New and Returning Favorites are on the Schedule at the Trego County Fair

Year after year, the Trego County Fair offers summer fun and exciting thrills. This year continues that tradition with several big events that you won’t want to miss.

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New Event: Open Class Horse Show

For the first time ever, the Horse Show is open to all those “born in the saddle” riders in the Open Class division. Watch as they take the reins and execute the precise maneuvers they’ve been training to do with their horse throughout the year. The event will be held on Sunday, July 14th, with check in at 9am and competition starting at 10am.


Favorite Event: Lights & Sirens & Helicopters—Oh My!!

Get to know our local emergency teams at the Lights & Sirens & Helicopters—Oh, My!! Kids and adults are invited to peek inside police cars, fire engines, and helicopters and see how an ambulance is set up to transport someone during an emergency. This event happens on Wednesday, July 17thatthe Grandstand’s racetrack from 7-8pm.

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New Event: Farm Olympics

Get a taste of the hard work our farmers do every day at the Farm Olympics. You’ll watch as contestants maneuver through an obstacle course to try to milk a cow, stack hay bales, carry leaking buckets of water, and much more. The event will be held in the Horse Area at 7pm on Wednesday, July 17th.


New Event: Power Wheel Derby

Power up those little “big” wheels for the Elaine Weigel Memorial Kids Power Wheel Derby on Friday, July 19th! The challenge is to push kid-sized cars out of the ring until a balloon that is tied to the bumper flies past its border. It’s sure to be one of the cutest events of the week when kids from 3 to 8 years old drive their battery-operated cars onto the track.


New Event: Hometown Heroes Poker Run

What’s better than a great hand of poker? That’s easy—it’s that same hand dealt to you while you’re cruisin’ down the road on your favorite bike. Hometown Heroes Poker Run begins as you drive to designated stops along a marked route. Gather cards at additional stops until you reach the end and present your hand. The run takes place on Saturday, July 20th, with registration from 7:00–7:45am. The race begins at 8:00am and is sponsored by the Trego County Chamber of Commerce.

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Favorite Event: Ornament Hunt

The Chamber of Commerce is also sponsoring another fun event in Downtown WaKeeney. Get your sleuthing hat on and join others as they seek out clues hidden around town for our Ornament Hunt on Saturday, July 20that 9:30 to 11:30am. Whoever finds the hidden green ornament wins the prize bundle filled with products donated by our local merchants.

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Favorite Event: 5K Color Run/Walk

Get those track shoes on for the Trego County Chamber of Commerce’s annual 5K Color Run/Walk! Registration starts at July 20that 7am and the starter’s gun goes off at 8am. It’s kid friendly and, whether you walk or run, you’ll start the day out get a great workout in on the streets of WaKeeney.

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New Event: TCHS Open for Tours

The school bell rings for TCHS alumni when the high school opens its doors to all who have walked its halls in the past. Visit your favorite classrooms and see the updates made to bring learning into the 21stcentury. Everyone is welcome, whether you are an alumnus, or just a Golden Eagles fan. The open house is from 11am to 1pm on Saturday, July 20th.

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New Event: Show and Shine Car Show

Step outside TCHS to go back in time at the Show and Shine Car Show. Anyone who loves souped-up classic cars will love this event. Look at the detail given to the greatest cars of the past and listen as their owners retell the journey the cars have taken through the decades. It’ll take you right back to those summer nights you spent crusin’ down Main Street.

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New Event: Enduro Race

Hear the roar of the engines and watch as stock cars slip, slide, and stage the ultimate driving moves during the Enduro Race. It’s 150 laps or a consistent two hours of racing on a track that is a slightly muddy and sticky. The obstacles pile up when cars are sidelined, but that won’t prevent one lucky winner from claiming the title. The race starts at 1pm on Saturday, July 20thand will be held on the Grandstands racetrack.


Favorite Event: The Trego County Fair Parade

Strike up the band! It’s the Trego County Fair Parade, and it’s heading right down WaKeeney’s Main Street on Saturday, July 20th! This year, we’ve made a change to the parade’s schedule, moving it from a morning event to evening one that starts at 5:00pm.


Favorite Event: Muddy Pig Brawl

One of the most anticipated events of Fair Week is the slippery, dirty Muddy Pig Brawl. Pig wrestlers take on the challenge of catching and holding a pig in knee-deep mud. The first one to get it to its pen wins! This event occurs after the parade at 6:30pm on Saturday, July 20thand always brings with it a lot of laughs.


Favorite Event: Garry Moore’s Amusements

The Midway will be open from July 17thto July 20ththis year. Armbands to take a ride on Garry Moore’s Amusement rides are on sale until July 16that a reduced price of $20 at Keyser Hardware, Gibson Health Mart, and Heartland Foods in Downtown WaKeeney and BOS Sports in Hays and Cookseys in Quinter. Come out to the Trego County Fairgrounds for fun, excitement and the thrill of the carnival!


Join us in WaKeeney for the 2019 Trego County Fair! With so much on the 2019 schedule, it’s guaranteed you’ll come away with fun memories of this year’s annual event. Fair Week runs from Sunday, July 14thto Sunday, July 21st.

Summer Fun at the Trego County Fair!

The 2019 Trego County Fair is about to begin and this year it’s bigger and better than ever! Along with everyone’s regular favorites, there are a lot of new events and attractions to enjoy. This year’s theme is “Remembering our Fallen Heroes” and Kansas’s heroes are memorialized on a wall inside the Commercial Building from July 17-20th, 5 to 10pm each day and all day on Saturday.

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Sunday, July 14th

Fair week kicks off with the 4-H and Open Class Horse Show. Amateur riders show their equestrian skills on horses they’ve been training throughout the year. Riders of all ages are competing in this first event of the fair.

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Tuesday, July 16th

The Exhibit Building will be busy on Tuesday when people arrive to enter projects in the Open Class categories, the Great Western Kansas Wheat Show and the “Color the Fair” competitions from 2-6:30pm. Everything from garden produce to food items, to quilts, artwork, and photography will be on display.


Wednesday, July 17th

The community is invited to a BBQ Feed on Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30pm.  It’s a much-anticipated annual event sponsored by Trego County Economic Development that feeds the first 1,000 people to arrive.

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Lights & Sirens & Helicopters—Oh My!! Follow the sirens’ call to the Grandstand’s racetrack from 7-8pm to take a look behind the scenes at the emergency vehicles of Trego County. Along with police cruisers, ambulances, and fire engines, Eagle Communications will have their “eye-in-the-sky” helicopter on site and ready for you to explore.

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The Farm Olympics is a new event that you won’t want to miss! Held in the Horse Area at 7pm on Wednesday it is a fun competition that lets people experience the many different skills required of a farmer. From milking cows, to tire tossing; teams of four people will compete to see just who could make it on a farm.


Enjoy the sights, sounds, and excitement of The Midway with Garry Moore’s Amusements from 6pm-midnight. It will be open from Wednesday thru Saturday and all your favorite rides will be ready to give you thrills and excitement, along with games of chance, and the fair food you look forward to all year long.You can purchase advanced armbands at Keyser Hardware and Heartland Foods in WaKeeney and BOS Motorsports in Hays. The armbands are $20 in advance and $25 during the fair.

Isaiah Fabrizius and Company will be playing on the Free Stage and the Beer Garden will be open to offer refreshments to those 21 and over.


Thursday, July 18th

The weekend starts early on Thursday! Come out for the livestock shows starting at 9am in the Livestock Arena. Later that day join us for the annual Watermelon Feed at 6:30pm and more music on the Free Stage with DJ Gina at 7:30pm.

Country singer Phil Vandel will be appearing on the Grandstands stage at 8pm. Vandel is a proud supporter of the military and has traveled the world performing for the troops with the USO.


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Friday, July 19th

The Demolition Derby goes into high gear at 7:30pm. It’s bash ‘em up action on the dirt track as the drivers attempt to push, grind, and crash their vehicles into first place. Pits open at 4:30pm.

Stick around during the derby’s intermission to see the Power Wheel Derby. The kids get into the action, driving battery operated cars as they try to pop a balloon tied to it. It’s the first time this event will be at the Trego County Fair and it is dedicated to the memory of Elaine Weigel, who was an active supporter of the fair. There will be two groups of kids participating; ages 3-5 and 6-8.

Country Rewind will be playing the best country music on the Free Stage to round out the night’s excitement.


Saturday, July 20th

The first event of the day is the 5K Color Run/Walk sponsored by the Trego County Chamber of Commerce in Downtown WaKeeney. Registration is from 7:00–7:45am and the race begins at 8:00am.

The day’s events start at 9:30am with the Hometown Heroes Poker Run. Get out on the road and collect your winning poker hand as you cruise the roads of Trego County in your car or on your bike. Registration starts at 8am at the Fairgrounds.

The Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring an Ornament Hunt in Downtown WaKeeney from 9:30 to 11:30am. Go on the hunt for a green ornament and win the bundle of goodies donated as the prize by WaKeeney’s merchants.

The Horseshoe and Washer Tournament will begin at 11am at the Fairgrounds on the north side of the Exhibit Building. It’s sponsored by the Trego Recreation Center and is a favorite of fair week that sees new and returning players compete.



TCHS Alumni can tour their old stompin’ grounds when the Trego Community High School opens its doors to visitors from 11am to 1pm. Outside the school the Show and Shine Car Show will take you back to those nights cruisin’ the streets of WaKeeney from 1-4pm.  Go Eagles!


The Enduro Race is another new event happening at the fair this year. Stock cars race on a slightly muddy, sticky track two hours straight or 150 laps, whichever comes first. The race starts at 1pm at the Grandstands racetrack and is sure to be an exciting show.

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Watch for new entries marching right along with the old favorites on Main Street during the annual Trego County Fair Parade. This year the parade schedule has been changed to an evening event that starts out on its route through Downtown WaKeeney at 5pm.


Don’t miss the Muddy Pig Brawl right after the parade! It’s the messiest, craziest event of the fair. Cheer on your favorite pig wrestlers and watch as they attempt to corral and capture a crazed hog in knee-deep mud. This fun event starts at 6:30pm.

We’ve got The Banned on the Free Stage that night. Their rock and roll, hair band inspired music wraps up four straight evenings of great music!

Come on out for a week of free fun at the 2019 Trego County Fair from Sunday, July 14th to Sunday, July 21st! Check out the website for more information.






A Fast Lane to Fun at the WaKeeney Mini Speedway

The summer racing season is here, and our kart drivers are ready for the checkered flag to fall! Racing fans have already descended on the WaKeeney Mini Speedway, with two races already completed in April and May. Don’t miss out on the rest of the season!

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Racing in the 2019 Season

The official start to the season began in late April, but with six more races on the 2019 schedule there is plenty of time to get to know the racers and watch as the season finds its stand-out competitors. Here’s a rundown of the dates and times for each race.

     June 15 (6pm): Points Race
     June 29: Predator Series Race & Fireworks Points Race
     July 13 & 14: Maxxis Maxx Daddy
     August 10 (6pm): Points Race
     August 24 (6pm): Predator Series Race
     September 28: Last Points Race
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Exciting Events

This year’s schedule includes the exciting two-day Maxxis Maxs Daddy kart racing event on July 13thand 14th. Sponsored by kart tire manufacturer Maxxis, their tires are specially made to handle dirt tracks in any condition and provide a safer, faster race for our drivers. Come out to the track on race days!

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Racing for Everyone

Several different classes are featured at each race, with trophies awarded to winners of each class. The classes include:

     ROOKIE (Age 6 – 8)
     Junior 1 NON Points Class (Age 8 – 12)
     Junior 1 POINTS Class ( (Age 8 – 12)
     Junior 2 NON Points (Age 12 – 15)
     Junior 2 POINTS Class (Age 12 – 15)
     Adult STOCK HEAVY (Age 16 – UP)
     Adult CLONE HEAVY  (Age 16 – UP)
     OPEN  – Age 16 & UP

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A Family Event

A day spent at the WaKeeney Mini Speedway is a great activity for families. Join us in the stands and around the track with free entry for the public. Or purchase a pit pass to visit the drivers and see the karts up close.

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The WaKeeney Mini Speedway is conveniently located at the crossroads of Hwy. 40 and Hwy. 283, just north of the I-70,128 Exit. Check out their website for more information about the races, the schedule, and rules for racing. Announcements about track conditions and updates on the races can be found on their Facebook page.

Plan Your 2019 Kansas Road Trip with Kansas Tourism Experts at the Trego County Historical Society Museum

As part of its yearlong Golden Anniversary celebration, the Trego County Historical Society and Trego Travel & Tourism will be welcoming two tourism experts from the Kansas Sampler Foundation to share stories of the people, places, and activities found in their book, the Kansas Guidebook 2 on June 9th at 2pm at the museum.


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Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe have spent four years visiting every one of the 626 incorporated cities in Kansas. In their guidebook they detail stories, tips, and images from the road that are meant to stir your curiosity and get you excited for a summer of fun in the Sunflower state.

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“We will take the audience on a picture journey through the state, sharing road trip ideas and telling stories about our adventures,” said Penner, “From restaurant suggestions to art, architecture, history, geography and more, we’ll give you a sampling of what to see in Kansas.“

The guidebook offers a wide array of interesting stops to explore, including historic sites, specialty shops, little known points-of-interest, cemetery finds, bike trails and backroad scenic drives statewide. “There really is something for everyone,” Rowe tells us. “Whether you are looking for outdoor sites or ways to get to know a town.”

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After the program, the co-authors will sign and sell the Kansas Guidebook 2. The 480-page, coil-bound book can be used to plan your next Kansas road trip. The 4,500 entries provide descriptions, directions, hours, and contact information and there are more than 1,600 color pictures. You’ll even find information about our Trego County treasures!

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Penner and Rowe are founders of the Kansas Sampler Foundation, who’s mission is to preserve and sustain rural culture. The guidebook is a helpful tool they offer people who are interested in the history of our state and want information and tips to plan their own journey across the state. “Though the book reads like a travel guide, it’s intended to help people get to know the state and learn about Kansas towns of every size,” Penner states.


A New Collection at the Museum

The museum is also currently featuring a unique souvenir china collection dating the early 20th century and donated by Harold and Marcia Newcomer. The collection includes an array of pieces that will join the collection of souvenir china this is already part of the museum’s exhibition.


Join Us!

Ride along with authors Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe when they present their Kansas Guidebook 2 at the Trego County Historical Society Museum on June 9th at 2pm. Their insights will help you plan your next Kansas adventure!

Celebrating Memorial Day Weekend at Cedar Bluff State Park

Camping season is here, and Cedar Bluff State Park is ready to kick off the summer with an all-day event to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend!

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The lake is up one foot since April 30 and continues to rise every day or so. As of May 12, the Lake elevation is 2126.80. It has recently hit another official lake foot marker and is now up nine-feet! Soon the Cove 1 boat ramp, a ramp that hasn’t been used in years, will be put back into use. It’s the perfect time to spend a relaxing weekend at Cedar Bluff State Park!

On May 25th, the Saturday before Memorial Day, Cedar Bluff’’s park rangers are hosting a park party for the families of Trego, Ellis, and other counties. Games, food, and a day of fun in the sun are waiting for you at the lake!

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Compete in informal outdoor games, like horseshoes, cornhole, bladder ball, and outdoor Twister, or sign up to be a part of the beach volleyball tournament right on the lake’s sand beach.

Briney Motorsports will be performing jet ski demonstrations throughout the day with the best and newest water craft. You can also find out more about their new boat rental service.

Throughout the day there will be four food trucks serving delicious food and treats to keep you cool. Our fishing pond is open, too, so don’t forget your bait and tackle! The kids will love spending time on the shore waiting to hook “the big one” with their mom and dad.

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The evening will close with a dance party under the stars. DJ Willy Will is on the schedule to play the best in pop, rock, country, and the golden oldies, and you can dance the night away with your special somebody.

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Set Up Your Campsite

Plan to spend the long weekend at the lake!

Cedar Bluff State Park has two campgrounds. The Northside camping area is a social area, with paved streets and a neighborhood feel, while the Southside offers a more private experience for those who want to really dive into that country feeling. RV hookups are available at both camping areas. Spots fill up fast, so be sure to reserve your Northside campsite before Tuesday for Friday camping.

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Spend your Memorial Day Weekend on Saturday, May 25that Cedar Bluff State Park! It’s the best way to start a summer filled with fun outdoor adventure and great memories with friends and family!

Note: Vehicle permits are required. Life jacket rentals are now available through the Sea Tow Foundation’s Life Jacket Loaner program and check out the Cedar Bluff State Park’s Facebook page for updates to the schedule and information about the park.

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Trego County Historical Society

Documenting history for future generations plays an important role in a community. It creates a civic record and defines the characteristics that bind us as a community. In 2019, the Trego County Historical Society  celebrates its 50th anniversary as the guardians of our collective history with a year-long series of events, beginning with an open house on Sunday, May 5that 1pm-4:30pm.

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The History of the Museum

The Trego County Historical Society, the governing body of the museum, was established on April 23rd, 1969. The first official meeting occurred on May 5th when the Articles of Incorporation were written and nine directors were elected. The leadership team was made up of President S.W. Gibson, Vice President Ray Purinton, Secretary Alveda Adams, and Treasurer C.S. Kolacny. Other board members were Walter Tawney, Warren Hardin, Rudy Spitsnaugle, Newt Tidball and Hilda Halbleib.

With a mission to bring together people interested in the county’s history, Historical Society members vowed to discover, collect, and preserve the history of the area through articles, books, pictures, letters and artifacts.

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Today’s Collections

This year, the museum will be hosting many special events and programs that will highlight the best of the Trego County Historical Society’s work. To start this anniversary year, an open house is scheduled for Sunday, May 5th, the same day the Historical Society was created fifty years ago.

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During the open house you can tour the museum and see the many artifacts collected over the past five decades, including the Purinton collections in the new Kenny Hacker Gallery. Donated by Leonard & Irene Purinton and Ray & Leona Purinton, the two exhibits contain prehistoric fossils, a western tack and gun collection, tools, pottery from the Purinton Pottery Company, and an array of other artifacts.

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The Trego County Mural

Also found in the gallery is a beautiful floor-to-ceiling mural that encompasses the 141 year history of Trego County. Created by local artists, the big, beautiful Western Kansas sky is the backdrop for images of our founding fathers, a steam locomotive, buffalo, and the Cheyenne tribes who roamed the land.

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More Events to Come

Today’s board has planned a year-long celebration with events that will present Trego County’s history from many different perspectives.

On Sunday, June 9th, Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe of the Kansas Sampler Foundation will be presenting a fun, interactive program called “Exploring in Kansas” to tell the tales of their four years touring 626 Kansas communities. Learn about the architecture, art, commerce, cuisine, customs, geography, history, and people they found along the thousands of miles they traveled through our state. Their recent book “Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers” is a guide to preserving and sustaining the rural culture of Kansas. You can pick up a signed copy at the event.

The presentation is co-sponsored by WaKeeney Travel & Tourism and the Trego County Historical Society & Museum. Information about more events to come will be available in May.

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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Trego County Historical Society on Sunday, May 5th from 1pm-4:30pm. It’s a chance to step back in time to the days when our rural communities were just beginning to make their mark on this great land.

Getting to Know the Sunflower State on the “Big Kansas Road Trip”


There is much to love about the great state of Kansas—the art and architecture, local cuisine, fun events, and the awe-inspiring landscape that tells the story of the past, present, and future of our state. The Kansas Sampler Foundation has designed a program that encourages Kansans to get out and explore the hidden gems found in the Sunflower State. It’s called the Big Kansas Road Trip, and it’s bringing people from across Kansas right through Trego County to visit three of our Northwest Kansas neighbors.

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The Land and Sky Scenic Byway

The Big Kansas Road Trip (BKRT) is an annual event that puts a spotlight on a three neighboring counties. The 2019 event is focusing on the Land and Sky Byway, taking travelers through the communities and rural areas of Cheyenne, Sherman, and Wallace counties on May 2ndto 5th.

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What You’ll See on the Big Kansas Road Trip

The four-day adventure explores the historical sites, shops, attractions, and scenic roads of Northwest Kansas at your own pace. The red carpet is awaiting you at the many lodging options and restaurants you’ll find along the way, and the BKRT Program Guide will make sure you don’t miss a thing!

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Sherman County (Goodland, Kanorado, Edison) is famous for its celebration of our state flower with its Giant Van Gogh painting, but did you know it’s also the home of America’s first patented helicopter? You’ll find it at Goodland’s High Plains Museum.

You’ll also find the historic 1928 White Eagle gas station, John Deere Grasshopper sculpture, and the Kidder Battle Site where the 1867 massacre of the same name occurred within the county’s borders.

When you get hungry make a stop at Crazy R’s Bar & Grill for their delicious burgers and steaks or King’s Cafe,  which is a great place for home cooking and pastries.

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Cheyenne County (St. Francis, Bird City, Wheeler) offers visitors a chance to experience the amazing beauty of the Western Kansas prairie. Travel to the Arikaree Breaks to see a pint-sized Kansas version of the Grand Canyon, or stand tall at “Three Corners,” where Colorado, Nebraska, and Kansas meet. At Cherry Creek Encampment and the Ancient Indian Traders Trail take a moment to reflect on our difficult history with the original people who claimed this prairie as their own.

When your day of exploring comes to an end, stop by the Fresh Seven Coffee at Union Square for a refreshing treat or Big Ed’s Steakhouse for a thick, hand-cut steak dinner.

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Wallace County (Sharon Springs, Weskan, Wallace) is home to Mt. Sunflower, the highest point in Kansas at 4,039-feet. Mechanically-minded people will enjoy visiting the Radiel Wrench Museum, where they’ll find a collection of 10,000 wrenches, and hobbyists of domestic crafts should visit the General Store for bulk food, fabric and sewing supplies, and gifts.

Take a peek into Kansas’s prehistoric story at the Fort Wallace Museum—home to a 40-foot long replica of a plesiosaur fossil discovered in 1867 by the fort’s surgeon. The museum also contains Old West memorabilia and art work that will take you back to the days when legendary Western men, like General Custer, Wild Bill Hickock, and Buffalo Bill Cody, called the fort “The Fightin’est Fort in the West.” And, don’t miss touring the Kansas Pacific Railway’s Superintendent’s Residence. Built in 1879, it is considered to be the finest example of its kind in the West.

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Much, Much More!

There are many more fascinating things you’ll find along the 2019 BKRT route, like Erin’s Food Truck that will be featuring a special menu for the tour. Special events, such as a concert series by Michael Martin Murphey that will occur on May 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. Check out the Big Kansas Road Trip website for more information.

NOTE: Sherman and Wallace counties observe Mountain Time. Once you’ve entered these counties you are in a time warp, reversing time one hour!

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The “Stump”

You can find out more about the BKRT from program organizers Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe at one of the Kansas Sampler Festival’s “Stump “ events. During the 15-minute question/answer games they will provide more insight into the many things to see and do in the three featured counties. The Stump events are scheduled in seven different communities located in the featured counties and the winner will receive a prize from a Stump sponsor!

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Don’t Forget to Stop by Trego County on Your Trip West!

The Smoky Valley Scenic Byway has its own adventure waiting for you! Take a break during your adventure at the many great restaurants, shops, and attractions located in Trego County.


Our Restaurants

We have many notable restaurants serving local delicacies, like bierocks and catfish. Take a seat in the Western Kansas Saloon & Grill, Tropical Mexican Restaurant, Brazen Bull, Mike’s Place, or Jake and Chet’s.


Pick up a treat from our local Pizza Hut, Subway, McDonald’s, or Dairy Queen for an on-the-go treat.


Satisfy your sweet tooth with a soda or shake at Gibson’s Healthmart’s old-fashioned soda fountain or a cookie at Hometown Bakery.


And you’ll want to explore the aisles of Main Street Giftery & Floral, Gibson Health Mart Pharmacy, and Cleland Pharmacy, where you’ll find Kansas-themed gifts and locally made products. You can even memorialize your trip through our county with a turn at the artist’s table at Studio 128 and a bottle of wine from Shiloh Vineyards!


Explore our state on the Big Kansas Road Trip this May 2nd-5th! You’ll find surprises, thrills, and great people along the way.