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Prairie Rose Western Days!

Prairie Rose Logo used with permissionPrairie Rose Western Days is an annual festival in Benton that celebrates Kansas and the Old West. I went a few years ago with my family and was able to enjoy all of the activities, events, and music that highlight our western history.

If there’s one thing I learned growing up as a military dependent and moving from place to place, it’s to take advantage of the cultural and historical opportunities in each state or country while you have the opportunity. This is an opportunity (even if you’ve never lived anywhere but Kansas).

To me, this looks like an image from a storybook about the Old West.

Something else I’ve learned more recently is to bring your kids to these events while they’re still young, because when they get older their weekends get busier. 🙂

Prairie Rose Western Days 2017 flyer

This year, Western Days will be held on one day only, May 4, 2018.

Prairie Rose Western Days makes a great field trip or outing for families. Tickets are only $3 per person!

Western Days 2018 at Prairie Rose in Benton KS



Friday is Kids Day, when they put a special emphasis on educational activities for kids ages 5 through 13. Gates will be open to school groups and to the general public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A special Kids’ Meal will be sold for $3!

RSVPs are necessary for any groups of 5 or more, and you’ll also need to let them know how many lunches you’ll need for your group. (Sack lunches are welcome.)

Concessions will be available at the Happy Trails Cafe.

This will be a fun and educational event! Activities include:

  • Buffalo Dave, ventriloquist and magician
  • Black Powder Shooting
  • Chuckwagon Cooking
  • Live Animals
  • Music
  • Wagon Rides
  • and much more

Date: May 4, 2018
Time: Gates open at 9 a.m. Close at 3 p.m.
Location: Prairie Rose, 15231 S.W. Parallel Road, Benton, KS (316) 778-2121
Cost: $3
For more information, visit the Prairie Rose website.

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