the two hardwood court floors. Above the second level of courts is one of the largest indoor practice tracks at 350m in length.

Hy-Vee Arena is a training and tournament complex for athletes of all skill levels and sports. We are revolutionizing the approach to sports.

In addition to the many sporting activities, the facility can host a wide variety of events ranging from fashion shows, speaking engagements, graduations, team building, and a host of corporate and social events.


If you would like more information, please contact

Casey Bligh / Marketing & Design Manager / / (816) 200-2070

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Hy-Vee Arena, 1800 Genessee St, Kansas City, MO 64102

(816) 505-0404

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