Neewollah Festival
Oct
19
to Oct 27

Neewollah Festival

Neewollah celebration (Halloween spelled backwards) began in 1919 as an effort to provide positive activities for kids of all ages in place of the typical Halloween pranks that occurred in the community of Independence, Kansas. In the beginning the events centered on parades, morning, afternoon, and night on October 31. The parades consisted mainly of decorated cars and carriages. Queens and princesses from area festivals rode in the parades, along with our own Queen Neelah who was selected based on votes bought at a penny each. The Great Depression and World War II interrupted the Neewollah celebration but in 1958 four businessmen revived and elaborated on the Neewollah theme bringing it back as a 3-day celebration.

Today Neewollah is the largest annual celebration in Kansas. The city of Independence will grow from a town of just under 10,000 inhabitants to 75,000 in the final days of the now 10-day celebration. Today's celebration now includes 3 parades, a Doo Dah Parade (adult Kiddie Parade), a Kiddies Parade and a Grand Parade. Chili Cook-off, a hometown musical and queen's pageant also add to the festival activities. The main downtown is filled with 30 plus food vendors, a large carnival and bandstand for nightly entertainment. The Arts and Craft show, Great Pumpkin contest along with the Band Competition, Fun Run and Chili Cookoff provide activities for everyone. Great Bandstand Entertainment bring a conclusion to the diligent efforts of over 500 community volunteers.

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Fall Sip & Shop
Sep
20
5:00 PM17:00

Fall Sip & Shop

  • 200 North Pennsylvania Avenue Independence, KS, 67301 United States (map)
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Grab your mom, sisters and friends and Sip and Shop the evening away as you unwind after a long day of work. Participating retailers will offer free drinks (various wines and non-alcoholic drinks) along the way! Main Street will be giving away wine glasses to the first 100 Sip n’ Shoppers to check in at Reflections Salon and Spa 107 N. Penn Ave.

Participating Retailers

Ane Mae’s Coffee & Sandwich House

Ane Mae’s Gifts & Goodies

Apricot Lane Boutique

Blend-It Nutrition

CALCOR Clothing

Cantrell’s Fine Jewelry

Eclectix Art Gallery

Fleas-An-Tiques

Hager’s Market

Jim Hayward Fine Art

Libby’s Boutique

Magnolia Scents by Design

Messenger Furniture

Newton’s True Value

Penn Avenue Styles

Reflections Salon & Spa

Saturday with My Sister

Sayers Ace Hardware and Gifts

Twigs Floral

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