For those of you that are new to the site, welcome. We hope that this page provides all of the information you will need to become part of the festival. We truly believe that we have a diverse enough number of acts and days that everyone will find something to do. Please scroll down and get some basic information on the festival and then visit our Schedule, Event Bios and Frequently Asked Questions page to fill in any other needed information. For those of you that are returning to the web site please have a look at our acts and our questions page, as they are continuing to be updated with pictures and event information.
The Festival is the product of many different people and organizations. The Festival itself was born out of a $20,000 grant from the USDA Forest Service and National Endowment for the Arts. Additional grant help also has come from the Kansas Arts Commission and the Kansas Department of Commerce, Travel and Tourism. Heading up the project at ground zero, powered mostly by volunteer work, is the diverse members of the Grassland Heritage Group.
The mission of the "Grassland Heritage Festival" is to educate and present performing arts that celebrate the culture of the Santa Fe Trail's historic travelers and to inform audiences about the need to preserve the Cimarron National Grassland and the high plains prairie where this convergence of culture continues. The Festival is a series of events designed to promote Eco-tourism and the area's cultural heritage through sharing the history of the Santa Fe Trail and Cimarron National Grassland.
All the answers to these questions and more can be found on one of our linked pages. Be it our Schedule Page, or our Frequent Question Page. Additionally maps of the area, graciously provided by The Morton County Mapping Department, can be found on our maps link. Users should feel free to print off either of these pages to help get to the many different activities that the festival has to offer. The maps will take some time to down load, they are detailed maps so please be patient.