The Prairie Fire Festival in Cottonwood Falls celebrates the annual range-management practice of burning the tallgrass prairie to promote new growth. Indigenous Native Americans noticed that bison liked to graze on the freshly burned grasses and shared the concept with European settlers, who went on to develop exceptional cattle-grazing territory.
The festival marks this Flint Hills tradition with a weeklong schedule of talks on everything from “The Kaw Dwellings in Morris County, Kan.” to “Mammals of the Tallgrass Prairie” and performances by historians and bluegrass groups.
Event: Prairie Fire Festival
Dates: April 4-9, 2011
Location: Cottonwood Falls
Most events take place at the Emma Chase Music Hall or Emma Chase Café. Saturday offers a full day of speakers and singers. Review the schedule of events or call (620) 273-6020 for information.
Becky Blake is the Director of the Kansas Department of Commerce, Travel & Tourism Division, and has been involved in the Kansas tourism industry for the past 30 years. TravelKS Blog provides a brief update from Becky each week, featuring communities, events and attractions throughout the state.