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9/18/2015 - Chili Cook-Off Cancelled, Street Fair to Continue


General Museum Information: Susan Hawksworth, Director
Phone: 785.309.5776 (day) 785.825.6306 (evening)

Chili Cook-Off Cancelled, Street Fair to Continue

Smoky Hill Museum Street Fair organizers have made the difficult decision to cancel the Chili Cook-Off scheduled for September 26 citing a lack of entries. “It is a real shame more teams did not enter,” says Susan Hawksworth, museum director. “Those few teams that did enter are very disappointed, as we are sure the general public wishing to taste the chili will be.”
The main Street Fair itself will still be happening. An action filled day is scheduled starting with the parade down Santa Fe Avenue, two entertainment stages, historic and artistic demonstrators, participatory crafts and activities, food vendors, and the special exhibit The 1960s Part I: Political Power inside the museum. Admission is free to the Street Fair.
Entertainment is planned on two stages. “The Dock” (east of the museum), a youth/community stage, will feature street magician and escape artist August Gilbreath, the Vodvill Klown, Richard Renner, and Salina’s very own The Lyric Academy of Music.
The Main Stage (north side of the museum) presents regional musical entertainment featuring Cowgirl’s Train Set, a high-speed, high-octane, all-inclusive folksy, jazzy, boogie, seven-member band from Lawrence and Truck Stop Honeymoon whose music has been billed as “Bluegrass, punk-rock and a palpable dose of soul.” Displaced by hurricane Katrina, Truck Stop Honeymoon now calls Lawrence home.
Finishing out the day on the Main Stage is a new feature – a spaghetti eating contest sponsored by Martinelli’s Little Italy. Eight contestants will each battle their way through a full order of scrumptious spaghetti to see who can finish first. Several lucky folks will be picked from Martinelli’s facebook page.
Historic and artistic demonstrators will be on hand from 10:30 am – 4:00 pm as well, featuring weavers, woodworking, soap making, a potter, a mountain man and caricaturists.
Favorite activities for kids of most ages include free make-and-take crafts, the corn box, and with the purchase of a $5 wristband, they can jump on the inflatables the whole day. And, of course, there will be food.
Thanks to sponsorships from many dedicated Salina residents and businesses, there is no cost to attend this day of celebration. Watch the museum web site,, for the most up-to-date information and come celebrate autumn on September 26 at the Smoky Hill Museum Street Fair.
The museum especially wishes to thank the following generous businesses and organizations for their sponsorship: Salina Downtown Inc., Cox Communications, Mowery Clinic, Rocking M Radio, Sunflower Taxi, Alpha Media Salina/Manhattan, Salina Journal, Mid-Kansas Cooperative and the City of Salina.
The Smoky Hill Museum is a nationally accredited history museum, in the heart of downtown Salina, Kansas. This FREE museum is open Tuesday-Friday 12-6 and Saturday 10-5. Also, be sure to stop by the Museum Store for a wide variety of regional and Kansas products, local artwork and gifts for all ages.