Fourth Of July Celebration In Wamego Draws Big Crowds

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

WAMEGO, Kan. (WIBW) -- Each year, the town of Wamego swells to more than triple its normal size during its multi-day Independence Day celebration, which includes a parade, concerts, carnival and an antique tractor and car show.

At the 38th Annual Walter P. Chrysler Auto Show, more than 100 classic cars and trucks were on display at the Wamego City Park.

"We’ve got a wide range of cars here. We’ve got a car from Washington state here this year, one from Nebraska, quite a few from Missouri and then in the state, we have a lot from Topeka, Manhattan and the Wichita area that we draw from and it’s just a great function," said Vernon Claussen.

Jessica Boatwright is a Wamego native who now lives in Seattle but each year, she returns to her hometown for the July 4th festivities.

"I come to the car show every year, the fireworks every year- I look forward to that- and the parade just because even though it’s not full of giant floats, it’s still just fantastic to see everybody in it," she said.

"The fireworks this evening will be fantastic. The crew here just puts on a fantastic show. They train throughout the year to do that and it’s noted for one of the best shows in Kansas," Claussen added.

A parade at 6 PM will be followed by a concert performed by the 1st Infantry Division Band and the fireworks display at 10 PM.


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