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January

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

February

The Gun & Antique Coin Show will be held a the Phillips County Fairgrounds on February 17 & 18, 2018.  Saturday the show is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For information, contact 785-543-5328 or 785-543-6489.  Sponsored by Border Line Gun Club.

March

A Tri-State Toy and Collectible Show is held in Norton each spring the 3rd  Saturday of March, 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 2018, the event will be held on April 27 & 28.  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 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.  Visit www.visithays.com  or 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 on April 20-22 and is an exciting intercollegiate rodeo that attracts around 600 entrants from 26 colleges and universities. www.visithays.com

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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!

The 3rd Peony Festival will be held in Stockton on May 18 & 19, 2019.  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 stocktonchamber@ruraltel.net.

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June

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 (May 31, June 1 & 2, 2019). 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 2019, the event will be held June 7, 8, & 9.  Check out www.plainvilleks.com for details.

Great Planes on the Great Plains Fly-In at Hays Regional Airport June 9, 2018 will feature the K-State Parachute Club and tandem skydiving! www.visithays.com

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 Summer Gallery Walk on June 15, 2018, galleries and shops will open after hours to display local and regional artists’ works, including a special exhibition by Topeka artists Barbara Waterman-Peters and Larry Peters in the Hays Arts Center. www.haysartscouncil.org.

Stockton will host their Swing into Summer Fest and Car Show June 14 & 15, 2019.  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.

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July

The 24th Annual Wild West Festival on July 4-7, 2018, will feature concerts by recording artists Cody Johnson, Sara Evans, and Hotel California. 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 Classic Cruisers Car Show and Drag Races will be held July 7, 2018 in Norton.  Attracting enthusiasts from 4 states to share their love of classic automobiles, hot rods and muscle cars.  The annual show will be held around the courthouse square in the historic downtown.   Drag Races sponsored by the Chamber follow this show.  For more information call  785-877-3207 or 785-877-2501

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 www.discoveroakley.com/177/Oakley-Area-Events.

Pickin’ on the Plains Bluegrass ‘n Folk Festival will be held at the Thomas County Fairgrounds in Colby July 20-23, 2018.  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 2019, the celebration will be held July 25, 26 & 27.

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, “Summer Days and Country Ways,” runs July 14-21, 2018, and will feature the Ellis County 4H 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 108th Annual Trego County Fair kicks off on July 24 and runs through July 29, 2018.   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 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 3-4 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 info@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 2019 fair will be held August 11-17.

The Dane G. Hansen Arts & Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 9 a.m.  If you enjoy arts and crafts, come and spend a fund Saturday in Logan.  Live music, food, 5K and more.  Visit http://hansenmuseum.org/arts-crafts-fair/ for details.

The annual Fall Gallery Walk in Hays will be held August 24, 2018.  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

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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.

A Vintage Car Race & Car Show is held on the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend in Norton.  In 2018, the dates will be Sept. 1 & 2.  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.

Thunder on the Plains Car, Truck and Cycle Show is scheduled for September 14-15, 2018.  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 21-23 in 2018.  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 or e-mail applefox@ruraltel.net.  Contact Phillips County CVB at 785-543-2321.

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

2018 Volga German Oktoberfest will be held on September 28th at the Municipal Park in Hays. The festival includes various activities and booths that provide food, crafts, refreshments, beer and musical entertainment.

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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 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 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.   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 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 8th Annual Governor’s Ringneck Classic pheasant hunt will be held in Colby and surrounding communities November 15-18, 2018.  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 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 23 in 2018) 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.

68th Annual “Christmas Tree Lighting” in WaKeeney, “the Christmas City of the High Plains” will be held November 24, 2018.  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 24 until January 2, 2018.  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 24, 2018, 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

The wreaths are hung, the white lights twinkle, and frost is in the air; Frostfest that is. Frostfest is a season of magic in Downtown Hays that kicks off with Holiday Open Houses. Following the open houses, numerous holiday-oriented family activities are planned including the Annual Tree Lighting. Carriage Rides, free hot chocolate and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus are a fun tradition at this event. Carriage Rides down the brick roads of Downtown Hays are hosted on Thursdays in December. This magical time of the year is highlighted with the Annual Frostfest Illuminated Parade on December 15. Thousands of parade watchers line up along our historic Main Street as dozens of lighted floats and even lighted animals pass them by. Organizations also serve hot chocolate and sweet goodies during the evening.  www.visithays.com

Wreaths Across America will be held on December 15, 2018, 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: hgoff@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 www.discoveroakley.com/177/Oakley-Area-Events.

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