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For a full list of activities in the Wild West Country area by month,please click the ‘+’ next to each month to see what is coming up.

January

* Gray County – FELINE FINE: Art of Cats II – Exhibit

Dates: 12/07/14-01/18/15 (6 weeks)

This exhibit is a sequel to a previous popular traveling museum exhibition of the same title. David J. Wagner, L.L.C. is reviving FELINE FINE to meet popular demand. Feline Fine: Art of Cats II is produced and toured by David J. Wagner, L.L.C. David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director, davidjwagnerllc.com. We are expecting many tours for this exhibit so please call in advance for groups of 5 or more! Tours/groups welcome by appointment, contact 620-846-2527 for information or to set up a tour. Museum hours: Tue -Sat 9-12 1-4:30, Sun 1:30-4:30. We are closed on Mondays and all major holidays. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to help pay for this incredible exhibit!

www.stauthmemorialmuseum.org

* Gray County – Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: Living with the Atomic Bomb, 1945-1965

Dates: 01/25/15-03/15/15 (7 weeks)

The exhibition presents a timeline and overview of the story, explaining the three main chronological phases of America’s Atomic Age.The Blast, 1945–1950, Under the Mushroom Cloud, 1951–1956 and Nuclear Fallout, 1957–1965. The exhibition encourages audiences to explore four spheres of daily life and learn how civic, commercial, and government agencies targeted different groups with different kinds of media and messages. Taken together, these four thematic areas—at home, at school, in the community, and at play—show how thoroughly the messages permeated every aspect of society.

Exhibit toured by ExhibitsUSA, a National Program of Mid-America Arts Alliance. www.eusa.org. Call 620-846-2527 for more information. Museum hours: Tue -Sat 9-12 1-4:30, Sun 1:30-4:30. We are closed on Mondays and all major holidays. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to help pay for this incredible exhibit!

www.stauthmemorialmuseum.org

*Dodge City – Tournament of Champions

Kansas’ longest running high school basketball tournament for various size schools

United Wireless Arena
FMI: 620-227-1777

*Dodge City – SPIAA High School Basketball Tournament

Southern Plains-Iroquois Athletics Association League for 1A & 2A teams.

United Wireless Arena
FMI: 620-723-2145

*Dodge City – Winter Expo

Several Specialty Trade Shows in ONE BIG EVENT! It’s a Woman Thing, Big Boy Toys, Lawn Flower and Garden, Gun Show, New Car Show, “El Mercado!”, Kids Corner, Fashion Shows, Food Vendors, Entertainment

Western State Bank Expo Center

FMI: https://www.facebook.com/WinterExpo or 620-225-8080

February

* Gray County – Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: Living with the Atomic Bomb, 1945-1965

Dates: 01/25/15-03/15/15 (7 weeks)

The exhibition presents a timeline and overview of the story, explaining the three main chronological phases of America’s Atomic Age.The Blast, 1945–1950, Under the Mushroom Cloud, 1951–1956 and Nuclear Fallout, 1957–1965. The exhibition encourages audiences to explore four spheres of daily life and learn how civic, commercial, and government agencies targeted different groups with different kinds of media and messages. Taken together, these four thematic areas—at home, at school, in the community, and at play—show how thoroughly the messages permeated every aspect of society.

Exhibit toured by ExhibitsUSA, a National Program of Mid-America Arts Alliance. www.eusa.org. Call 620-846-2527 for more information. Museum hours: Tue -Sat 9-12 1-4:30, Sun 1:30-4:30. We are closed on Mondays and all major holidays. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to help pay for this incredible exhibit!

www.stauthmemorialmuseum.org

*Dodge City – Shrine Circus (3-Ring)

Family fun for children of all ages. An opportunity for making memories that last.

Dodge City Civic Center
FMI 620-25Shrin5-3720

*Dodge City – Depot Theater Winter Production

Offering state-of-the-art dinner theater productions, cutting-edge “side Track” productions, cabarets and much more with professional talent, atmosphere and meals.

Santa Fe Depot
FMI 620-225-1001 or http://depottheaterco.com/

March

* Gray County – Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: Living with the Atomic Bomb, 1945-1965

Dates: 01/25/15-03/15/15 (7 weeks)

The exhibition presents a timeline and overview of the story, explaining the three main chronological phases of America’s Atomic Age.The Blast, 1945–1950, Under the Mushroom Cloud, 1951–1956 and Nuclear Fallout, 1957–1965. The exhibition encourages audiences to explore four spheres of daily life and learn how civic, commercial, and government agencies targeted different groups with different kinds of media and messages. Taken together, these four thematic areas—at home, at school, in the community, and at play—show how thoroughly the messages permeated every aspect of society.

Exhibit toured by ExhibitsUSA, a National Program of Mid-America Arts Alliance. www.eusa.org. Call 620-846-2527 for more information. Museum hours: Tue -Sat 9-12 1-4:30, Sun 1:30-4:30. We are closed on Mondays and all major holidays. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to help pay for this incredible exhibit!

www.stauthmemorialmuseum.org

*Gray County – 50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic

Dates: 03/22/15-06/14/15 (12 weeks)

This exhibit showcases some of National Geographic’s most compelling photographs. From Steve McCurry’s unforgettable Afghan girl to Nick Nichols’ iconic image of Jane Goodall and chimpanzee to Thomas Abercrombie’s never-before-seen view of Mecca, the exhibition includes some of National Geographic magazine’s most-remembered and celebrated photographs from its more-than-120-year history.

Call 620-846-2527 for more information or to set up a tour for groups of 5 or more! Museum hours: Tue -Sat 9-12 1-4:30, Sun 1:30-4:30. We are closed on Mondays and all major holidays including Easter Sunday. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to help pay for this outstanding exhibit! The Stauth Memorial Museum is proud to be a Blue Star Museum.

www.stauthmemorialmuseum.org

*Dodge City – Dodge City Law Arena Football (Season opens)

One of several indoor football leagues throughout the US bringing hard-hitting, fast-paced, “so close you can FEEL it” action to Southwest Kansas.

United Wireless Arena
FMI: 620-371-7240 or http://www.dodgecityfootball.com/

*Dodge City – AMBUCS Home & Leisure Show

Check out all things for the home and your leisure time, getting ready for Spring. Vendors galore.

Western State Bank Expo Center
FMI: 620-225-3430

April

* Leoti – 3rd Saturday – Wind and Wheels Festival

The Wind and Wheels Festival takes to the sky the third Saturday in April celebrating wind. Come out for this family event and enjoy the giant kites, helicopter, and a car show!

For more information contact Wichita County Economic Development at wced@wbsnet.org or 620-375-2182.

http://www.windandwheels.org/

https://www.facebook.com/WindandWheels

* Meade – April 25th – Trash & Treasurer Day

Trash & Treasurers Day turns Meade into one big garage sale. Maps show homes with sales and country folks bring their sales to the main street of town. Find 50+ sales in one town on one day. www.meadechamber.com (620) 873-2359

*Gray County – 50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic

Dates: 03/22/15-06/14/15 (12 weeks)

This exhibit showcases some of National Geographic’s most compelling photographs. From Steve McCurry’s unforgettable Afghan girl to Nick Nichols’ iconic image of Jane Goodall and chimpanzee to Thomas Abercrombie’s never-before-seen view of Mecca, the exhibition includes some of National Geographic magazine’s most-remembered and celebrated photographs from its more-than-120-year history.

Call 620-846-2527 for more information or to set up a tour for groups of 5 or more! Museum hours: Tue -Sat 9-12 1-4:30, Sun 1:30-4:30. We are closed on Mondays and all major holidays including Easter Sunday. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to help pay for this outstanding exhibit! The Stauth Memorial Museum is proud to be a Blue Star Museum.

www.stauthmemorialmuseum.org

*Dodge City – Depot Theater Spring Production

Offering state-of-the-art dinner theater productions, cutting-edge “side Track” productions, cabarets and much more with professional talent, atmosphere and meals.

Santa Fe Depot
FMI 620-225-1001 or http://depottheaterco.com/

*Dodge City – Dodge City Raceway Park season opens

Do you have a need for speed? Then Dodge City Raceway Park is the right place for you and your family each summer! This 3/8 mile dirt track hosts thousands of racing fans each season and boasts an impressive racing schedule.

Dodge City Raceway Park
FMI: 620-225-3277 or http://www.dodgecityraceway.com/

*Cruisin’ into Summer Car, Bike & Buggy Show (Syracuse, KS)

The last Saturday in April. Restored Model Ts to new makes as well as motorcycles and sand vehicles on display. Other community events include a Night Poker Run at the Syracuse Sand Dunes Park. For more information, contact the Syracuse-Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce at 620.384.5459

May

*Gray County – 50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic

Dates: 03/22/15-06/14/15 (12 weeks)

This exhibit showcases some of National Geographic’s most compelling photographs. From Steve McCurry’s unforgettable Afghan girl to Nick Nichols’ iconic image of Jane Goodall and chimpanzee to Thomas Abercrombie’s never-before-seen view of Mecca, the exhibition includes some of National Geographic magazine’s most-remembered and celebrated photographs from its more-than-120-year history.

Call 620-846-2527 for more information or to set up a tour for groups of 5 or more! Museum hours: Tue -Sat 9-12 1-4:30, Sun 1:30-4:30. We are closed on Mondays and all major holidays including Easter Sunday. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to help pay for this outstanding exhibit! The Stauth Memorial Museum is proud to be a Blue Star Museum.

www.stauthmemorialmuseum.org

*Dodge City – Cinco de Mayo

Fiesta celebration with music and food that expands to a Multicultural celebration of Dodge City’s diversity.

Wright Park
FMI: 620-225-0240

*Dodge City – Little Britches Rodeo

Little Britches rodeo is one of the oldest, continuing junior rodeo associations in the nation. It is directed toward developing character, self-reliance and good sportsmanship through competition in the great sport of rodeo. Developing tomorrow’s PRCA Rodeo stars.

Dodge City Roundup Arena
FMI: 620-225-2244 or http://www.dodgecityroundup.org/

*Dodge City – Historic Trolley Tours

Hop on the Dodge City Trolley for a one-hour, narrated tour of our historic sites, Fort Dodge and the Beef industry. Happening from Memorial Day through Labor Day, 4 tours daily.

Downtown Dodge City
FMI: 620-225-8186 or www.visitdodgecity.org

*Dodge City – Boot Hill Museum’s Summer Season Specials

Throughout the summer months, historical interpreters provide you with endless entertainment. You can enjoy one of the best country-style meals in the American West. Witness exciting gunfights between the good guys and the bad guys, listen to Miss Kitty croon in the Long Branch Saloon while the Can-Can girls kick up their heels and experience Dodge City’s history through many different historical reenactments. Shows happen daily through the summer months Memorial Day – Labor Day. Interactive displays throughout the museum provide year-round entertainment and a unique learning experience.

Museum Complex
FMI: 620-227-8188 or http://boothill.org/

*Syracuse Sand Dunes Park Memorial Day Weekend(Syracuse, KS)

Events over the Memorial Day Weekends include a Dunes Poker Run on Saturday night and ATV Rodeo on Sunday afternoon. For more information go to www.syracuseks.gov/sand-dunes or call 620.384.2480.

June

* Leoti, Tribune-Ellinwood – June – 1st weekend – K-96 June Jaunt

Start your summer with the ultimate road-trip along K-96! We invite you to visit the communities from Ellinwood to Tribune for arts and antiques, crafts and cuisine, garage sales, music and more!

For more information on Leoti’s events contact Wichita County Economic Development at wced@wbsnet.org or 620-375-2182.

http://www.k96junejaunt.com/

https://www.facebook.com/k96junejaunt

* Morton County – Grassland Heritage Festival – First Saturday in June through second Saturday in June

Festival to celebrate our pioneer heritage; includes fishing derby, cowboy poets, music, and home-cooking. Morton County Historical Society Museum, 620-697-2833 or http://www.mtcoks.com/museum/.

http://ghf.mtcoks.com/

*Gray County – 50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic

Dates: 03/22/15-06/14/15 (12 weeks)

This exhibit showcases some of National Geographic’s most compelling photographs. From Steve McCurry’s unforgettable Afghan girl to Nick Nichols’ iconic image of Jane Goodall and chimpanzee to Thomas Abercrombie’s never-before-seen view of Mecca, the exhibition includes some of National Geographic magazine’s most-remembered and celebrated photographs from its more-than-120-year history.

Call 620-846-2527 for more information or to set up a tour for groups of 5 or more! Museum hours: Tue -Sat 9-12 1-4:30, Sun 1:30-4:30. We are closed on Mondays and all major holidays including Easter Sunday. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to help pay for this outstanding exhibit! The Stauth Memorial Museum is proud to be a Blue Star Museum.

www.stauthmemorialmuseum.org

*Gray County – Western Kansas Art “Hang-In” 2015

Dates: 06/21/15 – 07/12/15 (3 weeks)

Calling ALL artists & art lovers! This exhibit is designed to give the many talented artists in Western Kansas a showcase to exhibit their work. Amateur and professional participants will display beautiful paintings, sculpture, photography, textiles, drawings and more! This is not a juried (judged) art exhibit, but just a fun way to showcase the many talented people in western Kansas. Come see the talent western Kansas has to be proud of and vote for your favorite piece. Art will be displayed from artists from many western Kansas communities.Western Kansas Artists.

Call 620-846-2527 for more information or to set up a tour for groups of 5 or more! Museum hours: Tue -Sat 9-12 1-4:30, Sun1:30-4:30. We are closed on Mondays and all major holidays including Easter Sunday. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to help pay for this outstanding exhibit! The Stauth Memorial Museum is proud to be a Blue Star Museum.

www.stauthmemorialmuseum.org

*Dodge City – Farmers Market

Browse through the bounties of local gardens and homemade items in the beauty of historic downtown Dodge City.

Downtown Dodge City
FMI: 620-369-0147

*Dodge City – Main Street Festival

Held in the center of the historic downtown area, the event is geared towards children and their families. The main purpose is to showcase the downtown area and familiarize the community with all the local businesses and what the downtown has to offer. In addition to showcasing what merchandise the local downtown businesses have to offer, the event includes live music and entertainment, a variety of games and activities hosted by local organizations, and a variety of food from downtown and area businesses.

Downtown Dodge City
FMI: 620-227-9501 or http://mainstreetdodgecity.org/

*Dodge City – Depot Theater Summer Production

Offering state-of-the-art dinner theater productions, cutting-edge “side Track” productions, cabarets and much more with professional talent, atmosphere and meals.

Santa Fe Depot
FMI 620-225-1001 or http://depottheaterco.com/

July

* Leoti – Wichita County Fair and Carnival – last week/weekend

Join us for this fantastic 4-day event where each ride and game takes one ticket and one ticket is 25 cents! This wonderful home-owned carnival will keep you coming back each year!

For more information, contact Wichita County Extension at 620-375-2724.

http://www.wichitacountyfair.com/

* Fowler – July 18th – Threshing Days 

Threshing Days includes an old fashioned threshing demonstration, crafts, food, and entertainment. (620) 646-5688

*Gray County – Western Kansas Art “Hang-In” 2015

Dates: 06/21/15 – 07/12/15 (3 weeks)

Calling ALL artists & art lovers! This exhibit is designed to give the many talented artists in Western Kansas a showcase to exhibit their work. Amateur and professional participants will display beautiful paintings, sculpture, photography, textiles, drawings and more! This is not a juried (judged) art exhibit, but just a fun way to showcase the many talented people in western Kansas. Come see the talent western Kansas has to be proud of and vote for your favorite piece. Art will be displayed from artists from many western Kansas communities.Western Kansas Artists.

Call 620-846-2527 for more information or to set up a tour for groups of 5 or more! Museum hours: Tue -Sat 9-12 1-4:30, Sun1:30-4:30. We are closed on Mondays and all major holidays including Easter Sunday. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to help pay for this outstanding exhibit! The Stauth Memorial Museum is proud to be a Blue Star Museum.

www.stauthmemorialmuseum.org

*Dodge City – World of Outlaws

Once again the premier DCRP track will host this national series. You won’t want to miss this great race. They’ll sell you the whole seat, but you’ll only need the edge with the fast paced racing evening. In addition to the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars, you’ll see the Colorado Lightning Sprints and IMCA Sport Modifieds.

Dodge City Raceway Park
FMI: 620-225-3277 or http://www.dodgecityraceway.com/

*Dodge City – Old Fashioned Fourth of July

Special reenactments, watermelon feed, country style dinner and a special patriotic show with Long Branch Variety Show and the Cowboy Band.

Boot Hill Museum Complex
FMI: 620-227-8188 or http://boothill.org/

*Dodge City – Western Kansas’ largest fireworks display

The night sky lights up to a spectacular fireworks display set to music that rivals anything between Wichita and Denver.

Memorial Stadium
FMI: 620-225-8160

*Dodge City – Ford County Fair

Showcasing the youths’ accomplishments and celebrating local participation. In addition to the livestock exhibition shows and judging, style show, and more, you’ll enjoy turtle races, pedal tractor pulls, great food, music and other entertainment.

Ford County Fair Grounds
FMI: 620-227-4542 or http://www.ford.ksu.edu/

*Dodge City – DODGE CITY DAYS

Dodge City Days is a 10-day celebration in one of the country last remaining Wild West towns, Dodge City With a western theme, event highlights include the top-rated Dodge City Days Rodeo, classic car show, arts and craft show, KidFest, professional barbeque contest, a western parade, longhorn cattle drive and more. The festival kicks off with the Boot Hill Bull Fry and Bash. The Parade and Barbeque kicks the festival into high gear on Saturday. Then hold on to your hats, it’s a wild ride!

Throughout the community
FMI: 620-227-3119 or http://www.dodgecitydays.com/

*Dodge City – PRCA Rodeo

The Roundup Rodeo is the premier event of the Dodge City Days Festival for 6 nights of action. They call it the “Greatest Show on Dirt” and it’s hard to argue. Dodge City’s rodeo ranks among the top rodeo events in the country and it attracts saddle-sore cowboys from all over. The timing of the Dodge City event brings the top competitors vying for points to qualify for the National Finals Rodeo in December in Las Vegas. You get to watch man pitted against animal whether it’s a twisting bull, a pitching bronc, or the horns of a steer. These cowboys demonstrate amazing skill as they hang on for the longest 8 seconds each evening. And then there’s the ladies, barrel racers become one with their horse as they speed through the clover leaf patter brushing within a whisper of the barrels and then down the home stretch.

Dodge City Round Up Arena
FMI: 620-225-2244 or http://www.dodgecityroundup.org/

*Hamilton County Fair (Syracuse, KS)

A variety of exhibits and family friendly entertainment. The week’s activities include a demo derby, ranch rodeo, barnyard Olympics, dog agility contest, blacksmith presentation, horseshoe tournament, parade and so much more. For more information go towww.hamiltoncountyfairgrounds..com or call 620.384.5433.

August

*Dodge City – Arts & Crafts Show

Stroll through the booths filled with unique arts, crafts and things! There will be vendors from all over the US to show off their goods.

Village Square Mall
FMI: 620-227-3119 or http://www.dodgecitydays.com/

*Dodge City – Longhorn Cattle Drive

The Dodge City Days Longhorn Cattle Drive will take you back to the late 1800’s as you get a front row seat to this event. Be there to watch history come alive.

Downtown Dodge City
FMI: 620-628-7777 or http://wildwestcattledrive.com/

*Dodge City – Classic Car Show

Stroll back through time gazing at beautiful automobile masterpieces with these classic cars. Other entertainment includes music and extreme motocross rider exhibitions.

Wright Park
FMI: 620-227-3119 or http://www.dodgecitydays.com/

September

*Dodge City – Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame Induction

The Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame honors and recognizes the most outstanding and important figures in the region. Each year individuals are inducted in 5 categories: working cowboy, rodeo cowboy; rancher cattleman; cowboy historian; and cowboy entertainer/artist

Boot Hill Museum Complex & Hoover Pavilion
FMI: 620-227-8188 or http://boothill.org/

*Dodge City – Beaux Art Ball

Dust off your dancing shoes and enjoy a night of fine dining and live music at this annual fundraiser for the local arts council.

Hoover Pavilion
FMI: 620-225-6388 or http://www.dodgecityarts.org//

*Dodge City – Octoberfest

Great German Cultural Event. Kids Outside play area, Horseshoe Tournament, Best costume contest, beer garden and big screen TV’s to enjoy the games. Great German style food including bierocks, brats, cabbage rolls, stroganoff and more.

Knights of Columbus
FMI: 620-255-5834

*Syracuse Sand Dunes Park (Syracuse, KS)
Events over the Labor Day Weekends include a Dunes Poker Run on Saturday night and ATV Rodeo on Sunday afternoon. For more information go to www.syracuseks.gov/sand-dunes or call 620.384.2480.

October

*Dodge City – 3i Show

A huge trade show saluting industry, implements and irrigation and is a show place for products manufactured in Western Kansas.

Western State Bank Expo Center
FMI 620-227-8082 or http://3ishow.com/

*Dodge City – Depot Theater Fall Production

Offering state-of-the-art dinner theater productions, cutting-edge “side Track” productions, cabarets and much more with professional talent, atmosphere and meals.

Santa Fe Depot
FMI 620-225-1001 or http://depottheaterco.com/

*Dodge City – Trick or Treat Downtown

Enjoy a morning of trick-or-treating at all downtown participating businesses. Then move your haunting over to the Boot Hill Museum Complex for the $1 hamburger feed and a chance for the children to win a free boys or girls bicycle.

Downtown Dodge City
FMI: 620-227-9501 or http://mainstreetdodgecity.org/

*Classic & Antique Fly-In (Syracuse, KS)
First Saturday of October. Planes on display include restored vintage warplanes and newer planes. Hamburger, hot dog and bratwurst cookout hosted by the Syracuse-Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact the Syracuse-Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce at 620.384.5459

November

*Dodge City – Carnegie’s Christmas Auction

Get your Christmas tree already decorated at this fun holiday auction. Many great items along with an evening of entertainment, food and festive socializing.

Carnegie Center for the Arts
FMI: 620-225-6388

*Dodge City – Christmas Parade of Lights & ChiliFest

City-wide holiday festival, bazaars, light of City Christmas lights, parade of lights, chili cook off and front street decorations.

Kick off of Christmas in ‘Old Dodge City’
FMI: 620-225-8186 or www.visitdodgecity.org

December

* Leoti – Christmas Open House and Lighted Parade

Kick off the Christmas season in downtown Leoti with a holiday lighted parade! Santa also makes an appearance at the Pioneer Communications building for the evening while downtown businesses stay open late with shopping deals and refreshments.

Wichita County Economic Development, wced@wbsnet.org or 620-375-2182

http://www.wichitacounty.org

* Plains – December 5th – Christmasing in Plains

The first Saturday in December the Plains Lions Club sponsors a parade, activities, crafts and food downtown Plains. (620) 563-7611

*Dodge City – Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast, treats, storytelling and a photo with Santa on the grounds of this historic location.

Boot Hill Museum Complex
FMI: 620-227-8188 or http://boothill.org/

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