With new shows that included a circus act along with rides and games, the Jesse James Festival grounds in Jesse James Park in Kearney were a place for family fun this past weekend. Joining all the family fun acts on the festival grounds were BBQ teams from around the region competing in the annual Jesse James BBQ Cookoff and sand volleyball and disc golf teams looking to capture glory in outdoor tournaments. 

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Featured on “America’s Got Talent,” Dominquez Productions and Royal Legacy Circus brought its act, which features circus-trained poodles and a…

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Bren Pierce, 2, son of Luke Pierce of Kearney, looks the cool part atop his motorcycle carousel ride at the Jesse James Festival.

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Farmer Ed in the new festival show Ready, Set, Grow provides laughs and agricultural education on the festival grounds in Jesse James Park Saturday.

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Named after the street they live on, Team Rhode Kill hopes they have a winning entry during the Jesse James Festival annual cookoff Saturday, …

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Nick's Barnyard Buddies offered a petting zoo and pony rides during the Jesse James Festival this past weekend in Kearney.

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Jesse James Festival BBQ Cookoff contestants are all smiles as they begin to turn in entries Saturday, Sept. 17, in Jesse James Park.

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Arial acrobatics dazzled crowds who gathered for the Dominquez Productions and Royal Legacy Circus show at this year's Jesse James festival in…

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Arts & Crafts Alley allowed festivalgoers to shop from local vendors.

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Members of Team Wabash BBQ, an acclaimed restaurant in Excelsior Springs, shows off what they hope are winning ribs during the festival cookoff.

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Team 3 Legs and a Pig sauce their ribs before turn-in time during the Jesse James BBQ Cookoff.

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Part of the Royal Legacy Circus show was two dare devils, one who is 10 year old, who took turns riding dirt bikes in the Globe of Doom.

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Games from Jones & Company ensured each game participant received a prize during the Jesse James Festival carnival.

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Dana Gutierrez and her granddaughter, Cecilia Reed, 5, ride the swings during the Jesse James Festival.

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Kettle corm was one of the various food options available at the festival grounds.

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A haunted house was another Jesse James Festival attraction.

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Matthew and Gabriel Tegtmeier of Liberty have fun riding the Drangonroo ride Saturday, Sept. 17, during the Jesse James Festival in Kearney.

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Friends Jace Camper, 6, and Brynlee Sibley, 5, share a smile while riding a carnival ride at the Jesse James Festival.

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Pigs do fly during Jesse James Festival thanks to Great American Kites and Events.

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