Scarecrow Contest, scarecrows will be on the North side of the square and East on Maple St.  Register your scarecrow with the Chamber office and receive your assignment of location.  Prizes will be given for two places.  Contest is open to businesses, organizations and individuals.  Scarecrows must be in place by noon, today.


Art Exhibit,  Maple UnCommon Guest House & Gallery, 120 E. Maple from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.  The show will be photography and ceramics by regional artists.


Quilt Show, located at St. Rose Parish Hall, 129 N. Kansas, from 1:00 am to 4:00 pm. Quilts will be accepted at the Columbus Library from Tuesday (10/2 to Thursday 10/4).

Sponsored by Columbus Public Library.


Bean Feed, Maple Street, courthouse lawn.  5:00 pm. to ?  Beverage available for purchase. In case of bad weather, will be in City Park Pavilion.  Sponsored by Commerce Bank.


Hot Air Balloon Glow, Industrial Park, Hwy 69 & Merle Evans Drive, around 6:45 pm. Weather permitting.   $5.00 car pass for all balloon event parking.  Nonrefundable.

If you have never seen a glow, you certainly don’t want to miss this!




Pancake Breakfast, 320 W. Maple, First United Methodist Church 7:00 am. to 9:30 am.  Start your day with a good breakfast. Proceeds to go to Summer Free lunch program.  Sponsored by First United Methodist Church.


Hot Air Balloon Regatta. Lift off between 7:00 and 7:30 am., weather permitting, in the Industrial Park on Hwy 69.  Hare & Hound Race between balloons.   $5.00 car pass for all balloon event parking.  Nonrefundable.


5K, Run, Walk, Jog: 7:30 am.  ALL ages.  Entry Fee $18.00 pre- register; $20.00 after 10/4.  Starting point at Pine & Pennsylvania. Pre-register at American Bank, 620-429-2265.  Sponsored by American Bank.


Parade: 9:40 am. Starts at Vermont & Maple.  Down Maple St. to Tennessee St.


Car & Motorcycle Show:  8:30 am. to 3:30 pm.  Downtown square.  Antiques, Classic, Street Rods and motorcycles, and more!  Registration will be on the West side of the square at 101 S. Pennsylvania.  Pre-register with RealPro at 620-429-4400.  Day of show fee will be $15.00.  Sponsored by Advantage Metal Recycling LLC.  and hosted by RealPro.


Art Show: Exhibit is open 9 am to 9 pm, special Meet the Artist Reception from 4 to 6 pm., music and refreshments, open to public.  Photography and ceramics by regional artists.  Maple UnCommon Guest House & Gallery, 120 E. Maple


Hot Dog Eating Contest, 18 years and older. Register at 12noon under the Gazebo at the corner of Kansas &Pine. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd.Sponsored by Crossland Construction Co.


Children's Corner: SW corner of square from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Activities for children,


Entertainment on SW corner: Greenland Station from NWA is a bluegrass, band. Will be playing from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy.


Old Timer’s Day: Walnut St between Kansas & Indiana. Antique tractors and farm machinery, horse drawn machinery, work horse demos, and more.


Quilt Show: located at St. Rose Parish Hall, 129 N. Kansas, from 9:00 am. to 1:30 pm.  Judging will be by the public.  Sponsored by Columbus Public Library.


Petting Zoo: Southwest corner of the square.  10:00 am. to 3:00 pm.   Hosted by Columbus FFA


Inflatable activities: S. Pennsylvania St.  9:00 am. to 3:00 pm. Armbands available for $5.00 all day fun on four inflatables.


Entertainment for all ages. 10:30 am. to 3:00 pm.   In front of fountain on Maple Street  Marty Tipton Trick Roping & Humorist, David G Wonders, magic & balloons, CUHS music department, Natalie’s Dance Studio.


Arts & Craft Fair: 9:00 am. to 3:30 pm.  Kansas St. on square.  Booths of handicrafts- clothing, wood items and much more!


Replacing time capsule for another 50 years.  3:30 pm in front of courthouse fountain.  The capsule was opened in June for Columbus Sesquicentennial. Will be reburied to be open in 2068.


Hot Air Balloon Regatta: Lift off around 5:30 pm. Industrial Park, Hwy 69.  Weather permitting.  Hare and Hound Race.  $5.00 car pass for balloon event parking.


Columbus Day Fall Classic:  Registered clay shoot at Claythorne Lodge. 620-597-2568.


Tractor Pull: Saddle Club Arena on Park St. Bring lawn chairs as there is a new track.  6:00 pm. Concession Stand.  Antique/classic with light/heavy steel.  Contact 620-674-1402.  Sponsored by Columbus FFA Alumni Association.


Concert TBA, 8:00 pm at State Theatre Event Center, 104 W. Pine. Admission Sponsored by Mike Carpino Ford and State Theatre Event Center.


A variety of food and soft drinks will be on sale on Pine St., south side of square.


Information & Souvenir Booth will be located on Kansas St. as you enter from Maple (white canopy tent, center of street).




Hot Air Balloon Regatta: Lift off between 7:00 am. and 7:30 am. Industrial Park, Hwy 69.  Hare and Hound Race.  Weather permitting.  $5.00 parking or car pass.


Mini Rods & Garden Tractor Pull, Midwest Pullers: Saddle Club Arena on Park St.  Event begins at 1:00 pm. Concession shack will be open.  Come out and enjoy watching these geared up tractors. Contact 620-674-1402  Sponsored by Columbus FFA Alumni Association.


Art Show: Exhibit is open from 9 am to 9 pm at Maple UnCommon Guest House & Gallery, 120 E. Maple.  Regional artists will show photography and ceramics.


Columbus Day Fall Classic: Registered clay shoot at Claythorne Lodge. 620-597-2568.


***NOTE: If we have to move balloon field location it will be located at the American Legion Fair grounds on Country Road.

Many times the weather looks fine standing on the ground, but a few feet up the winds can be causing havoc.  The wind speed is the crucial factor; flights may be canceled on the field.  This is frustrating for both the public and the pilots, but safety is always our priority.  Don’t leave until the pilots leave.


The Board of Directors, officers, agents and employees of Columbus Chamber of Commerce and City of Columbus are not responsible for injury to or death of any person, or for damages to any property which any standee may sustain or be exposed to which arise out of or in connection with the presentation of any event.


Parking Fee - A onetime parking fee of $5.00 per vehicle will be collected the first time onto the grounds.  The purchase of a vehicle pass, visitors will receive a window pass for additional entrance.  Nonrefundable.


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