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More than 100 events are hosted at the new, state-of-the-art Independence Events Center each year, including concerts, trade shows, festivals and professional sports. The venue is the home-base of the Missouri Mavericks Central Hockey League franchise and the Missouri Comets of the Major Indoor Soccer League. The Events Center also serves as a community ice rink. Other professional sports and entertainment venues in the area include the Harry S. Truman Sports Complex, the Kansas Speedway, the Kansas City Sprint Center and the Kemper Arena.

In addition to these great entertainment avenues, Independence offers a year-round calendar of communitywide events and festivals. Among the most popular gatherings in the area are the Annual Lawn & Garden Show in April, the Strawberry Festival in June, the Fourth of July celebration, the Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival and the Pig Pickin’ Chicken Lickin’ Feast in September and the Halloween Parade, Corvettes on the Square and the Independence Heritage Festival in October.

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