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Amelia Earhart Festival

July 20th & 21st, 2018

Click on the photos above to enlarge the 2017 brochure or download the PDF here.

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!



Interested food vendors should inquire at

Craft vendors should inquire at
Download the 2018 craft vendor app here.

Featured Events

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 and Maddie & Tae. 

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.

Annual Amelia Earhart Fun Run

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



Wednesday, July 18 through Saturday, July 22. 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 18.

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 – midnight

Saturday, July 21st, Noon – 6pm


Saturday, July 21st, 6pm – midnight

Saturday's Schedule of Events

Subject to change.

July 15, 2017

Fly-In at Amelia Earhart Airport 8am-Noon

16701 286th Road

Sectional Race at 8am

EAA pancake breakfast 8am-10am

1929 Bi-plane tours 8am-noon

Children’s scavenger hunt 10am


Muriel..1935 Lockheed Electra L-10-E, 9am-noon

At the 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

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.


Historical Church Tours 1pm-4pm

Trinity Episcopal Church, 300 S. 5th

Tour the historic church where Amelia was baptized. Refreshments served.


50th Anniversary Presentation 2:30pm

Atchison Library, 401 Kansas Ave.

The World Flight, 50th Anniversary 1967-2017. Ann Holtgren Pellegreno will share her story and photos.



 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


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 120th 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. Entertainment schedule:

4pm-7pm: Versatility

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.

Pioneering Achievement Speaker Symposium

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.

Pioneering Achievement Award Luncheon

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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