The annual Cato Days will be presented by the Cato Historical Preservation Association on Saturday October 21st from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.
The annual Cato Days will be held on Saturday October 21st from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Cato, Kansas. This free event is presented by the Cato Historical Preservation Association to promote Cato’s pioneer history.
Cato Days starts with registration at 9 a.m. followed at 9:30 by old time hymns performed by Ralph Carlson and Friends in the historic Cato Christian Church. Ann Rawlins will talk about the history of the church. At 10:45, in the Old Stone School, Anna Portwood Swank, Elizabeth Portwood Thompson and Jamie Thompson will talk about the school and Jerry Lomshek will discuss Cato’s early history and its involvement in Bleeding Kansas and the Civil War. Musical entertainment will be presented outdoors at 11:45, where drinks and ham‘n beans cooked by Bob “Buck” Rowland of Arma will be available. At 12:30 there will be a raffle for a beautiful quilt donated by Sue James of Texas. All proceeds go to the preservation of Cato’s historic buildings. The highlight of the event will be the hayrack wagon ride to various local sites of historical interest at 1 p.m.
Fourth and Fifth graders from local schools will have their own Cato Day on Thursday, October 19th.
Cato is in the northern part of Crawford County off Hwy 69. From Hwy 69, turn west on 720th avenue and follow the signs to Cato. Directions can be found at http://catoschool.com/ . Cato is an open-air museum and its buildings are only open to the public a few times a year so don’t miss this unique opportunity to spend an afternoon of entertainment and enlightenment in historic Cato. The Cato Historical Preservation Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the buildings and history of Cato and the surrounding areas.