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 four-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.
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.
- 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.