The Center of the country, mostly know for long stretches of highway, flat terrain, cow tipping and tornadoes also has wonderful aspects such as lush fields of corn and wheat, strong family foundations and wholesome and /or some interesting routines and activities. Find out where some of the fun festivals and activities are this fall in the Central States of the US of A.
1.) Southern Decadence
This is one of the bigger Gay weekend destinations in New Orleans, Louisiana. A parade, round the clock bars and parties and plenty of performances highlight this very fun, very gay Labor Day weekend party. This years theme, “Leather and Feathers.”
September 1 – 6
French Quarter and surrounding areas
New Orleans, LA
2.) 71st Minnesota Nutrition Conference
Get to Minnesota before the snow falls in October! Hosted by the University of Minnesota Department of Animal Science, this conference will highlight the feeding of livestock and updating info regarding the nutrition as well. Registration is currently open. Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes and is a beautiful place to be in the Fall. The Conference is located in Owatonna, MN which is an hour south of Minneapolis.
September 21 – 22
3.) Southern Hills Triathlon
Adults and kids alike can race in this Triathlon (also a Duathlon as well) in the fantastic Southern Black Hills of South Dakota. Sign up alone, as a group or with your school or military affiliation. A great, healthy way to spend a day in a beautiful part the state. About a 3 1/2 hour drive Southwest of Pierre, the capitol of South Dakota.
September 4, 7am
Angostura Recreation Area
Hot Springs, South Dakota
4.) Kansas-City Nascar-Package
If you are into car racing, then this is the activity for you. Held on a beautiful, autumn weekend, the Nationwide Series and the Sprint Cup series are sure to be exciting. Make a weekend out of it with breakfast both mornings, receptions each night and a comfortable hotel stay.
October 2 – 4
Kansas Speedway-Kansas 400
Kansas City, KS
5.) Oklahoma-Ford Center
Watch Carrie Underwood perform at the Oklahoma Ford Center. Underwood will be donating $.36 of each ticket bought to Save the Children. With a pretty face to look at and vibrant vocals to listen to, this will be a great Fall concert to go see.
October 20, 7:30pm
Oklahoma Ford Center
Oklahoma City, OK
6.) Plains Anthropological Conference
Hosted by the State Historical Society, the 68th Annual Plains Anthropological Conference will be as intellectually stimulating as it sounds. Guided bus tours, discussions led by students, professors and civilians alike and vendors/exhibitors are just some of the activities for this anticipated conference. Register as soon as you can.
605 East Broadway Ave.
7.) Celebration of Nebraska Books
Sponsored by Nebraska Center for the Book, this is a celebration of books, of companies and/or schools who support literacy, and featured authors and publishers who will read from their work and sign copies of their books. A great way to support reading and Nebraska literature.
Nebraska History Museum
(Nebraska State Historical Society)
15th and P Streets
8.) Wisconsin Original Cheese Festival
Support Wisconsin’s cheese “artisans” as this 2nd annual Festival. Taste all kinds of different cheeses (goat, cow etc…), take tours to farms, join seminars or dine at participating restaurants. A great way to celebrate cheese and the pride of Wisconsin.
9.) Christmas Craft Show
Just in time for the upcoming holiday season in December, this Christmas Craft Show in Tennessee will be sure to please. Plenty to view and buy, even for that special person that already has everything. Fairfield Glade, Tennessee is 2 hours east of Nashville.
Fairfield Glade, TN