121st Kansas Wheat Festival in Wellington brings a sense of normalcy during the COVID-19 pandemic

Greg Williams
Wellington Daily News
Wellington is getting ready for the 121st Kansas Wheat Festival from July 6th to July 10th

WELLINGTON, Kansas – After being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Wellington is excited to return to a sense of normalcy with the 121st Kansas Wheat Festival.

Last year, even though Wellington did cancel the Wheat Festival, they were able to perform some events. Wellington had the medallion hunt, horseshoe tournament, cornhole tournament, baby/toddler photo contest and the perplexing puzzle contest.

However, this year, Wellington plans to return to a more traditional way of celebrating the Kansas Wheat Festival from July 6-10. 

The city will include a picnic in the park, three nights of live music, a parade, carnival, car show, arts and craft show, other contests and more.

Wellington will recognize that COVID-19 is still present. The city encourages people that attend the festival to wash their hands, sanitize, wear a mask and social distance. 

"We believe our community is very excited," said Executive Director of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce Valerie Earl. "We are excited as well and we wouldn't be able to do it without all the helpful hands in Wellington."

On Friday, July 9th at 8 p.m., Wellington will hold a "Traveling Through The Decades" parade. Entering the parade is open for all individuals, groups and businesses, but must enter before Wednesday, July 7th at 4 p.m.

Entries must acknowledge the rules and pick a decade to represent, then decorate their float to encompass that era of time. Prizes will be rewarded for commercial and non-profit entries.

First place will receive $100, second place will get $75, third place will win $50 and best use of theme will receive $25.

The music will start on Thursday, July 8th, at 7:30 p.m. in Heritage Park with Mark Brownlee Jr. and ATG with Makayla Brownlee. The Mudbugs will perform on Friday after the parade in Heritage Park.

Then, on Saturday, four bands will perform to close out the festival, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Main Street.

Also, people can purchase their 121st Kansas Wheat Festival buttons in Wellington at the Panhandle Federal Credit Union, RCB, Impact Bank, Security State Bank, Bank of Commerce and Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce.

The buttons cost $4 and if people register their button at Panhandle Federal Credit Union before June 25th, they'll qualify for a $1,000 prize in the medallion hunt. If the medallion prize is claimed by an unregistered button, the prize is $100.

The hunt begins June 28th on SumnerNewsCow.com