Entertainment for all ages highlights Washunga Days Friday through Sunday at historic Council Grove right on the old Santa Fe Trail.
“The annual festival celebrates the culture both past and present of Council Grove and Morris County,” said Lindsey Gant of the Washunga Days Committee.
Top musical acts are scheduled to entertain Friday evening and all day Saturday.
“In addition to our stacked artist lineup, we have a car show, artisans market, food vendors, kid’s activities, Kaw Nation Powwow, fireworks and more,” Gant said.
Rising stars Cody Johnson and Parker McCollum headline the musical presentations at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings, respectively.
A country music singer-songwriter, Johnson hails from Sebastopol, Texas. He has self-released six albums with the sixth album “Gotta Be Me” debuting at number two on Billboard’s Country chart.
Johnson’s seventh album, “Ain’t Nothin’ To It,” was released in January. It includes the single “On My Way To You,” which is his first Top 40 hit on country airplay. The album and single were both released via Warner Brothers Records, Nashville.
McCollum is an American Americana singer-songwriter based in Austin, Texas. Owner of PYM Music, he released his first single in 2013. McCollum’s full-length debut album, “The Limestone Kid” was released in 2015 followed by “Probably Wrong” in 2017.
His music incorporates blues, roots rock, soul rock and folk rock, although McCollum’s albums are primarily country and Americana.
Kicking off Washunga Days music will be the band Fast Annie from Kansas City at 5:30 p.m. Friday evening. Texas native Bri Bagwell will present country music at 7:30 p.m. Friday, followed by Johnson at 10 o’clock.
Music on Saturday morning will begin at 11:30 a.m., with the local band “The Box Turtles.” They present an eclectic blend of southern rock, classic rock and modern rock. Singer-songwriter Lora McDonald is to entertain at 1:30 p.m., followed by Bryton Stoll at 3:30 p.m. and a 5:30 p.m. performance by Savanna Chestnut.
The Lazy Wayne Band entertains at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, followed at 9:30 p.m. by an incredible Stars and Stripes Fireworks Show. McCollum takes the stage at 10 o’clock.
The 37th annual Kaw Nation Washunga Days Powwow is in the Dance Arbor at Allegawaho Park Friday and Saturday evenings.
Each year, Kaw citizens come together for the celebration of the tribe’s historical heritage in the area.
Dedicated in 2002, the park includes 168 acres that were the Kaw Reservation from the 1840s to 1872. The beautiful, lighted arbor is a sacred Native American dance venue with state-of-the-art sound technology.
At 2 p.m. Saturday, a Kanza Women program is set for the Kaw Mission, a Kaw school in the 1800s.
There is a flea market planned throughout Friday and Saturday at the Council Grove High School. Washunga Days festival gates open at 4:30 p.m. Friday, with a 5:15 p.m. kickoff welcome.
Friday evening attractions on the Riverwalk include inflatables, mechanical bull, rock wall, food venders and a beer garden. These features will continue on Saturday as well.
A two-hour Wild Edibles Walk starts at 7 a.m. Saturday with local history, plant identification and more.
The parade down Council Grove’s Main Street, the original Santa Fe Trail, begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Children’s activities Saturday also feature a petting zoo, drum safari, face painting, airbrush tattoos, Morris County Touch-A-Truck, Washunga Days Button Swim and more.
The artisans market will host a blend of vendors selling handmade arts and crafts, repurposed vintage creations, furniture, and jewelry.
Registration for the car show is in the morning with judging during the early afternoon and awards at 2 o’clock. A Santa Fe Trail Program begins at 3 o’clock at the Riverwalk Park on Stage 2. Helicopter rides are planned throughout the day.
A Float For Fun at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon concludes Washunga Days 2019 at Council Grove.
Complete schedule and details can be found at www.washungadays.com.