Of the many fairs held in Kansas each year, the most outstanding is the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson, held in September. In October maple leaf festivals are held in Baldwin and Hiawatha and the Apple Butter Festival in Newton. Kansas Day, the anniversary of statehood, is celebrated throughout the state on January 29. On Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, homemakers from Liberal, Kansas, and Olney, England, compete in the International Pancake Race, which is held simultaneously in the two communities.
The Messiah Festival, an internationally known music festival, is presented during Easter Week by Bethany College, in Lindsborg. Of national interest are the Kansas Relays, which are held in April on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence. Early in June the Flint Hills Rodeo is held in Strong City. In the summer months nearly every community in Kansas hosts a festival. A parade and carnival has marked the Richmond Free Fair for more than 70 years, while the Frontier Day celebration in Haddam has occurred more than 125 times. Also in July is the Kansas City Indian Club Powwow, a gathering of Native Americans; and Dodge City Days, with a rodeo, car races, and concerts. In August the Central Kansas Free Fair, which includes the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo, is held in Abilene. "Kansas" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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