Food events

Kansans celebrate with food. Food festivals and events dot the state. The collection was reported and gathered by Rachael Heck, a 2010 graduate of K-State, as part of her honors project. She also developed the Heritage Recipe Project to go into schools.

The list is not comprehensive. Double check before gassing up the car and hitting the road. Contact people, dates and activities change from year to year. If you have additions or corrections, we want them. Please send to foodways@ksu.edu.

Anderson

Title: Anderson County Corn Festival
When: September
Where: Garnett
History: Anderson County Corn Festival celebrates the local agricultural heritage, and specifically, the value of corn.  The Anderson County Corn Festival honors the Kansas farmer during the festival of “corn, music and fun.”
Website: http://www.acornfest.com

Atchison

Title: Atchison Elks BBQ State Championship
When: 2nd weekend in September
Where: Atchison, Independence Park
Contact: 913-426-1036

Barber

Title: Merchant’s Christmas Open House
When: November
Where: Medicine Lodge, KS
History: Parade/Raffle/Contests/Santa/Sales/Carriage Rides/Chili feed/ Toy Run
Website: http://www.barbercounty.net/medicinelodgechanberevents.html

Barton

Title: Cinco de Mayo
When: May
Where: Downtown Great Bend; Layfayette Park
History: Hispanic community comes together with entertainment, outstanding food and a colorful parade in Great Bend’s downtown area.
Contact: Steve Wolf 620-793-8363

Title: Winter Q
When: 1st weekend in Feb
Where: Expo I, Great Bend KS
History: BBQ & Appetizer Contest
Contact: Kent Romine 620-793-2985
Website: www.kansaswinterq.com

Title: Fall Czech Festival
When: Annually in October
Where: Downtown Great Bend; Lafayette Park
History: Republic County celebrates their heritage with a festival at the Munden Community Hall with a potluck dinner, a program and a polka dance.  Door prizes given.

Bourbon

Title: Taste of Fort Scott
When: Oct. 17
Where: Liberty Theatre, Fort Scott
History: For several years this event has occurred…area restaurants and caterers are invited to come in with samples of their wares.  Wine and beer tasting.
Contact: Vicki Pritchett, fschamber@fortscott.com
Website: www.fortscott.com

Brown

Title: Kickapoo Pow Wow
When: July
Where: Horton
History: Native American arts and crafts with food booths
Website: http://ktik-nsn.gov/home.htm

Butler

Title: Grasshopper Festival
When: June
Where: Augusta
History: Games, contests, concerts.  Curbside food & craft vendors.  Name is from time in Augusta’s past when town almost died after a plague of grasshoppers.

Chase

Title: Biker Breakfast
When: First and third  Sunday of every month
Where: Cottonwood Falls
Website: http://www.emmachasecafe.com/biker_breakfast.htm

Title: Flint Hills Folklife Festival
When: June
Where: Cottonwood Falls
History: Historical presenters in period dress demonstrate the skills necessary for pioneers to live and work in the mid-1800s.  Items produced at the festival will be for sale.  Presenters in previous years have included basket maker, soap maker, a black smith, wood carver, furniture maker, quilter, zither player, root beer maker, roap making, potter, weaver and musicians.
Website: http://www.flinthillsfolklifefestival.com/details.htm

Cheyenne

Title: Stearman Fly-in
When: 2nd Saturday in June
Where: St. Francis
History: During the weekend of the Fly-In, weather permitting, between 85 and 125 aircraft fly into Cheyenne County Airport, including 11-17 Stearmans coming from as far as California and Florida.  Skydivers make numerous jumps, including tandems, balloons fly in the early morning (with good weather), and there is plenty of good food to go around.  The first annual Stearman Fly-In was held in 1983.
Website: http://www.stfranciskansas.com/things/special%20events.asp#kansasday

Title: Farmers Market
When: Saturdays from May to September
Where: St. Francis
History: Usually three to six home gardeners and a pork producer sell their home-grown products in the park from 8 to 11:30 a.m. or until supply runs out.  In 2002, Rick and Elolce Pettijohn, along with other fellow gardeners, organized the Farmer’s Market.  It provides a way for local gardeners and producers to sell their excess crops to people who do not have a garden.
Website: http://www.stfranciskansas.com/things/special%20events.asp#kansasday

Title: Kansas Day
When: January
Where: Bird City
History: The day’s activities include displays, potluck luncheons and special programs.  The first anniversary of statehood celebrated in Cheyenne County was sponsored by the Mother’s Circle of the Methodist Church on Jan. 29, 1930.  In 1935 a set of by-laws was accepted by the Kansas Day organization.  The purpose of the organization is to promote and maintain proper observance of Kansas Day in Cheyenne County.  There has only been one occasion when the Kansas Day celebration was  not held: on January 29, 1958 a blizzard made it impossible.
Website: http://www.stfranciskansas.com/things/special%20events.asp#kansasday

Clark

Title: Annual Groundhog Supper
When: February 2nd
Where: Ashland, Methodist Church
Website: http://www.ashlandks.com/cal.html

Clay

Title: Annual Pancake Supper
When: February 24th, 5-7pm
Where: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Clay Center, KS
History: Chamber of Commerce Event
Website: http://www.claycenterkschamber.org/events/index.htm

Title: Weekly Community Coffee
When: Every Wednesday from 8-9am
Where: Dducation Room at the Clay County Medical Center
History: The Chamber of Commerce hosts a Community Forum Coffee every Wednesday morning from 8:00 am – 9am at the Education Room at the Clay County Medical Center, 617 Liberty St.  The Education Room is located on the second floor just above the Wellness Center.  The public is warmly invited to come learn about community issues directly from those involved.
Website: http://www.claycnterkschamber.org/coffee/index.htm

Cloud

Title: Clyde Watermelon Festival
When: End of August
Where: Clyde
History: Celebrating the watermelon which, for more than 100 years, has been a choice crop that could easily be shipped by rail.
Website: www.clydekansas.org

Coffey

Title: Wild Blue BBQ Cook-off
When: 3rd Friday and Saturday in July
Where: Burlington, KS
History:  In 2005, local county fair boards were asked to do something special in observance of 125th anniversary of 4-H.  Board members and extension members agreed and thus was born the Coffey County Cook-off. Then changed into cook-off for scholarship money.  This educational scholarship fundraising event continues to grow with more cook-off participants, new activities and entertainment, and community involvement each year.
Website: http://www.wildbluebbq.org

Cowley

Title: “Going to the Birds Country Style” Benefit
When: Annually at end of March
Where: Arkansas City
History: Barbecue, music, fellowship with proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity.
Website: http://www.arkcity.org/CurrentEvents.aspx?EID=1039

Title: Smokin’ Behind the Barn
When: September
Where: Winfield Quail Valley Fun Barn
History: Barbeque Cook-off is sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society. Bluegrass bands entertain. Vendors sell arts and crafts and area car clubs display antique cars.
Website: http://www.smokinbehindthebarn.com

Title: Annual Dexter BBQ
When: July
Where: Dexter
Website: http://www.winfieldks.org/CurrentEvents.asp?EID=798

Title: Great Cowley Duck Dash
When: May
Where: Spring Hill Farm, Arkansas City
History: Gourmet picnic following race.
Website: http://www.arkcity.org/CurrentEvents.aspx?EID=1038

Title: Winfield Lions Club Annual Soup Supper
When: January
Where: Winfield
Website: http://www.winfieldks.org/CurrentEvents.asp?EID=1462

Title: Annual Train Show and Chili Supper
When: January
Where: Arkansas City
History: Proceeds will go to Mosaic summer camp to benefit campers from around the state.
Website: http://www.arkcity.org/CurrentEvents.aspx?EID=1000

Title: Winfield Habitat for Humanity Annual Chili & Soup Supper
When: January
Where: Winfield
Website: http://www.winfieldks.org/CurrentEvents.asp?EID=1460

Title: Kanza Days
When: May
Where: Downtown Winfield
History: Kanza Parade, Main Street’s Lunch on the Street, a pie-eating contest, poker run, dodgeball tournament, kids’ activities, musical entertainment, pony rides and chuckwagon dining
Website: http://www.winfieldks.org/CurrentEvents.asp?EID=1467

Crawford

Title: Festa Italiana
When: Annually in September
Where: Frontenac
History: Festa Italiana started in 1999 as a small Italian food and heritage festival and has grown to now include food and music from about a dozen nationalities represented in this community.  Cooks sell samples of their best ancestral or ethnic recipes, while local musical groups perform.  The festival grows every year, and now attracts thousands of hungry visitors, who appreciate the festival yet relaxed atmosphere as they make their choices from the food tents then gather on picnic blankets or tables, and enjoy entertainment.  Many families cook up as much food as they can and offer samples to all those in attendance.  Sample a wide variety of delicacies only available once a year.  Proceeds go to the Frontenac Education Foundation to be used as scholarships for graduating seniors.  A silent auction and bingo games round out the event.
Website: http://visitcrawfordcounty.com/signature_events/community_celebrations.html

Title: Little Balkans Days
When: Labor Day Weekend
Where: Pittsburg
History: Held annually on Labor Day Weekend, the history, heritage, art and culture that is unique to Southeast Kansas in relationship to the Balkans region in Europe is celebrated.  Events begin on Friday with a senior King-Queen Coronations, a Big Band Swing Dance and Cruise Night.  Saturday features, arts and craft vendors, food vendors, car and motorcycle show, quilt show, doll show, model train show, carnival and rides, train rides on 1950s era coaches, homemade pie contest, chili-off, salsa cook-off, buffalo wing competition, homemade wine competition and model plane exhibition, live music on the main stage with a headlining act providing music for the large street dance and a second live music stage featuring polka music.  The Gorilla Century 100-mile bike ride form Pittsburg, through Cherokee and Crawford Counties and back to Pittsburg is held in conjunction with Little Balkans Days.
Website: http://visitcrawfordcounty.com/signature_events/community_celebrations.html

Dickinson

Title: Annual Eisenhower Virgil Opening and Birthday Dinner
When: May
Where: Eisenhower Chapel and Library Courtyard, Abilene
Website: http://www.abilenekansas.org/Events.aspx

Title: Chisholm Trail Days Festival
When: First Saturday in October
Where: Heritage Center, Dickinson County Historical Society grounds, Abilene
History: Each year this event celebrates the early days of Abilene, the final stop on the Chisholm Trail.  Foods from those early days are part of the event that includes other historical exhibits.  Food events include: Apples are peeled and pressed into apple cider, The process of molasses is shown, with a horse turning a mechanism that mashes sugar cane or sorghum, them the syrup is boiled in huge pots to produce the molasses.  Pioneer re-enactors cook supper and bake pies over and open camp fire. Bread is baked in a wood-burning stove’s oven in a log cabin.
Contact: Jeff Sheets, director
Dickinson County Historical Society heritagecenterdk@sbcglobal.net
Or Cecilia Harris  ceciliaharris@eaglecom.net
Website: www.heritagecenterdk.com

Douglas

Title: “Taste of Lawrence” Fall Mixer
When: September
Where: Lawrence
History: The Chamber’s Fall Mixer is held annually in September to honor educators by highlighting the Lawrence Education Achievement Partnership (LEAP) and celebrating the beginning of a new school year.  With the “Taste of Lawrence” food festival format and outdoor atmosphere, this is one of the most popular events of the chamber year.  The Chamber event features the theme “A Taste of Lawrence”.  Attendees sample delicious food from 30 area restaurants, caterers and specialty shops.  Joining Chamber members will be educators from area schools, including Lawrence, Eudora, Baldwin and Lecompton school districts, as well as the University of Kansas, Haskell Indian Nations University, Baker University.  Also invited are educators from St. John Veritas Christian.

Edwards

Title: Irish Heritage 2nd Annual Wine Tasting/Box Supper
When: January
Where; Mulligan’s (restaurant) – Edwards county
History: Mulligan’s at 6 PM – Call Edie at 388-5288 for reservations
Website: http://www.edwardscounty.org

Elk

Title: Elk River Festival
When: September
Where: Howard
History:  Previous year, the festival began with a breakfast of biscuits and gravy the Cox Building followed by chili cooking, cake walk following, parade, chili cook-off tasting and a pet show contest.  Other activities have included bingo, horseshoe pitching, kids games, women’s pancake race, an ice cream freeze-off tasting and talent show. During the afternoon The Benson museum is be open from 4 to 5 p.m. for free tours.  At 5:30 pm the barbeque dinner was served on the courthouse lawn with a charge of $7 for adults and children 10 and under for free.
Website: http://www.taylornews.org/pst/2008/09/25/elk-river-festival-scheduled-for-sept-27/

Ellis

Title: Riverfest
When: June
Where: Ellis, KS
History: Our annual cut loose, good time before the dog days of summer begin to take hold of our little part of the world.  Vendors from all over converge with all kinds of food from Buffalo Burgers to German Sausage and Kraut.  Other vendors display and sell their goods and crafts or serve up the best handmade, genuine lemon-aid!  Riverfest is going back to the history of Ellis and how we got our dot on the map.
Website: http://www.ellischamberofcommerce.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=44&Itemid=553

Title: Annual Soup-R-Bowl Food Festival
Where: Ellis County Fairgrounds, Hays
When: January 31, 2010
History: Annual Soup-R-Bowl Food Festival will be held January 31, 2010 at the Ellis County Fairgrounds in Hays.  Your $7 ticket allows you to sample 15 different types of soups and vote for your favorite chef.  Call 785-625-5252 for information.
Website: http://www.northwestkansas.org/nwk_special_events.htm

Ellsworth

Title: Ellsworth County Medical Center Auxiliary 19th Annual Spaghetti Supper, Raffle and Silent Auction
When: November
Where: Ellsworth County – American Legion Hall
Website: http://www.ellsworthkschamber.net/events.htm

Title: Ellsworth County Historical Society Annual Spaghetti Supper
When: March
Where: Fort Harker Commanding Officer’s Quarters, Ellsworth County
Website: http://www.ellsworthkschamber.net/events.htm

Title: United Methodist Church Annual Bazaar and Soup Supper
When: November
Where: Ellsworth County –Fellowship Hall
Website: http://www.ellsworthkschamber.net/events.htm

Finney

Title: Tet Nguyen-Dan / The New Year
When: January-February
Where: Garden City
History: The people of Vietnam use the Chinese calendar system, based on the moon and celebrate when their new year of Tet, starts at the second new moon after the beginning of winter, usually between January and February 20th.  The Garden City Vietnamese community organizes an event to celebrate Tet that includes performances by the Dragon Dancers, fan and umbrella dancers, singing, and other entertainment.  A huge buffet of traditional Vietnamese food is served.  Children attending the festivities receive gifts of money called li xi (lie see) which comes in small red envelopes.  This is a fun, energetic and educational event!
Website:  http://www.gardencitychamber.net/convention-tourism-bureau/attractions/discover-the-world.html

Title: Octoberfest Supper, Raffle and Silent Auction
When: Last Weekend in September
Where: Garden City, KS
History: During the 1920’s, the first Germans from Russia immigrants began arriving in Finney County seeking jobs in the sugar beet industry.  A large majority of them stayed and prospered adding another depth to our rich heritage.  To celebrate, the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic based organization, serves up a superb German meal for the public.  Other activities have included games for children, beer tasting and beer garden and two nights of live bands.  This event is generally held the last weekend of September.
Website: http://www.gardencitychamber.net/convention-tourism-bureau/attractions/discover-the-world.html

Title: Annual Beef Empire Days
When: End of May, first of June
Where: Garden City, KS
History: Chuckwagon breakfast/Chuckwagon in the park- much more info on event website
Website: http://www.beefempiredays.com/index.html

Title: Fiesta!
When: September weekend near 16th
Where: Garden City
History: In the early 1900s, Hispanic immigrants came to the Garden City area to work in the sugar beet field and on the railroad.  As a way to bring their community together and preserve part of their cultural tradition, they organized the first Mexican Fiesta in the early 1920s.  Fiesta is a celebration of the day the battle of independence from Spain began on September 16, 1810.  Fiesta is now celebrated on the weekend nearest that date.  Activities include a queen coronation, parade, a festival with food, dancing, music and piñata in Stevens Park and a community dance.
Website: http://www.gardencitychamber.net/convention-tourism-bureau/attractions/discover-the-world.html

Ford

Title: Dodge City Days BBQ Contest
When: 1st Saturday of Dodge City Days (usually last Saturday in July)
Where: Wright Park, Dodge City
History: Sanctioned by Kansas City BBQ Society as an official cook-off and entering its 18th year of the best BBQ in S.W. KS!  Public invited to sample.  Live band and fun for kids.  Backyard BBQ sponsored by 93.9 the Buzzard.

Franklin

Title: Pomona Days
Where: Pomona
When: July
History: Sponsored by the Pomona Lions Club at the city park, the 2-day event begins with hot dogs, hamburgers and bingo on Friday. Richter Church sponsors annual smorgasbord “Old Fashioned Country Breakfast” at the Pomona Community Building, 219 West “A” Street, Saturday morning followed by an afternoon parade.
Website: http://www.pononaks.com/misc/POMONA_DAYS_07.pdf

Title: Ol’ Mary’s Chili Cook-off
Where: Rantoul
When: September
Website: http://www.ottawakansas.org/Annual-Events.54.0.html

Title: Pome on the Range Fall Festival
Where: Williamsburg
When: October
History: The Pome on the Range Orchard’s Fall Festival includes food vendors (hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, homemade pie), kettle corn, fresh apple cider, kids activities (games), Grandpa Pokey the balloon clown, horse-drawn wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, Moon Walk and Jungle Maze.
Website: http://www.pomeontherange.com/fallfest.html

Title: Jayhawker Days
Where: Williamsburg
When: June
History: Patriotic songs, cowboy chuckwagon supper and entertainment are part of the free event.
Website: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-7341986.html

Title: Old West Cowboy Days
When: June
Where: Forest Park, Ottawa
History: Cattle drive down main street Ottawa, western art, petting zoo, old west re-enactors, stock dog demonstrations, Dutch oven cook offs, cowboy poetry, and much more!
Website: http://www.oldwestcowboydays.com

Geary

Title: Friends and Neighbors Soup supper
When: March
Where: Rock Springs 4-H Center; Junction City
History: For 11 years, this free event has showcased the center and served homemade chili, potato soup and cinnamon rolls to community friends and neighbors.  The soup supper takes place in William’s Dining Hall.
Website: http://www.junctioncity.org/CurrentEvents.asp?EID=289

Title: Breakfast with Books
When: May
Where: Junction City
History: Annual event features favorite featuring stories and breakfast bites.
Website: http://www.junctioncity.org/CurrentEvents.asp?EID=268

Title: Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch
Where: Junction City
When: May
History: Riley’s Conference Center plays host to its annual Mother’s Day Brunch This event is open to the public.
Website: http://www.junctioncity.org/CurrentEvents.asp?EID=290

Title: 5th Annual Junction Function
Where: Junction City
When: October 23
History: Costumes, celebrity waiters, silent and live auctions highlight this event sponsored by the Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce.
Website:  http://www.junctioncity.org/CurrentEvents.asp?EID=186

Title: Buffalo BBQ
Where: Milford
When: September
History: The food event and membership drive is sponsored by Friends of Milford, Milford Nature Center, & Milford State Park. Menu includes buffalo burger, polish sausage or hot dog, baked beans, potato salad and/or chips, homemade desserts, and soda. Raffles and entertainment included. Proceeds benefit the Milford groups.
Website: http://www.junctioncity.org/CurrentEvents.asp?EID=219

Graham

Title: Morland Lions Club Mother’s Day Dinner
When: May 10
Where: Morland Fire Station
History: The menu will include beef, pork, mashed potatoes, vegetables, salads and strawberry shortcake.
Website: http://discoverhillcity.com/Document.aspx?mode=1&id=1934

Grant

Title: Grant County Home Products Dinner
When: The third Tuesday in September
Where: Grant County Civic Center in Ulysses
History: 1940s representative bragged about using food grown in Grant County to prepare a meal.
Contact: Grant County Chamber of Commerce at (620) 356-4700 or Marieta Hauser –  gcccdir@pld.com
Website: www.ulyssuschamber.org

Greeley

Title: Annual Christmas Tea
Where: Horace
When: December
History: Horace Greeley Museum opens its doors for an annual Christmas Tea.  In addition to special exhibits and refreshments, live entertainment is heard throughout the old courthouse building.  The Greeley County Historical Society hosts a bake sale, and all proceeds help with repairs and renovations on the building.  The Horace Greeley Museum pays tribute to the experiences, livelihoods, and characters of Greeley County history through a variety of exhibits and mementos.  It is operated by members of the Greeley County Historical Society whose goals is to preserve area history.  The museum is open every Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 4p.m. and at other times by appointment.  For more information, contact the Horace Greeley Museum at (620) 376-4996.
Website: http://www.greeleycounty.org/events.html

Greenwood

Title: Madison Fall Fest
Where: Madison
When: October
History: Costume contest, parade, sloppy joe feed, food sales, and arts and crafts.
Website: http://www.madisonkschamber.org/index_files/Page512.htm

http://kansasflinthills.travel/events/madison_fall_fest

Hamilton

Title: Fall Classic and Antique Fly-in
Where: Syracuse
When: October
History: Planes begin flying in at the Hamilton County Airport.  Chili Cook-off and hamburgers served.  Call the Chamber of Commerce, (620) 384-5459.
Website: http://www.syracusekschamber.com/pages/events.htm

Harper

Title: 105th Annual Anthony Downs Races
Where: Anthony
When: Two July weekends
History: the 105th running will include a Kansas City BBQ Society Cook-Off.
Website: http://www.anthonydownsraces.com/home.html

Title: 12th Annual Sunflower Balloon Fest
Where: Anthony
When: May on Mother’s Day weekend.
History: Event includes a Dutch oven feed.
Website: http://www.sunflowerballoonfest.org

Harvey

Title: Taste of Newton
When: 1st Thursday in October
Where: Main Street of Newton
Contact: Newton Chamber of Commerce

Hodgeman

Title: 4th Annual Hodgeman County Buckner Fall Festival
Where: Hodgeman
When: October 4
Website: www.hodgeman.ksu.edu/DesktopModules/ViewDocument.aspx>DocumentID=11146

Jackson

Title: Fall Fest
When: October
Where: Downtown Holton
History: Started as a chili cook-off and has grown to soups as well.  Also have salsa competition and jalapeño eating contest.
Contact: Katie Ingels
Website: www.holtonks.net/chamber

Jefferson

Title: McLouth BBQ Blowout
Where: McLouth
When: June
History: KCBS sanctioned event with a top prize of $1,000 plus a trophy and a ribbon.  The winner qualifies for the American Royal Invitational Championship and a slot into the entry pool to Jack Daniels BBQ Championship.  Concessions about with breakfast items, home pies, and cookers share their sample (free meat will be given to cookers for a give away).  Began in 2000.
Website: http://www.mclouthbbq.com

Jewell

Title: Campfire Cookoff
Where: Lovewell Lake
When: August
Website: http://www.kansas-outdoorsman-guide.com/lovewell-lake-kansas.html

http://www.ushwy36.com/jewell.htm

Johnson

Title: Spinach Festival
When: September
Where: Sar-ks-Par-Trails Park
History: 25th Annual.  Lenexa was hailed as the “Spinach Capital of the World” during the 1930s.  Belgian farmers grew spinach in the Lenexa area and shipped it by rail.  Sponsored by 94.9 FM

Title: Kansas Travel, Adventure, and Culinary Experience
When: March
Where: Overland Park
History: Travel and culinary exhibits, celebrity chefs, demos, entertainment

Title: Taste of Leawood
When: June
Where: Leawood City Hall Courtyard
History: 2009 was 12th annual event featuring live music and samples of food and beverages from area restaurants.
Contact: Stephanie Scholfild; 913-498-1514
Website: leawoodchamber.org

Title: Tonganoxie Days
Where: Tonganoxie
When: June 13
History: Chainsaw carving, art show, flea market, BBQ contest, car and truck show, 10K run & more
Website: http://www.tonganoxiedays.com/

Kingman

Title: Annual After Hours Mixer
Where: Kingman
When: May
Website: http://www.kingmancc.com/newsletters/05_2008.pdf

http://skyways.lib.ks.us/towns/Kingman/chamber.html

Kiowa

Title: Kiowa County 4th of July Celebration
When: July 4
Where: Mullinville
History: Lineup usually includes softball tournament, car and motorcycle show, carnival, cake walk, helicopter rides, bingo, cow patty bingo, duck race, hamburger fry, ice cream bars, DJ music, beer garden and fireworks.
Website: http://www.greensburgks.org/events/kiowa-county-4th-of-july-celebration/

Labette

Title: Annual Katy Days Festival
Where: Parsons, KS
When: May 23-25
History:  Celebration of the MKT railroad history, Model railroad show, sanctioned BBQ contest, horse parade, music, entertainment, craft demonstrators, and train rides.  Fri 5-10pm; Sat 8am-11pm; Sun 8am-5pm.
Website: http://www.lasr.net/travel/city.php?Parsons&Kansas&&City_ID=KS0609016&Event_ID=KS0609016e001&VE=Y

http://www.katydays.com/schedule.htm

Lane

Title: Annual Valentine’s Spaghetti Banquet
Where: Dighton
When: February 14
Website: http://www.dightonkansas.com/events.php

Leavenworth

Title: Lansing DAZE and Brew, Blues, and Bar-B-Q Cook-off
Where: Lansing
When: First Friday in May
History: Festival features a fun day of family activities, entertainment, displays, crafts, a barbecue cook-off and food.  It ends with a dance and a grand fireworks display at the north end of Towne Center.
Website:  http://www.lansing.ksus/index.aspx?nid=4

Lincoln

Title: Post Rock Fall Festival
Where: Lincoln
When: Saturday of Labor Day weekend
History: Activities begin Friday night and continue with ice cream freeze-off, parade, dog show, and talent show.
Website: http://www.lincolnkansaschamber.com/Calendar.html

Linn

Title: La Cygne Festival
Where: La Cygne
When: September
History: 3-day carnival, Chris Cakes breakfast, BBQ Smoke Off, parade, horse tournament, bingo, Bessie Bingo, mud volleyball, greased pig context, baby contest, talent show, hot air balloon rides, dance, food and vendor booths.
Website: http://cityoflacygne.org/currentevents.html

Logan

Title: Kansas State Corn Husking Contest
Where: Oakley
When: Second Weekend in October
History: Old-fashioned corn husking competition with 11 divisions and a team event.  VIP Corn Cook-Off is on Friday and the husking contest on Saturday.  Contact the Oakley Area Chamber of Commerce for more details at 785-672-4862 or oakleycc@st-tel.net
Website: http://www.northwestkansas.org/nwk_special_events.htm

Lyon

Title: Flint Hills Beef Fest
Where: Lyon County Fairgrounds, Emporia
When: August
History: Flint Hills Beef Fest, celebrating its 23rd year this year. Steak dinner served on Saturday night.  Contact Shelly Wiggins 620-342-0138.
Website: www.beeffest.com

Title: International Food Festival
Where: Emporia State University Morse Hall Lawn, Emporia
When: September
History: Taking place for over 30 years, ESU’s “International Food Festival” hosted during Family Weekend
Contact: Jim Harder 620-341-5375; ESU International Student Office

Title: Emporia Kiwanis Club Annual Pancake Day
Where: Lyon County Fairgrounds, Emporia
When: March
History: Celebrating its 62nd year.
Contact: Jerry Karr 620-343-1607

Title: Emporia area Farmers Market
Where: 7th and Merchant, Emporia
History: Farmers Market that runs from May thru October on Saturday mornings and also on Wednesdays starting on June 17.  They hold “food events” that involve produce sold at the Market.
Contact: Tracey Graham; 620-343-6555

Title: “The Taste”
Where: Emporia Civic Auditorium, Emporia
When: April
History: Feature Kansas wineries, breweries and restaurants.  Live music keeps the evening flowing and food is provided by Emporia Main Street restaurants.
Website: www.emporiamainstreet.com
Contact: 620-340-6430

Marshall

Title: Big Blue Barbeque Championship
When: 1st weekend in June
Where: Marysville (historic downtown)
History: 3rd Annual
Contact: marysvillemainst@bluevalley.net (Bob Carlson)
Brenda Staggenborg marysvillechamber@sbcglobal.net

McPherson

Title: Svensk Hyllningsfest
When: October
Where: Lindsborg
History:  The first Svensk Hyllningsfest was held in October 1941, to honor the Swedish pioneers who settle in the Smoky Valley in 1868-69.  Lindsborg’s Svensk Hyllningsfest is a biennial tribute to the Swedish pioneers occurring in October of odd numbered years.  The festival features art, crafts, special foods, ethnic music, folk dancing, parade, smorgasbord, and special entertainment.  The festival coincides with the Bethany College homecoming.  Many of Lindsborg’s residents don traditional Swedish folk costumes for the event.  Swedish folk dance groups and musicians add the Swedish flavor of the festival.  Friday night Swedish smorgasbord…A Svensk Hyllningsfest Friday Night tradition!  Authentic Swedish cuisine served buffet style. Limited to1,200 diners.
Website: http://www.sevenskhyllningsfest.org/

Marion

Title: Harvey House Picnic
Where: Florence
When: June
History:  The picnic, sponsored by the Florence Historical Society, raisesf funds to continue the operation and maintenance of the Harvey House Museum.  Picnic foods are fried fish, mountain oysters, an abundance of side dishes, breads, desserts and drinks, made and/or donated by some of the best cooks in the area.
Website:  http://www.marioncountyks.org/textversion/events.html

Title:  Goessel Threshing Days
Where: Goessel
When: First weekend in August
History: Old Fashioned threshing demonstration and show full of entertainment and educations from musical groups to  storytellers about the “good old days”  stud the weekend. Ethnic foods for sale include  verenike, zwibach, sausage, bierochs and cherry moos, as well as hamburgers, sandwiches, homemade ice cream and funnel cakes.  Visitors can step into the past with a tour of the museum complex which consists of eight buildings, including the Immigrant House and the Turkey Red Wheat Palace.  Six historic buildings from the Community have been moved to the museum for preservation and restoration.  More than 100 exhibitors from a 7-state area will display and demonstrate antique equipment related to farming during the past century.  Each year a specific type of equipment is featured.
Website:  http://www.marioncountyks.org/textversion/events.html

Meade

Title:  Dalton Days
Where: Meade
When: First weekend in June
History: Storytelling, hand-cranked homemade ice cream, gunfights reminiscent of the infamous Dalton brothers are among the features.
Website:  http://www.oldmeadecounty.com/dalton_days.htm

Miami

Title: Evening In Ireland
Where: Paola
When: March 7
History: Sponsored by the Paola Cultural Center Endowment Board and the Irish Music Association features musical acts from Irish musicians, dancers, and other Irish entertainers. Supper includes Potato Soup or Irish Stew, Irish Soda Bread and Donegal (Hot) Dogs for the “wee ones.”
Website:  http://www.miami-county.com/Paola -Event.html

Title: Paola Harvest Festival
Where: Paola
When: October
History:  Highlights include fine arts and crafts from local artists, a chili competition  and live music.
Website:  http://www.miami-county.com/Paola-Event1.html

Mitchell

Title: Glen Elder Fun Day
Where: Glen Elder
When: August
History:  Pit BBQ
Website: http://www.glenelder.com/images/fun_day_schedule_08-11-07.pdf

Montgomery

Title: Neewollah
Where: Independence
When: Last week in October
History: Activities in this historic celebration (note that the name is Halloween spelled backwards) include Thoroughly Fun Run & 5K, a Thoroughly Gut –Busting Chili Cook Off and Desert Contest and a Medallion Hunt.
Website: http://www.neewollah.com/

Morris

Title: Grillin’ in the Grove
Where: Council Grove
When: Sunday in October
History: Rib & BBQ Cook Off on the Neosho Riverwalk in historic downtown.
Website:  http://kansasflinthills.travel/events/grillininthegrove

Morton

Title: Grassland Heritage Festival
Where: Elkhart
When: Early June
History: Santa Fe Trail Day began with chuck wagon meal. Today a homemade chicken and noodle dinner I served at Morton County Civic Center.

Nemaha

Title: Party in the Park
When: Labor Day weekend
Where: Seneca
History: The party starts with a morning 5k Run for MD andincludes a Little Mr. and Miss Contest, a Sand Volleyball contest, barbecue with a live and a 94 Country Karaoke Stampede Show
Website: http://www.senecadowntown.com/pages/1388883

Neosha

Title: Old Soldiers and Sailors Reunion
When: 3rd week of July
Where: Erie
History:  It is the oldest continuous celebration of its kind in the nation.  On the third week of July, there starts a week long celebration.  The first three days are rodeo and related activities, on Thursday we have kid’s night downtown.  This is strictly for children and organization games for the kids in which everyone wins something every time.  Friday is the big night.  Last year the Chamber of Commerce dedicated a $45,000 black and grey granite veteran’s memorial.  The American Legion spends the day cooking beans in big black iron kettles over open fires.  At exactly 6 p.m. the beans are served free to the hundreds of people who have been lined up in the heat for at least an hour. The beans are usually gond in 20 minutes. The cooks have used the same recipe for more than 100 years. This celebration was begun by the veterans of the Civil War meeting and cooking beans over an open campfire each year.
Contact: Linda Weidert; llweidert@yahoo.com

Osage

Title: Overbrook Oktoberfest
Where: Overbrook
When: September
History: German food, beverages, crafters and artists throughout the park.
Website: http://www.overbrook-oktoberfest.com/

Title: Smoke in the Spring in conjunction with Cruisi’n & Cook’n
Where: Osage City
When: April
History:  Osage City calls Smoke in the Spring, a sanctioned Kansas City  Barbecue Society offering more than $10,000 in prize money, a signature BBQ contest in Kansas.
Website: http://www.smokeinthespring.com/

http://www.cruisnandcookn.com/Flyer.pdf

Osborne

Title:  Alton Chocolate Festival
When: 1st Saturday in December
Where: Alton Community Building
History:  The event commemorates Russell Stover, whose birthplace was near Alton in Southern Osborne county.
Contact: Wilda Carswell 785-984-2341

Phillips

Title: Riverless Festival
Where: Phillipsburg
When: June
History: A street full of street food available.
Website: http://www.phillipsburgks.us/community/riverless.htm

Pawnee

Title: Santa Fe Trails Days
Where: Larned
When: May Memorial Day Weekend
History: Among the festivities are Friday hamburger feed and Kids Pedal Pull. Website: http://www.larned.org/events/sftdays.html

Pottawatomie

Title: New Onaga Festival
Where: Onaga
When: June
History: Old Timers baseball, carnival, Union Pacific mini-model train rides, flea market, ethnic foods, kids games, evening street dance, BBQ cookoff.
Website: http://72.32.70.76/travel/city.php?New+Onaga+Festival&TravelTo=KS0112037&VE=Y&Event_ID=KS0112037e004

Title: Oztober Fest
Where: Wamego
When: October
History: Scarecrow barbecue cook-off.
Website:  http://www.oztoberfest.com/events/default.htm

Title: 4th of July Celebration
Where: Wamego
When: July 4
History: Wamego claims the longest running Independence Day parade in the state. Celebration also includes United Methodist Church Pork Sandwich and Homemade Pie Dinner, Pottawatomie County Republican Free Watermelon Feed and fireworks.
Website: http://visitwamego.com/Things-To-Do/Festivals-and-Events/4th-of-July/default.aspx

Rawlins

Title: Smokin’ on the Beaver BBQ Contest
Where: Rawlins
When: September
History: Smokin’ on the Beaver BBQ Contest includes sauce, salsa and home brew.
Website: http://www.northwestkansas.org/nwk_special_events.htm

http://www.atwoodkansas.com/events.php

Title: Annual Early Rod Run
Where: Atwood,
When: May
History: Social with Pizza, Bowling and Beverages at Atwood Bowl and  Hog Roast Dinner at Knights of Columbus Hall
Website: http://www.atwoodrodrun.com/fridayschedule.html

Reno

Title: Buhler Frolic
Where: Buhler
When: October
History: Pancake and Sausage Breakfast, Buhler United Methodist Church, annual Chili Cook Off.
Website: http://www.buhlerks.org/buhlerfrolic.htm

Title:  Annual MHA Victorian Tea
Where: Hutchinson
When: October
History: Everything made from scratch; the food is all made fresh, using vegetables and herbs from my garden whenever possible.
Website: http://www.mhatea.com/

Title: Hutchfest
Where: Hutchinson
When: July 4 weekend
History: BBQ Cook Off Contest, Eat-in-the-Street breakfast, church cookout, ice cream social, fatherhood picnic.
Website:  http://www.hutchfest.com/featuredevents.htm

Title: Our Lady Of Guadalupe Church 58th Annual FIESTA
Where: Hutchinson
When: 1st weekend in June
History:  Homemade Mexican Foods, carnival rides, girls softball tournament
Website: http://www.southhutch.com/attractions-events/index.html

Title: Abbyville Frontier Days Rodeo & BBQ
Where: Abbyville
When: May
History: Rodeo, parade followed by lunch, games, entertainment and barbecue before Saturday rodeo.
Website: http://hutchinsonkscoc.weblinkconnect.com/cwt/External/WCPages?WCEvents/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=786

Title: Haven Fall Festival
Where: Haven
When: October
History: Breakfast, BBQ Cook Off Contes, Sloppy Joe Luncheon, downtown Hamburger Feed.
Website: http://www.atwoodrodrun.com/fridayschedule.html

Rice

Title: Annual Fair on the Square
Where: Lyons
When: 4th Saturday in September
History: Arts, crafts, and food held outdoors are the Historic Courthouse Square.
Website: http://www.lyons-chambers.com/Community%20Events.htm

Riley

Title: Flint Hills Festival of Wines
Where: Manhattan
When: February weekend
History: Winemaker Dinner and Live Auction, Grand Tasting and Silent Auction raises money for home care and hospice. which is held on Sunday, February 21st at the Clarion Hotel.
Website: http://www.homecareandhospice.org/index.asp?NID=18

Title: Juneteenth Festival
Where: Manhattan
When: June
History: Gospel Festival, parade, children’s games, food, crafts, educational program and 3-on-3 basketball.
Contact: (785) 776-0244

Title: Affiliated Foods Midwest Country Stampede
Where: Tuttle Creek State Park, Manhattan
History: The annual stampede features activities, food, shopping crafts and an all-star lineup of entertainers. More than 2,500 campsites are available. Tickets necessary.
Website: http://www.countrystampede.com

Title: Let Them Eat Cake
Date: March
Where: Manhattan
History: Area bakers, professional and amateur, compete in several categories including best tasting and best decorated.
Website: http://www.manhattanarts.org/

Rooks

Title: Annual Fall Fest
Where: Plainville
When: October
History: Pumpkin carving contest, inflatable jumpers, marshmallows roasting and make-your-own-caramel apples.
Website: http://www.plainvilleks.com/Document.aspx?mode=1&id=5062

Title: Oktoberfest
Where: Stafford
When: First Saturday in October
History: First celebrated in 1989, the Oktoberfest features a chili-cook-off.
Website:  http://staffordkansas.com/events.php?evt=Oktoberfest

Title: Palco Pride Annual Breakfast
Where: Palco
When: November
History: The breakfast kicks off the opening day of pheasant season the second weekend of November.
Website: http://www.rookscounty.net/special_events.htm

Title: Summer Festival
Where: Stockton
When: Second Saturday in July
History: Festival includes games, entertainment, barbeque, and other special events downtown and in the park.
Website: http://www.lasr.net/travel/city.php?Stockton&Kansas&&City_ID=KS0811019&Event_ID=KS0811019e0047VE=Y

Rush

Title: Rush Center St. Patricks Day Parade
When: March 14
Where: Rush Center
History:  Parade plus games and an old-fashioned Irish Stew dinner.
Website: http://www.rushcounty.org/calendar.html

Russell

Title: Annual Chili Festival
Where: Russell
History: Free hot dog lunch
Website: http://www.russellks.org/MV2Base.asp?VarCN=286

Title: Adams Apple Festival
When: Saturday of Labor Day Weekend.
History:  Traditional activities are craft booths, parade, apple pie baking contest, games, entertainment, Kiddie Tractor Pull, ATV, Lawn Mower and Truck Mudrun, free barbeque.
Website:  http://www.skyways.org/towns/Lucas/index.html

Saline

Title:  Juneteenth Celebration
When: June 6
Where: Jack Kilby Square, Salina
History:  A wide range of festivities entertained participants, from music and dancing to contests of physical strength and intellect.  Food was central to the celebrations, and barbequed meats were especially popular.
Website: http://www.salinajuneteenth.org

Title: Smoky Hill Museum Street Fair (Chili Cook-off Contest)
When: Usually the last Saturday in September
Where: Streets surrounding the Museum, Salina
Website: www.smokyhillmuseum.org
Contact: susan.hawksworth@salina.org

Title: Smoky Hill River Festival
When: Second full weekend of June
Where: Oakdale Park, Salina
History: Started with the U.S. Bicentennial of 1976
Website: www.riverfestival.com
Contact: Sharon.benson@salina.org

Title: Blessing of the Grapes (Greek/Mediterranean Meal)
When: August or September
Where: Smoky Hill Vineyards & Winery, 212 W. Golf Link Rd., Salina, KS
Contact: Norm or Jen Jennings, Smoky Hill Vineyards & Winery, 785-825-2515
Website: www.kansaswine.com
Contact: jen@kansaswine.com

Title: Prairie Festival
When: September or October
Where: The Land Institute, Salina
History: Barn dance, catered dinner of Kansas grown prepared food, bird and prairie walk, speakers.
Website: www.landinstitute.org
Contact: Dr. Kent Driver, Optometrist, 1601 E. Iron, 785-825-4679

Scott

Title: Beefiesta
When: July
Where: Scott City
History: Beefiesta is a free barbeque as well as beef tasting booths held during the Scott County Free Fair all sponsored by the cattle producers of Scott County, agriculture related businesses, and the Chamber of Commerce. Website: http://www.lasr.net/travel/city.php?Scott%20City&Kansas&&City_ID=KS1018019&Event_ID=KS1018019e006&VE=Y

Sedgwick

Title: Wichita Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cook-off
When: September
History: Winners advance to international Chili Cook-off.  Live music, chili pepper competitions; public tasting begins at noon.
Website: www.wagonmasterschili.com

Seward

Title: A Day in the Park
When: Mid-September
Where: Blue Bonnet Park, Liberal
History: Duck race and chili cook-off.
Contact: Rozelle Webb rozelle@liberalkschamber.com
Website: www.liberalkschamber.com

Title: International Pancake Day
When: Shrove Tuesday & the weekend before
Where: Liberal
Website: Pancakeday.net

Title: Little World’s Fair
When: Labor Day Monday and weekend before
Where: Kismet
History: Ham and bean feed
Contact: Kismet Lions Club

Shawnee

Title: Fiesta Mexicana
When: Five days in July
Where: Oakland area, 201 NE Chandler, Topeka
History: Fundraising events started in 1933 for Our Lady of Guadalupe School.
Website: www.olg-parish.org

Title: Cider Days
When: September
Where: Topeka Expocentre
History: NE Kansas biggest arts and craft show also features pony rides, gunfighter and Civil War reenactments, grain threshing displays and of course, freshly pressed apple cider.
Contact: 785-230-5226

Title: Apple Festival
When: First weekend in October
Where: Old Prairie Town, Topeka
History: More than 30 years old, the festival brings spinners, weavers, blacksmiths, crafts peddlers, food and more to the historic park.
Contact: John Bell 785-368-2437

Title: German Fest
When: First weekend in June
Where: 301 Freeman, Sacred Heart Church Grounds, Topeka
History: Started by the German immigrants to raise funds for their school.  Kraut strudels a variety of meats and homemade German slaw are only few of the food items. Organizers prepared 740 pounds of German sausage in 2009.

Title: Tall Corn Festival
Where: Rossville
When: August
History: Celebrated for more than 75 years, the 3-day event includes corn spitting contest, corn-on-the-cob eating contest, the official judging of the tallest corn stalk, a 5K run, Main Street Dance.
Website:  http://www.rossvillekansas.us/index.asp?NID=76

Sherman

Title: Freedom Festival
Where: Goodland
When: July 4th
History:  The event at Sherman County Fairgrounds features food, carnival rides, live entertainment, a watermelon feed, barbecue and fireworks.
Website:  http://www.freedomfest.shermanfairgrounds.com

Smith

Title: Old Settlers Day
Where: Smith Center
When: 4th Saturday in September
History: Parade, tractor pull and show, free barbeque lunch, mid-day entertainment, Prairie Dog Saloon Variety Show, craft show, entertainment, and historical tours.
Website: http://www.lasr.net/pages/city.php?Smith+Center+Events&TravelTo=KS0815018&VE=Y

Stafford

Title: Homesteaders Tea Party
Where: St. Johns
When: November
History: Servers dressed in prairie dresses and sun bonnets bring on traditional Victorian tea foods.  Also on tap: vintage toy display at American State Bank, more than 100 sad irons on display at Ida Long Goodman library, and music. Reservations required.  Ticket info: 620-549-6391.
Website:  http://www.lasr.net/travel/city.php?St.%20John&Kansas&&City_ID=KS0209016&Event_ID=KS0209016e003&VE=Y

Title: St. Johns Jubilee
Where: St. Johns
When: May
History: BBQ, beer garden, street dance, Bingo in the Park, Saturday free breakfast, craft, food and commercial booths, annual Crusin’ Back in Time Car Show.
Website:  http://www.stjohnkansas.com/gpage7.html

http://www.lasr.net/travel/city.php?St.%20John&Kansas&&City_ID=KS0209016&Event_ID=KS0209016e001&VE=Y

Sumner

Title: Oxford Lions Club Watermelon Feed
When: 1st Saturday after Labor Day
Where: Oxford
History: Games, parade, dance, Watermelon

Thomas

Title: Colby Pancake Breakfast and Fly-In
Where: Colby
When:  First Saturday in October
History:  The Colby Muncipal Airport sponsors a fly-in, static air show, and breakfast at the airport. Planes are available to be viewed by the public.  Airplane rides and tandem parachuting are additional activities held.
Website:  http://oasisontheplains.com/annual-events/2-events/74-colby-pancake-breakfast-and-fly-in

Title: Annual Pickin’ on the Plains Festival
Where: Colby
When: July
History: Weekend feativities include a potluck and jam sessions for country, Western swing, jazz, blues, folk and bluegrass music.
Website:  http://colbybluegrass.org

Wabaunsee

Title: City-Wide Garage Sales Days and German Meal
Where: Alma
When: Second Saturday in October
History: The event started in 1990 and each year there have been at least 50 garage sales.  The chamber holds a German meal, which features bierocks, bratwurst and polish sausage.
Website:  http://www.lasr.net/travel/city.php?City-Wide+Garage+Sales+Days+and+German+Meal&TravelTo=KS0114002&VE=Y&Event_ID=KS0114002e005

Title: Native Stone Festival
Where: Alma
When: May
History: 5K walk/run, Mulligan Stew (Bring your pot and spoon) and entertainment.
Website:  http://www.lasr.net/travel/city.php?Native+Stone+Festival%2CSpring+Muligan+%26+5K+Run%2FWalk&TravelTo=KS0114002&VE=Y&Event_ID=KS0114002e002

Washington

Title: Haddam Frontier Days
Where: Haddam
When: August
History:  Activities include a parade, co-ed sand volley ball tournament, kids games entertainment, pork supper a la carte and dance and a Sunday gold tournament.
Website:  http://www.washingonks.net/Calendarofevents.html

Title: Palmer Fun Day/Labor Day
Where: Palmer
When: September Labor Day
History: BBQ, ball tourney, arts and crafts, parade
Contact Tammy Heitman 785-692-4510

Wichita

Title: 4th of July Celebration
Where: Leoti
When: July 4th
History: Held at the Wichita County Park, it features fire truck rides, raffles, a memorial swim meet, duck races, carry-in dinner and hamburger feed, and a spectacular fireworks display.
Website:  http://skyways.lib.ks.us/towns/Leoti/events.html

Wilson

Title: Fredonia Flag Festival
When: June
Where: Fredonia
History: Family events featuring live entertainment, BBQ cook-off, craft & food booths, kid’s events and family events featuring live entertainment.
Website:  http://culturemob.com/events/5693915-fredonia-flag-festival-ks-fredonia-66736-fredonia-ks-venue

Woodson

Title: Yates Canter Days
Where: Yates Center
When: May
History: Craft show, Sun car show, talent contest, pie eating contest, lunch, kids’ games, BBQ cook-off. Saturday parade.
Website: http://www.lasr.net/travel/city.php?Yates%20Center&Kansas&&City_ID=KS0614022&Event_ID=KS0614022e001&VE=Y

Title: Woodson County Fall Festival
Where: Yates Center
When: October
History: Food includes Kids Café  and a chili cook-off.
Website: http://www.woodsoncountychamber.com/fallfestivalpage.htm

http://www.lasr.net/travel/city.php?Yates%20Center&Kansas&&City_ID=KS0614022&Event_ID=KS0614022e002&VE=Y

Wyandotte

Title: Polski Day
Where: Kansas City
When: 1st Saturday in May
History: Centered at the St. Joseph/St Benedict Catholic Church near the intersection of 8th Street and Vermont Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas, this festival offers Polish food cooked by the women of the parish and served in the church basement.  There are displays of Polish items, baked goods, games for the kids, a parade, which by tradition goes the wrong way up a one way street and of course – polka music.
Website: http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM559X

Title: Tiblow Days
Where: Bonner Springs
When: August
History: When the festival added the “Smokin’ on Oak” barbecue contest, 13 teams signed upWebsite: http://www.bonnersprings.com/news/2008/aug/27/festival_touted_best/
http://www.lasr.net/travel/city.php?Bonner%20Springs&Kansas&&City_ID=KS0504011&Event_ID=KS0504011e004&VE=Y

Title: Fiesta
Where: Crown Center, KC
When: May  2009
History: Hispanic Chambers of Commerce of Greater Kansas City celebrates Cinco de Mayo at this free event with music, food, dancing and exhibits.
Website: http://www.fiestakc.com/event.html

Title: Renaissance Festival
Where: Bonner Springs
When:  September and October
Website:  http://www.kcrenfest.com/schedule.html