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
Benedictine College, 1020 N. 2nd
Authors discuss Amelia and her impact.
Speakers Symposium 11am
Benedictine College O’Malley McAllister Auditorium, 1020 N. 2nd
Pioneering Achievement Award Luncheon 12:30pm
Benedictine College, 1020 N. 2nd
Luncheon honoring the 2017 Pioneering Achievement Award recipient. 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. Schedule TBA.
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 TBA.
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 TBA.
Evening Aerobatic Performances 7:55pm
Dazzling aerobatic performances 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.
The speakers symposium will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, July 15th in the O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium on the Benedictine College Campus. Open to the public; no charge for admission. More information to come.
Pioneering Achievement Award Winner TBA.
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2017 Brochure information available soon! Please call 800-234-1845 for information.