NEEWOLLAH 2014, Oct 24th - Nov 1st


Queen Neelah LXXIII
Caringtyn Julian

Photo Courtesy of DJ'S Photography


Get "Egg-Cited" for Neewollah 2014!

On behalf of the Neewollah Board, welcome to Independence and the largest annual celebration in Kansas!

There are many things to enjoy during the 9 day celebration.  The musical, HONK!, The Fun Day at the Park with Chili, Dessert, Salsa, Entertainment, Fun Run and 5K/10K Run, The Queen's Pageant, The Carnival, The Bandstand Entertainment, Special Events, The Parades, Marching Bands and a Free Concert Saturday night from our Brave Army National Guard soldiers in "Section 8"!  There is SO much to be Egg-cited about this year!

Lisa Paige
2014 Generalissimo

Join us for all the fun 
October 24-November 1, 2014!



Schedule of Events

Oct 27: Queen's Talent Night
Oct 28: Queen's Coronation
Oct 29-Nov 1: 
    Band Stand
Oct 31: Kiddie Parade
Nov 1:  Grand Parade


2014 Featured Queen Candidate
Kaci Foster
Studio 4



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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