Children of KCK officers Melton and Lancaster to flip switch at Mayor’s Downtown Holiday Lighting Festival

Downtown Holiday Lighting FestivalThe children of Kansas City, Kansas, Police Capt. David Melton and Det. Brad Lancaster will flip the switch Friday evening, November 18, for the city’s Downtown Holiday Lighting ceremony. The two police veterans lost their lives in separate shootings earlier this year. The annual festival, organized by Mayor Mark Holland’s office and community partners, will run from 4:00 pm to 7:30 PM at the City Hall Plaza, 701 N. 7th Street. The lights are scheduled to go on at 7:15 PM.

Each year, the Mayor’s office honors a special guest to throw the switch to light the Mayor’s Christmas tree. Mayor Holland invited the Melton and Lancaster children to participate this year as a way to show public support for the families and for all law enforcement officials during the holidays.

The festival is a large celebration for the community attended by hundreds of children and their families. Goodie bags will be handed out to the first 1,000 children. Holiday movies, free popcorn, crafts and games are provided for all children. The event also features music and the announcement of the neighborhood tree contest winners.

This event would not be possible without numerous sponsors and in-kind donors: Board of Public Utilities, Calendar Pressroom Printing, First Federal Bank of Kansas City, 7th Street Casino, Hughes Development Company, Inc., W. Conrad Miller, Jr. and Martin M. Quinn, Bank of Labor, Glenn’s Pre-Owned Appliances, Wyandot, Inc., Rental City, Cork House, McAnany Van Cleave and Phillips PA, Kansas City, Kansas Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, BHC RHODES, Kansas Gas Service, KMDI, The Kansas City Cupcake Company, AMC Theaters, Velvet Crème, Sunfresh, United Way of Wyandotte County, KCK Public Library, Have Guns Will Rent Costumes and Props, KCKPD, KCKFD, NRC, USD 500, Downtown Improvement District, Downtown Shareholders of Kansas City, Kansas.