• Community Lunch
    BBQ Meal
    Fundraiser for LCHS- FCCLA
    Kiwanis Shelter. Sunday only
  • Homemade Pies
    Arvon Phillips Recreation Center
    Saturday only, 10 - 5 (or until they run out).
  • Rotary Club Biscuits and Gravy
    Cardinal Cafe, 13th & Broadway, LCC Campus.
    Saturday 7:30 - 11 am, $5
  • Food Vendors
    A variety to choose from throughout the park all weekend.

Children's Activities
Many are free!

  • Kiwanis "Pancake Special" Miniature Train Rides - Free
    Fri 3-8, Sat 9-5
    Board at the Kiwanis Play Park.
    Sponsored by Union Pacific RR
  • "Katy Days Express" Rubber-Wheeled Train
    Friday, Saturday
    $1/ride or included with wristband
    Board in front of swimming pool.
    Sponsored by Future Business Coalition
  • Inflatables
    Friday 3 - 9, Saturday 9 - 9
    Wristbands available for purchase next to Info Booth
    $10 Friday, $15 Saturday, $20 both days.
    Individual tickets also available
  • Hodges Handcars and Ottaway Pump- Its
    Click here for more info
    Fri 3 - 8, Sat 9 -5 
    $1/ride or included with wristband 
    Hand-powered miniature rail rides from the 50’s
    South of boarding for Kiwanis Train.
  • Grady's Pedal-Powered Tractors - Free
    Click here for more info
    Fri 3 - 8, Sat 9 - 6
    Miniature tractors from the 40’s
    SE of Main Stage
  • Big Tent
    Saturday 9 - 5
    Face painting, train-cookie decorating, old-time office machines, help paint a train mural, and more!
  • Small Tent
    Saturday 9 - 5
    Rope making, 1940's washing machine, wheel-thrown pottery, corn grinding, pecan cracking.
  • Boy Scout Tent
    Saturday 9 - 5
    Bottle Rockets and Mini Soap Box Derby

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 11:00, 12:30, 1:30, 3:00, 4:15
    Roving between afternoon shows with balloon sculpting for tips.
  • Shriner Clowns
    Friday 6 - 8, Saturday 10 - 5.
    Making and sharing balloon characters, mixed with a bit of magic!
  • 329th CSSB Army Reserve Center
    Friday 3 - 7, Saturday 9 - 5
    Play on military equipment, shoot with lasers, and get your own "dog tags"
  • Pony Rides
    Friday and Saturday
    Near caboose
  • Petting Zoo
    Friday 3 - 8, Saturday 9 - 5.
  • Horse and Buggy Rides
    Friday and Saturday
    Board on Heacock Street by Petting Zoo

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"
    Saturday 3pm at "Katy Field"
    (Forest Park Baseball Diamond, Heacock and Grand)
    Free ice cream to the first 300!
    Sponsored by Labette County Tourism, Country Mart, Hiland Dairy, and Hickory Hole.
  • Kaleidoscope Theater
    Be on the lookout Saturday for original theater breaking out in the park!
  • New! Crafts Fair
    Click here for Application
    Homemade items and community booths
    On Heacock Street
    Saturday 9 - 5.
  • Quilt Show and More
    Click here for more info
    "Riding the Rails" Quilters Guild of Parsons.
    PRC Gymnasium - Donation Entry.
    Saturday 9 - 5.
  • Heritage Crafters Demonstrations and Sales
    Click here for Application
    Click here for more info
    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.
  • New! Art Show
    Non-juried, a variety of railroad and heritage art
    LCC Gymnasium
    9-5 Saturday
  • Cruise Night
    Click here for more info
    Everyone welcome
    Meet Friday 6pm on Broadway
    Sponsored by the SoKan Cruisers
  • Car Bash Fundraiser, Valve Cover Racing, Dunk Tank
    Saturday 11 - 5
  • Helicopter Rides
    Boarding: one block east of Broadway & Heacock Street
    Along the levy
    Friday 3pm - Dusk
    Saturday 11am - Dusk.
  • Antique Tractor Display
    Forest Park
    Saturday 9 - 5

Railroad and History Related Activities
Forest Park

  • Gandy Dancers - Track Building Demonstrations
    On Broadway, North side of park
    Saturday 11am only
  • High Striker
    Are you as strong as a Gandy Dancer?
    See if you can ring the bell.
    Heacock Street & Broadway
    Saturday 11 – 5
  • History Zone
    “Civic Pride”
    Historical photographs & memorabilia
    Arvon Phillips Recreation Center
    Fri 4 - 8, Sat 9 - 5 
  • MKT Memorabilia
    Throughout the park 
    Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
  • MKT Caboose #119 Dedication
    SW corner of Forest Park
    Saturday 2pm
  • 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
    May be purchased as a set of three or as a single coin.
    Limited quantities available from previous years.
    Purchase at Information Booth or at
    Parsons Chamber of Commerce

Railroad and History Related Activities
Around Town

  • Union Pacific Heritage Locomotives &
    Operation Lifesaver

    UP 1988 (MKT) and UP 1982 (Missouri Pacific)
    Tour an engine! Learn about safety around trains.
    Sat 9 - 5
    Crawford Railroad Crossing
    Turn north off Crawford onto 20th and follow signs
    for parking
  • Passenger Train Ride
    Board at Crawford Crossing.
    Saturday Rides at 10am, 1pm, 4pm
    Free, but limited tickets. 81 persons per ride
    Those 18 and older may have 2 tickets each.
    First-come, First-served at the Cardinal
    (NE corner of Forest Park)
    Friday 6pm giveaway, can start lining up at 4pm
  • Bluebonnet Banquet
    A sit-down meal with speaker and railroad memories
    Speaker Karl R. Ziebarth, former executive VP of MKT RR
    Saturday - Social 5:30
    Saturday - Dinner 6:00
    Parsons Senior Center, 18th & Belmont
    For reservations ($15) call Jackie 620-421-1000
  • Iron Horse Museum and Parsons Historical Museum
    Visit the expanded rail yard and new special exhibits
    Open Friday 1 - 4, Saturday 10 - 4, Sunday 1 - 4
    18th-19th and Corning
  • Open House
    TM Track Machines
    Saturday 11 - 1
    901 N. 25th Street, Parsons

Participatory Activities

  • Katy Days Parade
    Saturday 10am
    To participate contact Parsons Chamber of Commerce
  • 15th Annual Iron Horse Duathlon, 5K and
    Family Fun 1K Run

    Click here for more info and form
    Saturday 7:30am – 5K and Duathlon
    Saturday 8:15am – 1K Fun Run
    Commercial Bank, Central and Main
    Sponsored by Bleacher Gear, Labette Health, Bank of Parsons
  • NEW! CASI Chili Challenge
    (Chili Appreciation Society International)

    Click here for more info
    Saturday a.m. 
    Salsa judging - 11:30 
    CASI Chili judging - 12:00 
    Homestyle judging - 12:30
  • "Spike it Rich 1" Medallion Hunt $500
    Click here for Rules
    First clue will be given Monday, May 23rd on “Katy Days Festival” Facebook page, www.katydays.com and KLKC Radio.
    Sponsored by Bowen Pharmacy.
  • "Spike it Rich 2" Medallion Hunt $250
    Click here for Rules
    (Saturday only, in Forest Park)
    Clues will be given on
    “Katy Days Festival”Facebook page only
    Sponsored by Bowen Pharmacy.
  • Visual Scavenger Hunt
    $100 grand prize
    $50 in car wash tokens, 2nd prize
    Starts Monday, May 23rd
    Forms available at Bleacher Gear and
    Parsons Chamber of Commerce
  • Lions Club Horshoe Tournament
    $20 per team.
    Registration 8am
    Play starts at 8:30
    Forest Park, east side
  • Parsons Swimming Pool
    Opens on Saturday, 1:00pm
  • Katy Golf Club - 2 Person Scramble
  • 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 Sponsored by Parsons Rec & Golden Plains Credit Union.
  • 11th Annual Katy Days Sand Volleyball Tournament
    Click here for more info
    $5 per player
    Registration 1:00pm
    Tournament starts 2:00pm
    Forest Park, north of tennis courts
    Sponsored by Parsons Rec & Golden Plains Credit Union


  • Parking
    Parking is restricted around the park on Saturday, until after the Katy Days Parade ends around 11am. Heacock is closed all weekend.

    Please do not cross barricades.
    Help us maintain a safe parade route for all participants.

    Handicapped Parking
    Entire lot at 13th and Broadway, Northeast corner.

    Official Katy Days t-shirts and other memorabilia available through Bleacher Gear at their booth in the park during Katy Days or at their downtown store, 1730 Main Street.