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About the Festival

The Sand Creek Summer Daze Festival is a dynamic, summer festival, encouraging the Newton and surrounding communities to celebrate and discover numerous fun and enjoyable events bundled together in one weekend on the banks of Sand Creek. Events during the festival will range from entertaining to deliciously delectable as well as competitive to educational.

The festival boasts multiple stage concerts and individual music performances. Enjoy the mulit-cultural events from the city’s long standing Hispanic community. If you have a competitive streak, you might organize and bring a team to compete in the sand volleyball, fishing derby or life size human foosball tournaments. For a splash of summer coolness, bring a team to engineer, build and try to float your own cardboard boat. Enjoy casually strolling through the festival grounds to watch artists create murals featuring the beauty of the Sand Creek and the Newton area. Treat your taste buds with great food and beverages of all types or simply take a rest and watch a “heated” ice cream eating contest with free ice cream for all afterward.

There will be several talent performances including a hypnotist to hypnotize your friends and a magician to dazzle you with his craft. Throughout the day, follow your nose to see professional and amateur BBQ teams compete for supremacy in a Kansas City BBQ Society Master Series Competition. The festival is also the only one in Kansas to host a red wheat home brewing competition where the winner has their beer brewed professionally in Hutchinson, and you can sign up to judge! Walk though a Ford Mustang car show and see the Pony’s of the New West. Finally bring the kids into an adventure area with fun, interactive, athletic and educational activities. While you are here, stop and say hi to Sand Creek Charlie, the real-life ambassador of the festival who resided in Newton long ago.

The Sand Creek Summer Daze Festival’s 2021 theme is Back to the 80’s. Get your 80’s on and dress the part for cash prizes at the Saturday night concert! Maybe you can make it onstage as the prize winner!

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Purchase of a festival button gives you access to the fun, entertaining & educational events. Only a few events or activities will have an age restriction or require an extra fee. We encourage you say thank you and support all the local businesses and government agencies who support the Sand Creek Summer Daze Festival! Buttons will be made available for a discounted price in pre-sales events throughout the spring and summer, along with the chance to win Sand Creek Charlie’s Golden Ticket (an all inclusive festival pass), leading up to the festival. Buttons at the gate will be $5. Follow our Facebook Page to be informed of pre-sales events.

There will be several talent performances including a hypnotist to hypnotize your friends and a magician to dazzle you with his craft. Throughout the day, follow your nose to see professional and amateur BBQ teams compete for supremacy in a Kansas City BBQ Society Master Series Competition. The festival is also the only one in Kansas to host a red wheat home brewing competition where the winner has their beer brewed professionally in Hutchinson, and you can sign up to judge! Walk though a Ford Mustang car show and see the Pony’s of the New West. Finally bring the kids into an adventure area with fun, interactive, athletic and educational activities. While you are here, stop and say hi to Sand Creek Charlie, the real-life ambassador of the festival who resided in Newton long ago.

The Sand Creek Summer Daze Festival’s 2021 theme is Back to the 80’s. Get your 80’s on and dress the part for cash prizes at the Saturday night concert! Maybe you can make it onstage as the prize winner!

Important Info

2021 Festival Updates

The 2021 Sand Creek Summer Daze Festival will be the most interactive and enjoyable ever! Every year we strive to update our returning events and bring in new and exciting ones. We know all who pass through the gates next year will find something that they will love! Pricing will remain the same, $4 at all pre-sale events, and $5 at the gates. Any group wishing to purchase 100 or more buttons may do so for a $3 fee. Ages 5 and under are always free. All pre-sale events will be listed on the website and Facebook site throughout the year.

Button Pricing:

$4 – Pre-sale

$5 – at Gate

Children 5 & under are free

Corporate or Organization Bulk Button Pricing

100 buttons or more  =  $3

Where to purchase buttons:

    Sand Creek Summer Daze Kick-off Event: (Spring 2021 – Place & Time TBA): ($3) Buying buttons at these events or locations will get a you an entry for a chance to win Sand Creek Charlie’s Golden Ticket!

    Other Newton Events: ($3 – Places & Times TBA)

    Pre-Festival Locations: ($4 – Dates T.B.A.)

  • Midland National Bank (527 N Main Street | 1212 Washington Rd Locations)
  • Berkshire Hathaway Home Services (616 N Main Street)
  • B&B Lumber – Newton (1601 W First St)

First Aid:

The festival will have a first aid station set up in the northeast area of the festival, near the rock shelter building.

Media:

If you are a member of the media who wishes to film, photograph or broadcast from the festival, media badges are available and may be obtained by emailing greg@sandcreeksummerdaze.com with your request.

Parking & Public Transportation:

Parking will only be available inside Athletic park in the west parking lot and right side of the circle drive as well as the parking spots around the circle drive. The grass lot across from the 4H building will also be open for festival parking with trolley service. Banners will show this parking area. See parking map (HERE) for details.

Bicyclists:

Why not ride your bike to the park and store it safely at the festival. You can park your bike just inside the North Gate of the festival. They will be secure inside the fencing. See a map of the festival grounds to view the gate location.

Volunteering:

Do you or an organization wish to help volunteer for our community festival? Contact us at greg@sandcreeksummerdaze.com

Do’s & Dont’s:

Do’s

  • Buy your buttons early.
  • Remember to bring and wear your button at all times to and inside the festival grounds.
  • Bring your phone for surprise giveaways during the festival.
  • Wear sunscreen and comfortable footwear.
  • Check out the interactive map of the festival on the mobile or regular site.
  • Check the website weekly for special added events and other fun contests.
  • Allow ample time for possible bag checks at the gate.
  • Bring cash for buttons, various concessions and memorabilia inside the festival.

Dont’s

  • Ride bicycles, scooters, skateboards etc. inside of festival grounds.
  • Bring coolers or outside food or beverages inside festival areas.
  • Bring pets of any kind into the festival grounds. (therapy and other medical pets allowed)
  • Bring weapons of any kind inside festival areas.
  • Drones and aerial vehicles are not allowed to fly over the festival at any time without prior authorization. (see media info below) Local authorities will be contacted.
  • Sell any item, food or otherwise not approved by the festival on or in the parking lots around the festival or inside the festival gates