Sand castle contests, ski championships, stargazing, sailing, canoe races: August packed with summer events

PRATT -- Kansas organizations and state parks will continue to host a variety of outdoor events and activities as August winds down summer. Some state parks will celebrate with Free Entrance Days. Local organizations will also schedule events to cater to the interests all outdoor users. In addition, fishing tournaments and hunter education courses will be held at many parks and other locations.

Summer offers a wide variety of fun summer outdoor activities. Some are very popular and well-known, such as fishing and camping. The following is a list of just a few of the more unusual events yet to be held. For a more complete list of outdoor events for August , go to the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks website, www.kdwp.state.ks.us. For directions, phone the numbers provided below.

  • Aug. 6 -- Star Gazing Party at Fall River State Park. All-day event. 620-637-2213.
  • Aug. 6 -- Lovewell Fun Day Cook-Off at Lovewell State Park. All-day Event. 785-753-4971.
  • Aug. 6 -- Sand Castle Contest at Tuttle Creek State Park swimming beach. 2 p.m. 785-539-7941.
  • Aug. 13 -- Star gazing with North Central Kansas Astronomical Society at Tuttle Creek State Park Spillway. 8:30 p.m. 785-539-7941.
  • Aug. 13-14 -- Free Entrance Days, Get Fit 4 Kids, Triathlon at Eisenhower State Park. All-day event. 785-528-4102.
  • Aug. 13-14 -- 2005 Kansas State Water Ski Tournament Championship at Shawnee Boat and Ski Club, Lake Shawnee in Topeka. 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Go to www.shawneeboatandskiclub.com on the internet for details.
  • Aug. 20-21 -- Campground Christmas at Lovewell State Park. All-day event. 785-753-4971.
  • Aug. 20-21 -- Free Entrance Days at Tuttle Creek State Park. All-day event including disc golf tournament, fishing contest, canoe races, paddling instruction, kids events, antique car show and parade, 1950s and 1960s dance, and more. 785-539-7941.
  • Aug. 26-28 -- Ninnescah Sailing Association Hobie Fleet #27 Hobie Cat Regatta at Cheney State Park. Starts at noon on Aug. 26. 316-729-5757