Downs, Kansas 67437

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visit the web site of the Downs News & Times.


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2017 Downs Celebration -

June 22, 23, & 24, 2017


Thursday, June 22 – Family Night on the Whiteway

Activities TBD

Kiddie Parade     6:30 pm

Beer Garden Opens     8 pm

Music     9pm-12am

Beer Garden


Friday, June 23

Activities TBD

Beer Garden Opens     8 pm

Band     9pm-12am

Beer Garden


Saturday, June 24

Activities TBD

Downs Celebration Fun Run     7 am

Downs High School Alumni Assn. 10am-2pm

Downs Memorial Hall

Lions Club Parade     7pm

Registration at St. Mary's church - 5:30pm

Beer Garden Opens     8pm

Music     9pm-12am

Beer Garden


Sunday, June 25

Community Church Service - white way stage with back up at Memorial Hall


All three nights – Moore's Greater Show Carnival • Vendors • Lions Club Hamburgers!

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Between Yes & I Do Bridal Fair - March 5, 2017

Lakeside High School Gym - Morgan Ave.

Doors Open at 1 PM and close at 4 PM

Runway Show - Approximately 3 PM

Admission is $5 per person


VENDORS: Please call 785-454-6670 for information or email betweenyesandido@gmail.com

First Impressions

Downs, KS

K-State Research and Extension

in Partnership with

The Dane G. Hansen Foundation

Results here - .pdf doc >>

Compiled Report - Word doc >>

First Impressions

“First Impressions” is a program developed by K-State Research and Extension through the Community Vitality program. The focus of the program is to help communities learn about existing strengths and weaknesses through the eyes of visitor. The results from a “First Impressions” visit can serve as the basis for community action and as a way to document changes in a community over time.

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Yellow Brick Run - April 22, 2017 ~ 9 AM Start

13.1 Mile (Half-Marathon) Running & 40 Mile Bicycle Event

Early Registration Due April 3

Participants will begin in Osborne at the City Park and finish in Downs at the High School

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Kansas Storytelling Festival - April 28-29, 2017


Celebrate stories in Downs, Kansas!


The Kansas Storytelling Festival opens on a Friday afternoon and closes the following evening. Within this charmed pocket of time the Kansas Storytelling Festival offers two evening concerts and many separate sessions of stories, workshops and music. There's something for everyone; Puppets and Stories for Children, Homespun Tales, Historical Portrayals, Poetry, Music, and more.


On Friday afternoon and all day Saturday, storytelling sessions are held simultaneously at different locations, all within comfortable walking distance. Stories continue almost until the evening storytelling concerts. Don't forget to visit the food court at noon and have supper with the storytellers on Friday evening.


Downs, Kansas, is called the "The Town of Many Stories," and rightly so. We tell stories. We listen to stories. We save stories. Each April since 1994 we honor stories by hosting the Kansas Storytelling Festival.


Click here to more information!!