Each June, a magnificent food celebration takes place, providing fun and good food for the entire family. The Great Lenexa Barbeque Battle was first held in 1982 with 12 contestants, but has grown significantly to accommodate the rapid increase of residents. The event takes place over two days and includes not only a barbecue cook-off, but activities for the kids, live music, and other forms of entertainment. Ribbons are awarded to the top 10 contestants and all you will be left in awe of the amazing methods that are used to ensure delicious barbecue flavor.
Back in Time
Take a step back in time by visiting the Legler Barn Museum Complex. The complex collects and preserves artifacts related to the area dating all the way back to prehistoric times. One part of the collect is the Stone Barn. The barn was built by Adam Legler in 1894 and is now home to the History Museum. Also featured in the collection is the Prairie Schooner “Conestoga Wagon” which was used by prairie settlers long ago. The 1912-13 Frisco Train Depot located at the barn was relocated from old town Lenexa and retains its historic properties.
There is never a shortage of outdoor opportunities in Lenexa. With so many parks in the area, there is something to suit locals both young and old. Ad Astra Park, located on Maurer Road, features a natural area, a playground, and a swimming pool. A jogging trail is also connected to the park to satisfy walkers and bikers. With 10 picnic tables, BBQ grills, and restrooms, this park is the ideal place for family gatherings, reunions, and parties. Black Hoof Park on Lake Lenexa offers a picturesque scene with a dam, spillway, and a variety of wildlife.