The largest annual celebration in southeastern Kansas has come a long way since its beginning in 1919 as a way to keep playful pranksters out of mischief on Halloween night. For one full week, Neewollah entertains people from all walks of life, and Independence, a town of around 11,000, becomes a city of over 80,000.
Neewollah offers musical stage shows, queen competition and coronation, carnival, concessions, street acts, artists alley, and top performers in the entertainment world. Past performers include Patty Loveless, Oak Ridge Boys, and Smash Mouth!
The festival, normally held the last full week of October, is topped off by one of the biggest and grandest parades ever, a two hour kaleidoscope of music, color, pageantry and just good old fun!
(Have you figured out what Neewollah stands for? It's Halloween spelled backwards!)
Arts & Crafts Show - Bandstand Acts
Carnival - Certified 5/10K & Fun Run/Walk
Chili Cook-Off and Fun Day - Food Vendors
Marching Band Festival - Medallion Hunt
Musical - HONK! Parades - Doo Dah, Kiddie & Grand Parade
Professional Show - James Wesley Queen Neelah
EVENTS INFO = www.neewollah.com/Events-217.asp
For more information on this great festival go to www.neewollah.com
Lots of fun. These are just some highlights. Enjoy!
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