Special Events in Rooks County

(events last updated 3/6/2018)



Pancake Supper held in Woodston around the second weekend.



Palco Art Club Annual Exhibit at the Palco Township Hall, is held the last weekend of April.

Sigma Phi ESA Easter Egg Hunt is held in Stockton on Easter Saturday.

VFW Easter Egg Hunt is held in Plainville on Easter Saturday.



May 5, 2018 is OK KIDS Day at Webster State Park.  Contact the park office at 785-425-6775 for details on the fun day planned for kids at the park.

The 2nd Annual  Peony Festival in Stockton  is going to be held throughout the town on May 19 & 20, 2018.  Events throughout the two days include a peony tours, parade, demonstrations, kids activities, self-guided tours, vendors, and more. Contact the Stockton Chamber of Commerce for more details at stocktonchamber@ruraltel.net.


Palco Art Club Annual Workshop and Exhibit is held at the Stockton City Hall the first week of June.

The Highway 24 Garage Sale is scheduled for June 1, 2, 3, 2018.  Visit the Highway 24 Garage Sale Facebook page for updates. 

rodeoParadise Creek Festival, held in Plainville the second weekend of June, includes a professional rodeo, games, craft vendors, free bbq, and much more. In 2018, the event will be held June 8, 9, & 10. Check the Plainville websites at www.plainvillerodeo.com or www.plainvilleks.com for updates on the event.

Stockton will host their Swing into Summer Fest and Car Show June 15 & 16, 2018. The event begins with a Cruise Night on Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The car show on Saturday begins with registration at 8 a.m. For more information on the car show, contact Dean or Libby Kester at 785-425-8430. For information on the festival, call 785-415-2081.

Come celebrate 4th of July Fireworks early on June 30, 2018 at Webster State Park.  There is no better place in the county to observe the beauty of fireworks than at the lake.  Contact the park office at 785-425-6775 for details.


Codell July 4 Celebration Codell holds an annual July 4 celebration that includes a parade, supper, and special music.

After Harvest Bash is held in Palco the last weekend in July.


Taylor_Swift_03Rooks County Free Fair is held the second full week of August in Stockton and is one of the largest and oldest free fairs in Kansas. The “Fair of Champions” has been held annually since 1879. The Fair features agricultural, commercial, and open class exhibits, nightly entertainment that features musical artists, car and motorcycle races, demolition derby, and a carnival on the midway. Visit www.rookscountyfreefair.com for details. The 2018 Fair will be held August 12-18.



The Kansas Barn Alliance BarnFest 2018 will be held in Rooks County September 21-22, 2018.  The BarnFest will feature topics on barns and barn restoration on the first day, and tours of barns in the area on the second day.  The event is hosted in Damar in Rooks County, but will also include barns in Graham and Phillips counties as well.  Visit www.kansasbarnalliance.org for more details as they become available. 

Enjoy the 3rd Annual Webster Car Show at Webster State Park on September 15, 2018.  Come see all the great classic cars from around the area in a great setting at the state park.  Contact the park office at 785-425-6775 for details.


St. Joseph’s Annual Bazaar is held in Damar the second weekend of October. The event is held to benefit renovations of the St. Joseph’s church. It includes a meal, games, and entertainment. For more information go to http://sites.google.com/site/damarfallbazaar/.

Palco Halloween Carnival and Soup Supper brings together the community for costume judging, carnival games, and a soup supper. Not an annual event. Check ahead for details.


Stockton Olde Tyme Christmas is held the day after Thanksgiving and includes lighting of the town main street, special merchant promotions, and the arrival of Santa Claus.

Woodston Soup Supper and Auction held in early November is followed later in November with an Annual Dinner.


CarriageHome for the Holidays is held in Plainville before Christmas to help celebrate the coming of Christmas. Events include a visit with Santa, drawings & giveaways, soup supper, and horse-drawn carriage rides. 



Damar Hometown Christmas is held each December.  Events include:  Prizes for children, Ugly Sweater Contest, Soup Supper;, Hayrack Rides, and Caroling.  In 2018, the event will be held on December 1.  Facebook @ City of Damar.