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Endless summer

Kansas festivals provide diverse activities and entertainment

May 19, 2006

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Sometimes I wonder

What I'm gonna do

'Cause there ain't no cure

For the summertime blues

- Eddie Cochran, "Summertime Blues"

There's no need to wonder what YOU are gonna do in Kansas this summer.

No need to worry about the summertime blues, either - unless it's actual blues music you're looking for. (There's even plenty of that this season at the Kansas City Kansas Street Blues Festival or the Chautauqua Hills Blues Festival.)

Yes, there are dozens and dozens of festivals happening throughout the Sunflower State during the next few months.

Some events provide incredible concert-going opportunities. Lawrence's third Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival features 100 rock, jam and "none-of-the-above" bands spread over four days, while Manhattan's Country Stampede showcases Nashville headliners Toby Keith and Gretchen Wilson. For those more in a classical mood, check out the Symphony in the Flint Hills, which imports the Kansas City Symphony and their 100-voice chorus to the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.

Or there are happenings that celebrate the history and famous faces of the region, such as the Amelia Earhart Festival in Atchison, the Laura Ingalls Wilder-themed Prairie Days Festival in Independence and the Pony Express Festival in Hanover.

And some play up that whole "Wizard of Oz" rep (Yellow Brick Road Festival in Sedan).

Here is a comprehensive list of Kansas festivals that take place now through August:

MAY

Kaw Valley Festival: Friday, downtown and Riverside Park, St. Marys, (785) 437-2077, www.saintmarys.com

Prairie Moon May Music Fest: Saturday, Prairie Moon School, 1853 E. 1600 Road, Lawrence, prairiemoon.org

Cheyenne Bottoms Wetlanders Festival: Saturday, 108 E. First St., Hoisington, (620) 653-2208, cheyennebottoms@earthlink.net

Merriam Turkey Creek Festival: Saturday, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, (913) 322-5550, www.merriam.org/park/Events/turkey-creek-festival.htm

Katy Days: May 26-28, Forest Park, Parsons, (620) 421-0811, www.katydays.com


Singer Gretchen Wilson will perform at the Country Stampede, June 22-25, in Manhattan. Other artists appearing include Toby Keith and Brad Paisley.

Singer Gretchen Wilson will perform at the Country Stampede, June 22-25, in Manhattan. Other artists appearing include Toby Keith and Brad Paisley.

Hillsboro Family Festival: May 26-29, 501 S. Ash, Hillsboro, (620) 947-3506, www.hillsboro-kansas.com

Yellow Brick Road Festival: May 27, 215 E Main St., Sedan, (620) 725-5797

Chautauqua Hills Blues Festival: May 27-28, one mile north of Sedan, (620) 725-3834, www.cqbluesfest.com

Winfield Country Roundup: May 31-June 3, Highway 160 Winfield Fairgrounds, Winfield, (620) 221-2112, www.winfieldcountryroundup.com

JUNE

Old Shawnee Days: June 14, Shawnee Town at Johnson Drive and Cody, Shawnee, www.oldshawneedays.org

Good Ol' Days: June 2-4, Wall Street & Main Street, Fort Scott, (620) 223-2334, www.fortscottgoodoldays.com

Smoky Hill River Festival: June 6-11, Oakdale Park, Salina, (785) 309-5770, www.riverfestival.com

Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival, June 8-11, Clinton State Park, Clinton Lake, Lawrence, 749-3655, www.wakarusa.com

Prairie Lake Bluegrass Festival: June 8-11, 14824 246 Road, Prairie Lake, Holton, (785) 887-6314, www.KPPAmusic.org

Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Celebration of the West: June 9-11, Fort Scott Community College, 2108 S Horton St., Fort Scott, (620) 223-0736, www.cowboypoetry.com

Sunflower Music Festival: June 9-17, White Concert Hall, Washburn University, Topeka, (785) 670-1511


Daredevil team Fearless Flores tackles the "globe of death" at Old Shawnee Days, June 1-4, in Shawnee.

Daredevil team Fearless Flores tackles the "globe of death" at Old Shawnee Days, June 1-4, in Shawnee.

Symphony in the Flint Hills: June 10, Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve near Strong City, www.symphonyintheflinthills.org

Tonganoxie Days: June 10, Fourth Street, VFW Park, Historical Society Site, Tonganoxie, (913) 845-5183, www.tonganoxiedays.com

Prairie Days Festival: June 10, 2507 County Road 3000, Little House on the Prairie, Independence, (620) 331-1890, www.littlehouseontheprairie.com

Juneteenth 2006: June 17, Burcham Park, 200 Ind., 423-4508

Planes, Trains & Automobiles Festival: June 17, 720 High St., Baldwin, (785) 594-3200, www.baldwincitychamber.com

Gold Dust Days: June 20, Sixth & Madison, Downtown Square & Bandstand, Fredonia, (620) 378-3221, www.fredoniachamber.com

Country Stampede, June 22-25, Tuttle Creek State Park, River Pond State Park Area, Manhattan, (785) 539-2222, www.countrystampede.com

St. John's Mexican Fiesta: June 23-24, St. John's Catholic Church, 1204 Ky., Lawrence, 843-0109

Kansas City Kansas Street Blues Festival: June 23-25, 1 River City Drive, Kansas City, Kan., (913) 371-0024, www.kckstreetbluesfest.com

Antique and Bluegrass Festival: June 24, 400 New York, Downtown Square, Holton, (785) 364-3321, www.goholton.com

Territorial Days: June 24-25, Constitution Hall, Lecompton, (785) 887-6148

Wild West Festival: June 30-July 4, Second and Main streets, Hays Municipal Park, Hays, (785) 623-4476, www.wildwestfestival.com

JULY

Chisholm Trail Festival: July 1-4, Athletic Park & Downtown, Newton, (316) 282-0308, www.nhttps://admin.6newslawrence.com/media/photos/ewtonctf.com


Alt-rapper Uncle Kracker headlines the Wild West Festival June 30-July 4 in Hays.

Alt-rapper Uncle Kracker headlines the Wild West Festival June 30-July 4 in Hays.

Fields for Freedom: July 1-4, Merriam Community Center and Marketplace, Merriam, (913) 403-8999

Wheat Festival: July 12-16, citywide, Wellington, (620) 326-7466, www.wellington.cc

Salute! A Festival of Wine & Food: July 13-15, various locations, Lawrence, 842-0550, www.cwood.org/Salute!.htm

Amelia Earhart Festival: July 14-15, 200 S. 10th St., Atchison, (913) 367-2427, www.atchisonkansas.net

El Dorado Prairie Port Festival: July 27-July 30, El Dorado Lake, El Dorado, (316) 321-1841, www.prairieportfestival.com

Czech Festival: July 28-30, citywide, Wilson, (785) 658-2211, www.midland-hotel.com

AUGUST

Grape Escape: Aug. 4, Topeka Performing Arts Center, 214 SE Eighth Ave., Topeka, (785) 234-2787, www.tpactix.org

Western Heritage Festival: Aug. 5-6, Eisenhower Park, NW Fourth Street & Poplar, Abilene, (785) 263-2231, www.abilenekansas.org

Roots Festival: Aug. 25-26, 3 W. Wea St., Paola, (913) 294-6427, www.rootsfestival.org

Pony Express Festival: 2889 23rd Road, Hanover, (785) 337-2635, www.kshs.org/places/hollenberg

Comments

ly1 7 years, 11 months ago

IT IS SO HOT I AM AT MY SCHOOL AND IT IS HOT RIGHT NOW IN THE CLASS ROOM VERY HOT BUT I AM COLDED OFF NOW BECAUSE I HAVE A AGENDA FOR A FAN TO COOL ME OFF!

Thanks

Lisa

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