Cato Days Celebrates the Past

Cato, KS – This past weekend, Cato held their annual Cato Days celebration. The event is hosted by the Cato Historical Preservation Association. The Association was established in 2005 to ensure the preservation of the Cato School, a one-room schoolhouse in Cato, Kansas.


This year’s celebration marks the 100th anniversary of the Cato Christian Church. Cato has a rich history which you can read in depth on their webpage. Cato was the first town in Bourbon County (then it was Crawford), established by John Rogers in 1854.

The Church has been restored and is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the central figure in the Cato Days celebration. Many local volunteers and families work hard to maintain this area and preserve the history of this church and the city. Former ministers at Cato Christian were in attendance: Leon Weece, Roger Tribble, Tim Fritch and the Vernon brothers.

On Friday, area school kids were able to come out and participate in activities. Saturday, also has a fun schedule of events starting with music and presentations. Also, throughout the day historical booths and presentations were happening on the grounds. Music and a wiener roast around the campfire served up lunch and wagon rides to historical sites rounded out the day.

You can also check out more information on their facebook page.

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