KATY DAYS EVENTS

Celebrating Parsons Railroad Heritage - May 22-24, 2015 - Forest Park


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MEMORABILIA IN THE PARK

(Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during festival)

Look for MKT memorabilia displayed throughout the park. The bench you are sitting on may be one from the Parsons depot or from an MKT boxcar. Peruse the display of axes, picks and other tools used on the railroad. Visit the blacksmith shop. Look for baggage carts, railroad signs, but most importantly, be sure to stop when the crossing gates are down. 

THURSDAY

Spike It Rich  Medallion Hunt

All Day

Follow the clues and find the medallion for the $500 prize.  The hunt runs till the medallion is found.  Get the clues and see if you can figure the hiding place. 

 

 

FRIDAY

Petting Zoo   
3:00 pm - 8:00 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.

 

Cherry Valley Model Railroad Show and Swap Meet  
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join the Cherry Valley Model Railroad Club in the Arvon Phillips Recreation Center for a model train extravaganza. You'll also see Katy railroad memorabilia and can make purchases from a variety of vendors. There will be four modular layouts of different scales at this show.  Dealers from a wide area will have merchandise for sale too.  Always a popular stop for both children and adults! Website link: http://www.cvmrc.com/
Sponsors: Cherry Valley Model Railroad Club
 

 

Children's Entertainment Tent

Steve Gryb - The Pied Piper of Percussion presents “The Rhythm is Going to Get You!” show.  This high energy, interactive, one-of-a-kind show has entertained and educated audiences of all ages for over 20 years throughout North America.

 

Pancake Special  
3:00 - 9:00 pm
Come take a ride on the Pancake Special.  Travel through the park on our small scale train.  Bring back the memories of yesteryear! Whether you're 1 or 100 you'll enjoy this nostalgic ride.  Admission: FREE!

Sponsored by the Union Pacific Railroad

 

History Zone

4:00 - 8:00 pm. - Arvon Phillips Recreation Center: History Zone

The MKT: More Than a Railroad

This year's theme focuses on the railroad's influence on the daily lives of it's employees.

 

Inflatables

5:00 - 9:00 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 $10.00 for Friday night or $20.00 for both Friday night and all day Saturday. You can also purchase individual tickets for $1.00 each at our ticket table.

 

SATURDAY

13th Annual Iron Horse Duathlon & 5K Run  
7:30 am
The 13th 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: Bleacher Gear and Labette Health

Horseshoe Tournament   
8:30 am - 10:00 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

Cherry Valley Model Railroad Show and Swap Meet  
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Join the Cherry Valley Model Railroad Club in the Arvon Phillips Recreation Center for a model train extravaganza. You'll also see Katy railroad memorabilia and can make purchases from a variety of vendors. There will be four modular layouts of different scales at this show.  Dealers from a wide area will have merchandise for sale too.  Always a popular stop for both children and adults! Website link: http://www.cvmrc.com/
Sponsors: Cherry Valley Model Railroad Club
 

Tours of Union Pacific Engine   
9:00 am - 5:00pm
The Union Pacific railroad will have the KATY HERITAGE 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
The 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".

Petting Zoo   
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.

Inflatables

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.

 

High Striker   
All Day
To 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?

 

Quilt Show

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Katy Days Quilt Show - Garfield School (main west doors)...$2.00 entry fee.  Boutique items for sale.  Raffle for a railroad themed quilt.

 

History Zone
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The MKT: More Than a Railroad

This year's theme focuses on the railroad's influence on the daily lives of it's employees.

 

Parsons Quilt Guild  

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Members of the Quilters' Guild of Parsons will be demonstrating hand tying and hand quilting under the Crafters tent.  They will also have a display of wall quilts with a common railroad theme.

 

Children's Entertainment Tent

Steve Gryb - The Pied Piper of Percussion presents “The Rhythm is Going to Get You!” show.  This high energy, interactive, one-of-a-kind show has entertained and educated audiences of all ages for over 20 years throughout North America.

Pete Walterscheid will be performing Magic under the tent.

 

Homemade Pies   
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hundreds 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! 

 

Katy Days Parade

10:00 am 

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 Park.  Participating horse riders will have the opportunity for a trail ride out to the Great Plains Industrial Park following the parade.

 

Track 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

 

Miss Katy Queen Coronation

11.00 am

The 2014 Miss Katy Queen will be crowned at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, May 24 at the Main Stage.  Miss Katy will be awarded a $1000 scholarship and additional scholarships will be awarded for first and second runner-up. 

Miss Katy Info

 

Katy Days Volleyball Tournament -
2:00 pm
This year’s tournament will begin Saturday at 2:00pm, at the volleyball court north of the tennis courts.
Sponsors: Parsons Recreation Commission

 

Spike It Rich Medallion Hunt -  
3:00
pm
Beginning Monday May 19, 2014, be sure and visit www.katydays.com, our Facebook Page, and listening 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 will be revealed on Saturday at the Katy Days Main Stage at 3:00 pm.

Beer Garden   
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 Park.

The Bluebonnet Banquet
5:00pm social hour, 5:30pm dinner
The
Bluebonnet Banquet will be held on Saturday night, May 24, at the Parsons Senior Center, 1800 Belmont.   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 couple.

 

SUNDAY

Church in The Park
11:00 am
Organized by the Parsons Ministerial Alliance, join together in an ecumenical worship service with your friends and neighbors. 

Music in the Park

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Redemptions Call

 

Community Picnic

12:00 noon

Pulled pork sandwiches, chips and drink - (donations accepted)  will be served from the Kiwanis Shelter House.

 

 

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