Pancake Day is always on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. It is a centuries-old-traditional holiday. In Old England, it was customary for the housewives to drop whatever they were doing and hurry to the church at the tolling of the bell to be “shriven” of their sins.
In Liberal, Kansas, USA we heard of this 500-year event of pancake racing over a 415-yard course from the “town pump” to the church. In 1950, the challenge to participate in an international competition between the two cities was accepted by Reverend Ronald Collins, Vicar of Olney.
Annual Chamber Bash. An evening filled with great food, entertainment and recognition awards of businesses, and community members. Everyone is invited to attend.
Annual car show taking place in May in Liberal, KS.
This citywide event is held in July. Merchants all over town offer tremendous saving of up to 75% off. Some businesses open as early as 6:00 A.M. and continue the sale throughout the weekend. Bazaar Day started over 35 years ago and has been a successful event each year.
Liberal is the host city to the region’s only Five-State free fair with attractions for the young and old alike. Exhibitors fill the Seward County Activity Center, carnival rides are available on the Midway, concerts, livestock show, exhibits, a Fair Queen contest takes place, lots of food is available, and the 4-H exhibits are on display. The Fair is truly a five-state event, with exhibitors participating from Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The Five-State Free Fair is held each August.
Since 2014 The PRCA rodeo is a 2-day event with action-filled entertainment! Bronc busting to mutton busting, roping, and barrel racing. Shine up those boots and join in the fun!
The Annual Duck race, sponsored by the Liberal Chamber of Commerce is fun for the entire family. Ducks are adopted by the citizens of the Liberal area, who cheer their ducks to the finish line in hopes of winning some great prizes. United Way hosts a chili cook-off during this day event. Family fun activities are hosted through out the afternoon.
An end to the summer visit to Southwest Kansas wouldn’t be complete with out attending the Little World’s Fair in Kismet located 20 miles East of Liberal. The Kismet Lions sponsors this Labor Day weekend event.
Held every other year on the second weekend in October. Join in the celebration of Liberal’s own Land of Oz! Look a like contest, games, entertainment, tours, and special guests fill the day with excitement! There really is no place like Liberal!
Businesses in Liberal unveil their fall and Christmas merchandise during the citywide Holiday Open House. The Open House begins in November on a Thursday evening and runs through Saturday. Merchants offer specials, refreshments and door prizes during this weekend which kicks off the Holiday shopping Season.
The first Saturday in December offers many ways to celebrate the Christmas Season. The day begins with shopping and extends through the evening with street entertainment, carriage rides, and a lighted parade. This event is sponsored by The Leader and Times.