Community Support in the “Christmas City of the High Plains”

Merry Christmas from the “Christmas City of the High Plains!”

People from around the world have come to WaKeeney to celebrate the holidays and make special memories with family and friends under the lights of our famous tree. Located on I-70 halfway between Kansas City and Denver, Colorado, it’s the perfect place for people to gather to celebrate the holiday season. Throughout the year our citizens contribute their time, talents, and funding to continue this wonderful tradition and we’d like to thank them and the organizations who make our Christmas Festival a one-of-a-kind event for everyone.

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Christmas in Downtown WaKeeney

Stringing up thousands of Christmas lights is never an easy job and it takes a team of professionals to get the job done right.

The effort begins long before the Christmas Festival on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Workers from the City of WaKeeney prepare the decorations, wrapping the lights and fresh greenery onto the tree’s metal framework and getting them ready to install. Then, along with workers from Midwest Energy, Western Cooperative Electric, KDOT, and Nex-Tech, they take to their bucket trucks to install everything within a couple of days. We truly appreciate their years of dedicated service to making this event happen, in rain, wind, and snow.

The business community of Downtown WaKeeneyhas supported the Christmas Festival faithfully for 69 years and by doing so have made WaKeeney a special place to celebrate the holidays. This year Christi Werth and Skylin Day at TWI Insurance Services were behind the planning of all the Santa’s Downtown Workshop activities—a fun event kids look forward to every year.

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The Festival Program

What would Christmas be without the sound of Christmas carols, holiday displays, and Christmas cheer? Volunteers from local organizations and private citizens generously offer their talents to create a festival program full of Christmas spirit. Along with the many supporting volunteers, this year we relied on Tom Kreutzer as our master of ceremonies, the Rev. Jon Anderson from the Zion Lutheran Church as our officiant representing the Trego County Ministerial Alliance, and Anita Schneider who led the crowd in singing our favorite Christmas carols.

 

Christmas Spirit Around Town

WaKeeney residents showed a lot of Christmas spirit in 2019 by decorating their homes and yards early with festive colors and lights. The merchants of Santa’s Downtown Workshop rewarded their efforts by holding a contest for the best decorated home. The winning homeowner received a prize of $100 in Wampum bucks they could use at any of the participating Downtown WaKeeney businesses.

Festival guests also had the opportunity to go back in time with the Trego County Historical Society Museum. The “Twelve Days of Christmas” display features Christmas scenes and décor from years past, including the original miniature prototype for the famous 35-foot tree located at the city’s center. The exhibit runs from November 30thto January 6th, so it’s not too late to see if something you remember from your grandma’s house is included!

The VFW Auxiliary kept all our guests warm at their annual Soup Supper. We’ve all come to look forward to the delicious bowls of homemade soup and desserts their members cook up to celebrate the community spirit. Nothing tastes better than a hot bowl of soup on a cold winter’s night!

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Christmas Shopping Made Easy

Christmas shopping was made easy this year when over forty vendors from the Trego Co. Home-Based Business Association offered their wares during the 19thAnnual Christmas Bazaar. This year’s event was so large it filled the Fairground’s Commercial and 4-H buildings, and the TCHS Commons area with products that ranged from home décor, to health and beauty. The Home-based vendors are an important part of our festivities and we appreciate all the work they do throughout the year to fill this event with their exciting products.

The merchants of Downtown WaKeeney continued their tradition of keeping their doors open for extended hours of shopping. They offered their customers great holiday specials and participated in “Santa’s Downtown Workshop” where children enjoyed different crafts and activities at each of their stores. They also added to the season of giving by sponsoring many giveaways and activities for our festival guests.

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Support from Our Local Officials

Support from the officials of the City of WaKeeney is vital to making the Christmas Festival a success. Mayor Kenneth Roy and our City Council Members: Irene Dirks, John Fose, Brandon Payne, Lynelle Shubert, and Allen Weigel and City Administrator Hardy Howard designate funding for the festival. They split the overall cost of supplies—the fresh greenery, light bulbs, etc.–with the Travel & Tourism Department and allow city employees to get them ready for installation.

As they do throughout the year, officers from the WaKeeney City Police Department and the Trego County Sheriff’s Department were present to help guide traffic and ensure that everyone had a safe holiday celebration. Their presence also provided members of our community a great opportunity to meet the people who keep us safe and prepare Child ID Kits for their children.

A special thank you goes to the members of WaKeeney’s Travel & Tourism Committee for the time and attention they dedicate to making the Christmas Festival a memorable event. Appointed by the City of WaKeeney, this volunteer,seven-member committee includes Lynelle Shubert, Tasha Malay, Skylin Day, Cindy Scanlon, Brianna LaMotte, Kirk Johnston, & Mark Wood and is led by its director, Cathy Albert. Their dedication is the foundation of everything we enjoy at the Christmas Festival.

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Our Special Guest: Santa Claus

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a visit from Santa Claus! Lynelle & John Shubert drove the man of the hour and his elf down Main St. accompanied by two local drummers, Dawson Arnold and Alex Cleland. After flipping the switch that turned on the tree’s lights, Santa and his elf visited with children at Gibson’s Health Mart, where they told him all their wishes for Christmas.

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Thanking the Community

Our gratitude extends to the entire community of WaKeeney for their continued support of the events surrounding the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. The traditions found in our “Christmas City of the High Plains” would not be possible without their participation. They’ve helped us and our guests celebrate and create treasured memories that will last a lifetime.

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Looking Forward to the 70thAnniversary Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in 2020

Next year will be extra special, as we celebrate seventy years as the “Christmas City of the High Plains.” In preparation, we will be building a new Santa House in North Pole Park, funded by a grant from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation. We are also continuing to sell the “Get Lit” t-shirts for $10 each to complete fundraising for the installation of perimeter lights on the Courthouse, a project planned for Spring 2020.

Thank you to all the people who have joined us in celebrating the holidays in WaKeeney, the “Christmas City of the High Plains!”

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Celebrate the 2018 Holiday Season in the “Christmas City of the High Plains”

It’s Christmastime in WaKeeney, Kansas and this year we are filled with more holiday spirit than ever before!

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This year, the “Christmas City of the High Plains” will host their 68thAnnual Christmas Festival on Saturday, November 24th where we will turn on our new LED color-changing perimeter lights for the very first viewing before they become a permanent part of our Main Street. There are many great events planned for this celebration, including holiday shopping, carol singing, and celebrating this joyful season.

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Shopping at the Annual Christmas Bazaar

Get a jump start on your holiday decorating and shopping at WaKeeney’s Annual Christmas Bazaar. Vendors will open their doors from 10am–4pm to give you the opportunity to find the perfect gift for your favorite people (including you!). The Bazaar is held at the Trego County Fairgrounds and you’ll find household and beauty items, along with a large selection of handmade Christmas decorations, and much, much more!

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Explore the History and Beauty of Nativity Scenes

Enjoy the true spirit of the holiday at the Trego County Historical Society Museum. Their special exhibit, a “Festival of Nativities,” will feature nativity scenes in many styles, types, and forms that span decades. Don’t forget to explore the museum’s new addition where you’ll find many more interesting historical items dating back to the founding of our town. (Open from 10am-Noon; and 1-4pm.)

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Free Family Fun and InMotion’s Virtual Reality Ride

Head to Downtown WaKeeney at 4pm for holiday fun and festivities. Local business owners are hosting a ticket booth in our newest retail store, What Knot’s in Pine at 126 N. Main. They will be providing FREE tickets to reserve a spot in line to see Santa Claus or ride on InMotion’s popular “Santa’s Sleigh Ride” virtual reality experience. Experience the thrill and excitement Santa enjoys on his midnight ride. It will be operating from 5-9pm.

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Join Us at the Community Soup Supper

Warm your body with a big bowl of homemade soup from the chefs of the VFW Auxiliary. This community Soup Supper will be held at the VFW Hall at 4:30pm and will serve dessert along with the soup. It’s the perfect way to get you ready for all the great evening events to come. You might get lucky, too, at a raffle they will be holding during the meal.

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Enjoy the Live Music

Stop by The Studio 128 from 4:30-5:45pm and after our Christmas tree lighting ceremony from 6:30-8pm for a live performance from two Kansas bands. Get your fix of Christmas carols, tap your toe, and join in on the chorus as the bands go through their catalog of seasonal favorites.

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Games, Crafts, Treats and Drinks!

The elves have nothing on the enterprising folks at Santa’s Downtown Workshop. WaKeeney’s area businesses will be hosting crafts, games, snacks and drinks for all the kids in their stores while they wait to visit Santa 5–8pm. Look for the our posters at participating businesses.

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Christmas Carols with a Barbershop Quartet

Christmas carols are getting the Barbershop Quartet treatment courtesy of the Trego Arts Council. The performance begins after the tree lighting ceremony at the VFW Hall with traditional holiday songs perfectly harmonized, up and down the scale.

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68ThAnnual “Christmas City of the High Plains Christmas Festival

Join us at the crossroads of Main Street and Russell Avenue at 6pm under the light of our 35-foot Christmas tree for the 68ThAnnual “Christmas City of the High Plains’” tree lighting ceremony!

Expect an extra grand display this year, as we’ve fortified our holiday decorations with brand new LED color-changing perimeter lights from Inception Lighting adorning buildings throughout the four-blocks of Downtown WaKeeney. Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, a Dane G. Hansen grant, and the citizens who contributed to the “Get Lit” campaign, the lights will continue to shine bright throughout the year, with a rainbow of colors for every season.

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A Visit from Santa Claus

Get ready to welcome the man of the hour, Santa Claus, as he lights our famous Christmas tree. Afterwards, we’ll escort him to his special holiday seat in our very own North Pole Park, where he’ll checking his list and listening to every child’s wishes before sending them on their way with a special holiday treat.

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Jump on the Horse Drawn Carriage Ride

Listen closely after the tree lighting ceremony to hear the clop, clop, clop of jolly holiday revelers as they cruise our Main Street in a decorated horse drawn carriage from Big Creek Horse & Carriage. Sponsored by Solutions North Bank, this is a much-anticipated FREE activity every year.

 

Enjoy the magic of the season under the glow of holiday lights in the “Christmas City of the High Plains” on Saturday, November 24. Our display remains lit through New Years and is free to the public. For more information, please contact organizers at (877)962-7248 or (785)743-8325, or check out our website and look for updates on our Facebook page.

Come to WaKeeney to make wonderful holiday memories with us in “the Christmas City of the High Plains!”

The “Get Lit” Campaign Will Shed New Light on WaKeeney’s Downtown

The Christmas City of the High Plains will be bringing even more sparkle to the holiday season with added lights acquired through the “Get Lit” campaign.

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The “Get Lit” campaign is an initiative to raise money for new programmable, color-changing LED light strands from Inception Lighting. Once installed, they will become a year-long feature along the top of the buildings lining Downtown WaKeeney.

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LED lighting is changing the game in industrial decorative lighting by providing three additional benefits for our city.

Maximum aesthetic appeal

The light strand’s mechanics are designed to be discretely attached to the architecture of the buildings so the brilliance of the lights is the only operational part seen, day or night. The multi-colored lights are easily programmable so the city can choose different combinations throughout the year for any celebration. Imagine red, white and blue on July 4thand purple and gold on game days!

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Simple to install, maintain, and operate

The LED strips come in three lengths to allow for custom light placement. This means there will never be an appearance of a missing light or a need to cut one of the strips.If a light goes out, the product has a detachable lid that will enable easy replacement of only the old lights and not the entire fixture, unlike similar products. Check out this video from Inception Lighting to find out more about the installation process.

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Long-lasting brilliance and savings

Because LEDs are housed in plastic, rather than metal, they emit significantly less heat compared to all other sources of light. This feature also makes them less expensive to install and operate. And, the entire system isguaranteed to last for up to ten years! Altogether, we’re expecting the cost savings will be in the thousands of dollars, with an estimated yearly utility bill of only $300!

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Help us light up WaKeeney

There are multiple ways you can contribute to the “Get Lit” campaign. A Go Fund Me campaignhas been set up for online contributions and the same shirts you may have seen being sold at the fair are also available at The Studio 128 (128 Main St.), and Heartland Foods (401 Russell Ave). And,just like our famous Christmas lights, they come in six colors—red, green, yellow, grey, royal blue, and purple. They have the “Christmas City of the High Plains logo on the front, and the “Get Lit” logo on the back and sell for $12 in S-XL and $15 for 2X.

Stop by The Studio 128 or go to their Facebook pageor stop by Heartland Foods to purchase shirts for you, your friends, and your family to help us “Get Lit” in Downtown WaKeeney!

Dress Up Your Next Celebration with Fresh Baked Goods From Hometown Bakery

Spring is a busy time of year, with weddings, graduations, holidays and other fun family celebrations scheduled nearly every weekend. One thing they all have in common is that often beautiful baked goods take a starring role on the table of goodies you offer your guests.

Weddings and Bridal Showers

Everyone knows the biggest moment of a wedding reception comes when the bride and groom cut the cake. Whether you choose a traditional look for your big day, or a fun design that really shows off your personality, the cake creators at Hometown Bakery can personalize a cake for your reception or bridal shower.

Graduations

Send your high school or college graduate off to their next adventure with the sweet taste of a cake or round of cupcakes at their graduation reception. The bakers will custom decorate your order to celebrate their accomplishments with beautiful designs made from tasty frosting.

Mother’s Day

Your mother has made dozens of cookies and many years of birthday cakes for you, why not pay her back with a sweet treat? Hometown Bakery can bake a beautiful home-style cake with flavors your mother will love.

Brunch

If you’re inviting your mother to a Mother’s Day brunch provide her with a slice of ooey-gooey cinnamon bread for her plate. It’s sure to be one of the most memorable bites of the day. And, no baking required on her big day!

Memorial Day

We all love to relax on Memorial Day, but you don’t want to skimp on the feast you’ll be cooking up. Add a pie or specialty cake from Hometown Bakery and finish off the meal with a bang!

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 Planning Ahead

The months ahead can be hectic and getting a little help along the way can make a big difference in how much you get done in a day. The next time you’re planning a trip to Downtown WaKeeney consider picking up a dozen bierocks or cinnamon rolls to keep in the freezer for a quick meal on the run. Bierocks, a meat, and cabbage filled hot pocket, are a traditional Volga German food common in the households of Trego County residents and they are a great option or a “grab-and-go” lunch.

On the Go Breakfast or Lunch

Are you short on time and still have a number of errands to run? Plan your stop at the Hometown Bakery for breakfast or lunch and enjoy a scrumptious meal made to order with freshly baked goods. Eggs and toast for breakfast and a choice of sandwiches and wraps for lunch. They’ve got a selection of blended coffee drinks and free WiFi, too!

Stop by the Hometown Bakery in Downtown WaKeeney this spring and summer to find all the baked goods you’ll need for your celebrations!

 

The Changing Face of the Trego County Courthouse

The borders of a town may be defined by its streets, and its economy is found in the fields that surround it, but if you’re looking for its civic heart you’ll find it beating inside the walls of its county courthouse.

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It was 1888 when the Trego County Courthouse was plotted in the center of WaKeeney’s city square. George R. Ropes, an architect from Topeka, had drawn up plans for a Queen Anne style Victorian building with an Elizabethan frontage. Upon completion the most prominent feature was a cupola imported from Europe that sat 100-feet high atop a tin roof. The main part of the building was ringed by a row of paired windows and peaked false fronts over the entryways, providing a grand look to the overall design.

Inside, the original pair of staircases still flank the east and west doors. The rich, dark wood used for the construction of the stairs was continued throughout the building, including in the courtroom on the top floor where you’ll find the original judge’s bench still in use today. Downstairs in the basement, the now retired jail still sports the unique flat bars and specially designed lock that were installed at the time of construction.

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The courthouse went through a transformation in 1951 and 1952, when it was decided the roof should be removed after having suffered irreparable damage and, at the same time, an update to the look of the exterior could be achieved, turning it into a mid-century style building with a profile of straight lines and ninety-degree angles. The prominent window spositioned over the entryways were also bricked over with a large stone mural of an eagle in flight surrounded by the words “Trego County Courthouse” above and below.

In 1974, our beautiful courthouse became the setting of a Hollywood movie, when Peter Bogdanovich, Ryan O’Neil and Tatum O’Neil filmed Paper Moon in several rooms of the courthouse. Some say those scenes didn’t make the final cut, but look closely at the point in which the father/daughter bunko team escapes the jail and you might see them fall down what appears to be a very familiar staircase.

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The current look of the Trego County Courthouse came to be in 2012 when a new roof was added. It was decided to pay homage to Ropes’s Victorian design and bring back a version of the original peaked roof. Inside the building, the Courthouse’s layout has remained the unchanged since its construction, which makes it one of the oldest buildings still in operation in Kansas today.

Today, the courthouse continues to be the center of civic activity in Trego County. Next time you’re in WaKeeney explore the beautiful craftsmanship of prairie architecture at the Trego County Courthouse!

Special Memories Made Under the Lights of the Christmas City of the High Plains

It’s inevitable that over time, treasured traditions become the beautiful memories we cherish forever. In Trego County our most special Christmas remembrances begin at the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in Downtown WaKeeney.

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Our citizens look forward all year to the moment when we gather together at the base of our 35-foot tree to herald in the Christmas Season. This year’s celebration was made even more special when we were joined by two descendants of Art Keraus, one of the originators of our famous holiday decorations.

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A Special Guest


During a trip to Denver in the 1940s, my father saw a similar, smaller tree

and modeled this one after it.” 

-Margaret Magill


Margaret Magill, now 89, and her nephew Doug Wiedeman traveled from her home in Denver to WaKeeney to Fulfill her long-held wish of turning on the 6,800 red, yellow, blue, green and purple lights that illuminate our street throughout the holiday season.

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Magill has spent many Christmases in WaKeeney over the decades, but had never attended the lighting ceremony until this year. While she was here she shared stories with us of the many conversations she’d had with her father about the construction of the tree and it’s 3-miles of electrical cords and 1100-yards of fresh greenery, giving us yet another perspective into the story of our Western Kansas town.

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A New Generation of Memories


“It’s nice to feel a part of the legacy that my grandfather left with this town,

that is still here today,” Wiedeman said. “And (the town) has expanded on it.”

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For over six decades, community volunteers have come together to conduct repairs and repaint the many elements that make up our display, and they’ve taken the initiative to add onto what Art and its other creator, Jake Heckman, built so long ago.

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This year, their attention turned to repainting the mural at Main Street’s North Pole Park. Originally painted in 1999 by Laurie Albin, it had begun to succumb to the elements, but after a combined effort between volunteers and Albin it is better and brighter than ever. More upgrades were made to Santa’s little house inside the park—new paint, carpet and curtains, a faux fireplace and a new Christmas tree. And, now it is ready for Ol’St. Nick and the many children who come to visit him, both naughty and nice.

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Make WaKeeney and its beautiful Christmas tree part of your family’s holiday tradition and you’ll begin collecting our own treasured memories of the Christmas City of the High Plains!

Get Back-to-School Ready in Downtown WaKeeney

Backpacks, notebooks, pencils and pens; teachers across the country have made their lists and checked it twice to make sure all the supplies your child will need will be right at hand throughout the year. Get your back-to-school shopping completed with a trip to Downtown WaKeeney and your kids will all set for school before that first bell rings!

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For School Supplies

You’ll find pencils, pens, and notebooks to fit every grade level at Gibson’s Healthmart. Teens can put their best face forward with a few products from their extensive cosmetics line. And, don’t forget the teacher! Give her a good start to the year with the gift of a candle, picture frame or a box of candies.

 

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For Your At-Home Study Space

Power up your home study space with batteries and lamps that will be ready when it’s time to hit the books. At Keyser True Value Hardware you’ll find desk lamps with embedded USB ports and every kind of battery to charge all the equipment your student requires.

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For On-the-Go Snacks

Make your way down the aisles of Heartland Foods to stock up on after school snacks. Whether you pack a lunch or need grab-and-go snacks to hold them over during afterschool practice, you’ll find a wide variety of healthy options throughout the store, plus, any last minute supplies, too!

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For Your Best Look

 Make an appointment with any of our great hair salons to get that fresh, first-day-of-school look for your kids. Any of our great salons, New Creation Style Salon, Vintage Soul, & Shear Designs Salon & Boutique will refine that summer look they’ve cultivated with the latest haircuts and colors. While you’re there make an appointment for yourself to celebrate the end of summer with a massage, facial, or mani-pedi.

 

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For A Special Treat

 Reward that successful first day with a trip to the Dollar General and let your kids pick out a special treat to celebrate the start of a great new school year. Toys, candy and even the large size box of crayons are there for them to have their pick.

When you go searching for your school supplies plan a stop in WaKeeney, where you’ll find all you’ll need to start the year off right!