Festival season sparks life in Franklin County

Winchester Herald-Chronicle
Courtney Stachel, Staff Writer
March 31, 2015

Festival season sparks life in Franklin County

The rain and cold weather didn’t scare off the crowd on Friday night during Winchester’s Wriggle. On left, Joey Gipson and Baylee Nester perform inside Belles & Beaus showing off their musical talent. On right, Wenger’s Alley performed for the streets outside The Oldham Theatre.

Festival season kicked off Friday night with the Winchester Wriggle boosting up the spring season for the upcoming High on the Hog barbecue competition and the International Dogwood Festival.

The Wriggle is sponsored by the Winchester Downtown Program Corp., which is a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to recruit and retain an optimal mix of small businesses in the downtown district to support the city’s economy.

The primary objective of the Winchester Wriggle is to showcase the local talent of musicians and visual artists, as well as introduce the community to new businesses on the Square.

Friday night’s event had free refreshments, businesses hosting different musicians and turning their of?ces into temporary art galleries.

April marks the 28th year for the High on the Hog BBQ Festival, which The Kiwanis Club of Franklin County has been organizing for the past 12 years.

This year’s festival will be held April 14-18 in Winchester City Park.

This is the main fundraising project that the club has to fund the entire gift giving thought out the year.

The event is a Kansas City Barbeque Society Contest, which means it is governed by KCBS rules. Cooking teams and judges come from all over the United States to participate in this premier event which is a state barbeque contest.


  • Kicking off the festival with a 5-K run/walk and a motorcycle poker run.
  • Family attractions carnival will be open with rides and a wonderful midway with great food
  • The KCBS Barbeque Contest with about 60 teams will be April 17-18.
  • Traders Bank Backyard BBQ Challenge is open to all who think they are grill masters paying cash and prizes of $1,500 to the winners. Applications are on the web site for all events. The Great American Cook-Off will be at the contest handing out samples and having BBQ cooking demos for the public.
  • Free concerts Friday night.

A $2 donation will be collected on Friday and Saturday for parking and the carnival will offer armbands and discount coupons certain nights.

For more information visit the website at www.highonthehogfestival.com

The 11th Annual International Dogwood Festival is right around the corner as the trees begin to bloom.

Dogwood Festival is held May 1-3 in the Historic Winchester Square.

More than nine years ago, the Winchester Tourism Committee and city administration began working on a community event which would provide world class entertainment to the community and the region.

The festival became a reality in 2005 with the first Dogwood Festival. Since that year, the jubilee has become a tradition for families all over the region and even all over the country.

The Dogwood Festival is three days full of activities for the whole family, including live entertainment, arts and crafts, a free Kidz Zone, and much more for the whole family.

The headliner last year was thought to top the record with The Charlie Daniels Band; this year Winchester has called upon 38 Special, an early 1980s southern rock band, to headline on Saturday night, May 2.

After more than three decades together, 38 Special continues to bring its signature blast of southern rock to more than 100 cities a year.

The band’s gold and platinum album awards are a testament to its longevity. Its arena-rock pop hits include, “Hold on Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into the Night,” and “Fantasy Girl.”