A new, local event is set to celebrate the area's cowboy heritage.
Wellington and Sumner County are right at home on the historic Chisholm Trail, so naturally an event called Chisholm Trail Wild-West Days will be right at home in Wellington.
This new event is scheduled to take place on April 26 and 27.
"It's all going to be about Cowboys and our western heritage," said Shelley Hansel-Williams, Executive Director at the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce. "...It's going to be one of those things that we hope will be a Wellington tradition for years to come." The idea was fostered by Ed Levalley, of Wellington.
"He approached me a few months back and said 'I'm into Western Music...and we need to bring a Western Music festival to Wellington, Kansas,'" Hansel-Willaims said during Chamber Coffee at Daylight Donuts on Thursday morning. "It's been a real treat we've become partners in crime, along with several others."
On Friday, April 26, several events will take place, including a celebrity fast-draw contest, a cowboy poetry contest, and more.
Saturday, April 27 will feature six performing artist music groups, a chuck wagon cook-off, 19th century children's games, plus a chuck wagon meal at noon." Chisholm Trail Wild-West Days will take place on the grounds at Wellington High School, but tours of the Chisholm Trail Museum and Panhandle Railroad Museum downtown will be included in the festivities.
"We'll have a tram and a horse and wagon to take people back and forth from the high school to the museums," LeValley said on Thursday morning. Right now, event officials are in the process of finding additional sponsors.
"It's not going to be cheap to pull off," LeValley said. "If any businesses are interested...let Shelley or I know." The grand finale on Saturday night of the wild-west fest will be the Diamond W Wranglers with Three Trails West.
"That show will cost you $10...it will cost $10 to get a chuck wagon meal, and to get on the grounds for anything else, you have to have a three dollar button," LeValley explained.
Two of the four members of the Diamond W Wranglers, Stu Stuart and Jim Ferrell were in Wellington on Thursday morning to d a special performance featuring a couple of songs from their Western Music set list. Chisholm Trail Wild-West Days is set up to be a good event and benefit the entire community.
"We think this has the potential to draw people from all over the state of Kansas and the surrounding states to stimulate the economy of the area, as well as having a lot of fun," LeValley said.