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Events last updated 8/25/2014

January

The Orange and Black Classic Invitational Basketball Tournament will be held in Colby at the Community Building and Colby High School January 16-18, 2014.  Contact the Colby CVB for more information at cvb@thomascounty.com.

Kansas Day Celebration is held in Bird City (Cheyenne County) at the American Legion Hall on January 29, 2015.
Celebrated annually with displays, potluck luncheons, and special programs, Bird City has hosted a Kansas Day Celebration since 1930.

February

The Annual Wedding Showcase that is held at the Hays Mall, is a great way for Brides and Grooms to meet with photographers, videographers, DJ's, caterers and a variety of other wedding vendors to help them plan their special day.  The event is scheduled for February 1, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m..  For more information go to www.ShopHaysMall.com

March

Colby will also host a Gun, Coin, & Antique Show on March 8 & 9 in 2014.  Contact Colby CVB 785-460-7643.  They will also play host to the annual Home, Garden & Better Living Show on March 21-23, 2014.  This show will also be held at the Colby Community Building. Times are from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Contact KXXX-KQLS Radio, 785-462-3305.

The Hays Daily News Home & Garden Show will be held in The Mall, 2918 Vine, from 10 am-6 pm on March 15 & 16, 2014.  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.

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April 

The High Plains Artfest will be held at the Gateway Civic Center in Oberlin (Decatur County) on April 25-27, 2014.  The event brings together amateur and professional artists from the tri-state region (NE Colorado, SW Nebraska, NW Kansas) for a show and sale.  The event will include a limited number of high school seniors and juniors from within the tri-state region at no charge. Purchase patron gala reception planned Friday night with music, hors d' oeuvres, first chance to view and buy art work from eight different categories and vote on "Best of Show."  Contact Connie Grafel, 785-475-2901 or e-mail o-daedc@oberlinkansas.gov.  

The State Storytelling Festival is held annually in Downs.  In 2014, the event will be held on April 25 & 26.  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 Colby Art Walk will be held in Downtown Colby on April 18, 2014.  Art and refreshments are in the business locations.  Contact Colby CVB 785-460-7643 or cvb@thomascounty.com.

The annual Spring Gallery Walk in Hays will be held April 25, 2014.  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  

“Step through th’ mists o’ time.”   Experience Th’ Gatherin’  “faer yerself” on May 3, 2014.   This Celtic celebration of May Days features a Celtic clan gathering which includes athletic competitions of Highland Games for young and old, men and women; a Celtic Feast;  and Celtic musicians and vendors.   Th’ Gatherin’ is held at the Trego County Fairgrounds in WaKeeney.   For more information check www.thgatherin.com; info@thgatherin.com, or on Facebook.

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

Enjoy A Day on the Farm at the Blue Sky Miniature Horse Farm located just north of Hays on May 4, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  A special day on the farm set up for tours so visitors can see the miniature horses, learn how the horses are trained, enjoy cart rides and see the ribbon and trophy room.  Entertainment, crafts, hay wagon rides, and horsemanship demonstrations.  For more information, call 785-625-6725 or visit their website at www.blueskyhorses.com

The 31st Annual Early Rod Run held in Atwood (Rawlins County) the third weekend of May, is for car enthusiasts all over the country.  There are drag races, a BBQ, and general hometown hospitality.  The entertainment begins on Friday evening and then lasts until noon on Sunday with the awards presentation.  Events take place in Downtown Atwood on 4th Street.  In 2013, the event will be held on May 17-19.  Many special events are planned for this special anniversary year.  Find out details at http://atwoodrodrun.com/.

The 2014 Cruise, Shoes, and BBQ's will take place in Grainfield (Gove County) Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25. Events for the days include a car show, horseshoe tournament, BBQ competition and buffet, beer garden, sand volleyball tournament, and dance.  Entry forms will be available at http://www.lovesmalltownamerica.com/grainfieldks_gcdc.php by April.  You can also contact Nicole Godek at 785-673-4219 or by e-mail at nicole@LoveSmallTownAmerica.com

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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 Phillipsburg Area Chamber of Commerce at 785-543-2321 for more 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 2014, the event will be held June 13, 14, & 15.  Check these Plainville websites for events schedules and updates:  www.plainvilleks.com, www.plainvillesaddleclub.com or www.plainvillerodeo.com.  

The Lenora Jubilee will be held on June 20 & 21, 2014.  This will be a fun-filled time for the entire family. Events include a 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 13 & 14, 2014.  The event begins with a Cruise Night on the 13th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The car show on the 14th begins with registration at 8 a.m.  Awards will be given at 4 p.m.  More than 90 awards available.  .  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 Annual Wild West Festival will be held in Hays (Ellis County) July 3-6 in 2014.  This event features live entertainment, fireworks, 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 or  www.haysusa.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.

The annual Classic Cruisers Car Show will be held in downtown Norton on the courthouse square on July 12. Enter your car or just come to see the variety of vehicles on display. For more information, see www.discovernorton.com

Blues music and the smell of BBQ fill the air as Hays celebrates another "Hot Weekend" of bargains with the annual Blues, BBQ and Bargains on July 18-20, 2014.   Savor the local barbeque and listen to great blues music while browsing for bargains at sidewalk sales downtown and at The Mall.  You'll find sporting goods, furniture, home decor accessories, cosmetics, jewelry, shoes, clothing, inspirational items, handbags, quilting supplies, crafts, scrapbooking supplies and more!  785-621-4171 or www.DowntownHays.com

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 18-20, 2014.  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 2014, the celebration will be held July 26 & 27.

The Wallace County Fair and Home-Owned Carnival will be held in Sharon Springs the last weekend of July.

The annual Jayhawkers' Roundup Rodeo and Fair is held in Hill City at the Graham County Fairgrounds. In 2014, the fair is Friday, July 25th with Tuff Trux that evening, then Saturday, July 26th is the concert, and July 27 is the start of the inflatable carnival and also family night.  The Annual PRCA Jayhawker Roundup Rodeo will begin Monday, July 28 and continue nightly through Wednesday, July 30 at 8:00 each evening. 

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 104th Annual Trego County Fair kicks off on July 29 and runs through August 4, 2014.   August 2 features many events including the Trego County Fair Parade, the Talent Show sponsored by the Trego Arts Council, the TCHS All School /Reunion, the carnival on the midway, and a free dance.   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.

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August

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.  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 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 32nd Annual Herzogfest will be held in Victoria on August 8 & 9, 2014.  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-mail info@nwksfair.com for more details.

The Decatur County Home-owned Carnival is the biggest drawing card for the annual county fair to be held August 5-9, 2014. The carnival has expanded in both rides, games and concessions each year and was the first home-owned carnival in Kansas.  Nightly grandstand events.

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 2015 fair will be held August 10-15.

Adam’s Apple Festival – Come to Lucas, KS and enjoy the Adam’s Apple Festival. You will find craft booths, Truck & ATV mud run, Kiddie Tractor Pedal Pull, Fun Run, kids games and more. Contact the Lucas Chamber office at 785-525-6288 or lucascoc@wtciweb.com for more information.  In 2014, this event will be held on August 23.

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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 Hansen Arts & Crafts Fair will be held on the plaza lawn of the Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum on  Saturday, September 20, 2014.   This Logan, KS event will feature crafters, live musical entertainment, food vendors, chain saw artist, kid's amusements, antique tractor show and more.  For more information, contact Shirley Henrickson at 785-689-4846 or visit www.hansenmuseum.org

The 33rd Annual Mini Sappa Antique Thresher & Engine Show will be held September 20-21, 2014, at the Decatur County Fairgrounds in Oberlin, KS. The event features a car, tractor, stationary engine and quilt show; garden tractor pull; hog roast; parades; antique farm machinery demonstrations; vendor market; free model train rides; and more! For more information visit www.minisappashow.com or contact the club president at 785-626-3315.

The 6th Annual Great U.S. 36 Highway Treasure Hunt is scheduled for September 19, 20, 21 in 2014.  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 Hays Oktoberfest is an annual celebration of the Germans from Russia's heritage in Ellis County.  The event is held at Frontier Park on the Friday before the Fort Hays State University Homecoming.  The festival includes various activities and booths that provide food, crafts, refreshments, beer and musical entertainment.  In 2014, the event will be held on October 10.  www.haysocktoberfest.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 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 1st Annual 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.

The 4th Annual Governor’s Ringneck Classic pheasant hunt will be held in Scott City and surrounding communities November 13-15, 2014.  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.

64th Annual "Christmas Tree Lighting" in WaKeeney, "the Christmas City of the High Plains" will be held November 29, 2014.  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 29 until January 1, 2015.  For more information, visit www.wakeeney.org or call toll free 1-877-962-7248.

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December

Frostfest will be held in Hays December 5 & 6, 2014.  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 Saturday December 6th at 5:30 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.   

Visit WaKeeney, “the Christmas City of the High Plains,” any evening in December and enjoy the largest Christmas display between Kansas City and Denver.   This holiday wonderland features a 35-foot tree of fresh greenery with more fresh greenery and garlands, thousands of twinkling lights, and handcrafted Christmas decorations throughout the downtown.area.   It has been a tradition since 1950 when the first display was lit.   Visit www.wakeeney.org or call toll free 1-877-962-7248 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.

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.

On December 7, 2014, the historic Cathedral of the Plains in Victoria will host the Christmas Concert in the Cathedral, 900 Cathedral Ave., featuring several local choirs and musical groups.  The concerts are at 3:30 & 6:30 p.m.  Free admission!  Contact 785-628-4533 for more information.     

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