Points of Interest
The Fick Fossil and History Museum features Cretaceous Period fossils from the personal collection of Earnest and Vi Fick. The museum also has many fossils found by the Sternbergs, who did extensive digs in the area. The majority of our pieces were collected within a fifty mile radius of Oakley. As part of our permanent collection, we have over 11,000 sharks teeth, a complete Portheus Molossus, specimens of Pteranodon, Plesiosaurus, Mosasaurs, and many others representative of the Cretaceous Period. We have several specimens of Crinoid and Horn Corral available. Mammalian history is equally represented with specimens of hoofed mammals and the Oligocene Rhinoceros. Fossils of plant life are on permanent display. The mineral and rock collection is quite extensive. Archeological pieces are also on display.
The Folkart Collection includes pieces created with fossils, rocks, and paper mache by Vi Fick. This collection is unique to the Fick Fossil and History Museum. Wood carvings made by Vi Fick are also part of the permanent collection. Other items of interest are our Kansas Wildflower Collection, replica depot, and a early 1900's General Store with many fascinating items on display. We also have a Sod House within the museum for your viewing. Other items relating to the historical significance of the area are on display.
18th Annual Consumer Extravaganza, April 5 & 6, 2003. Logan County 4-H Building & Dick Farmer Arena.
Butterfield Trail Ride, Dance & Rodeo, 1st weekend in June annually in Russell Springs, May 31-June 1, 2003. Horses, covered wagons, horse drawn carts and walkers hit the Butterfield trail. Other highlights include a rodeo and dance.
Picnic-In-The-Park, City Hall Park - Fridays, May 30 through July 11, 2003 11:30a.m. to 1:00p.m. 209 Hudson. Live local entertainment and local food vendors.
July 4th Celebration, Fireworks display held at the Fairgrounds.
July 15-19, 2003 - Grandstand entertainment nightly, Christian Concert, KPRA Rodeo, Demo Derby and Truck & Tractor Pull "home owned carnival" operating every night.
Northwest Kansas High School Rodeo, September 2003. Final date TBA / Logan County Fairgrounds
Old Settlers Day & Cow Chip Throwing Contest, Labor Day weekend in Russell Springs Celebration highlights include State Cow Chip Throwing Contest,Old Settlers Day Parade and carry-in lunch at the old school building.
Kansas State Cornhusking Contest, 32nd Annual Kansas State Cornhusking contest. Old fashioned cornhusking competition - October 11, 2003. Corn Cook Off - October 10th downtown for VIP and Open classes.
Heritage FCE Arts & Craft Fair, Held in conjunction with the Cornhusking - 4H Building - October 11, 2003. A large variety of arts and crafts items.
Pheasant Season, Pheasant hunting season begins the 2nd Saturday in November thru January.
13th Annual Fabulous Christmas Light Parade, Friday after Thanksgiving November 28th, downtown, sponsored by the Oakley Area Chamber of Commerce. This unique parade sparkles with floats and entries all decked out with Christmas lights. Simply Beautiful! Fourth Annual Pancake and Sausage Feed held at the VFW. Santa comes to town.
VFW Arts & Crafts Show, 1st weekend in Dec. VFW building downtown Oakley, December 6 & 7, 2003
Motels & Hotels
1st Travel Inn, 785-672-3226, 708 Center
RVs & Campgrounds
High Plains Camping, 785-672-3538, Hwy. 83 & I-70
Bed & Breakfast/Hunting Lodges
Hackberry Creek Hunting Lodge, 785-672-4966 866-444-4966,
Colonial Steak House, 672-4720, I-70 & Hwy 83
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