posted June 22, 2001 07:01 AM
NATIONAL MIDGET AUTO RACING MUSEUM & HIGH BANKS HALL OF FAME GROUND-BREAKING
JULY 5 IN BELLEVILLE
BELLEVILLE, Kan. (June 22, 2001) - After four years of pursuing this
historical project, the National Midget Auto Racing Museum & High Banks Hall
of Fame will break ground on Thursday, July 5, for new construction.
A recent grant from the State of Kansas in the amount of $50,000 was awarded
to the High Banks Hall of Fame, Inc., to assist in construction for Phase 1
of the three-phase structure.
Over the past few years, projects and donations have been sought and
accumulated for the new Museum to be located on Highway 81 which passes
through Belleville. Raymond Splichal of the High Banks Museum Finance Team
announced that an additional sum of $100,000 will still need to be raised to
furnish and complete the interior of the project.
The ground-breaking ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 5,
just South of the Kansas Travel Information Center, which has 30,000
visitors per year.
The public is invited to take part in the ceremony and the turning of soil.
On hand to participate in this function will be Kansas State Senator Janis
Lee of Kensington and 1999 Belleville Midget Nationals Champion Dave Darland
of Lincoln, Ind.
Also scheduled to participate are dirt Late Model veteran Joe Kosiski of
Omaha, Neb.; four-time I.M.C.A. Modified National Champion Johnny Saathoff
of Beatrice, Neb.; and retired open wheel superstar Jay Woodside of
Wichita -- a recent inductee into the High Banks Hall of Fame.
Numerous other drivers have been contacted and many have expressed that they
will be in attendance.
Additional news will be forthcoming in the next few days which will further
update the public on this landmark event.
More information can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.highbanks-museum.org .
The Grand Opening of Phase 1 has been set for May 25, 2002.
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Jeff Nun, WhoWon.com
(402) 421-6894 (phone, fax)
World Wide Web: http://www.whowon.com
Wayne Dake, JW MotorSports Associates
Belleville High Banks/National Midget Auto Racing Museum
(402) 761-3676 (phone, fax)
(402) 440-3977 (cellular)
World Wide Web: http://www.highbanks.org , http://www.highbanks-museum.org
Barry Bottger, Belleville High Banks
Fair Amusement Committee
P.O. Box 349, Belleville KS 66935
(785) 527-6050 (office)
(785) 527-2488 (track)
World Wide Web: http://www.highbanks.org