Thanks to the hard work of the state's early settlers, Kansas is a region rich in agricultural and recreational opportunities. Fun-seekers who want to see more than prairies and farms won't have to look hard, however. The state is rich in cultural events, theater productions, musical festivals and fascinating museums.
- Forest Park and Parsons in Parsons, KS
For the entire Memorial Day weekend the three communities come together to celebrate the day that the first train traveled through this part of the state more than 140 years ago. See a vast selection of exhibits and presentations recounting the railroad days along with enjoying the food, activities and live entertainment provided.
- Heartland Motorsports Park in TOPEKA, KS
Outdoor enthusiasts especially enjoy this multi-day event that centers around Heartland Motorsports Park while offering live country music. Campers arrive during the latter part of June to indulge in a large selection of foods, a swinging saloon, craft displays and various activities for all ages.
- Ellis County Fairgrounds Hays, KS 67601 in Hays, KS
Established to showcase the talents of local youth involved with 4-H, the event now features achievements by various community members during this July event that lasts seven days. The fair also offers traditional rodeo events that includes professional cowboys and the ever amusing mutton busting competition. Other shows include circuit and stock car racing in addition to a demolition derby. Participate in a karaoke contest or just enjoy one of the nightly concerts along with the carnival, food and exhibits.
The local city park provides the backdrop for this traditional music festival held every August during the third weekend of the month. Relax on the grass and hear authentic American folk, bluegrass and country music. Take the time to browse through the craft stalls, play a few games and cheer on the competitors of the BBQ contest.
- Oakdale Park Salina, KS 67401 in Salina, KS
The festival presents a potpourri of culture and arts for three days during the middle of June. Enjoy traditional foods and live performances along with a schedule of special events. Sit back and hear the music, browse through the art displays and participate in one of many activities.
- Hutchinson, Kan. in Hutchinson, KS
For 10 days every September,the city hosts the annual event that takes place at the 280-acre fairgrounds. Guests enjoy everything from viewing blue ribbon exhibits to exciting rodeos and thrilling carnival rides. See the numerous agricultural and educational displays along with strange artifacts, homemade crafts and a lengthy selection of competitions and demonstrations sure to please visitors of all ages.