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January

Kansas Day Celebration is held in Bird City (Cheyenne County) at the American Legion Hall on January 29, 2017.  Celebrated annually with displays, potluck luncheons, and special programs, Bird City has hosted a Kansas Day Celebration since 1930.

February

March.

The Hays Daily News Home & Garden Show will be held in The Mall, 2918 Vine, from 10 am-6 pm on March 11 & 12, 2017.  For more information call 785-625-3314. This show features commercial and non-profit booths, lectures and a children’s learning center.   FREE ADMISSION!  Visit www.haysusa.com for more information.

A Tri-State Toy and Collectible Show is held in Norton each spring the 3rd  Saturday of March (March18th, 2017), with antique toys, trading cards, and collectibles.  The event is held at the National Guard Armory, full of vendors. 785-877-2341.

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April

The State Storytelling Festival is held annually in Downs.  In 2017, the event will be held on April 21 & 22.  Local and professional storytellers tell tall tales and other accounts at various locations throughout town.  Music, booths, and exhibits also.  For more information, call 785-454-3808.

The Great Oasis Cook-off will crown the champs in BBQ in Colby on April 28-29, 2017.  Great food, live music and activities for the kids will be offered.  Contact Jeff at 785-443-2771 for more details.

The annual Spring Gallery Walk in Hays will be held the last Friday of April.  Enjoy an evening in the historic Chestnut Street District in downtown Hays strolling to over a dozen different locations featuring new art exhibits, opening receptions and a mix of free entertainment.  The annual Smoky Hill Art Exhibition is featured at the Hays Arts Council Gallery, 122 East 11th.   www.DowntownHays.com  or www.haysartscouncil.org.

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May

The Cheyenne Co. Cruisers present the Annual Cheyenne County Cruisers Car Show on the 2nd Saturday of May.  The event will be held in the downtown at Saw Hill Park from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Lunch will be served.  For information, e-mail nancy_schultz@yahoo.com.

The Wallace County Cruisers Car and Bike Show is held the first Saturday of May from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. around the historic Wallace County Courthouse in Sharon Springs, KS. Enjoy beautiful classic cars, vendors, food and children’s activities. Many prizes awarded in several vehicle categories. Don’t miss the town-wide garage sales and a free afternoon movie for the kids!

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June

The 1st weekend of June will feature the Phillipsburg Riverless Festival.  Events include a Craft Fair, Car Show, Horse Show, Food, Live Entertainment, 2k & 5k Run, Men’s Softball, Entertainment for the whole family. Call the Phillips Co. Chamber and Mainstreet at 785-543-2321 for more information.

The Highway 24 Garage Sale will be held the first weekend of June.  Eight counties & 17 communities are participating this year.  Sales are ranging from Glen Elder, KS to Bethune, Colorado!!  Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HWY24Sales  for more the latest information.

The Gove County Rodeo is held the first Friday and Saturday in June.   The event features sheep and steer riding for kids.  Also included is a BBQ on Saturday night.  The event is held in the town of Park.  For more information, call 785-754-2348.

Paradise Creek Festival, held in Plainville (Rooks County) the second weekend of June, includes a professional rodeo, kids games, mud volleyball, crafts, entertainment, parade and much more. In 2017, the event will be held June 9, 10, & 11.  Check www.plainvillerodeo.com for details.

The Sunflower Pioneer Power Assoc. Antique Tractor & Machinery Show is held in Almena (Norton County) the second Saturday in June 11, 2017.  This longstanding event takes place in the Associations multi-acre park with a permanent backdrop of vintage Windmills.  They have a parade of antique tractors, corn shelling event, quilt displays, musical entertainment and concessions.    Call  785-202-0410 for details.

The Lenora Jubilee is held on the third weekend of June.  This will be a fun-filled time for the entire family. Events include Nashville music artists, parade, games for kids and entertainment.  For more information visit the website http://www.lenorajubilee.com/.

Stockton will host their Swing into Summer Fest and Car Show June 16 & 17, 2017.  The event begins with a Cruise Night on Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The car show on Saturday begins with registration at 8 a.m.  Awards will be given at 4 p.m.  For more information, contact Dean or Libby Kester at 785-425-6561 or the Stockton Chamber of Commerce at 785-425-6272.

The Waldo McBurney “Run for Your Life” is held in Quinter (Gove County) on the Saturday after the 2nd Thursday in June.  For more information on this run, contact the city office at 785-754-3821.

The smell of BBQ fill the air as Hays celebrates another “Hot Weekend” of bargains with the annual Fire on the Frontier BBQ Classic in Downtown Hays.   This sanctioned BBQ event is held the second weekend of June.   For more information visit www.DowntownHays.com.

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July

The Annual Wild West Festival will be held in Hays (Ellis County) June 28 to July 1 in 2017.  This event features live entertainment, fireworks extravaganza (July 4), sales promotions, special events, and much more.  For a complete list of the events when they become available, check out the Web site at www.wildwestfestival.com.

The City of Goodland will host Freedom Fest on the 4th of July.  The event will feature a  professional fireworks extravaganza, contests, food, carnival rides, musical entertainment and events for everyone.  The event will take place at the Sherman County Fairgrounds.

Another July 4 celebration held each year is the Lake Atwood Day July 4 Celebration.   It is a day filed with games and food galore.  Fireworks over Lake Atwood at dusk.   Contact Rosalie Ross at 785-626-3600.

Wild Water Day is held in Oakley the 2nd Wednesday of July from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Have fun in the water and also enjoy music and food.  For more information, contact the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center or the Oakley Area Chamber of Commerce.  Visit the website at www.buffalobilloakley.org.

Logan County Free Fair will be held the third week of July. Home-owned carnival operates every night of the fair.  Grandstand entertainment includes KPRA Rodeo and the ever-popular Truck & Tractor Pull.  Saturday parade and free BBQ.  For more information contact the Extension Office at 785-672-3245 or the Tourism Office at 785-671-1000 or go to http://www.discoveroakley.com/visitors.

Pickin’ on the Plains Bluegrass ‘n Folk Festival will be held at the Thomas County Fairgrounds in Colby July 14-16, 2017.  Events include Youth Vocal Contest, Gospel Sing-along, Craft Fair, and food vendors. For more information contact the Colby CVB for more information at cvb@thomascounty.com.

One of the biggest events each year in Graham County is the annual Emancipation Celebration / Homecoming Festival held in Nicodemus.  This celebration is recognized around the Midwest, and marks the founding of the African-American community.  In 2017, the celebration will be held July 28, 29 & 30.

The Wallace County Fair and Home-owned Carnival is held the last full weekend in July at the fairgrounds located just south of Sharon Springs, Kansas. Step back in time at this old-fashioned carnival operated completely by local citizens, as well as concessions. The week also features a top-quality 4-H exhibits, Little Britches Rodeo, a turtle race, a free barbecue, and a Saturday morning fair parade. Go to www.travelwallacecounty.com or ‘Travel Wallace County’ on Facebook for the latest information.

The Gove County Fair is held Monday through Thursday during the last week of July each year in Grainfield.

The Tri-State Antique Engine & Thresher Show, starting on the last Thursday of July each year, and runs through Saturday at the Thresher grounds along Hwy 36 east of Bird City in Cheyenne County.  The event includes steam engine races, threshing, antique car parade,  and more.  For more information go to www.birdcity.com, or www.threshershow.org.

The 107th Annual Trego County Fair kicks off on July 25 and runs through July 30, 2017.   Events every evening throughout the fair and a new carnival on the midway.  Special concert on Friday, and lots of activities on Saturday, including the Trego County Fair Parade, the Talent Show sponsored by the Trego Arts Council, the TCHS All School /Reunion, and a free dance.   The fair’s final day on Sunday features a Poker Run and a Muddy Pig Brawl.  Contact www.tregocountyfair.com or (785) 743-2562 for more information.            

The Thomas County Free Fair is held in Colby the last week of July ending the first weekend of August.  Events include concerts, rodeo, demolition derby, parade and barbecue.  Home owned carnival with rides and games runs in conjunction with the fair at the Fairgrounds.

The Norton County Fair is held each year the last week in July at Elmwood Park on the south edge of town.  Events include various horse & rodeo shows at the equine center, 4H and animal exhibits, gospel concert, mutton busting, kids tractor pull, watermelon feed, and the Norton Idol music competition. Amusement rides and midway games highlight the home-owned carnival , with  Stock Car races at the Elmwood Park Speedway the last day.  Call 785-877-5755 or, 785-877-2501 for details.

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August

The annual Jayhawkers’ Roundup Rodeo and Fair is held in Hill City at the Graham County Fairgrounds. In 2017, the fair will be held July 31, August 1-2.  The Annual PRCA Jayhawker Roundup Rodeo will begin Monday, and continue nightly through Wednesday, beginning at 8:00 each evening.

Kansas’ Biggest Rodeo is held the first weekend of August (Thurs – Sat.). Three big days of PRCA action, and a free BBQ on Thursday to all ticket holders.  For more information check out www.kansasbiggestrodeo.com.  ThePhillips County Free Fair is held in conjunction with the Phillipsburg Rodeo held in Phillipsburg at the fairgrounds.  The Fair features agricultural, commercial, open exhibits, and entertainment.  For more information on the fair, go to www.phillipscountyfair.org.

Follow-up the Thresher Show by attending the Cheyenne County Fair which will be held at the fairgrounds in St. Francis.  The fair starts the first Wednesday of August and runs through Saturday. The event features a home-owned carnival, games, rides, grandstand entertainment, 4-H exhibits, and food stands.  For more information go to www.stfranciskansas.com.

The Annual Herzogfest will be held in Victoria on August 4 & 5, 2017.  Celebrate the German heritage of this Volga German community with polka music, concerts, parade, various booths, kids games, and adult activities.  This event features free entertainment on Friday and Saturday with national recording artists and local bands. Vendors will provide a variety of local favorites including brauts, beirocks, galushkies, noodles and beans, dumplings, crock pickles, green bean dumpling soup, funnel cakes, chicken and noodles, pulled pork sandwiches, homemade baked goods, and beer.  www.herzogfest.com.

Old Settler’s Day is held in Gove (Gove County) on the 2nd Saturday in August.   The event features a rodeo and food and vendor booths.

Held the first week of August, the Northwest Kansas District Free Fair held in Goodland features Western Kansas culture, arts, home-owned carnival, demolition derby, and farming and ranching experiences are all on display.  To get a listing of events and entertainment, visit the website at www.nwksfair.com, call 785-890-7947, or e-mailinfo@nwksfair.com for more details.

The Rooks County Free Fair in Stockton and is one of the largest and oldest free fairs in Kansas.  The “Fair of Champions” has been held annually since 1879.  The Fair features agricultural, commercial, and open class exhibits, nightly entertainment that features nationally-known musical artists, car and motorcycle races, demolition derby, and a carnival on the midway.  For more information, visit the fair website at www.rookscountyfreefair.com. The 2017 fair will be held August 13-19.

The annual Fall Gallery Walk in Hays will be held the last Friday of August.  Enjoy an evening in the historic Chestnut Street District in downtown Hays strolling to over a dozen different locations featuring new art exhibits, opening receptions and a mix of free entertainment.  The annual Smoky Hill Art Exhibition is featured at the Hays Arts Council Gallery, 122 East 11th.   www.DowntownHays.com  or www.haysartscouncil.org.

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September

Old Settlers Day & Cow Chip Throwing Contest is held the Sunday before Labor Day in Russell Springs and brings young and old back to the community.  Celebration highlights include State Cow Chip Throwing Contest on Sunday,  and Old Settlers Day Parade with a carry-in lunch at the old school building.

Friendship Day in Luray (Russell County) is an annual event held the Saturday after Labor Day celebrating friends in the small community.  A free BBQ, art show, parade, horseshoe tournament, homemade ice cream, and a golf tournament are just a few of the features.

The Annual Great U.S. 36 Highway Treasure Hunt is scheduled for September 15, 16, & 17 in 2017.  This colossal three-day garage and yard sale extends 400 miles across Kansas (13 counties in Kansas).  Make sure and pick up a Treasure Hunt Guide that includes all participating communities, maps and lists of venders in each location.   For more information, go to the website at www.ushwy36.com or e-mail applefox@ruraltel.net.

The Flatlander Fall Festival is held the last weekend of September in Goodland.  The event begins on Friday with a golf tournament at Sugar Hills golf course.  On Saturday, the event offers visitors entertainment, street festival, food booths, one-room school reunion, dance and classic stock car races.  A Picnic in the Park will take place on Sunday with lunch and entertainment. For more information, call 785-899-9290, e-mail brentawood2@hotmail.com, or visit www.flatlanderfestival.com.

Granny Mae’s Pumpkin Patch, miniature train rides, hayrack rides, gift shop, games and family fun the last weekend in September and every weekend in October.  For more information, call 785-445-3547,  or got to www.grannymaes.com

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October

The annual Mini-Sapa Celebration, held the first Saturday of October in Oberlin, is coordinated by the Decatur County Museum Board and observes the Last Indian Raid on Kansas soil in 1878. Demonstrations, crafts, food and an old-fashioned entertainment in the Bohemian Hall located on the museum grounds are scheduled events throughout the day.  For more information contact the museum curator at 785-475-2712.

The Kansas State Corn Husking Contest, held in Oakley,  is an old-fashioned corn husking competition, with eleven divisions and a team event.  The contest is held the second weekend of October at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center on US Hwy 83 and 2nd Street.  Activities include a Cornhusking Contest, Corn Pile Money Hunt, Pumpkin Carving Contest, Corn Toss Contest, Corn Cook Off, and Saturday Evening Banquet.  And don’t forget the Chili Cook-Off from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information call 785-671-1000 or go to www.DiscoverOakley.com

The Kirwin Old Settler’s Day celebration will be held the first Saturday of October in Downtown Kirwin (Phillips County).  For more information, call 785-543-6652, or e-mail cityclerk@cityofkirwin.com.

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November

The St. Francis Craft Show will be held the 1st Saturday of November at St. Francis Grade School.   The event will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Hops at the House Brew Fest: Held every November in Grainfield (Gove County). Enjoy microbrews, home brews and domestic beers…authentic German food and live Polka music. $25 for the beer drinker (includes all-you-can-eat/drink German food & beer, live music, and the official event stein). $15 for the non-beer drinker (all-you-can-eat German food and live music). Des Schmecht Goot!  Hourly door prizes. Must be 21 to enter. Sponsored by Harvest Spirit to benefit the Grainfield Community Development Committee. More info can be found at www.lovesmalltownamerica.com/grainfieldks_gcdc.php in November.

The 7th Annual Governor’s Ringneck Classic pheasant hunt will be held in Oakley and surrounding communities November 16-19, 2017.  The community event will feature a variety of invited celebrities.  Friday night’s events, open to the public, will be an opportunity to join the Governor and his guests for dinner, a community raffle and live auction.

The VFW “We Did It” Craft Fair will be held in Goodland the third Saturday of November with Crafts and Food Booths.  Contact 785-899-4756.  Also on the the third Saturday will be the NuPhiMu Sorority Craft Fair. The event will have more than 80 booths featuring art, hand crafts and food court. Call 785-899 2951 or 785-899-5656 for details.

Oakley’s annual Fabulous Christmas Light Parade is a unique parade that sparkles with floats and other entries all decked out with Christmas lights.  The parade is held each year on the Friday after Thanksgiving along with the downtown Christmas opening.  Come early and enjoy the pancake and sausage feed at the VFW Post at 317 Center. You can even have your picture taken with Santa!  For more information, contact Jerry Robben at 785-672-3251.

The city of St. Francis (Cheyenne County) will host a Light Parade on the Friday after Thanksgiving to open the Christmas season.  Floats with thousands of lights will drive up Main Street at 6:00 p.m.  Santa is the special guest and will visit with the kids after the parade.  A treasure hunt is also part of the evening activities.  Visit www.stfranciskansas.com for details.

Olde Tyme Christmas is held in Stockton (Rooks County) on the day after Thanksgiving (November 24 in 2017) starting at 5:00pm. The annual event is held in downtown Stockton, and features shopping, children’s activities, Santa and his elves, a parade, and soup supper. Contact the Stockton Chamber at stocktonchamber@ruraltel.net for details.

67th Annual “Christmas Tree Lighting” in WaKeeney, “the Christmas City of the High Plains” will be held November 25, 2017.  Before the Lighting, there will be a soup supper at 5:00 pm.  Then there will be a Live Nativity Scene from 5 – 7:30 pm in the Courthouse Square.  The Lighting begins at 6:00 pm with musical entertainment and the arrival of Santa, who will light the tree.  Then visit Santa and receive special treats, shop the downtown merchants, enjoy refreshments at local businesses and enjoy carriage rides.  Lights will be on each night from November 26 until January 2, 2017.  For more information, visit www.wakeeney.org or call toll free 1-877-962-7248.

Also in WaKeeney, the Annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, November 25, 2017, from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Shop over 40 vendors in two buildings at the Trego County Fairgrounds. Sponsored by the Trego County Home-Based Business Association. For more information contact Lucille Zahn at (785) 743-6418.

The Annual Lighted Christmas Parade will be held in Russell on Saturday, Nov. 25th! Great way to open the Christmas season than to see floats with thousands of lights driving down Beautiful Downtown Main Street at 7:15pm! After the parade, head out the Christmas Wonderland! You just might get your picture taken with Santa!

You will want to be in Grainfield (Gove County) for the “Opera”-tunity Craft Fair, held Saturday during the opening day of Pheasant Hunting Season in November. Also, be sure to attend the Opera House Christmas Lighting held every Saturday after Thanksgiving at the Opera House in Grainfield.

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December

Frostfest is held in Hays the 1st full weekend of December .  Stroll through the Chestnut Street District, located in Historic Downtown Hays and enjoy a weekend of winter festivities! Events include horse drawn wagon rides, children’s arts and crafts, storytelling, shopping, a visit from Santa. Sunday afternoon features refreshments and special shopping hours at numerous downtown businesses. The illuminated holiday parade is Sunday, December 4th at 6:00 pm on Main Street.  785-621-4171    www.DowntownHays.com   Also on the same dates in Hays, Christmas Past at Historic Fort Hays. See the Fort as it would have been decorated in the 1880’s.  Enjoy living history demonstrations, caroling, old-time music, hayrack rides and hot fried apple. Hundreds of luminaries light up the pathways and provide a festive Christmas atmosphere.

Wreaths Across America will be held on December 9, 2017, at Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery in WaKeeney. This program “Remembers and honors our fallen heroes”.  The program begins at 11:00 am.  Contact Heidi Goff at (785) 743-5685 or email to: 743-5685hgoff@ruraltel.net for more information.

The Annual Christmas Fest will be held all month long in Sharon Springs in Wallace County.  For more information, call 785-852-4935 or e-mail wallacecoeda@yahoo.com.

Christmas Wonderland will be open Thanksgiving Night from 6-10pm in Russell. Open Friday and Saturday nights from 6-10pm until Christmas! Come out and see amazing Christmas Light display, feed reindeer, ride the train, make s’mores by the fire, enjoy the largest Christmas Store and live entertainment! Fun activities for the whole family!!

Santa City is held every weekend after Thanksgiving from 1-5 p.m. and nightly from the middle of December through the 24th from 6-8 p.m. in Colby.  The “Spirit of Christmas on the Prairie” features an animated forest of woodland animals in a lighted Christmas wonderland performing Christmas tasks.  The event is held in Fike Park in downtown Colby.  .  For more information, call 1-800-611-8835 or visit www.oasisontheplains.com.

Handmade crafts, jewelry, and other treasures can be found at the Christmas Crafts Fair at the VFW  Hall on Center Street in Oakley.  Pick up your holiday poinsettias and enjoy a piece of homemade pie.  Craft fair starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.  For more information go to the visitors calendar at http://www.discoveroakley.com/visitors.

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