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-nine 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.


Listen to stories of Parsons and the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad

Russell Barnes


Jim Blanton


Robert Brandenburg


Jack Burke


Richard Dearth


Pete Hughes


Wanda Ladage


Mike May


Vincent Miller


Gordon Piper


Kitty Owens Schildgen


Norma Jean Seaton

2018 Coordinators & Committees
  • Antique Tractor Display: Brad Shields
  • Bag Toss: Mitch McClenning, Elks Club
  • Banners: Dave & Aquila Winchell, City of Parsons
  • Base Ball (Vintage): Bruce Rea, Parsons Baseball Club
  • Beer Garden: Sherri Dunlay, Mark Forbes
  • Bluebonnet Banquet: Steve & Ruth Farrell, Sue O’Brien, Vicki Chandler, Lois Shrum, Jonna Gabbert, Mary Hughes
  • “Burma Shave” Signs: Gary Marks
  • Car Cruise and Mini Car Show: SoKan Cruisers
  • Children’s Entertainment Tent:  Dennis Wilson
  • Commemorative Coins: Steve Farrell, Carol Hucke
  • Community Church Service: Rev. Jennifer Dawson, Parsons Ministerial Association
  • Craft Show: Dave & Aquila Winchell
  • Dunk Tank: Viking Elite, Andy Hopper
  • Food & Other Vendors: Jackie Schmid, Dave & Aquila Winchell
  • Finance: Jackie Schmid
  • Fundraising: Katy Days Committee, Jackie Schmid, Laura Moore
  • Haybales: Levi Willems
  • High Striker: T.M. Track Machines
  • Heritage Crafts: John Olson, Megan Hughes
  • History Zone & Visual Scavenger Hunt: Dave Mattox, Mike Brotherton
  • Horseshoe Tournament:  Parsons Lions Club
  • Information Booth:  Dave & Aquila Winchell, Labette Bank
  • Iron Horse Duathlon, 5K, and 1K Fun Run: The Parsons Runners
  • Katy Days Buttons: Rick and Vickie Trotnic
  • Katy Days Express: Steve Farrell, Bobby Kindrick
  • Katy Days Founders: Mary and Pete Hughes
  • Katy Days WW & RR Project: Amy Reynolds, Wall Funeral Services
  • Main Stage Emcee: Shawn Wheat
  • Main Stage Entertainment: Ashley Duncan
  • MKT & Parsons Memorabilia: Rick & Vickie Trotnic
  • Model Railroad Display: Charles Wells, Parsons Historical Society Museum
  • Museums: Parsons Historical Society
  • Operations: Crystal Riley, Donnie Jones, David & Aquila Winchell, Keith & Elisa Machonga
  • Parade: Tacey Little
  • Petting Zoo: Louis Willems and Family
  • Pies: Kay Alderman, Karen Landrum, Peggy Gentry, PIPS
  • Photography: Amy Reynolds, Amy’s friend, John Ellis
  • Publicity: Lael Creative Designs, Dennis Wilson, Dave & Aquila Winchell
  • Railroad Reunion Tent: NARVRE
  • Risk Management:  John Dhooghe
  • Schedule of Events, Posters: Sun Graphics, Jim Kutz, John Dhooghe, Megan Hughes
  • Security: Parsons Police Department, John Ball, Chris Ball
  • Shuttle: David and Aquila Winchell, Parsons Presbyterian Manor, Labette Community College
  • Social Media: Lael Creative Designs - Amy Reynolds
  • Softball, Free Throw & Volleyball Tournaments: Parsons Recreation Commission
  • Spike It Rich Medallion Hunt:  Katy Days Committee
  • Track Maintenance Display: UP Railroad, Tom Cooper, Danny Baker, Steve Farrell
  • Train Whistles: Joe Dobson
  • T-shirt Design: Bleacher Gear
  • Trash Management: Boy Scout Troop 2
  • Traffic Control: Parsons Police Department, David & Aquila Winchell
  • UP Locomotives: Lindsey Douglas - Director Public Affairs KS&MO, Kevin Pratt, Aaron Berry
  • Visual Scavenger Hunt: Mike Brotherton, Dave Mattox
  • Website: Alexander Marketing, Joe Stringer. Wave Wireless Hosting Service

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SEPTEMBER 17 - 19, 2021