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Kansas Day Celebration is held in Bird City (Cheyenne County) at the American Legion Hall on January 29. Celebrated annually with displays, potluck luncheons, and special programs, Bird City has hosted a Kansas Day Celebration since 1930.
Kansas Day at Dane G Hansen Museum, January 26, Contact: http://hansenmuseum.org
The State Storytelling Festival is held annually in Downs. In 2020, the event will be held on April 24 & 25. 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 annual Hays Arts Council Spring Gallery Walk will be held Friday, April 24, 2020. Enjoy an evening on the Bricks of Downtown Hays where dozens of shops and galleries showcase 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.haysartscouncil.org
Since 1964, the Fort Hays State University Rodeo Club and Team have provided students with valuable opportunities to hone their skills in an arena environment. The Annual FHSU N.I.R.A. Rodeo takes place in April and is an exciting intercollegiate rodeo that attracts around 600 entrants from 26 colleges and universities. Dates for 2020 are April 17 & 18.
“Get Flocked” at the Buzzard Bash to be held in WaKeeney (Trego County) on Saturday, April 25, 2020. The schedule of events include a Fun Run/Walk, KIDS Find the Buzzard, ADULT Find the Egg, Car Show, Craft Fair, Horseshoe and Washers Tournament, Power Wheels Derby, and Street Dance. For information on all events, go to the Trego County Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
The 4th Peony Festival will be held in Stockton on May 16 & 17, 2020. Come watch the parade, view the blooming peony flowers around town, take tours, and lots of other fun. Visit the Stockton Chamber Facebook page @Stockton Area Chamber of Commerce, or call 785-415-2081 and email to email@example.com.
The Fort Wallace Rodeo runs every Memorial Day Weekend with a Saturday performance at 7 pm MDT and a Sunday matinee performance at 2 pm MDT. One of Kansas’ longest-running rodeos, going al the way back to 1954. Full program of rough stock including the Cole Hudson Memorial Saddle-Bronc Event. Fully sanctioned by KPRA, CPRA, NPRA. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children, under 5 free. Fort Wallace Rodeo Grounds, just north of Fort Wallace Museum near mm26 in Wallace, KS. For information call Connie 785.821.1564.
Fort Wallace Cemetery Memorial Day Service; Every Memorial Day at 10 am MDT. Go 1/2 mile east of Fort Wallace Museum, south 1 mile, east 1 mile to the Cemetery. Information; 785.891.3564 or watch Fort Wallace Museum Facebook for weather updates.
The 1st Saturday of June will feature the Phillipsburg Riverless Festival. Events include crafts, food, turtle races and entertainment for all ages. 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 (June 4, 5 & 6, 2021). 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.
The Tri-County Cruisers Car Show is held in Oakley the second Saturday of June. Cars “cruise in” Friday evening. Car show is held on Saturday at the Annie Oakley Park. Show features a $500 poker run. Food and activities at the park.
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 2021, the event will be held June 11, 12, & 13. Check out www.plainvilleks.com 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/.
During the Hays Summer Gallery Walk on June 19, 2020, galleries and shops will open after hours to display local and regional artists’ works. www.haysartscouncil.org.
Stockton will host their Swing into Summer Fest and Car Show (usually the 2nd week of June. Stay tuned for 2021 dates). 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 26th Annual Wild West Festival on July 1-4, 2020, will feature concerts by recording artists A Thousand Horses, Neal McCoy, and rock and roll music. Festivities include a parade, carnival, 5K race, and Fireworks Extravaganza. 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.
Norton Chamber Car Show and Drag Races will be held the second weekend of July in Norton. In 2020, the dates are July 10 and 11. Attracting enthusiasts from 4 states to share their love of classic automobiles, hot rods and automobiles. Friday features a Cruise-In and Party in the Park, and Saturday features the Car Show, followed by the Drag Races in the afternoon at the Norton Municipal Airport. The Saturday show will be held around the courthouse square in the historic downtown. For more information call the Norton Area Chamber of Commerce at 785-877-2501 or visit www.discovernorton.com.
A Tri-State Toy and Collectible Show will be held in Norton on July 14, 2020, with antique toys, trading cards, and collectibles. The event is held at the National Guard Armory, full of vendors. 785-877-2341.
“Trails to Rails – the 150th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Kansas Pacific Railway” – A special Exposition at the Fort Wallace Museum featuring Adventures along Butterfield’s Overland Despatch. Stagecoach rides, re-enactors, entertainment. Saturday, July 13th, 2019. Fort Wallace Museum Grounds, in cooperation with the Butterfield Trail Museum. www.ftwallace.com. 785.891.3564.
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.
Pickin’ on the Plains Bluegrass ‘n Folk Festival will be held at the Thomas County Fairgrounds in Colby July 17-19, 2020. Events include Youth Vocal Contest, Gospel Sing-along, Craft Fair, and food vendors. For more information visit their Facebook page, website, or contact the Colby CVB for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 2021, the celebration will be held July 22, 23 & 24.
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 Ellis County Fair, “Follow the Fairground Road,” runs July 11-18, 2020, and will feature the Ellis County 4-H Livestock Sale and other 4-H activities, concerts, food vendors, carnival, RPM Speedway racing, rodeo and mutton busting, demolition derby, and more. www.elliscountyfair.com
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 110th Annual Trego County Fair kicks off on July 14 and runs through July 18, 2020. The fair features events every evening throughout the fair, including concerts, a barbeque, and the ever popular Muddy Pig Brawl. A new carnival will be featured on the midway – Moore’s Greater Shows. For more information, contact Trego County Fair Facebook Page, www.tregocountyfair.com, or (785) 743-2562.
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.
The annual Jayhawkers’ Roundup Rodeo and Fair is held in Hill City at the Graham County Fairgrounds. In 2020, the fair will be held July 27 through July 29. 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 or contact Heritage Insurance at 785-5434-2448. The Rodeo Parade is held on Saturday at 2 p.m. Decorative floats alongside men and women on horseback fill the streets with hoof beats and hot rods. Contact Phillipsburg Chamber and Main Street at 785-543-2321 or online at www.phillipsburgchambermainstreet.com.
The Phillips 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 http://phillipscountyfair.com.
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.
Herzogfest will celebrate local German Heritage August 7-8, 2020 in Victoria. Activities include a polka Mass, traditional polka music, German songs, and German foods. 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-mail email@example.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 2021 fair will be held August 2-7.
The annual Hays Arts Council Fall Gallery Walk will be held August 28, 2020. Enjoy an evening on The Bricks in Downtown Hays strolling to over a dozen different locations featuring new art exhibits, opening receptions, and a mix of free entertainment. www.haysartscouncil.org
The town of Jennings in Decatur County hosts a Fireman’s Fun Day the 4th Saturday of August. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
A Vintage Car Race & Car Show is held on the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend in Norton. The Kansas Antique Racers Association keeps the history of dirt track racing alive with an exhibition race on the Elmwood Park Speedway along with a vintage race car show in Elmwood Park. For more information call chamber/tourism office, 785-877-2501.
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 Up in Smoke BBQ Cook Off is held the 2nd Saturday in September in Sappa Park in Oberlin (Decatur County). For details, contact email@example.com
The Thunder on the Plains Car, Truck, and Cycle Show is scheduled for September 4 & 5, 2020 in Hays. It’s a weekend of fun the entire family will enjoy, with over 300 of the top custom cars, street rods, sports cars, pickups, 4X4’s, race cars, classics, antiques, and motorcycles competing for top awards! www.thunderontheplainsks.com.
The Annual Great U.S. 36 Highway Treasure Hunt is scheduled for September 18-20 in 2020. 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 vendors in each location. For more information, go to the website at www.ushwy36.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
The 2020 Oktoberfest will be held on October 2-3 at the Municipal Park in Hays. The festival includes various activities and booths that provide authentic German food, crafts, refreshments, beer, and musical entertainment. www.haysoktoberfest.com
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 Oakley Corn Festival and Kansas State Cornhusking Contest, held in Oakley, is an old-fashioned corn husking competition, with eleven divisions and a team event. The 2020 contest will be held the third Saturday of October at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center on US Hwy 83 and 2nd Street. Activities include the Cornhusking Contest, Corn Pile Money Hunt, Pumpkin Carving Contest, Corn Toss Contest, Corn Cook Off, and Saturday Evening Banquet. The 2020 festival will include the National Cornhusking Contest Championship on Sunday. Top huskiers from nine competing states will vie for the national titles in their class. For more information call 785-671-1000 or go to http://www.buffalobilloakley.org/annual-events/kansas-state-cornuhusking.
The Kirwin Old Settler’s Day celebration will be held the first Saturday of October in Downtown Kirwin (Phillips County). Games, food, music, parade, 5K, horse show and demolition derby. For more information, call 785-543-6652, or e-mail email@example.com.
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.
Mark your calendars for the Wallace County BIG Weekend, November 22nd & 23rd! Fri 11/22: Big Boy 4014 Overnights at Sharon Springs as part of a tour commemorating the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad. Sat 11/23: Shop the 35th Annual Last Chance Craft Fair starting at 9am @ the Wallace County High School Gym in Sharon Springs. Sat 11/23: Bring the family out for the Fall Fun Day 2019. Events include: 1pm • Matinee @ the Strand Theater, 3pm • Wallace County Recreation Turkey Trot 5K 3:30pm • Games and more! 5pm • Ministerial Alliance Donation Soup Supper, followed by Smores provided by the Wallace County Fire Dept. Check out the full schedule at https://www.up.com/heritage/steam/schedule/index.htm.
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 the Oakley Chamber of Commerce at 785-672-4862.
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 27 in 2020) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The 70th Annual “Christmas Tree Lighting” in WaKeeney, “The Christmas City of the High Plains” will be held November 28, 2020 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Tree Lighting Ceremony begins at 6:00 pm and features the arrival of Santa Claus. A cherished tradition continues in WaKeeney November 28, 2020 – January 1, 2021. The prairie skies are lit with thousands of lights, fresh greenery, garlands, and handcrafted decorations. Highlighting the holiday display is a magnificent handmade, 35-foot tree of fresh pine greenery. Come and make wonderful memories with us! For more information, contact GetWaKeeney Facebook Page, WaKeeney.org, or (785) 743-8325.
Also in WaKeeney, the Annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, November 28, 2020, 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 Ann Miller, (785) 754-8159; Melissa Sherfick, (785) 743-8149; or Trego Co. Home Based Business Association Facebook Page.
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.
Christmas City of the High Plains – Downtown WaKeeney, December 1 – 31, 2019, Every evening from 5:00 pm – Midnight. “The Christmas City of the High Plains,” a cherished tradition, continues in Downtown WaKeeney during the month of December 2019. WaKeeney lights up the prairie skies with twinkling lights and fresh greenery and garlands during the holidays. Highlighting the holiday display is a magnificent, hand-made 35 ft. tree of fresh pine greenery. The tree rests under a canopy of heavenly blue lights in the middle of the main intersection of Main and Russell Avenue. To complete this Christmas wonderland, a four-square block area around the tree is draped with more greenery; handcrafted wreaths, bells, and stars; and, of course, more lights. This annual tradition began in 1950 and is considered one of the largest displays between Kansas City and Denver. New perimeter lights, which outline the downtown business district, were added last year. Come and make wonderful memories in WaKeeney. For more information, contact GetWaKeeney Facebook Page, WaKeeney.org, or (785) 743-8325.
The Hays Arts Council Winter Gallery Walk will be held Friday, December 4, 2020. Enjoy an evening on the Bricks of Downtown Hays where dozens of shops and galleries showcase art exhibits, opening receptions, and a mix of free entertainment. www.haysartscouncil.org
Christmas Past at Historic Fort Hays takes place at the Fort Hays State Historic Site each December. See how the Fort would have been decorated for Christmas in the late 1800’s. The Fort grounds glow with lanterns and luminaries, and visitors will enjoy seeing living history programs, Father Christmas, caroling, and refreshments. Free admission. In 2020, the event will be held December 4-5. Visit www.visithays.com.
FrostFest is a season of magic in Downtown Hays that includes fun traditions like holiday open houses, Downtown tree lighting, carriage rides, and visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Don’t miss the FrostFest Illuminated Parade on Saturday, December 12, 2020 when parade watchers line up along historic Main Street as lighted floats and even lighted animals pass by. www.downtownhays.com
Wreaths Across America will be held on December 14, 2019, 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: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.