Liberal, Kansas


Upcoming Events in Liberal Kansas


January

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March

4KS1019015e001 - LiberalPancake Day - Newcomers to Liberal might be amazed to see people dashing down Kansas Avenue on a chilly winter morning, pancake skillets clutched tightly to their apron-covered chests as they race. But that just means it's Pancake Day, a holiday all of Liberal celebrates.

Pancake Day dates back to 1445. It all started in Olney, England, when one woman was busy preparing her pancakes and the bell rang to go to church to be "shriven" of her sins. She grabbed up her griddle and pancakes and ran in her apron to the church, becoming the first pancake racer.

Since then , Olney has declared Shrove Tuesday the official Pancake Day in England. Every year on this day, women from Olney race with skillets and pancakes to the church, just as it was done in 1445.

In 1950, the Liberal Jaycees contacted the Rev. R.W. Collins, Vicar in Olney, to propose an international competition. Since then, Olney and Liberal have raced against each other, keeping a running score of race winners.

Over the years a three day celebration has grown up around the event in Liberal. The festivities include a pancake feed, eating and flipping contests, musical programs and a talent show. Other activities, including old-time artisans displaying their crafts and the Miss Liberal pageant are included in the weekend's events as well.

The Pancake Race begins at the intersection of Sixth street and Kansas Avenue and finishes at the intersection of Third Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Web: www.pancakeday.net

15 - 16Spring Fling Arts & Crafts Fair - Address: Seward County Activity Center, 810 Stadium Ave. , Liberal, Kansas
Ph: 620-624-3743 (Always call and confirm events)
Fee: Free

15Liberal's Largest Rummage Sale - Liberal's Largest Rummage Sale is back! One day only, free admission. Over 40 booths filled with treasures in a climate controlled atmosphere. Don't miss the treasures! 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.

Address: Seward County Activity Center, 810 Stadium Ave , Liberal, Kansas
Ph: 620-624-3743 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: 620-626-3317
Email: eventcenter@sewardcountyks.org
Web: www.sewardcountyks.org
Fee: Free to public

April

15 - 16Annual Gas Compressor Institute - Address: Seward County Event Center , Liberal, Kansas
Ph: 620-624-3855 (Always call and confirm events)

May

304Pride of Texas Carnival - Open to Public. Mother's Day Special!

Address: Seward County Fairgrounds 1501 8th Street , Liberal, Kansas
Ph: 620-624-3743 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: 620-626-3317
Email: jlewis@sewardcountyks.org
Web: www.sewardcountyks.org

3Cinco de Mayo Celebration - Everyone is invited to participate in Cinco de Mayo events. Parade at 1 pm Downtown. Events begin at Seward County Event Center immediately after parade. Join in Hot Pepper Eating Contest, or Best Salsa Contest, and listen to bands. Folkloric Dancers will perform along with a Mariachi Band. Lots of food available. 1:00 PM TO 6:00 PM.

Address: Downtown and Seward County Activity Center, 810 Stadium Ave. , Liberal, Kansas
Ph: 620-624-3743 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: jlewis@swko.net
Web: www.liberalkschamber.com

3KS1019015e021 - LiberalOld Time Country Jamboree - An old time country music jamboree featuring 16 year old Chelsea Beck from Kingfisher, Oklahoma, a Grammy winner with the Academy of Western Artists, and 17 year old fiddle champion, Jake Simpson from Wyandotte, Oklahoma. Also performing will be award-winning musicians, "Call of the West" and Tex and Mary Schutz. Fun for the entire family - no alcohol.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Jesse Nelson Medical Fund. Door prizes and Special Mothers' recognition for Mother's Day.

Hope to see ya' there!!! Doors open at 5:00 P.M. with local talent performing from 5:30-7:00 P.M. Concert starts at 7:00 P.M.

Address: Seward County Activity Center, 810 Stadium Ave , Liberal, Kansas
Ph: 580-539-1017 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: linear@ptsi.net
Fee: $10 Advance- $12 Door -$5 age 12 & under -Under Age 5 FREE

June

30 - 31Affair of the Heart Quilt Show - Fabulous food, vendors, boutique with handmade items, quilt auction and of course hundreds of quilts!!

Special Exhibits:
God Bless America
Patriotic exhibit of small quilts from Judy Howard at Buckboard Antique Quilts in Oklahoma City.
The quilts are the result of a contest.
White Chocolate
Needles & Friends members will exhibit quilts made in a White Chocolate Workshop taught by Janet Jones Worley.

Silent Auction:
Each day of the show quilted items of various sizes will be on display for "silent bids" and the winning bidder will be announced at the end of the day. Funds raised are for community service projects and quilt show expenses.

Friday--9:00 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday--9:00 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Address: Seward County Activity Center, 810 Stadium Road , Liberal, Kansas
Ph: 620-624-7863 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: nfqgquiltshow@gmail.com
Web: www.wequilt.net
Fee: $8.00 per day or $12.00 for two days

19 - 22Heart of America Carnival - Address: Seward County Fairgrounds 1501 8th Street , Liberal, Kansas
Ph: 620-624-3743 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: jlewis@sewardcounty.org
Web: www.sewardcountyks.org

21Community Wide Rummage Sale - Community Wide Garage Sale. Treasures to be found!

Address: Seward County Event Center 810 Stadium Ave , Liberal, Kansas
Ph: 620-624-3743 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: 620-626-3317
Email: jlewis@sewardcountyks.org
Web: www.sewardcountyks.org
Fee: Free to public

July

17Bazaar Day - This citywide event is the third Thursday in July. Business merchants all over town offer tremendous savings of up to 75% off. Some businesses open as early as 6:00 A.M. as well as carry the sale throughout the weekend. The streets are blocked for accessibility of the pedestrians and customers. Bazaar day started over 30 years ago and has been a success ever since.



Ph: 620-624-3855 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.liberalisozsome.com

August

263KS1019015e003 - LiberalFive State Free Fair - If life in the Heartland is new to you, there's no better way to sample the best it has to offer than a visit to the Five State Free Fair. Attracting exhibitors and guests from Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and, of course, Kansas, the annual fair, which is over a week long, retains the simple pleasures of a small town event.

What could be more traditional than an afternoon in the bright summer sun, with lemonade to sip, with an array of home-made crafts and farm animals to observe? Only a ride on the ferris wheel as the sun sets and the sounds of carnival music drift up in the evening air.

At the county fairgrounds, just across Stadium Avenue, fairgoers can take in the final rounds of the KPRA rodeo each year, along with stock car races, a carnival, musical performances, and all the other standard fare of fairs.

Agricultural events are joined by quilt shows, ugly cake contests and even a special kids' day of games and contests. Naturally, there are dunking booths, hot dog stands and the famous tractor-pedal-pull competitions that pit miniature farmers in a contest of might.

Ph: 620-624-3712 (Always call and confirm events)

23KS1019015e023 - LiberalVFW Post 3166 Support Our Troops Car Show - Event will be from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Plaques will be awarded for Top 10 cars; Longest Distance and People's Choice.
There will be a 50/50 pot, concession on site, door prizes, etc.

Written inquiries may be sent to Brenda Mallory, 919 N. Purdue, Liberal, Ks 67901.

Address: 1851 West 2nd Street Road, Liberal, Ks , Liberal, Kansas
Ph: 620-482-1128 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: 620-626-1234
Email: bmallory_@hotmail.com or pbrink@ptsi.net
Fee: Pre Entry $25.00 Day of Show $30.00

September

Chili Cookoff - Businesses, civic organizations, and individuals participate in a chili cooking competition every September. People that attend the event sample and judge the chili and award the top choices with prizes. Tasting kits are available for sampling and a carnival with games helps keep the children busy and excited. The streets are blocked for accessibility and safety for individuals.

Ph: 620-624-3855 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.liberalisozsome.com

19 - 21American Crown Circus - American Crown Circus returns to the Seward County Fairgrounds.

Address: 810 Stadium Ave , Liberal, Kansas
Ph: 620-624-3743 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: 620-626-3317
Email: eventcenter@sewardcountyks.org
Web: www.sewardcountyks.org
Fee: Free Child with Paying Adult

October

27Community Wide Rummage Sale - Community Wide Garage Sale. Treasures galore! Climate controlled building. 32+ booth spaces.

Address: Seward County Event Center 810 Stadium Ave , Liberal, Kansas
Ph: 620-624-3743 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: 620-626-3317
Email: jlewis@sewardcountyks.org
Web: www.sewardcountyks.org
Fee: Free to public

45OzFest - Liberal proudly hosts an annual celebration of the "Wizard of Oz." The original Munchkin actors, along with hundreds of tourists and visitors, come together for arts and crafts, a parade, and much more. Activities include look alike contests, singing, dancing and countless children's activities. As a tribute to Toto, there is even a special event for dogs. This festival was added as an intrical part of the Land of Oz in 1991. Second weekend in October.

Address: The Land of Oz, 567 E. Cedar , Liberal, Kansas
Ph: 800-LIBERAL (Always call and confirm events)

November

Holiday Open House - Holiday Open House is Liberal's business' huge introduction to new holiday merchandise. At the beginning of every November, merchants offer special holiday hours as well as refreshments and drawings for prizes during this opening weekend of the holiday shopping season.

Ph: 620-624-3855 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.liberalisozsome.com

1International Fair - A celebration of the Diverse Cultures of the area. Food, music, performances, come celebrate the uniqueness that is Southwest Kansas.

Address: Seward County Event Center 810 Stadium Ave , Liberal, Kansas
Ph: 620-624-3743 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: 620-626-3317
Email: jlewis@sewardcountyks.org
Web: www.sewardcountyks.org
Fee: Free to public


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