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The Staff of Life - April 4, 2014

Q: Each year this south-central Kansas town holds “The Kansas Wheat Festival.” Where can you go for this year’s 114th edition of the Kansas Wheat Festival? (Not to be confused with the “After Harvest Festival” held in Ellinwood each year.)

The Wheat Festival celebrates the annual harvest of Kansas wheat. (Flickr Photo by  Lane Pearman)


A: Wellington (in Sumner County, south of Wichita)


The Kansas Wheat Festival is July 9-13, 2014, in Wellington, Kan., county seat of Sumner, which boasts the title of Wheat Capital of the World!!

The Wheat Festival began in 1900 as the Sumner County Jubilee and Wheat Carnival to celebrate a record breaking wheat crop. Today, Wellington still claims the title of “Wheat Capital of the World!” This festival has continued in Wellington for the past 113 years and is now the State’s official post-harvest celebration.


The Kansas Wheat Festival begins Wednesday, July 9, with five days of fun and celebration running through Sunday, July 13.


(Thanks to KPR's Phil Wilke for researching and suggesting this question.)


Source:  Wellington, Kan., Chamber of Commerce