Come out with your family and enjoy Dalton Defenders Days. The first weekend in October, Coffeyville citizens take a minute to celebrate those who defended the town’s banks from the Dalton Gang in 1892. Enjoy the Dalton Raid re-enactment, craft & food vendors, kid’s games, & more!
Neewollah celebration (Halloween spelled backwards) began in 1919 as an effort to provide positive activities for kids of all ages in place of the typical Halloween pranks that occurred in the community of Independence, Kansas. In the beginning the events centered on parades, morning, afternoon, and night on October 31. Today Neewollah is the largest annual celebration in Kansas. The city of Independence will grow from a town of just under 10,000 inhabitants to 75,000 in the final days of the now 10-day celebration. Today's celebration now includes 3 parades, a Doo Dah Parade (adult Kiddie Parade), a Kiddies Parade and a Grand Parade. Chili Cook-off, a hometown musical, band competition and queen's pageant also add to the festival activities. The main downtown is filled with 30 plus food vendors, a large carnival and bandstand for nightly entertainment.
Saddle up every August for the Inter-State Fair & Rodeo. This 5 day event will include demolition derby, bull riding, rodeo, food & commercial vendors, livestock show, bake sale, carnival & much more! For over 110 years, the community has gathered together to celebrate with a wide variety of activities for all ages.
Each summer, the Little House on the Prairie Museum celebrates at the homestead of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Celebrate the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder with time period costumes, crafts, entertainment and food. Learn more about life on the prairie during the late 1800s at the original site for the Little House on the Prairie classic book series.
Banner image photo credit: Caitlin Shepard.