Street Fair is Packed with Fun

The Smoky Hill Museum Street Fair takes place on Saturday, September 27, in and around the Smoky Hill Museum at 211 W. Iron Avenue in downtown Salina. The Street Fair is a FREE day of celebration with music, participatory crafts and activities, historic and artistic demonstrators, chili cook-off, food vendors and, of course, tours of the museum itself.

The Street Fair celebration begins at 10 am with a Salina tradition – a parade down Santa Fe - from Elm to the Masonic Temple. This year’s theme is “New Deal, New Day.” The parade will feature bands, dancers, businesses, military and much more.

The museum gallery is open 10 am – 5 pm for everyone to enjoy One Keepers Place (a discovery area for kids), the museum store, and a tremendous exhibit: Dust, Depression and the New Deal: Life in the 1930s.

This year, back by popular demand, is the Chili Cook-off. Grab a taste of all the entries for the price of a $5.00 wristband. Public taste testing begins at 11:30 am and continues until the award ceremony at 3:00 pm or until supplies run out. All proceeds will go to the Friends of the Smoky Hill Museum to help with the renovation of the children’s interactive area in the Museum.

Entertainment is planned on two stages. “The Dock” (east of the museum), a youth/community stage, will feature the vaudeville style duo, Laughing Matters, with their juggling, mime, magic, improvisation and duet humor; Richard Holmgren of The Flying Debris Show and Salina’s very own cash hollistah.

The Main Stage (north side of the museum) presents musical entertainment from popular regional groups.
Bill Burrows is a long-time performer in this area. His Old- Time County Bluegrass is sure to delight.

Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy is a high energy, acoustic brass-n-grass 5-piece from Wichita, KS. The band, whose sound has been described as “…a stagecoach in overdrive,” has brought their eclectic blend of punk, bluegrass and Dixieland to packed bars, basements and festivals across the US since their inception in the spring of 2007.

The Soul Preachers are a Kansas based trio with over 30 years playing experience. Truly a Rock-n-Roll phenomenon in its self, it’s a live show you do not want to miss. This is no cookie cutter operation where they will plan out what they want to play and/or say. The Soul Preachers are just like life––totally unpredictable.
Historic and artistic demonstrators will be on hand from 10:30 am – 4 pm as well, featuring planes, papier-mâché, puppets, a mountain man and caricaturists.

Favorite activities for kids of most ages include free make-an-take crafts, the corn box and, with the purchase of a $5 wristband, they can jump on the inflatables the whole day. And, of course, there will be food.

Thanks to sponsorships from many dedicated Salina residents and businesses, there is no cost to attend this day of celebration. Watch the museum web site,, for the most up-to-date information and come celebrate autumn on September 27 at the Smoky Hill Museum Street Fair.

The museum especially wishes to thank the following generous businesses and organizations for their sponsorship: Salina Downtown Inc., Cox Communications, Mowery Clinic, Assurance Partners, Sunflower Taxi, Salina Media Group, Salina Journal, Mid-Kansas Cooperative and the City of Salina.

What a weekend!

Be sure to catch the free shuttle service provided by Durham School Bus Service between Oakdale Park and the Smoky Hill Museum. Visit the German Car Show and the Smokin’ on the Smoky BBQ competition. For more information visit or

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