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 15th 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 Tyler Farr, Frankie Ballard and RaeLynn.
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.
Wednesday, July 13 through Saturday, July 16. 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 13.
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 13th, 6pm – 11pm
Thursday, July 14th, 6pm – 11pm
Friday, July 15th, 6pm – midnight
Saturday, July 16th, Noon – 6pm
Saturday, July 16th, 6pm – midnight
July 16th 2016
Breakfast with the Books 9am
Benedictine College, 1020 N. 2nd
Authors discuss Amelia and her impact.
Speakers Symposium 11am
Benedictine College O’Malley McAllister Auditorium, 1020 N. 2nd
This years Speaker’s Symposium will feature returning Pioneering Achievement Award winners as we celebrate our 20thyear!
Pioneering Achievement Award Luncheon 12:30pm
Benedictine College, 1020 N. 2nd
Luncheon honoring 2016 Pioneering Achievement Award recipient Julie Krone. Reservations requested. Cost of lunch is $17.50.
Children’s Activities 9am-5pm
The kids will have plenty to keep them busy in the 600 block of the Commercial Street Mall, from street performers to interactive activities.
10:00 am - Mad Science
11:00 am - Stone Lion Puppets
12:00 pm - Reptiles Up Close
1:00 pm - BJ Talley-Illusions
2:00 pm - Stone Lion Puppets
3:00 pm - Amelia Look Alike Contest
4:00 pm - 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 119th 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: Bill Robinson
1pm-3pm: Red Bridge Bluegrass
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.
4:30pm-7:30pm: Jeff Lux
8pm-11:30pm: Phil Vandel
Evening Aerobatic Performances 7:55pm
Two dazzling aerobatic performances over the majestic Missouri River with Younkin Airshows. You won’t want to miss the “Magic by Moonlight” night aerobatic show.
“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.
Amelia Earhart Helicopter Rides provided by DWTA Helicopters.
Friday, July 15th
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday, July 16th
Downtown Atchison – 4th and Main St
10:00 am – 7:30 pm
$40 per person. Up to 3 passengers per flight.
The speakers symposium will be held at 11:00am on July 16th. In the O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium on the Benedictine College Campus. This years Speaker's Symposium will feature returning Pioneering Achievement Award winners as we celebrate our 20th year! We are excited to host such a distinguished panel. Join us as we catch up with these amazing women! Open to the public; no charge for admission.
The 2016 Pioneering Achievement Award winner is Julie Krone! Julie is an award winning Thoroughbred jockey. From 1981-1999 Julie won 3,545 races, more than any woman… and most men. Julie has reached numerous milestones including being named by ESPN as the 1993 Professional Female Athlete of the Year.
Join us to honor Julie at the PAA Luncheon on Saturday, July 16th at 12:30pm.
Reservations are required–tickets are $17.50. Call the Chamber to purchase your tickets today! 913-367-2427
The 2015 award winner was Sophia Dannenberg. Sophia is an American mountain climber best known as the first African American, and the first black woman from anywhere, to climb to the summit of Mount Everest. Since 1953, approximately 2,00 people have reached the 29,035 foot summit of Mt. Everest. She became involved in mountaineering in 1999 after a friend encouraged her to try rock climbing. Sophia currently works as an International Policy Analyst at The Boeing Company.
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