Join us on Oct. 8 for the biggest birthday bash ever – at the Kansas 150 Festival in Wichita honoring our state’s people, traditions and history. Enjoy the day-long festival’s parade, fair and a concert that tells Kansas’ story in song, poetry and video. Event:            Kansas 150 FestivalDate:              Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011Location:     Downtown WichitaHere’s a rundown of events:11 a.m. – The Kansas Sunflower Parade will make its way through downtown Wichita to the Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center. Watch marching bands from many Kansas schools and the military, plus floats highlighting the unique history and heritage of our cities and towns.Noon – The Kansas 150 Festival Fair kicks off, showcasing Kansas food, arts and cultural vendors as well as historic re-enactors.2:30 p.m. – The “Kansas: Home on the Range” concert begins in Convention Hall and features more than 60 musical performers and emcees Gov. Sam Brownback and Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer.But wait, there’s more!I encourage you to participate in the many other 150th birthday events and seminars taking place across Kansas this year, including:Oct. 13, Lenexa – “Boots and Stetsons: The Kansas Cowboy,” a presentation on America’s legendary folk hero by historian Jim Hoy.Nov. 19, Park City – “From Agricultural Fields to Air Fields: Women Working in Kansas,” with Ann Birney on the women who farmed, hunted and made a living here before Kansas’ statehood and beyond.Learn more about the Kansas 150 Festival and other sesquicentennial events.
Becky Blake is the Director of Tourism Division of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism, and has been involved in the Kansas tourism industry for the past 30 years. The TravelKS Blog provides a brief update from Becky each week, featuring communities, events and attractions throughout the state.