Spring into the Arts Downtown Celebration – Newton, Ks *Thursday, April 19th 2018 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Spring into the Arts Festival will feature a new downtown celebration on April 19th 2018.

This free event will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Sixth Street and in Krehbiel Park and the Carriage Factory Art Gallery in Newton, Ks.

Spring into the Arts Downtown Celebration will feature performances by local musicians and members of the Newton Area Arts Council, food trucks, art demonstrations and the announcement of the winners of the annual festival art contest.

The new event replaces “Art and Music in the Heart of Newton,” which the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce decided to discontinue in late 2017.

Food trucks will begin serving at 5:30 p.m. along Sixth Street. Vendors include LeJ’s Barbecue, Salted Creamery, Twisted Joe’s on the Go, Kona Ice and Comfort and Joy.

Live music begins in the park at 6 p.m. with the Newton Chorale, followed by a quintet from Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra at 6:30; Newton Community Children’s Choir at 7 p.m.; Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m; and Sounds of the Heartland at 8 p.m.

Photo Credit – Sounds of the Heartland

Local artists demonstrating throughout the evening will include Susan Bartel, watercolor; Mary Lee McDonald, mosaics; and Patty Morton, fabric sculpting.

Art contest winners will be announced at 7 p.m. in the gallery. Prizes will include $100 for overall winner and $50 for second place and art-themed gift baskets for youth prizes.

Additionally, information about participating members of the Newton Area Arts Council will be available at the event, including the Newton Murals and Arts Project, which will set up information on Sixth Street in front of the site of its first mural.


Graphic Courtesy – Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau

In addition to the downtown celebration, several other festival events are planned for April, including:

  • Berta Rojas and Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, 4 p.m. April 8 at Memorial Hall at Bethel College. Tickets available at the door.
  • Latin Fusion Music Showcase, 7 p.m. April 13 in Krehbiel Auditorium at Bethel College. Presented by Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts. Admission is free.
  • Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus spring concert: 7 p.m. April 15 at Bethel College. Admission is free.
  • “Newton Kids Create: Storytelling Through Art,” 1-5 p.m. April 22 at Kauffman Museum, North Newton. The event is the opening reception for an exhibit featuring art by students in Newton Public Schools. Admission is free.
  • Apple Blossom Festival, 5-8 p.m. April 27 at Newton Presbyterian Manor. Featuring performances by Newton Community Children’s Choir and Great Plains Jazz Orchestra, barbecue dinner, craft vendors and children’s carnival. Advance tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children and are available at Presbyterian Manor and Midland Bank. Tickets will be available at the gate for $9 for adults and $5 for children.
  • Watercolor Roses Workshop, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Carriage Factory Gallery. Cost is $35 and includes supplies. RSVP by calling 316-284-2749.
  • Newton Community Children’s Choir spring concert: 3 p.m. April 29 at Shalom Mennonite Church, Newton. Admission is free.

For more information about the Festival or the Downtown Art Celebration, call the Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau at 316-284-3642 or go to  www.tonewton.com/spring-arts-festival.html



2017 Holiday Events – Newton, Ks

Newton-area museums welcome the public to the “Five Places of Christmas” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 2nd 2017

The Annual Holiday Open House is a collaborative event among Carriage Factory Art Gallery, Harvey County Historical Museum, Kauffman Museum, Warkentin House and Bethel College Women’s Association. Admission is free for all of the venues, with most offering free refreshments and activities.

Photo credit – Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau.

As a special treat this year, the Goerz House, 2512 College Drive, North Newton, will be included as an event venue. Normally closed as a private residence, this Bethel College landmark will be the host site for the Bethel College Women’s Association’s open house. The home is on the National Register of Historic Places and is now the residence for the college president and his family. The women’s association will offer handmade crafts and gifts for sale, candy by the pound, baked goods and music by Bethel College Academy of Performing arts and Bethel College students.

Visitors to Kauffman Museum, located at 27th and Main streets in North Newton, can enjoy the museum and refreshments as well as an afternoon organ concert. Included in the museum’s exhibits is the special exhibit “Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War.”

Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St. in Newton, will feature special music and family art activities. Art and other items will be for sale throughout the gallery, including special displays in the gift shop and on the mezzanine. Children’s make-and-take art activities and a book signing with children’s author Bill Bush will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon, and the NUTS ukulele group also will perform from 10 a.m. to noon. “Artists at Work” demonstrations will be held from noon to 4 p.m. and an artist studio sale will be open all day.

The Harvey County Historical Museum, 203 N. Main St. in Newton, invites visitors to enjoy refreshments and view the final weekend of the special exhibit “Purposeful Stitches: Community Quilts” exhibit. The Coke Santa, a tradition at the museum, will also greet visitors.

The Warkentin House, 211 E. First St. in Newton, offers peppernuts and Mrs. Warkentin’s Russian tea while visitors can explore the Victorian home decorated to its holiday finest by local volunteers. Children and youth from the Home School Association of Newton and friends will share their vocal and instrumental talents throughout the day while visitors enjoy tours of this historic landmark.

All “Five Places of Christmas” sites are open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Dec. 2nd and offer free admission, refreshments and activities to share the holidays with the community. If you have questions, please contact Melody Spurney at the Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau at (316) 284-3642 or mspurney@newtonkansas.com or any of the “Five Places” venues.

More Holiday Events in Newton! 

The 30th annual Holiday Bazaar will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, November 18th at the Newton Recreation Center, 415 N. Poplar. The annual market features beautiful handmade items from regional craft vendors. Admission is free. Drawings for door prizes donated by craft vendors will be held throughout the day.

The Hesston Bethel Performing Arts Series will offer its annual Christmas program with the Mirari Brass Quintet, an engaging and eclectic group, which brings a spirit of joyful collaboration and innovation to music spanning many centuries and genres in a celebration of Christmas. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1st at Hesston Mennonite Church at Hesston College. Tickets are available online at Hesston-bethel.org.

The Newton Lions Club sponsors the annual Parade of Lights. All of the participating floats in this classic Christmas parade are illuminated. Newton visitors and residents are invited to watch the parade, beginning at 6:30 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 7th. The route follows Main Street in the historic downtown business district. Admission is free. The public is also invited to the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce at Fifth and Main streets from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 7th for a free community open house. Following the parade, spectators can shop many downtown stores that will stay open late.

Bethel College jazz musicians will present their holiday concert at 8 a.m. Dec. 8th in Krehbiel Auditorium in the Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College in North Newton.

Suzuki & Strings, affiliated with Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts, will perform its Sounds of the Season concert at 6 p.m. Dec. 16th at Bethel College Mennonite Church.

Linda Fern Johnson will lead a workshop entitled “Fused Glass Christmas Ornaments” from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 16th at Carriage Factory Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St., in downtown Newton. Cost is $40 and includes materials. To reserve a space, call 316-284-2894 Ext. 2749.

For more information on any of these Events, visit the Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau website 

Red Hot Chili Pepper 5K & Little Pepper Run and Harvey County United Way Chili Cookoff *Saturday, September 30th 2017

The Second Annual Red Hot Chili Pepper 5K & Little Pepper Run will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30th in Newton, KS

Little Pepper Run begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K follows at 9 am

All pre-registered participants will receive shirts and finishers medals, and all 5K participants receive a ticket to the Harvey County Chili Cookoff, which will follow the race. . Registration and the start/finish line will be in front of Newton Recreation Commission at the corner of Poplar and Fifth streets.   Walkers and runners are welcome for this scenic chip-timed course that follows the Sand Creek bike path along the water.  Visit here for more information!

The Race and Chili Cook-off benefits Harvey County United Way

Graphic Credit – Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau


11th Annual Harvey County United Way Chili Cook-off

Saturday, September 30th 2017  11 am – 1:30 pm

6th and Main – Newton, Ks

For Registration and Sponsor information – visit the Harvey County United Way Website 

Photo Credit – Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Third Annual Paddle Battle *Saturday, April 22nd 2017

Paddle Battle returns for a third year on Saturday, April 22nd, on Sand Creek in Newton, Ks!

The canoe and kayak race draws dozens of paddlers to Newton for one- and two-mile routes and, new this year, paddleboat sprints.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, and races start at 10 a.m. Prizes will be awarded, and T-shirts will be provided to those who pre-register, while they last. Registration is $25, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Heart 2 Heart Child Advocacy Center.

Online registration is available at tonewton.com/paddle-battle.html.

CaNewton is the event’s presenting sponsor and has a limited number of boats available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants can also bring their own boats.

For more information about the event or rentals, call 316-288-5756.

Photo Credit Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Kansas Day Celebration to feature Chisholm Trail Anniversary – Kauffman Museum, North Newton Ks *January 28th 2017



Kansas Day Celebration to feature Chisholm Trail Anniversary

The Kauffman Museum will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail during its annual Kansas Day Celebration on Saturday, January 28th at the museum in North Newton.

The event will feature a live longhorn, music, square dancing demonstrations, a cowboy and cowgirl parade, indoor and outdoor crafts, activities and demonstrations.

Celebrate Kansas Day begins at 11 a.m. with an hour-long presentation in Krehbiel Auditorium at Bethel College entitled “Head ‘Em Up & Move ‘Em Out,” by Jim Gray, executive director of the National Drovers Hall of Fame. Gray’s presentation is free.

All Fired Up BBQ food truck will sell food items following Gray’s presentation, beginning at noon.

Kauffman Museum - North Newton, Ks
Photo Courtesy Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau

From 1-4 p.m., Kansas Day activities will be held at the nearby Kauffman Museum. The family-friendly event is also free. Special demonstrations and activities include:

  • 1:15 p.m.: Square dancing demonstration by Circle Eight Square Dance Club
  • 2:15 p.m.: “The Chisholm Cattle Trail: The Rest of The Story,” a presentation by Gary and Margaret Kraisinger
  • 3:15 p.m.: Gospel and traditional bluegrass tunes by Jammin’ Biscuits
  • 3:45 p.m.: Cowboy and cowgirl parade – wear your best Western wear or make a vest at the museum

Indoor activities offered throughout the afternoon include knot making, cattle “stamp”ede, cowboy card toss, trick ropes, horse gear and tack display, “back in the saddle” photo op, a storytelling corner and “Memory Matters” handwriting activity.

Ongoing outdoor activities will include a walk on the actual Chisholm Trail with Brian Stucky, Wild West ropin’, cowpie tic-tac-toe, live longhorns, popcorn popping, a Native American teepee, blacksmith demonstration by Bill Moffitt, rope making, rope splicing, corn shelling, Dutch oven cooking demonstration, wagon rides with Country Boys Carriage and old-fashioned schoolyard games.

The event will also include a bake sale featuring homemade baked goods and a silent auction of antiques and collectibles, including six Remington paintings in color-artist’s proofs (1906), two antique revolvers dating from the turn of the century, a pair of antique cowboy spurs and a set of 16 U.S. National Park Service pamphlets (1930-1931).

Special Chisholm Trail anniversary merchandise will be available for purchase in the museum’s gift shop, while supplies last.

The Kauffman Museum is located on the campus at Bethel College at 27th and North Main in North Newton.

For more information call the museum at 316-283-1612 or the Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau at 316-284-3642 or go to tonewton.com/kansas-day.html.

Photo Courtesy Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau


Red Hot Chili Pepper 5K Race and Harvey County United Way Chili Cook-off *Saturday September 24th 2016

The annual Harvey County United Way Chili Cook-off will serve up bowls of fall fun on Sept. 24th to benefit the local United Way.

Sixth and Main – Downtown Newton, Ks

The United Way will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the event with a new logo, commemorative T-shirts and the Red Hot Chili Pepper 5K race in the morning. Gates will be open for the chili cook-off from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on September 24th at the corner of Sixth and Main streets in downtown Newton. Ticket holders will receive a bowl to use during the event to sample the various chili creations offered by participating groups. The event typically draws more than two dozen organizations and businesses to serve an array of chili varieties.

Tickets are available in advance for $5 at Prairie Harvest, the United Way office and Ameriprise Financial in downtown Newton. Tickets will also be available at the gate for $6.

Photo Credit Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau

All participants in the Red Hot Chili Pepper race will receive a ticket to the chili cook-off as part of their registration fee, which is $30 in advance and includes the ticket, T-shirt and a finishers’ medal.

Chili makers will compete against each other for two awards: The Pride of the Prairie, determined by cook-off judges, and The People’s Choice, a tally of cash votes at each competitor which are donated to United Way. While some competitors enter just to win a coveted award, others enter for the opportunity to engage the public about their organization or business.

More than 1,000 people attend the event each year!

“The Chili Cook-off is compelling,” said Tina Payne, Harvey County United Way Executive Director. “A thousand plus people, coming together in two hours in a couple of blocks on a Saturday morning. People bump into each other and say, ‘Hey, I didn’t know you were involved in this organization, church, business, etc.'” She explained, “We have a very caring, involved community. The relationships are there. The Chili Cook-Off gives people the chance network, engage, and learn in a fun-filled way.”

Attendees are encouraged to bring a little extra cash to use to vote for their favorite chili and the People’s Choice Award. Each booth will have a collection bucket for “votes.” Bottles of water will also be available for purchase inside the gates.

Along with the chili samples, the cook-off will feature music by the Stephens family and Newton High School drum line.

The Red Hot Chili Pepper 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 24 at the corner of Fifth and Poplar streets near downtown Newton and in front of the Newton Recreation Center. Most of the 3.1-mile route will follow the scenic Sand Creek Bike Path before ending just a block away from the cook-off gate.

For younger runners and walkers, the Little Pepper 1K Fun Run will follow a portion of the 5K route. It begins at 9:30 a.m.

Graphic Courtesy of Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau

To entertain families between the races and the start of the cook-off, Carriage Factory Art Gallery will host Art in the Park, a free family art activity with five children’s art stations, a scavenger hunt and music from Newton Ukulele Tunes Society, from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 24th.

The art event will be held at Sixth and Oak streets and is free to the public.

For more information about the events or purchasing tickets, call the Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau at 316-284-3642.

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