NEEWOLLAH 2015, Oct 23rd - Oct 31st

2015 Generalissimo, John Hamlin announces activities for 2015 Celebration.
"Take Me Out to Neewollah"
Musical is Damn Yankees 
Professional Show is Oak Ridge Boys
check back for more details!

Neewollah 2015

Queen Neelah LXXIII
Caringtyn Julian

Photo Courtesy of DJ'S Photography


Neewollah 2014 was Egg-citing!

Wow!  Now that was a truly egg-citing 9 days!  I hope everyone enjoyed Neewollah 2014 as much as I did.  I am so pleased with all the events and grateful to the committees that made everything go smoothly.  Despite an unscheduled fire drill on day 1 - the celebration unfolded eggcellently.  Each day was wonderful.  We had an amazing musical, fantastic queen's pageant, wonderful food, great entertainment, a variety of crafts and fabulous parades.  It was more than a pleasure to see all the smiling and waving faces during the grand parade.
Thank you for many comments of support I received during the week.  Thank you to the city of Independence for your help in keeping the tradition of Neewollah as something positive for our community. Thank you to all that visited our town and celebrated with us.  Neewollah exists only because of the pride and volunteerism of the great people of Independence!  It was egg-citing!

Lisa Paige
2014 Generalissimo

Join us again next year
October 23-31, 2015!

Neewollah 2015

Schedule of Events

Oct 26: Queen's Talent Night
Oct 27: Queen's Coronation
Oct 28-30: 
    Band Stand
Oct 30: Kiddie Parade
Oct 31:  Grand Parade
Oak Ridge Boys concert

2014 Featured Queen Candidate
Alexis Perches
Cherry Berry



Neewollah celebration (Halloween spelled backwards) began in 1919 as an effort to provide positive activities for kids of all ages in place of the typical Halloween pranks that occurred in the community of Independence, Kansas. In the beginning the events centered on parades, morning, afternoon, and night on October 31. The parades consisted mainly of decorated cars and carriages. Queens and princesses from area festivals rode in the parades, along with our own Queen Neelah who was selected based on votes bought at a penny each. The Great Depression and World War II interrupted the Neewollah celebration but in 1958 four businessmen revived and elaborated on the Neewollah theme bringing it back as a 3-day celebration.

Today Neewollah is the largest annual celebration in Kansas. The city of Independence will grow from a town of just under 10,000 inhabitants to 75,000 in the final days of the now 10-day celebration. Today's celebration now includes 3 parades, a Doo Dah Parade (adult Kiddie Parade), a Kiddies Parade and a Grand Parade. Chili Cook-off, a hometown musical and queen's pageant also add to the festival activities. The main downtown is filled with 30 plus food vendors, a large carnival and bandstand for nightly entertainment. The Arts and Craft show, Great Pumpkin contest along with the Band Competition, Fun Run and Chili Cookoff provide activities for everyone. Great Bandstand Entertainment bring a conclusion to the diligent efforts of over 500 community volunteers.

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