EVENTS

    Food

  • Food Vendors
    A variety to choose from throughout the park all weekend.
  • Rotary Club Biscuits and Gravy
    Cardinal Cafe, 13th & Broadway, LCC Campus.
    Saturday 7 - 11 am, $5
  • Homemade Pies
    Arvon Phillips Recreation Center.
    Saturday only, 10 - 5 (or until they run out).

Children's Activities

  • "Pancake Special" Miniature Train Rides - Free
    Friday afternoon and all day Saturday. Board at the Kiwanis Play Park.
    Sponsored by Union Pacific RR
  • Grady's Pedal-Powered Tractors - Free
    Click here for more info
    Miniature leg-powered tractors from the 40’s on
    Fri 3 - 8, Sat 9 - 6
    Southeast of Main Stage
  • Hodges Handcars and Ottaway Pump- Its
    Click here for more info
    $1/ride or included with wrist band 
    Hand-powered miniature rail rides from the 50’s
    Fri 3 - 8, Sat 9 - 6 
    South of boarding for Pancake Special
  • Inflatables
    Friday, 3 - 9, Saturday 10 - 10.
    Wristbands available for purchase next to Info Booth.
    $10 Friday, $15 Saturday, $20 both days.
  • "Katy Days Express" Rubber-Wheeled Train
    Friday, Saturday, Sunday. $1 a ride or wristband.
    Board in front of swimming pool.
  • Kid's Crossing Area
    East side of park.
  • Big Tent
    Face painting, train-cookie decorating, use old-time office machines, help paint a train mural,and more! 
    Saturday 9 - 5 
  • Small Tent
    Rope making, 1940's washing machine, wheel-thrown pottery, corn grinding, pecan cracking.
    Saturday 10 - 5.
  • Shriner Clowns
    Making and sharing balloon characters, mixed with a bit of magic!
    Friday 6 - 8, Saturday 10 - 5.
  • Petting Zoo
    Friday 3 - 8, Saturday 9 - 5.
  • Army Reservists
    Play on military equipment, shoot with lasers, and get your own "dog tags"
    Satuday 9 - 5.
  • Horse and Buggy Rides
    Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Pony Rides
    Friday and Saturday

Kid's Entertainment Tent

  • Dennis Wilson - Magic!
    Friday shows at 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30.
  • Landon Stark - Magic and Balloons
    Saturday shows at 11, 12:30, 1:45, 3, 4:15
    Roving between afternoon shows with balloon sculpting.

General Interest

  • Vintage Base Ball Game - 2nd Year
    Click here for more info
    Played with 1880's rules.
    Parsons' "Katy Railroad Golden Spikes" vs Emporia's "Howe House Griffins"
    3pm - "Katy Field" (Forest Park Baseball Diamond, Heacock and Grand)
    Free ice cream to the first 500!
    Sponsored by Labette County Tourism, Country Mart, Hiland Dairy, and Hickory Hole.
  • Heritage Crafters Demonstrations and Sales
    Click here for Application
    North side of park - under the big tents.
    Traditional crafts are demonstrated and sold - felting, soap making, glasswork, natural fibery dyeing, wood and leather working, wheat weaving, quilting, pottery, knitting, tatting, and more.
    Saturday 10 - 5.
  • Community and Craft Booths - New!
    A variety of booths with home-based businesses and handmade items
    On Heacock  
    Saturday 9 - 5.
  • Quilt Show and More - "Riding the Rails"
    Click here for more info
    Quilters guild of Parsons.
    PRC Gymnasium - Donation Entry.
    Saturday 9 - 5.
  • Classic Car Cruise Night
    SoKan Cruisers
    Friday 6:30pm, 2130 Corning.
  • Classic Car Display, Car Bash Fundraiser, Valve Cover Racing
    Saturday, after parade on Broadway.
  • Helicopter Rides
    Friday 3 - Dusk, Saturday 11am - Dusk. Boarding is one block east of Broadway and Heacock along the levy.
  • Antique Tractor Display
    Saturday 9 - 5

Railroad and History Related Activities
Forest Park

  • Gandy Dancers Track - Building Demonstrations
    On Broadway, North side of park
    Saturday 11am
  • Dedication of MKT Caboose #119 
    Southwest corner of Forest Park
    Saturday, 2pm 
  • High Striker
    Are you as strong as a Gandy Dancer?
    See if you can ring the bell. All day Saturday
  • History Zone
    “Civic Pride”
    Historical photographs & memorabilia
    Arvon Phillips Recreation Center
    Fri 4 - 8; Sat 9 - 5 
  • MKT Memorabilia
    Throughout the park Fri, Sat, Sun
  • Railroad Reunion Meet Up with NARVE
    For former MKT employees, friends & family - NARVE representatives will be on hand.
    Saturday, all day, Main Entertainment Tent 
  • Commemorative MKT Coins 
    Click here for order form
    Set of three commemorative MKT coins featuring: MKT Inspection Car 1045, Harold Gastler - MKT President, Oklahoma Kansas Texas RR. Set of three $35, more than one set $30 each. Purchased singly: 1 for $13, 2 for $12.50 each, 3 or more $12 each. Purchase at Information Booth or at Parsons Chamber of Commerce

Railroad and History Related Activities
Around Town

  • Union Pacific Heritage Locomotives UP 1988 (MKT) and UP 1982 (Missouri Pacific)
    Tour an engine!
    Sat 9 - 5 Crawford RR Crossing
    Turn north off Crawford onto 20th and follow signs for parking
  • Bluebonnet Banquet
    A “sit-down” meal with speaker and RR memories
    Speaker Karl R. Ziebarth, former exeutive VP of MKT RR
    Saturday, Social time 5:30, Dinner at 6
    Parsons Senior Center, 18th & Belmont
  • Iron Horse Museum and Parsons Historical Museum
    Open Friday 1 - 4, Saturday 10 - 4, Sunday 1 - 4
    Visit the expanded rail yard and new special exhibits 
    18th - 19th & Corning 

Participatory Activities

  • NEW! Chili Cookoff
    CASI (Chili Appreciation Society International)

    Click here for more info
    Saturday a.m. 
    Salsa judging - 11:30 
    CASI Chili - 12:00 
    Homestyle - 12:30 
  • Katy Days Parade
    10am, Saturday
    Contact Chamber of Commerce to participate 620-421-6500
  • "Spike it Rich 1" Medallion Hunt
    First clue will be given Monday, May 23rd on “Katy Days Festival” Facebook page, katydays.com and KLKC Radio.
    Sponsored by Bowen Pharmacy.
  • “Spike it Rich 2” One day Medallion Hunt in Forest Park only
    Clues will be given on “Katy Days Festival” Facebook page only
    Sponsored by Bowen Pharmacy.
  • 15th Annual Iron Horse Duathlon, 5K Run, 1K Family Fun Run
    Click here for more info and form
    Saturday 7:30am - 5K and Duathlon,
    8:15am - 1K Fun Run 
    Commercial Bank, Central & Main
    Sponsored by Bleacher Gear, Labette Health, Bank of Parsons
  • Lions Club Horshoe Tournament
    $20 per team.
    Registration 8:00am Saturday. Play starts at 8:30am
    Forest Park - east side.
  • Parsons Swimming Pool
    Opens on Saturday, 1:00pm
  • 5th Annual Midnight Madness Softball Tournament
    Click here for more info
    Registration starts at 10:00pm at KMH Field.
    $100 per team,
    16 and up.
    Sponsored by Golden Plains Credit Union.
  • 11th Annual Katy Days Sand Volleyball Tournament
    Click here for more info
    Registration - 1pm, Tournament starts 2pm. $5 per player.
    Forest park, north of tennis courts.
    Sponsored by Golden Plains Credit Union