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Trails, Rails & Tales: Spirit of the Chisholm Trail Celebration

Save the Date! Labor Day Weekend 2017 marks the 150th Anniversary of the Chisholm Trail!


The Trails, Rails & Tales  event committee invites vendors to be a part of the historic event on September 1 - 3, 2017. Food and western heritage vendors will be set up in Old Abilene Town for festivities kicking off the Chisholm Trail Sesquicentennial. If you're an artist, craftsman, trader, merchant, or food vendor of trail blazing cleverness, you will want to be a part of this event! 

Return your application to Michael Hook at or call the Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau at 785.263.2231.
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Sponsorship Opportunities

As a friend of Abilene, you are a stakeholder in this event. Please consider funding to this long overlooked recognition of the Chisholm Trail. As a donor, you can be a part of telling the best story of the trail and Abilene’s part in reconstructing our great nation after the Civil War. Your commitment will build on the history of your community and its greatness.

Please take a look and decide if you would like to sponsor a specific activity or if you would prefer making an anonymous donation.

Sponsorship Opportunities


Volunteer with the Chisholm Trail 150 Celebration and a part of history! The
 Trails, Rails & Tales event will offer a variety of opportunities for volunteer participation from ticket takers and parking attendants to Kids Buckaroo Camp helpers and laser tag attendants and everything in between. Volunteers will be needed Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017 through Monday, September 4th, 2017.

Contact Michael at or call the Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau at 785.263.2231 for additional details. 

Parade Application

The Saddle Up, Let's Ride Parade will be Saturday, September 2nd, 2017, at 10:00 am. The parade will be one of the key events happening for the Chisholm Trail 150th Celebration in Abilene, Kansas. Our focus is on the families and children lining the streets of Abilene, Kansas, to celebrate our Western and pioneer heritage. 

Contact Michael at or call the Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau at 785.263.2231 for additional details. 

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City of Abilene
P.O. Box 519
Abilene, Kansas 67410
Phone: 785-263-2550
Fax: 785-263-2532
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