Annual Town Festival Begins May 31: Good Ol’Days

New entertainment acts and hours of the street dance are what’s different this year at the 37th Annual Good Ol’ Days Festival May 31 through June 2.

The theme this year is “Fins, Feathers, and Furs”.

“The street dances will be from 7 to 10 p.m., with the carnival and beer tent open until 11,” Kellye Barrows, vice chairman of the festival’s board, said.

Formerly the dance went until 11 p.m. but the new time will allow people to leave more leisurely, Barrows said.

For all performances at Skubitz Plaza bring a lawn chair. No coolers or glass containers are allowed. And no pets, please.

Performing on Skubitz Plaza for the street dance on Friday, June 1 is Shades of Blue, from Kansas City. These five young musicians share a love of blues and rock and roll, according to information provided.

Check out their website at www.shadesofbluekc.com

Also on Friday night, the street fair and marketplace on North Main Street will be open from 5 to 10 p.m.

Wade Henry, “entertainer extraordinaire”, according to Barrows will perform Saturday morning from 10-11 a.m. and again 1-2 p.m. at Skubitz Plaza. Henry is a juggler, unicyclist, ropewalker, fire eater, equilibrist, magician, speaker and comic.

Check Henry’s website at

Saturday evening, from 3 to 6 p.m. Stone Country, a country-western band from Girard will perform at Skubitz Plaza. The group is comprised of Shana Lynette Stone, Dan Duling, Jeff Culver, Rick Eaves, Rick Duling and Fort Scott native, Jason Richison.

Check out its Facebook page at

Saturday night from 7 to 10 p.m. The Brent Giddens Band, Cleveland, Okla. will perform a wide variety of cover songs from multiple genres.

Check the band out on its website:

From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 2 the 2nd Annual BBCO Outdoor Expo will be located from 1st to 3rd streets on North Main Street.

Adam LaRoche, Buck Commander, and Duck Commander are partnering for this event. A full schedule of events will be available at the festival.

Activities At The Fort

Fort Scott National Historic Site will be featuring presentations on canoeing/kayaking and youth archery instruction provided by the Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Additionally there will be a broad-ax/hewing carpenter display by Jim Bailey with the National Park Service.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. live birds of prey will be on display by Operation WildLife at the fort.

A story-time will be provided by Steve Otto from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bring a blanket for an old-fashioned picnic. Visit the food booths downtown, then bring your lunch to the Fort and enjoy some shade, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

An old-fashioned mattress race will be run at the fort from noon to 12:30 p.m.

There will also be a timed visit of “Buddy The Bison.” Buddy Bison will be one of the attractions of Good Ol’ Days at Fort Scott this year and is the grand marshal of the parade.

Check Buddy out:

To get involved with the parade on June 2 click below.

Seeking Good Ol Days Parade Entries

For applications for arts and crafts, food vendors, outdoor expo, talent show and parade, click below.


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