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Local Upcoming Events

Despite it still being on the warm side, local high school football games are underway, which means that fall is right around the corner!

This time of year brings many events and festivals to Cherokee County, providing a fun, safe and often free way to spend the weekends with your families.

To kick things off, this upcoming weekend is Weir Homecoming.  There is always a full slate of events, including the parade which will start at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday morning.

In October the City of Baxter Springs will be celebrating the sesquicentennial (150 year anniversary) of the civil war battle at the Fort Blair site, located on North Military Avenue. 

Events will be held on October 4th, 5th and 6th, and will include experiencing the Civil War Encampment, Demonstrations, Children’s Activities, Strolling Musicians and Civil War Exhibits, just to name a few.

The following weekend, October 11th, 12th and 13th, is the annual Columbus Day Celebration.

This is another weekend full of family friendly and mostly free events.

The Columbus Day Parade starts at 9:40 a.m. on Saturday and is followed by many events held on the square.

That Sunday, October 13th will be the Annual Mother Road Marathon. 

The runners travel from all over the country to participate in this event, and always enjoy having folks along the route to cheer them on!

The route will be the same as previous years.  If you live or are planning to travel along Highway 66 around Baxter Springs, Galena and Riverton on that Sunday morning please plan ahead and allow for extra time due to detours.  The roadways / course will close at 7:00 a.m., as in years past.

Following all those events, Halloween will be shortly to follow.  Many communities have "Safe Walk's" or other controlled events allowing children to have their trick or treating fun in a safe atmosphere.

A lot of people work hard for months behind the scenes to put these events together for our communities and I know I have merely scratched the surface by only naming a few.

Hopefully you will be able to take advantage of some of the unique experiences Cherokee County has to offer this fall.

Hope to see you all there!

Sheriff David M. Groves 

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