Discover the favorite Butler County Kansas Attractions, Places and Customs.
1. Cassoday Bike Run—Cassoday, Kansas
This is a huge draw for motorcycle riders all around. It is held the 1st Sunday of every month, starting in March and ending in November or when it is too cold to ride. The whole town is supportive of this gathering which makes for a great outing for the riders. It is estimated that 6,000-7,000 people can be in attendance.
2. Celebration of Freedom Veteran’s Day
The annual Celebration of Freedom Veteran’s Day is held each year during the week of Veteran’s Day to honor all veterans and pay tribute to the sacrifices they have made. The week kicks off with a chicken and noodle dinner. Other events include youth essays, school visitations by veterans, ice cream social, and a breakfast. The celebration is put on entirely by volunteers and attracts a large crowd of participants and observers. The celebration has occurred each year since 1997.
3. El Dorado Municipal Band—El Dorado, Kansas
The El Dorado Municipal Band has been a summertime staple for the last 87 years. Comprised of 50-60 instrumentalists from El Dorado and the surrounding area, the band performs 10 concerts each summer. The band started out as the El Dorado Boys Band. Among the band members are many area band teachers and college instructors. The band plays everything from Americana to classical, marches and patriotic pieces. Concerts are free to the public and held at the band shell in Forest Park.
4. Butler County 4-H Fair—El Dorado, Kansas
Butler County 4-H Fair has been held each July since 1932. The fair provides an opportunity for 4-H youth to show their project work. Each exhibit is evaluated by judges and receives a ribbon denoting its quality in comparison to a standard. Blue ribbons are used to reward exhibits of superior quality. 4Hers who receive top honors at the local fair are eligible to compete at the Kansas State Fair. The Fairgrounds are in El Dorado—the county seat.
5. El Dorado Community Concert Association—El Dorado, Kansas
Continues its commitment to excellent live musical entertainment to the El Dorado/Butler County community at a reasonable price. This all-volunteer, non-profit organization, was organized in 1937 and began its first season in 1938, bringing live concerts to the citizens of El Dorado and surrounding towns. The concert season begins in October and runs through February and includes a variety of entertainment by talented and national touring artists. Admission is by subscription. Concerts in other area towns are also included in the subscription. All concerts are held at the El Dorado High School Auditorium, 401 McCollum Rd, which is handicapped accessible and equipped with individual hearing devices for the hearing impaired.
6. Exploring the Flint Hills!
A majestic place encompassing the last of the natural prairie in the United States. Native prairie grasses, rock formations, rolling hills and buttes make up its physical beauty. In the grasslands, expect to see cattle dotting the countryside. The Flint Hills is the current-day site of the most sought after grazing land for cattle. Its rich history, where the buffalo roam, is the most important natural custom in Butler County.
7. Walnut River Festival—El Dorado, Kansas
The Walnut River Festival is the last Saturday of September in downtown El Dorado. 2010 was the 18th year for this event that started as a promotion for the then, new correctional facilities employees to become acquainted with the community. It quickly evolved into a showcase for our children, non-profits, USD 490 music endeavors and just fun, food and fellowship for people of all ages. While the festival isn’t promoted outside the community of Butler, many former residents, friends and relatives of the community come back to attend. It also showcases a scarecrow contest for elementary and middle school classes. Elementary student artwork is displayed at participating “adopt a business” merchants.
8. Kansas Veterans And Family Reunion—El Dorado, Kansas
2014 marked the 25rd Kansas Veterans and Family Reunion to be held at Veteran’s Point at the El Dorado Lake. The public is also invited to attend the events. The activities get underway on Thursday with an evening of karaoke. Several families camp at the lake for the weekend. The event draws between 5,000-6,000 veterans from across the state, giving them a chance to talk with one another, revisit old memories, and make new friends.