Official Kansas Day celebration activities will begin at 1 p.m. both inside and outside the museum. Admission to the family-friendly event is free.
In the museum auditorium, the Regier Family will perform bluegrass tunes at 1:15 p.m. At 2:15 p.m., Ryan Flaming, Harvey County Agricultural and Natural Resources agent, will present "Know Your Beef: How to Identify a High Quality Animal." At 3:15 p.m., Kansas brand recorder Kendra Frasier will present "Riding for the Brand: A History of Brands in Kansas."
Indoor crafts and activities will include making cowboy and cowgirl hats, cattle "stamp"-ede, beginners' spoke shave benches, cowboy card toss, horse gear and tack display, stick pony barrel racing, Newton Saddle Club Princess Back in the Saddle photo op, the "real" Jesse Chisholm, and design your own brand.
Outdoor activities include Wild West ropin', cowpie tic-tac-toe, live longhorn cattle, kettle popcorn popping, a Native American teepee, blacksmith Bill Moffet, a branding station, woodsmen demonstration, trick ropes, rope making, corn shelling, rope splicing demonstration, wagon rides with Country Boys Carriage, old-fashioned schoolyard games, and bandana tying.
In addition, a bake sale will feature homemade baked goods, a silent auction will feature antique and Western items, and the exhibit "Chisholm Trail: Driving the American West" will be on display.
The event is supported by a North Newton Community Development Grant and presented in cooperation with Bethel College and Newton Saddle Club. The museum is located at 27th Street and North Main in North Newton.