Kandango is 3 1/2 days of bicycle rides on the back roads of Kansas. It originated in 2013, as a tour through the Flint and Smoky Hills regions of Kansas. Its central themes are to ride the road less traveled (but far more interesting), take the time to explore the pass-through communities and see the local attractions during the ride. The 2017 event is June 8-11. Paved and gravel routes from Manhattan are available each day. Camping and lodging packages in Manhattan are available. For more information go to www.ridekandango.com.
Manhattan, Kansas 28th Annual Juneteenth Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 17th in Manhattan City Park. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Non-food vendor & community organization information booths & tables; 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Proclamation & Community Unity Walk around City Park. Free T-shirts to the first 100 participants (line up beginning at 10:30 am); 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Grilling Contest; 2:00-3:30 pm – Kids’ Bike Rodeo & Race; 3:30-4:30 – Car Wash Contest; 4:00-8:00 pm Food truck vendors; 4:30-6:30 pm – Talent Show, Comedian & K.C. Steppin’ – Main Stage; 7:00-9:00 pm – Featured Entertainment – Main Stage, Betty O.
The 28th annual Sunflower State Games will be held July 14th – 30th. The Sunflower State Games is Kansas’ largest amateur sports festival. With over 45 different events there is something for people of all ages and skill levels. In 2017 they will be adding Cornhole (Bags) and Drone Racing to the list of events. Registration for the Sunflower State Games opens on March 1st, deadlines to register vary for each sport. Complete event information and registration procedures can be found at www.sunflowergames.com.