Tribune Photo/Joey Hedges

By Fred Liggett

Starting just after 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, 10 buses found their way to Downtown Lee’s Summit where approximately 640 people from all across the United States were dropped off to enjoy the award winning district. These visitors were attendees at the annual National Main Street conference being hosted in Downtown Kansas City this week at the Downtown Marriott hotel.

A group of Downtown LS volunteers greeted everyone coming off each bus and handed them a goody bag with discounts inside to go along with a Downtown map. Nearby was a tent where guests could find shelter from the intermittent rain that fell that evening. Once inside they could enjoy coffee from Whistle Stop and cinnamon rolls from Neighborhood Cafe. Close by was KC Chiefs rumble playing tunes to get everyone in the spirit of the event. Any guests that were sports fans took a quick liking to the Crown Town Caboose that was on display throughout the evening. The Caboose helps celebrate the KC Royals 50th anniversary baseball season. From there conference attendees enjoyed walking around the historic business district to find bargains, good food and drinks from participating businesses.

The evening event called the Big Bash lasted four hours from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. During that time visitors could play video games, check out an antique fire truck, paint at four different locations, tour the History Museum of the city along with having photos taken at the photo bus set up just a few yards from the bus drop off point. Many visitors from across the country upon departing the area had great things to say about their evening spent in the award winning business district.