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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 20th 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 Brett Young, Maddie & Tae and A Thousand Horses.
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. For more information about LakeFest click here.
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. View or download the flyer here.
For more information, please call the Atchison Family YMCA at 913-367-4948.
The Carnival will be open from 6 pm until 11 pm Wednesday - 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 18th. 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 18th, 6pm – 11pm
Thursday, July 19th, 6pm – 11pm
Friday, July 20th, 6pm – 11pm
Saturday, July 21st, Noon – 6pm (day bracelet)
Saturday, July 21st, 6pm – midnight (night bracelet)
Saturday, July 21st
Fly-In at Amelia Earhart Airport
16701 286th Road
Sectional Race at 8am
EAA pancake breakfast 8am-10am
Children’s scavenger hunt 10am
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At the Amelia Earhart Airport, view the last remaining airplane exactly like the one Amelia flew 80 years ago in her attempt to circumnavigate the world. View the plans for the Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum. $5 donation per adult to the Atchison Amelia Earhart Foundation, children with an adult is free.
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, 10am-4pm (Fri & Sat)
223 N. Terrace
Tour the historic home where Amelia Earhart was born on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River.
Adults $6, Kids 12 and under, $1
Speakers Symposium, 10:15am
Benedictine College O’Malley McAllister Auditorium, 1020 N. 2nd
Featuring our Pioneering Achievement Award Winner, Jessica Cox, born without arms and recognized as the first armless pilot in aviation history; Abigail Harrison, founder of The MARS Generation; and Shaesta Waiz, the first female Afghan certified civilian pilot. Open to the public; no charge for admission.
Pioneering Achievement Award Luncheon, 12pm
Benedictine College, 1020 N. 2nd
Luncheon honoring the 2018 Pioneering Achievement Award recipient, Jessica Cox. Reservations requested. Cost of lunch is $20. Call 800-234-1854
Historical Church Tours, 1pm-4pm
Trinity Episcopal Church, 300 S. 5th
Tour the historic church where Amelia was baptized. Refreshments served.
Chasing Earhart: The Discussion Panel, 2pm
Benedictine College O’Malley McAllister Auditorium, 1020 N. 2nd
An unprecedented event; bringing together the most star-studded group of individuals ever assembled to discuss the life, legacy and disappearance of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan.
Amelia’s Flight Jacket and All About Bones
Atchison County’s Museum, 200 S. 10th
Exhibit on Amelia Earhart- one of the largest collections of Earhart artifacts on display.
Food, Crafts & Music 9am-4pm
Browse the 500, 600, & 700 blocks of Commercial, a delight for the senses.
9am-10am: Turpin Tyme Ragsters
11am-12pm: Green Side Up
1pm-2pm: Bryton Stoll
Children’s Activities 10am-4pm
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 121st birthday.
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.
4pm-7pm: Tequila Mockingbird
7:30pm-11:30pm: Under the Influence
Evening Aerobatic Performances 7:55pm
A dazzling performance by Julie Clark, retired Northwest Airlines pilot and air show veteran, over the majestic Missouri River.
“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.
2018 Pioneering Achievement Award Winner: Jessica Cox
The Amelia Earhart Festival has named Jessica Cox as the 2018 Pioneering Achievement Award Recipient. Jessica Cox is the Fearless Innovator. Born without arms, Jessica is fascinated by the limitless ways the human body can adjust to a variety of circumstances. Jessica has utilized dormant physical traits to adapt and use her feet the way people use their hands.
Jessica is best known for becoming the first armless pilot in aviation history. Her achievement earned her a Guinness World Record medal and has been a trending topic on Facebook and featured on TV programs like Ellen, Inside Edition, CNN, the BBC and more.
Jessica enjoys taking on new challenges, the latest of which are slacklining and rock climbing. She gives back to the global disability community as the Goodwill Ambassador for the Nobel Prize winning NGO Humanity and Inclusion. As a personal passion, she mentors children with limb difference and their parents.
Described as a speaker “no one will ever forget,” Jessica shows audiences around the world how to inspire enthusiasm and build authentic confidence.
“We are very excited to welcome Jessica to Atchison! She fits the criteria of the Pioneering Achievement Award perfectly,” Festival Coordinator Jacque Pregont and Festival Chair Karen Seaberg stated in sharing the announcement. “Our honoree must demonstrate triumph over adversity, reinforce the image of self-worth and self-confidence in young women, and demonstrate that for any woman, the sky is no longer the limit. We can’t imagine anyone fitting that criteria better than Jessica! Being a pilot is a wonderful additional connection to Amelia!”
Jessica will participate in the Speaker’s Symposium on Saturday, July 21st at 10:15 am in the O’Malley McAllister Auditorium on the campus of Benedictine College at 1020 North 2nd Street. This event is open to the public and there is no charge for admission. The Symposium will follow the Breakfast With the Books presentation by Amelia Earhart authors which starts with a light breakfast at 9 am.
Ms. Cox will receive the Pioneering Achievement Award and be the featured speaker at the PAA Luncheon immediately following the symposium. The luncheon will be held in Benedictine College Dining Hall beginning at noon. There is a $20 charge for the luncheon.
Reservations for the luncheon are requested and can be made by calling the Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce. 913.367.2427.
She will be presented the “Amelia” bronze, and a $10,000 scholarship will be awarded to an institution of her choice, in her name, to encourage and support young women.
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Please call 1-800-234-1854 for more information.