MAY 23rd- 24th, 2025 FOREST PARK

2024 Schedule of Events

Friday, May 24th

5:30-10:30        Beer Garden 
5:45                  Openin  ceremony                           
Whistle Blowing - Joe Dobson 
6:00                  Katy Days Parade 
7:00 - 8:30        Stone Country    

Saturday, May 25th 
10:00 -11:00    Tumble & Cheer 
11:00 -12:00     Dance 
12:00 -1:00       Viking Color Guard and Dance 
1:00 - 2:00        SEK Princesses and Superheroes 
2:00 3:00          Katy Band 
5:30 -10:30       Beer Garden 
7:00 -8:30         Change of Heart 
9:00 -10:30       Van Hager    

KATY DAYS PARADEJoin in!Friday, May 24th, 6pm Begins at Heacock and Broadway, goes around the park.     

KIDS’ ENTERTAINMENT TENTFriday, May 24th, 3:30 & 5PM Disney Princesses & Superheroes    

Saturday, May 25th
Priscilla Howe - Storyteller
Shows 11:30 am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm   Disney Princesses & Superheroes Entertaining throughout the park both days    

RAILROAD & HISTORY RELATED ACTIVITIES - FOREST PARKHISTORY ZONEParsons in the 1950s and 1960”sArvon Phillips Recreation Center, Betty Anderson Room- Friday, May 24th 3-7 Saturday, May 25th 9 -5    

MKT Memorabilia   Throughout the park Fri & Sat   “President Rutherford B Hayes” Reenactment 3:15 pm, Katy Caboose Platform performed by Cary Pruitt    

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 $40 per set 2024 (previous years coins are still available with limited supplies) UTU Matthew Sloan MKT Ammo Boxcar Available on-line or at the Information Booth    
Buttons Commemorative Katy Days Festival Buttons are available at the info booth. 2024 buttons featuring Bobbi Ray our train conductor for almost 20 years.     

VINTAGE BASEBALL GAME Played with 1860’s rules Parsons’ “Katy Railroad Golden Spikes” vs “The Emporia Nine” 3pm - “Katy Field” (Forest Park Baseball Diamond, Heacock & Grand) Free ice cream to first 300 thanks to King Cash Saver Sponsored by Labette County Tourism    

RAILROAD and HISTORY RELATED ACTIVITIES - AROUND TOWNBluebonnet Banquet A “sit-down” meal with speaker and RR memories Guest Speaker: Roger Pruitt Saturday, Hospitality & Visiting 5:30, Dinner at 6 Location: LCC Cardinal Event Center - 13th & Main $20 per person, reservations due 5-17-24    

IRON HORSE MUSEUM, PARSONS HISTORICAL MUSEUMFARM HISTORY MUSEUM Open Friday 1-4, Saturday 10-4, Sunday 1-4 Visit the expanded rail yard and new special exhibits MODEL RAILROAD LAYOUT In EXERCISE CAR - open Sat 10-4, 18th-19th & Corning     

PARTICIPATORY ACTIVITIES See website for details   

The Ever-Popular Visual Scavenger Hunt!   Starts Monday, May 20 Forms at Bleacher Gear, 1730 Main  Forms checked 5-25, Saturday, 3-5pm in the History Zone (Rec Center).  First place wins $100, 2nd ($30) and 3rd ($20) places receive gift cards from Bleacher Gear.    

Spike it Rich 1” Medallion Hunt - $500 prize Clues will begin Monday, May 20 on Katy Days FB page, and KLKC Radio and continuing daily until found.    

“Spike it Rich 2” One-day Medallion Hunt in Forest Park only Saturday, May 25 - $250 prize. Clues given on “Katy Days Festival” Facebook page only and continuing each hour until found Both Medallion Hunts generously sponsored by Bowen Pharmacy    

Lions Club Horseshoe Tournament $20 per team - or $10 single Registration 8:00am Saturday, play starts 8:30am. 1ST PLACE TEAM WINS $150 Forest Park - east side    

Sand Volleyball Tournament $20 per team, proceeds go to PHS Volleyball Age Groups: 10-13, 13 &  up Play starts 11am, Forest Park Sand Volleyball Court Hosted by PHS  Volleyball   

Pickleball Tournament $20 donation per player, proceeds go towards Diabetes Camp Scholarships Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed doubles Forest Park Tennis or LCC Gym See for details Hosted by Altamont & Parsons Lions Clubs    

Katy Days Open Disc Golf Tournament Saturday, May 25, 2024Dedicated to The Memory of Terry Walker document/d/1QtNn7aMT7QFooydwMSF3dqPlhHZ2nIZkqWOaup3-OV4/edit?usp=sharing 2024 Sponsored by Discraft PDGA C-tier Hosted by MD Disc Golf ROUND 1 - GLENWOOD PARK ROUND 2 - TOLEN CREEK Minimum of $400 added cash to pro divisions First 75 amateur players will receive a player's pack 1 - Discraft ESP (Buzz, Raftor, or Zone) 1 - Discraft Jawbreaker (Buzz, Challenger, or Zone) 1 - Discraft Graphite Pencils 1 - Discraft Vinyl Sticker       

Elks Club Cornhole Tournament $30/team Starts after the Horseshoe Tourney ends Saturday or noon - whichever is later.  Registration  - 11am by Stone Shelter House, Forest Park    

20th Annual Iron Horse 5K & 1K Family Fun Run Tolen Creek Park Sat morning 7:30 - 5K Run 8:30 - 1K Fun Run Packets can be picked up in Forest Park, Fri 5-6pm, NW corner OR Saturday morning at the race site. Register on-line or day of event Sponsored by Bleacher Gear, Labette Health, Bank of Commerce       

Homemade Pies!  The same delicious pies you know and love!  They will be served in “to go” containers off the south patio of the Recreation Center. 10am to 5pm (or sell out)   Food Vendors - A variety to choose from throughout the park all weekend:MAIN COURSES: • Flounders • Ghetto Tacos • Happy Foods Concessions • Lil Red Wagon Mobile Cafe • Outsider's Tacos • Sam & Louie's Mobile Pizzeria • The Beaners • The Spiral Spud • The Driveway Diner BBQ • Chubbs & Spuds    
SWEETS & DRINKS: ••Cappuccino Connections • Cinfull Sweets & Treats • It's Poppin' Kettle Corn • Hershey's • Mobile Ice Cream Parlor • Kandy's Koffee • Keck's Longhorn Root Beer • Linda's Lemonade • Snowflake Shaved Ice   

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES**All FREE unless noted “Pancake Special” Miniature Train Rides Friday 3-8 and Saturday 9-7 Board at the Kiwanis Play Park Provided by Kiwanis Club of Parsons   “Katy Days Express” Rubber-Wheeled Train (for small children only) Friday 3-8 and Saturday 10-7 Board in front of Swimming Pool Sponsored by Baugher Implement

 Kids Crossing Area SW corner of park by the Caboose 3-7 Friday, 9-5 Saturday Explore the Curious Minds Mini Museum, Crafts, Games Organized by Curious Minds Discovery Zone 
Old Time Office, Rope Making, Face Painting      

Shriner Clowns
Making & sharing balloon characters, mixed with a bit of magic! North sidewalk Friday 6-8, Saturday 10-5     

Petting Zoo South of playground equipment Friday 3-8, Saturday 9-5    

Pony Rides! Friday & Saturday Sponsored by Parsons Walmart    

Soap Box Derby! Free Miniature Golf -  $5 single play, $10 all day, $15 for Fri & Sat 18 different holes! Provided by Troop 2 - Boy Scouts    

Inflatables for Children & Youths Fri 3-dusk, Sat 10-dusk Wristbands available for purchase next to Info Booth $10 Friday, $15 Saturday, $20 both days Dollar tickets also available, each ride varies in cost Wristbands can be purchased online       

Bikers UnitedMotorcycle Show!Saturday, 9am-12pmNorth side of Broadway between Heacock & 13th    

Crafts Fair Friday afternoon 3-8, Saturday 9-5 A variety of crafts and home-based businesses Throughout the park   

Quilt Show Sat, 9-4, Arvon Phillips Rec Ctr.    

“Grits & Grass” String Band Sat, Noon-2pm North of the Kiwanis Train Shed    

The NTR Band (No Talent Required) Monkey organs, Basshorn, Accordions. Saturday, 10-5 (with breaks) Near Horseshoe Area    

Heritage Crafters Demonstrations & Sales East side of park across from Pool Traditional crafts are demonstrated and items sold Saturday 9-5    

Heritage Tractor Display Enjoy a display of Heritage Tractors North of the Kiwanis Train Shed    

Helicopter Rides!! Fri 3-dusk, Sat 11am-dusk Boardking: one block east of Broadway & Heacock Along the levy.    

For more detailed information on all of the above, visit, “Katy Days Festival” Facebook/Instagram,, contact (620) 322-0040 call/text 

Many (but not all) activities are free thanks to many generous donors!     

Broadway and Heacock Streets will be closed all weekend. Please do not cross barricades. Help us maintain a safe festival.

Handicapped Parking:  Friday & Saturday, the LCC lot at 13th and Broadway, NW corner is designated for handicapped parking ONLY.    

Official Katy Days t-shirts and other memorabilia are available through Bleacher Gear at their booth in the park during Katy Days or at the downtown store, 18th and Main.

We love dogs but PLEASE LEAVE THEM AT HOME.  The park is very crowded and it is scary and possibly dangerous for some people and dogs to be in such close quarters.    

Our fabulous Public Pool and Splash Pad will be open for activity on Sunday, May 26th after the Katy Days Festival.