MAY 27 - 29, 2016 FOREST PARK

In 1870 the first Missouri-Kansas-Texas train rolled into a new town in southeast Kansas, that would become Parsons, and the railroad would be remembered as the Katy! One-hundred forty-six years later, Parsons celebrates its railroad heritage and town history with the Katy Days Festival. Renew old friendships, rekindle memories and enjoy three days of food, fun, entertainment and railroad-related activities.
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Two craft shows at Katy Days 2016! Heritage crafters who demonstrate and sell traditional crafts under the big tents on the north end of the park. And, NEW this year, crafters with handmade items and home-based businesses on the east side.

CASI Chili Cookoff. First year at Katy Days! Anyone can enter. Salsa, CASI Chili, and Homestyle Chili categories of competition.

TRIBUTE BANDS both Friday and Saturday night. Tributes to Queen, The Police, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, and ZZ Top.

Dedication of MKT Caboose 114. Newly relocated to Forest Park. Dedication honoring MKT employees throughout the years and the Gandy Dancers who built the track.

Return of the VISUAL SCAVENGER HUNT! Begins Monday, May 23rd.

VINTAGE BASE BALL game! Despite the torrential rain of 2015, the Katy Flyers are ready to give it another go against Emporia’s Howe House Griffins.

NEW SET OF COMMEMORATIVE COINS with images of MKT 1045 Inspection Car, Mr. I.M. Gastler -MKT President and OK&T Railroad Seal.

IRON HORSE FAMILY FUN RUN, 5K and Duathlon! Get in shape with their Couch to 5K program.

LOTS of CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES - Inflatables, Crafts, antique people-powered rides - Hodges Handcars, Ottaway Pump-its, and Gradys’ Pedal Tractors.

Union Pacific Heritage LOCOMOTIVES ON DISPLAY and open for touring on Saturday at Crawford Crossing.