Saturday’s South KC Block Party will be bigger, cuter and include a surprise announcement

Cute baby costume contest, culinary throwdown and a special announcement regarding the Red Bridge Shopping Center are some of the events happening at the South KC Block Party.


The Best Baby Costume contest is sure to be a big hit this year at the South KC Block Party.

South KC Block Party Is Bigger and Cuter

The South Kansas City Block Party was such a success last year that it’s being repeated. This year the party will include a cute baby costume contest, a culinary showdown and a surprise announcement from Lane4 Property Group regarding the newest tenants at Red Bridge Shopping Center. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13,  at the shopping center at Red Bridge and Holmes roads.

Sponsored by the South Kansas City Chamber, the block party celebrates the people and businesses in the south Kansas City community. Live entertainment from nearby schools, small business vendors, local chefs, food trucks, carnival games, emergency vehicle tours and more are intended to get the neighbors out to mingle.

With Halloween around the corner, it’s only fitting to have a “Best Baby Costume” contest. There’s no fee to enter. Babies must be newborn to 18 months or 19 months to 3 years. Winners must be present to win the prize, which is a free photo session with Xenos Creative.

The South Kansas City Culinary Throwdown will include local chefs Jasper Mirable of Jasper’s and Ann Waris Alexiou of Southside Grill. They will be preparing Chicken Parmesan. The two had competed in a meatball culinary thrown down this spring. 

The Fit58 5K is open to walkers and runners and will start at 7 a.m. at the Mid-Continent Public Library’s Red Bridge branch. Money raised will go toward the Center School District Foundation.

Finally, food trucks at the event will include Blue Moose, Jovito’s Italian Cafe, Betty Rae’s Ice Cream and a cotton candy vendor.

To enter any contests, become a sponsor or vendor or volunteer, go to or call 816-761-7660.

Entertainment Stage

A special announcement from Lane4 Property Group will be made at 11:30 a.m. regarding two new businesses opening at the Red Bridge Shopping Center.

Fox4’s John Holt will be the morning emcee at the St. Joseph Entertainment Stage.  The entertainment schedule is below:

  • 10 a.m.   Center Marching Band
  • 10:30 a.m.  Baby costume contest
  • 11:10 a.m.  Center Elementary Choir
  • 11:30 a.m.  Announce winner of baby costume contest
  • 11:40 a.m.  The Pulse Dance School
  • 12:10 p.m.  Hickman Mills Middle School Drill Team
  • 12:40 p.m.   Driscoll School of Irish Dance
  • 1 p.m.      Cooking Contest
  • 1:10 p.m.  St. Thomas More Band
  • 1:40 p.m.   Integrity Martial Arts
  • 2:10 p.m.   TBA
  • 2:30 p.m. Cooking contest judging

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