There’s no place like Kansas. This Midwestern state along Interstate 70 and Interstate 35 is filled with rolling wheat fields, welcoming residents, and an abundance of activities.
Kansas may be comprised of many small towns, but their events are anything but small. The state has festivities throughout the year that celebrate the town’s history, culture, and people.
Here are some exciting Kansas events to watch for in 2018:
Paradise Creek Festival and Rodeo
Paradise Creek Festival and Rodeo is a rodeo, a live music concert, and a theater production all rolled into one. Held in downtown Plainville and the Rodeo Grounds, this three-day weekend event has something for everyone.
Adults will have a good time checking out the many activities while their little ones will enjoy cheering on turtles at the turtle race.
The Paradise Creek Festival and Rodeo is held in W. Mill Street from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on June 8 to 10, 2018.
Wild West Festival
Currently on its 24th year, the Wild West Festival offers plenty of entertainment for everyone. This four-day event in Hays has ferris wheels, parades, fishing tournaments, and many more attractions. Attendees will also be treated to live performances from country music stars like Sara Evans Cody Johnson.
No Wild West Festival is complete without a fireworks show. Dubbed as the “largest fireworks display in the Northwest,” the Wild West Festival fireworks never fails to leave guests in awe and amazement.
The Wild West Festival will be held at E 7th Street from July 4 to 7, 2018. For more updates and details about the event, you can check out their website.
Ellis County Fair
The Ellis County Fair is definitely one for the books. This year’s theme is called “Summer Days and Country Ways.” Attendees flock to this week-long event to hop on the carnival rides and witness the rodeo and mutton-busting events. One of the highlights of the Ellis County Fair is the stock car and motorcycle races featuring various motor sports vehicles racing to the finish line at the RPM Speedway.
Entrance to the Ellis County Fair is free, with the exception of their main events. The Ellis County Fair is from July 14 to 21, 2018 at Fairground Road in Hays. If you want to know more or buy a ticket to one of their main events, you can visit their website.
Inspired by the Volga-German farmers who relocated from the Volga Region of Russia to Herzog, Kansas, the Herzogfest celebrates the history, culture, and traditions of the people. This event was started by the very descendants and grandchildren of the Volga-Germans. The Herzogfest is known for being the largest free celebration in Kansas, with no entrance fee or tickets needed to participate in this event.
The Herzogfest showcases traditional Volga-German food such as German-stuffed rolls called bierocks and cabbage rolls stuffed with meat and rice called galuskies. Attendees munch on these German delicacies while drinking beer and listening to polka music.
The Herzogfest is held every first weekend of August at Victoria town. For more updates, check out their website.
Kansans don’t need to cross state lines to experience Oktoberfest, an autumn festival that originated in Germany and is known for a lot of beer drinking. Hosted by the Volga German Society for the past 45 years, Oktoberfest is a popular and must-see annual event in Hays, Kansas. Aside from the unlimited beer and food, this three-day festival also has a community parade, a football match, and many family-friendly activities.
Oktoberfest will be held on September 28, 2018 at the Municipal Park on Main Street. The event will coincide on the same weekend as the Fort Hays State University Homecoming.
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