Amelia Earhart Festival

AEFestOnlineLogoThe 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 2014, 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!

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE EMAIL AEFESTIVAL@ATCHISONKANSAS.NET

 Featured Events

RandyHouserLakeFest 2014
The Amelia Earhart Festival kicks off 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 chart topper Randy Houser, along with Thomas Rhett and “The Voice” Season 4 winner Danielle Bradbery.

Bring your lawn chairs, the kids and get ready for an amazing show! Tickets are available online, and at a number of locations in Atchison and surrounding cities in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.  Find out more about the artists and get your tickets 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.

Wagner’s Carnival

Wednesday, July 16 through Saturday, July 19. The Carnival will be open from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from noon until midnight Saturday. Bracelets will be available. More information coming soon.

View This Year’s Festival Brochure

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2014 Festival Events

Thursday, July 17

GRANDFATHER EARHART’S ICE CREAM SOCIAL
5-7pm • St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 406 S. 6th St.
Ice cream and other desserts served in memory of Amelia’s grandfather, who attended St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.

Saturday, July 19

2K/8K FUN RUN-WALK
7:30am • YMCA, 317 Commercial
$22 entry fee in advance through June 15 (guaranteed T-shirt), $27 June 16-July 18, $30 on July 19.

FLY-IN AT AMELIA EARHART AIRPORT
8am-Noon • 16701 286th Road
View aircraft at Amelia’s Airport. Event includes pancake breakfast from 8am-11am.

BREAKFAST WITH THE BOOKS
9am • Atchison Public Library, 401 Kansas Ave
Authors discuss Amelia and her impact.

AMELIA EARHART BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM
OPEN HOUSE 10am-4pm • 223 North Terrace
Tour the historic home where Amelia Earhart was born on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River.  No charge for visitors.

AMELIA ROSE EARHART
11am • Benedictine College
Amelia Rose Earhart returns to share the excitement of her recently completed recreation of Amelia’s final flight. O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium.  Free to the public.

PIONEERING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD LUNCHEON
12:30pm • Benedictine College, 1020 N. 2nd
Luncheon honoring 2014 Pioneering Achievement Award recipient Michele Stauffer.  Tickets $15.

ATCHISON COUNTY RACEWAY
1pm • 10548 Sedgwick Rd.
Annual Trailer Smash event at Atchison’s own race track.  Event for the whole family.  Gates open at 11am.  Racing begins at 1pm.

HISTORICAL CHURCH SERVICE
1pm • Trinity Episcopal Church, 300 S. 5th St.
Episcopal Church will host a 19th century style service at Amelia’s former Church. Tours and a reception will follow until 4 pm.

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.
9am   – BJ Illusions, 10am – Creatures by Theresa, 11am – Stone Lion Puppets, 12pm – Creatures by Theresa, 1pm – Mad Science of KC, 2pm – Stone Lion Puppets, 3pm – BJ Illusions, 4pm – Mad Science of KC
Also, don’t miss Bud Johnson’s Petting Zoo and miniature firetruck rides (both free), face painting, pony rides, and duck pond (small fee).

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMELIA!  11am-Noon
An enduring festival tradition, visitors are invited to sign a birthday card and eat cake on Amelia’s 117th birthday.  500 block of Commercial from 11am-Noon.

FOOD, CRAFTS & MUSIC | 9am-5pm
Browse the 500 block of Commercial, a delight for the senses.  Music schedule:
9am-11am    Turpin Time Ragsters
11am-1pm    Josh & Sarah Holthusen
1pm-3pm    Red Bridge Bluegrass
3pm-5pm    Boomerz

MUSIC ON THE RIVERFRONT | 4:30pm-11:30pm
The perfect setting for a laid back, outdoor show.  Stop by Riverfront Park at 2nd & Commercial for a great time.
4:30pm-7:30pm    Lickety Split
8pm-11:30pm        Socca Jukebox

EVENING AEROBATIC PERFORMANCES | 7:55pm
Julie Clark and the Juice Plus T-34 return for another performance.  You’ll be dazzled by these high-flying performances and awed by the stunning setting. Riverfront Park, 7:55pm

“CONCERT IN THE SKY” FIREWORKS SHOW
After dark, on the banks of the Missouri River, enjoy one of the Midwest’s most dazzling fireworks shows, orchestrated to music by Paul Austin and Stellar Fireworks, Inc.  Enjoy music for an hour following the show.

 

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Schedule subject to change. Please refer to this web site for up-to-date information or call the Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce for details. All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. Santa Fe Depot • 200 S. 10th St. • Atchison, KS 66002 • 800-234-1854.