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-eight years later, Parsons celebrates its railroad heritage and town history with the Katy Days Festival. Renew old friendships, rekindle memories and enjoy food, fun, entertainment and railroad-related activities.
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Katy Days Cancellation
As the COVID 19 pandemic was raging in 2020, we sadly canceled the annual Katy Days Festival and set the new date for fall of 2021--thinking that would give ample time for things to go back to normal. Unfortunately, that has not happened. Instead we have a new variant that is even more contagious than the original and for which children under twelve cannot be vaccinated.
Southeast Kansas hospitals, doctors and administrators have sent out a plea to the people of this area, stressing that they are at capacity and they need help in slowing down this deadly virus. In their plea, they request that we wear masks in public settings, get vaccinated, stay home if you are ill or exposed, social distance when possible, get tested, and AVOID LARGE GATHERINGS.
Katy Days is most definitely a large gathering, meant to be a time of fun and for people to enjoy each other. The last thing we want to have happen due to Katy Days is for more people to get sick. With that in mind, we once again sadly cancel Katy Days, with great hopes that we will all be back in full force for Katy Days 2022 in May.
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