PAOLA — The annual Kansas Day Celebration and Business Expo is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at Paola Middle School, located at 405 N. Hospital Drive.
The Paola Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the event, is putting a greater emphasis on history than ever before during the annual celebration of statehood, which actually began in Paola more than 140 years ago.
The first Kansas Day observance was held on Jan. 29, 1877, at North School in Paola. On Jan. 29, 2003, then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed a proclamation recognizing Paola as the birthplace of Kansas Day.
This year’s free Kansas Day celebration will feature interactive children’s games from the 1860s, reenactors demonstrating life in the 1860s, Dennis Rogers performing a Navajo Tribe dance and flute demonstration, jazz bands from Paola and Spring Hill, passport for prizes and more.
More information can be found online at www.paolachamber.org.