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Each spring, the City of Wamego comes alive with thousands of visitors, vibrant colors of tulips and over 150 craft vendors. The vivacious colors of the tulips from Holland are the backdrop for the April art and craft fair in Wamego City Park.
Saturday - April 22, 2017 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday - April 23, 2017 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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Amazing Food & Refreshments
Bierocks, Chili Cheese Dogs, Chocolate Gourmet Treats, Ribs
Fried Pickles. Kettle Corn, Loaded Curly Fries, Egg Rolls, Fried Rice
Tex-Mex Sliders, Cinnamon Rolls, Shrimp on a Stick, Turnovers
Turkey Legs, Walking Tacos, Smothered Burritos, Lettuce Wraps
Gyros, Cotton Candy, Fried Oreos, Fried Cookie Dough, Brisket
Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Buffalo Burgers, Philly Cheesesteak
Fruit Smoothies, Shaved Ice, Pop, Fresh Lemonade
Cherry Limeade, Smoothies, Rootbeer
All food and drink items may be subject to change.
Costs & Parking
Free & Open to the Public:
Free parking is available on side streets surrounding Wamego City Park. For handicap parking, there are some space available in the City Park Pool lot. (This is located at east side of the corner of Ash Street and 5th Street.) There are other designated spaces by the Children's Train Depot.
Family Fun Activities
30 Years Tulip Festival Merchandise: Check out commerative tees and free balloons at the information booth.
While you’re here, don’t forget to spend time in Downtown Wamego and visit local historical landmarks. Wamego’s small town charm is sure to leave you wanting to visit again.
10:15am Olathe Dance Center
11:00am The Love Handles Trio
1:00pm Haven Alexandra - Guitar & Vocals
2:30pm Olathe Dance Center
3:00pm Topeka High Drum Line
4:00pm Brian Nelson- Guitar & Vocals
10:30am Bagpipers- Jack Williamson & Jim Williamson
12:00pm Columbian Theatre’s “High School Musical” (Sneak Peek)
12:30pm Isaac Nigus- Guitar & Vocals
1:30pm 1st Infantry Division Band
3:30 Kaw Valley Cloggers
Discover Wamego City Park
As you enjoy the Tulip Festival, look for these highlights throughout Wamego
Schonhoff Dutch Mill
Historic Museum and Prairie Town Village
WWI Memorial Eagle
Fishing Pond Shaped like a Whale
Gazebo / Bandstand
17-ton Boulder from John Winter’s Farm
Children’s Train & Depot
Statues, “Art” and “Science” from 1893 Columbian Exposition
Native Boulder Bird Fountain
Wamego Area Veterans Memorial
20’ Native Stone Fence
Jack Deweese Memorial Boulder
Tree Trunk Racoon Carvings
Become a Vendor!
We are no longer accepting VENDOR applications for this year. Please considering joining us for OZtoberFEST. (Oct 7, 2017)
Columbian Theatre & OZ Museum
While visiting Wamego, please stop by our world reknowned Columbian Theatre and the OZ Museum. Both are located downtown Wamego.
High School Musical
April 21-23, 28-30 & May 5-7
Friday & Saturday @ 7:30 p.m. / Sunday @ 2 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for students/children and $20 for adults.
In this modern day take on Grease, a small-town high school basketball star, Troy Bolton, falls for the breathtakingly beautiful brainiac, Gabriella Montez. Challenges ensue when the high school couple faces jealous girls, busy schedules, and of course, the high school play auditions! Will this dynamic couple prove its friends wrong, or will Troy and Gabriella’s love end when the curtain closes?
Be transported to the yellow brick road at the Oz Museum in Wamego. Guests will start their journey in the sepia-toned Auntie Em’s Gift Shop; pass through the screen door and into the technicolor world of Oz. Follow the path of the yellow brick road throughout the museum and view over 100 years of Oz history. Rare OZ artifacts such as original MGM 1939 movie production notes and props from the Broadway musical Wicked are also on display.
HOURS: Mon - Sat: 10:00am to 5:00pm / Sunday: 12:00pm to 5:00pm
RATES / ADMISSION
Adults (13 and up) $8.00 / Children (ages 4-12) $5.00
Adults (ages 13 and up) $6.00 / Children (ages 4-12) $3.00
General Information, Sponsors & Volunteering
Presented by Wamego Area Chamber of Commerce
For additional information:785-456-7849 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to learn more about volunteering, please contact the Chamber.
Thank you to our Tulip Festival Sponsors!
City of Wamego
Cotton O'Neil Clinic
Bennington State Bank
Central Mechanical Construction, Inc.
Short Stop / Papa John's Pizza
Vanderbilt's, Your Work Boot Center
Kaw Valley State Bank
Purple Wave Auction
Wamego Health Center
Landmark National Bank
WTC, Keeping You Connected
Bank of the Flint Hills
RTV's provided by KanEquip and CTI.
Balloon Helium sponsored by Robert's Heating & Cooling,
Celebrating 30 Years - History
Thirty years of the Wamego Tulip Festival is being celebrated this year!
The Tulip Festival started in 1987 and has become the premier spring event in northeast Kansas! It carries on the tradition of quality family activities, art, crafts and wonderful entertainment for which Wamego has become known.
It began with a challenge from the Chamber of Commerce to the Chamber’s Civic Improvement Committee. The challenge was to use the Schonhoff Dutch Mill on top the knoll hill in Wamego City Park as the inspiration to expand the Dutch theme throughout the community.
The committee accepted the challenge by organizing and planting thousands of tulip bulbs at various locations throughout Wamego. The committee ordered 12,000 bulbs directly from Holland and purchased them, at cost, through Horticultural Services of St. George. The bulbs were resold to the city, hospital, clubs, schools nursing homes and businesses throughout the community. Public meetings were organized and experts brought in to advise community members on the proper planting and care of Holland tulips.
The bulbs were planted and in the spring, there was a sea of color throughout Wamego. The Chamber’s Civic Committee planned to do this every year in hopes that under normal conditions there would be tulips blooming every spring. Consequently, in 1987 the Tulip Festival was established.
To date the festival brings thousands of people for two days of family fun, activities, great food, unique drinks, great crafts, exceptional art, beautiful photography, plus much more!
Tulip Festival Tulips
Timing is everything and if we are blessed with tulips blooming at same time as festival, you can enjoy these brilliant flowers by the Historic Museum and Prairie Town Village, which includes the Schonhoff Dutch Mill. Also, tulips are found throughout the Wamego City Park, downtown Wamego, near the Wamego Public Library, Caboose Park and Welcome Wamego Corner (Hwy 99 & Hwy 24).