About This Festival
Multiple Locations in Elkhart|, Elkhart, KS | Map
From the Organizer
Who put the festival together? The Festival is the product of many different people and organizations. The Festival itself was born out of a $20,000 grant from the USDA Forest Service and National Endowment for the Arts. Additional grant help also has come from the Kansas Arts Commission and the Kansas Department of Commerce, Travel and Tourism. Heading up the project at ground zero, powered mostly by volunteer work, is the diverse members of the Morton County Grassland Heritage Festival Group. "Festival With A Purpose..." The mission of the "Grassland Heritage Festival" is to educate and present performing arts that celebrate the culture of the Santa Fe Trail's historic travelers and to inform audiences about the need to preserve the Cimarron National Grassland and the high plains prairie where this convergence of culture continues. The Festival is a series of events designed to promote Eco-tourism and the area's cultural heritage through sharing the history of the Santa Fe Trail and Cimarron National Grassland.