Amelia Earhart Festival

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!amelia oblongFOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE EMAIL AEFESTIVAL@ATCHISONKANSAS.NET

 Featured Events

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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 the Eli Young Band, Easton Corbin and season 3 winner of “The Voice” Cassadee Pope.

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 15 through Saturday, July 18. 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.

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Pioneering Achievement Speaker Symposium

The speakers symposium will be held at 11:00am on July 18th. In the O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium on the Benedictine College Campus. This event is free to the public.

Pioneering Achievement Award Luncheon

The 2015 Pioneering Achievement Award winner is Sophia Danenberg. 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.

The Pioneering Achievement Award luncheon will be held on July 18th at 12:30pm. Reservations are required–tickets are $15. Call the Chamber to purchase your tickets today! 913-367-2427

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Road Closures to Plan For:

As you make your way to Atchison for the famous Amelia Earhart Festival, be sure to plan ahead for construction and road closings! The new Bankers Crossing Bridge south of St. Joseph on U.S. Route 59 announced they will close the bridge on Monday, July 13, 2015. U.S. Route 59 will be closed up to 30 calendar days. Traffic will be directed over a signed detour on Routes 752, 371 and 116. If you have questions about construction call the Chamber office at 913-367-2427.

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.