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.
- Tuttle Creek State Park Manhattan, KS 66502 in Manhattan, KS.
Outdoor enthusiasts especially enjoy this four-day event that centers around camping at the Tuttle Creek State 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.
- Dodge City, Kan. in Dodge City, KS.
For 10 days every July, the city presents this spectacular event that includes rodeos, a beauty contest and auto shows along with parades, hamburgers feeds and a chuckwagon breakfast. Watch professional cowboys perform everything from bronc riding to bull riding and the clowns who maintain order in the ring. Enjoy live entertainment, food and a carnival along with contests and tournaments.
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.
Come celebrate the fall harvest with the rest of the community at the local cider mill where visitors have the chance to sip homemade cider and eat delicious BBQ while listening to live music and looking at the many locally made crafts. The fun-filled event takes place during the last weekend in September and the first weekend in October.