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Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

8:00 a.m. - USDA Forest Service FREE FISHING DERBY, for "kids" ages 0-16 and 55 years and older.    Join the fun!    Awards for winning fish caught, free lunch and door prizes!  Cimarron National Grassland Recreation Area, Morton County, KS.  Call 620-697-4621 for information.

Fun Fact:  Several fishing ponds, including 4 at the Cimarron Recreation Area, are stocked with rainbow trout, and catfish.  Other sport fish include Crappie, Sunfish, & Largemouth Bass.

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Homemade chicken and noodle dinner served at Elkhart City Hall, Elkhart, KS.    Come for a delicious meal.    Free Will Donation.

2:00 p.m. - Doric Theatre Featuring:  Marci Penner & Entertainment by Billy Whitfield & Friends.

Fun Fact:  Twenty-three miles of the Santa Fe trail run through the Cimarron National Grassland, the most on any public land.

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - FREE Children's Day with activities by Morton County Library staff, MCHS Museum, Forest Service, and volunteers, hot dogs and trimmings for lunch, rope making, apple juice making, ice cream making and more.    Located at the Morton County Historical Society Museum, U.S. Hwy. 56, Elkhart, KS.

1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Free Swim at Rolla & Elkhart Pools.

6:00 p.m. - Carry in Dinner at the Richfield United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

6:00 p.m. - Church Service at the Richfield United Methodist Church, sponsored by Ministerial Alliance.

History Fact:  In 1822, William Becknell was the first to traverse the Santa Fe Trail by wagon, pioneering the alternate route called the Cimarron cut-off, which passes through Cimarron National Grassland.  Middle Spring was one of the three reliable sources of good water along the more than 150 miles of the Cimarron Cutoff.

Friday, June 9th, 2017

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - International Cafe at the Elkhart City Hall, Elkhart, KS.    Food booths will be set up where you can purchase your lunch (and buy some extra to take home).

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m. - Overnight Cowboy Camp; Cookout, Wagon Rides, Camp under the stars, campfire entertainment & breakfast.    Join us at the Cimarron Recreation Area.    (Children 12 & under, must be accompanied by an adult, waivers will be required).   $10 per person

History Fact:  Point of Rocks was an important landmark on the Santa Fe Trail and later became the location of the first permanent settlement in the area.  It is also the third highest point in Kansas.

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Morton County Historical Society Museum Open for Tours.

10:00 a.m. - Bus Tour of Cimarron National Grassland, meet at the MCHS Museum.    Chuck Wagon meal included with tour.    $10 per person

Noon - Chuck Wagon Meal at the Cimarron Rec Area.    $10 per person

4:00 p.m. - Elkhart Main Street Festival Craft & Food Vendors in downtown Elkhart, KS.    Bouncy Houses ($5 per person, 12 & under), Live Music & Entertainment.

7:00 p.m. - Hee Haw Show by the CMT House Band in downtown Elkhart, KS.

9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. - Jake Gill Street Dance & Concert in downtown Elkhart, KS.

Fun Fact:  The Cimarron National Grassland is the largest parcel of public land in Kansas and the only are in the State that is administered by the USDA Forest Service.