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Trails, Rails & Tales: Spirit of the Chisholm Trail Celebration
2016 Trails, Rails & Tales Event Schedule

 red steagall.jpg  Check out our 2016 line-up for the Trails, Rails & Tales celebration, featuring the McPherson Silver Buckle Saddle Club, Kansas Cowboy Mounted Shooters Association, Diamond W. Wranglers, Dennis Rogers Spirit Dancer, Red Steagall, and living history performances all weekend long. Plus, pictures with Howdy the Longhorn, Kids Buckaroo Camp, gun show fights and much more!

Catch up on the latest news about Trails, Rails & Tales here!

Friday Events
Enjoy music and refreshments to kick off the Celebration at our beer & wine garden!
7 pm   Kansas Brigade Band
8 pm   The Broken Spoke Band

Saturday Day Events
7 am - 10 am    Chuckwagon Breakfast
8 am    Chisholm Trail Classic Auto Show
8 am    KFDA Fast Draw Competition
10 am  
"Saddle Up, Let's Ride" parade
10 am & 2 pm    Steam Engine Train Rides
11 am   Gates open
11 am   Beer & wine garden open
12 pm   McPherson Silver Buckle Saddle Club
12 - 5 pm    Texas Hold 'Em Tournament @ the Heritage Center
12 - 9 pm     Chisholm Trail Mooovie Marathon @ Eisenhower Visitors Center
1 pm
  Kansas Cowboy Mounted Shooters
2 pm    Fast Draw Competition @ the Heritage Center
2 & 4 pm    "Rose of Texas Street" Melodrama
4 pm    Diamond W. Wranglers performs
5 pm   Western Music Association- Kansas Chapter performs
Saturday Evening Events
6 pm    Longhorn Drive & loading on train
6 pm    Short Steam Engine ride with longhorn
7 pm    Dennis Rogers Native American Spirit Dancer
7 - 9 pm    Chisholm Trail Mooovie Marathon @ Eisenhower Visitors Center
8 pm    Red Steagall performs
9:30 pm    Fireworks show

Sunday Events
8 am    Gates open
8 am   Beer & wine garden open
8 - 10 am    Chuckwagon Breakfast
8 am    KFDA Fast Draw Competition
10 am    Cowboy Church Service
12 - 5 pm    Chisholm Trail Mooovie Marathon @ Eisenhower Visitors Center
12 - 3 pm    Western Music Association- Kansas Chapter performs
1 pm    "Rose of Texas Street" Melodrama
2 pm    Steam Engine Train Rides


Friday Night Events: $5
1 Day Tickets: $10
2 Day Tickets: $15
Children 6-11: $5
Children 5 & under free

Ticket Information
Tickets can be purchased at the following outlets:
- Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau, 201 NW 2nd Street
- Rittel's Western Wear, 1810 N Buckeye
- Astra Bank, 418 NW 3rd
- 1st Bank of Kansas, 1410 N Buckeye
- Pinnacle Bank, 401 N Spruce
To pick up your online tickets, go to the northeast gate (the closest to the parking lots) on the day you are attending and pick up your tickets. 

WANTED: VOLUNTEERS!


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. 31 through Monday, September 5th.

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

Fill out your application today!


WANTED: VENDORS

The Trails, Rails & Tales  event committee invites vendors to be a part of the historic event on September 3-4. 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.

Vendor Rules
Vendor Application
Food Vendor Application

Parade Application

The Saddle Up, Let's Ride Parade will be Saturday, September 3rd, 2016 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. 

Let us know if you are interested in participating in this great event!


Parade Application


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





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