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A new festival the first weekend of the Kansas State Fair (Sept. 7-8) will feature the treasures and attractions found in Kansas communities. Read all about the different communities partaking in this event!

Santa Fe Trail
– Between 1821 and 1880, the Santa Fe Trail connected commerce between Missouri and Santa Fe, New Mexico. More than half the trail runs through Kansas and many remnants still exist. The Santa Fe Trail Association will celebrate the trail's heritage and the upcoming 200th anniversary.

Southeast Kansas Tourism Region – Sample the treasure-trove of activities and events in southeast Kansas, including day-trip ideas, the area’s outdoor tourism, interactive games and performers.

Lindsborg Convention and Visitors Bureau – Experience “Little Sweden,” including the Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery, Red Barn Studio, Hemslojd- Dala Horse Factory, Coronado Heights and more.

Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau – Newton was founded in 1871 as the Santa Fe Railroad chugged westward and cowboys drove cattle up the Chisholm Trail from Texas. Learn more about the area’s history and activities, plus experience old-fashioned games from the Kauffman Museum.

Erie – Since 1873, Erie has hosted the oldest consecutively running Old Soldiers and Sailors Reunion. The July event features a “Free Bean Feed.” Volunteers cook 1,400 pounds of beans over fire in cast iron kettles, just like Civil War soldiers. Also learn about the Erie Dinosaur Park, “Green School” eating and the area’s amenities.

Ark City’s Lost City of Etzanoa – The recently discovered lost Native American city is now an attraction in Arkansas City. Learn more and dig fpr artofacts at the community's booth.

Northwest Kansas Byways – From the spectacular Arikaree Breaks in Cheyenne County, to the canyons of Sherman and Wallace County, northwest Kansas is full of scenery and history. Learn more about eight different road trips, which highlight fossil and art museums; Lucas’ Garden of Eden; historical forts; state parks; and Kansas’ newest natural attraction "Little Jerusalem."

Wild West Country – Learn more about the hair-raising history of southwest Kansas communities. Among the attractions: Dodge City’s wild west heritage, Greensburg tourism, Liberal’s Pancake Day, Garden City attractions and Morton County’s Cimarron National Grassland.

Dodge City Roundup – Beginning in 1977, this non-profit formed to promote western heritage through rodeos, horse shows, roping contests and related activities. It’s also home to one of the nation’s oldest and longest running Little Britches Rodeos. The booth will include hands-on activities like roping and touching.

From the Land of Kansas – The From the Land of Kansas is the state's trademark program designed to promote and celebrate Kansas businesses that grow, process, produce or manufacture in Kansas.

Western State Bank Expo Center – One of the newest facilities in southwest Kansas, Ford County’s Western State Bank Expo Center hosts a wide range of events, including farm and ranch shows and business meetings. Learn more about the center’s latest event: Sea Lion Splash.

Sedan – Located in the Flint and Chautauqua Hills, this area offers great hunting and fishing, plus scenic nature trails. It is also the birthplace of world famous Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus clown Emmett Kelly. The booth will include information on the area’s attractions, old-fashioned toys and staff dressed in period clothing.

Winfield Convention and Tourism – Winfield is known for music — and the annual Walnut Valley Festival, a bluegrass and acoustic event that occurs in September. Check out the music madness along with other attractions at the Winfield Convention and Tourism booth.

Smoky Hill Vineyards & Winery – The Salina-area winery began in 1991 when the founders hand-planted one acre of grapes. By 2009, the family-owned business had become the largest grape producing farm winery in Kansas.

Boot Hill Museum – The Dodge City museum preserves and interprets the history of the Old West through exhibits, education and entertainment reflective of the area’s rich heritage. Booth activities include can-can lessons and Boot Hill gunfighters deputizing children.

Council Grove/Morris County Tourism – Historic Council Grove characters come to life, portraying the history of Council Grove and its upcoming 200th anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail. Also learn more about the area’s abundant recreational opportunities.

Medicine Lodge – The Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty, signed in 1867 by the U.S. government and five southern plains tribes, has been reenacted here since 1927. The Peace Treaty Pow Wow is now an annual September event — keeping the Native American heritage alive. And don’t miss the chance to learn about Barber County’s scenic Gyp Hills.

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