The spirit of legendary aviatrix Amelia Earhart is alive and well in Atchison! Each summer the community pulls out all the stops in honor of its favorite daughter, complete with a downtown music, food and crafts fair, star-filled outdoor concert, children’s activities, carnival, awards and honors, Earhart research and literature, music on the beautiful Riverfront, aerobatic performances and the grandest of all finalés — the “Concert in the Sky” fireworks show.
There’s a reason thousands of people from across the nation — and even the world — flock to this scenic riverside town every July: We have something for everyone. Let your children experience Mad Science of KC and Reptiles Upclose and Personal downtown, then bring them to the historic Santa Fe Depot to ride the 12-guage train while you explore the Atchison Rail Museum. See “Amelia” at the library before heading to beautiful Warnock Lake for LakeFest, the premier outdoor concert event in the area. Browse a wonderful array of arts and crafts while sampling unique food items and listening to area musicians on our beautiful pedestrian Mall. And don’t forget your lawn chairs. Stake out a spot early on the Riverfront, near the Lewis & Clark Pavilion, to see an exciting mix of live musicians and watch pilots perform stunts over the Missouri River before the fireworks begin.
Make sure to bookmark this site, as we will be featuring new events periodically. Tickets for some events are available online through this site. And don’t hesitate to contact us for more information. See you in July!
Don’t forget to pick up your Amelia Earhart Button! Minimum $1 donation for each–all proceeds go toward funding next year’s Amelia Earhart Festival Fireworks! Available at exchange bank location, downtown businesses and the Chamber offices. An excellent party favor or stocking stuffer!
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The Amelia Earhart Festival kicks off Friday, July 14th when country music stars light up the stage at beautiful Warnock Lake. The scenery sets the stage for this unique outdoor concert featuring some of country music’s brightest stars. This year’s event features Big & Rich, Cam, and Erik Dylan.
Bring your lawn chairs, the kids and get ready for an amazing show! The gates open at 4:00 pm and the show starts at 7:00 pm. Tickets are available online May 1st, and at a number of locations in Atchison and surrounding cities in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.
This family friendly race held in conjunction with the Amelia Earhart Festival begins and ends in front of the Atchison Family YMCA. The race is open to all, including strollers and wheelchairs. For more information, email kelseywolfe@kansascityYMCA.org
Wednesday, July 12 through Saturday, July 15. The Carnival will be open from 6 pm until 11 pm Wednesday and Thursday, from 6 pm until midnight on Friday, and from noon until midnight on Saturday. Bracelets will sell for $25 at the carnival, but will be available at the Chamber for $20 until 5pm on Wednesday, July 12.
Price for each coupon is $20. Each coupon can be exchanged for a bracelet to be used on any of the following days:
Wednesday, July 12th, 6pm – 11pm
Thursday, July 13th, 6pm – 11pm
Friday, July 14th, 6pm – midnight
Saturday, July 15th, Noon – 6pm
Saturday, July 15th, 6pm – midnight
July 15th, 2017
Breakfast with the Books 9am
Authors discuss Amelia and her impact.
Everyone is invited to attend! No charge admission. Light refreshments served.
To be held at O'Malley McAllister lobby area on the Benedictine College Campus, 1020 N 2nd.
Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum
Saturday, July 15, 10 am – 4 pm
Tour the historic home where Amelia Earhart was born on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River.
Adults $6, Kids 12 and under, $1
223 N Terrace
Speakers Symposium 11am
Benedictine College O’Malley McAllister Auditorium, 1020 N. 2nd
Open to the public; no charge for admission.
Pioneering Achievement Award Luncheon 12:30pm
Benedictine College, 1020 N. 2nd
Luncheon honoring 2017 Pioneering Achievement Award recipient Cassie De Pecol. Reservations requested. Cost of lunch is $17.50.
The kids will have plenty to keep them busy in the 600 block of the Commercial Street Mall, from street performers to interactive activities. There will also be displays from Remington Nature Center, KS Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Creatures by Theresa. Pygmy goats, fire truck rides and more..
10am: BJ Talley-Illusions
11am: Stone Loin Puppets
12pm:Reptiles Up Close
1pm: Mad Science
2pm: BJ Talley-Illusions
3pm: Stone Loin Puppets
4pm: Reptiles Up Close
Happy Birthday Amelia 11am-noon
500 Block of Commercial
An enduring festival tradition. Visitors are invited to sign a birthday card and eat cake on Amelia’s 120th birthday.
Food, Crafts & Music 9am-5pm
Browse the 500, 600, & 700 blocks of Commercial, a delight for the senses. Music schedule:
9am-11am: Turpin Tyme Ragsters
11am-1pm: Knobtown Skiffle Band
1pm-3pm: Bryton Stoll
3pm-5pm: Big Time Grain Co
Music on the Riverfront 4:30pm-11:30pm
The perfect seeing for a laid back, outdoor show. Stop by the Riverfront Park at 2nd & Commercial for a great time. Entertainment schedule:
7:30pm-11:30pm: Under the Influence
Evening Aerobatic Performances 7:55pm
Two dazzling aerobatic performances over the majestic Missouri River featuring Vlade Lenoch and Michael Vaknin.
“Concert in the Sky” Fireworks Show
After dark, on the banks of the Missouri River, enjoy a fireworks extravaganza; orchestrated to music by Paul Austin and Stellar Fireworks, Inc. Enjoy for an hour following the show.
This year's Speaker Symposium will focus on a travel theme as we celebrate the 85th Anniversary of Amelia's Transatlantic Flight and Pioneering Achievement Award Winner Cassie De Pecol's recent travel to every sovereign nation in the world. Join us for a most interesting panel discussion! Saturday, July 15th at the Benedictine College O'Malley McAllister Auditorium, 11:00 am. Open to the public; no charge for admission.
2017 Pioneering Achievement Award Winner:
Cassie De Pecol is a 27 year old woman from the USA who, in July of 2015, took off on a 196 country solo expedition in an effort to break a Guinness World Record to be the fastest person and first woman on record to travel to every country in the world. In February of 2017, she did just that, while spending the 18 month journey as a global Peace Ambassador and sustainable tourism advocate, speaking to over 16k university students around the world across 40 countries, discussing the importance of women's achievement and responsible tourism which encompassed the planting of trees to offset her carbon footprint, and collecting water samples to test for micro plastics. She became the first woman on record to travel to every sovereign nation and broke two Guinness World Records; 'Fastest Person' and 'Fastest Female' to travel to every sovereign nation and will be publishing a Memoir, launching a non-profit, and releasing an educational documentary in the near future.
Join us for the PAA Luncheon on Saturday, July 15th at 12:30 pm at Benedictine College, 1020 N. 2nd. Reservations requested. $17.50 per person.
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