End-of-summer celebrations continue
PRATT -- Summer is fading, and kids are back in school, but state parks across the state are still planning special events, some in conjunction with Free Park Entrance Days, some to celebrate a special historical event or geological attribute of an individual park, and others just for entertainment. Each park sets its own dates for these events, including Free Park Entrance Days.

Events are diverse and may include anything from a marathon race to boating courses and equestrian events. Many are educational and all are designed to enhance the fun of visiting Kansas state parks.

The following is a list of September state park events:

  • Sept. 1 -- Great Plains Running Club trail run, Perry State Park;
  • Sept. 2 -- Milford Friends Group buffalo barbeque, Milford State Park;
  • Sept. 2-3 -- Ninnescah Sailing Association C.O.R.N. Regatta, Cheney State Park;
  • Sept. 2 -- Wildcat Marina Poker Run and band, Tuttle Creek State Park;
  • Sept. 2 -- Ninnescah Sailing Association Labor Day pig roast, Cheney State Park;
  • Sept. 7-8 -- Cabela's KingKat National Catfish Championship Tournament, Milford State Park;
  • Sept. 8 -- Horsethief Canyon cross country trail run, Kanopolis State Park;
  • Sept. 8 -- National Bass Anglers Association bass tournament, Milford State Park;
  • Sept. 8-9 -- Free Park Entrance Days, Lovewell State Park;
  • Sept. 8 -- Kansas Bass Chapter Federation "Make A Wish" Bass Fishing Tournament, Cedar Bluff State Park;
  • Sept. 8 -- Jackpot Buddy bass fishing tournament, Wilson State Park;Sept. 8-9 -- Angling Nebraska bass fishing tournament, Cedar Bluff State Park;
  • Sept. 9 -- outdoor chili cooking contest, Lovewell State Park;
  • Sept. 14-16 -- Kansas Western Horseman Association trail ride and campout, Kanopolis State Park;
  • Sept. 15 -- Perry Lake Association watercraft poker run, Perry State Park;
  • Sept. 28-30 -- Critter Care trail ride, Perry State Park;
  • Sept. 29-30 -- Free Park Entrance Days, El Dorado State Park;
  • Sept. 29 -- Free Entrance Day, Cross Timbers State Park;
  • Sept. 29 -- Free Entrance Day, Fall River State Park;
  • Sept. 29 -- OK Kids Day, El Dorado State Park;
  • Sept. 29 -- Fall River Rendezvous, Fall River State Park; and
  • Sept. 30 -- Twin Rivers Bass Club of Emporia bass tournament, Eisenhower State Park.

For more information on state park events, phone individual parks or click the "Events Calendar" on the "State Parks" page of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks website, www.kdwp.state.ks.us.