15th Annual Iron Horse Duathlon & 5K
The 15th Annual Iron Horse Duathlon & 5K Run will begin at 7:30am in the Commercial Bank parking lot. Brochures
& forms are available at Bleacher Gear.
Sponsors: Band of Parosns and Labette Health
SATURDAY ONLY -Spike It Rich
Follow the clues
and find the medallion for the $500 prize. This one
day Medallion Hunt will take place in Forest Park only.
Clues will be given ONLY on the
Katy Days Facebook page.
8:30 am -
Come and show off your throwing skills at this year's horseshoe
throwing contest on the east side of Forest Park.
Sponsors: Parsons Lions Club
1K Family Run
Come join us for
a fun family-time event. The Run will start and end at the
Commercial Ban parking lot.
Sponsors: Band of
Parsons and Labette Health
Tours of Union Pacific Engine
9:00 am - 5:00pm
Union Pacific railroad will have a locomotive on display and open
for touring on Saturday, May 24th from 9am to 5pm at the Crawford
Crossing. Visitors should turn north on 20th Street and follow signs
for parking. (Free)
Sponsors: Union Pacific Railroad
Heritage Crafters -
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
focus under the crafters tent is "edutainment" - a mixture of
education and entertainment, and many of our crafters will have
items for sale as well.. Take your time as you make your way
around, ask questions, pull up a hay bale, sit, visit and learn how
things were done "in the old days".
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Popular with children and adults alike, the Katy Days petting zoo is
a fantastic opportunity to get up close and personal with a wide
variety of animals. There is no admission charge and no limit on how
long you can stay. Just be gentle, be safe and be sure to wash your
hands at the hand-washing station when you’re done! Open 9am to 5pm.
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
We will have inflatables
and rides for both young and young at heart. Add some
excitement to your weekend while flipping on a trampoline or winning
a race through an obstacle course. Purchase an unlimited ride
wrist band for
$15.00 for all day Saturday. You can also purchase individual
tickets for $1.00 each at our ticket table.
drive spikes into railroad ties, you had to be strong and able to
swing the mallet up over your head. Get a sense of this by watching
the Gandy Dancer track laying demonstration - then give the High
Striker a try. $1 for three tries. Can you ring the bell?
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Katy Days Quilt Show -
Arvon Phillips Recreation Center Gymnasium.
The Quilter's Guild of
Parsons will present a quilt show called, "Out of the Box".
They will also be selling opportunities to win a quilt that Guild
members have made.
9:00 am -
Organized by Mike
Brotherton and Dave Mattox, the History Zone is always a delightful
opportunity to learn about some aspect of Parsons and/or MKT
history. This year's History Zone will 'take you out to the
ballgame' as it explorers the history of early baseball in Parsons.
The photographic exhibit will concentrate on ball teams before 1940:
minor and major league teams that played in Parsons. Teams
consisting of employees of the Katy Railroad and city league teams
sponsored by local businesses.
10:00 am -
of delicious homemade pies, made by many of Parsons’ best pie makers
are available at the Arvon Phillips Recreation Center from 10am to
5pm, Saturday Only. $2.00 a slice, $12.00 for a small pie and
$14.00 for a large pie. Rain or shine!
11:00 am, 12:30, and
Vodville Klown and
the Slapstick Circus: A one man stage show of 30 to 45 minutes
featuring Richard Renner as Vodville Klown performing circus skills
and pantomime techniques. A completely silent act, except for
the occasional scream, Richard entertains with physical comedy, prat
falls, and circus skills. Objects attack, machines refuse to
work and all the failures ultimately lead to success.
1:45, 3:00 pm
Pete Walterscheid, Magician:
Whether as a magician, emcee, or comedian, Pete Waltersheid takes
pride in what he presents. Be it on stage, or in the
spectator's hands, Pete's magic delights and thrills. You
can't help but become a part of the excitement and fun that "Magic
by Pete" extends to his audiences.
Katy Days Parade
Once called the
“All Horse Parade” we have added to the horses and plan a parade led
by the PHS drumline and includes area bands, classic vehicles, and a
variety of other entries. We have a new route will take the parade
from the west entrance of Marvel Park down Main to 13th
street to Broadway and east on Broadway to Heacock then south to
the entrance of the swimming pool where it will return to Marvel
Laying Demonstration by the Gandy Dancers
11:00 am & 2:00 pm
A gandy dancer is a member of a railroad work crew responsible for
building and keeping the tracks straight. The term is reputed to be
derived from the Gandy Tool Company that made the tools and also
from the rhythmic and highly coordinated movements the workers made
as they rocked their tools to and fro to pound spikes and straighten
the track. And you can watch them “dance” as they swing their
ten-pound hammers and build a section of track in the park.
Sponsor: Union Pacific Railroad
Katy Days Volleyball
This year’s tournament will
begin Saturday at 2:00pm, at the volleyball court north of the tennis
Sponsors: Parsons Recreation Commission
Spike It Rich
Medallion Hunt - Winner's
Beginning Monday May 23, 2016, be sure and visit
each day to KLKC radio, 1540 AM, for the clues that lead to the
location of the medallion. Then put on your thinking cap and see if
you can be the winner of the $500 prize! The winner's for both the
Spike It Rich #1 and #2 Hunts will be revealed
on Saturday at the Katy Days Main Stage at 3:00 pm.
5:00 pm - 10:30pm
Great fun and good music. Meet up with friends, relax and
enjoy a beverage under the
stars. Lots of informal reunions take place at the Saturday evening
Beer Garden and it’s a great way to wind up a fun day at Forest
5:30pm social hour, 6:00pm dinner
Bluebonnet Banquet will be held on Saturday night, May 24, at
Parsons Senior Center, 1800 Belmont. A
sit-down meal with speaker and railroad memories.. Space is
limited so get your reservations for the dinner in by May 17th by
sending your checks and names of those reserving space to Sue
O'Brien, Box 81, Parsons, KS 67357. .
Please include an e-mail address and/or a phone number so you can be
notified if space is filled. For questions, call Mary Hughes at
620-421-3453. Tickets are $15.00 per person, or $25.00 per
Nicholas Fry, curator of
the John W. Barringer III National Railroad Library in St Louis, MO,
is our guest speaker. He will talk about how Mr. Barringer
rescued the "Katy" from complete collapse and turned it back into a
vialble railroad company. For more info -