Oakley Corn Festival

Come see how Oakley Shucks at the Oakley Corn Festival featuring the 45th Annual Kansas State Cornhusking Contest.

Come to local businesses for lunch, taste the corn dishes and vote on your favorite. Friday October 7th from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. the Kansas State Corn-husking Contest kicks off with the VIP Corn Cook-Off.

Registration and a reception for the huskers is from 3 - 5 p.m. at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center.

The Contest


Shucks! Never husked? No problem.

We will be teaching novice huskers the technical aspect of the sport in the corn field here at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center on Friday, October 7th from 4 - 6 p.m.

On Saturday morning, huskers can compete individually and/or as part of a team. Novice huskers can compete in a 10-minute competition and a three-person team would each husk for 5 minutes for a total of 15 minutes. This is a great activity for school groups, scouts, 4-H, FFA and other youth groups. Teams can also include friends or family members, get mom and dad or grandpa and start a family tradition.

On October 8th the day starts at 8 a.m. with Continental Breakfast and registration for the Huskers with the State Contest starting at 9:30 a.m.

Fun for the Whole Family


Rural Life Demonstration Vendor Fair, what is that?
Vendors will be here to demonstrate how things were made before mechanization from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Some will also have products to sell.

Demonstrations may include:
  • Bobbin Lace
  • Canning/Preserving
  • Informational Booths
  • Jerky Making
  • Rope Braiding
  • Rug Making
  • Spinning Wool
  • Story Telling
  • Tatting/Crocheting/Knitting
  • Wheat Weaving

Fun for the Kids


There is a Pumpkin Carving/Decorating Contest from Noon - 2:30 p.m. and a Corn Pile Money Hunt starting at 2:30 p.m. There is also a Corn Ear Throwing Contest for adults and kids at 1:30 p.m.

You can bring pumpkins out to sell or enter for prizes for the largest diameter and most unusual shape.

The Buffalo Bill Cultural Center and Cabin Gift Shop will be open from 8 a.m - 5 p.m.

Antique Tractors and Engines will be on display throughout the day.

These events all take place at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center and Kansas State Corn-Husking site where there will be concessions available and general admission is free.

For more information on the Oakley Corn Festival and the supporting events contact the Oakley Area Chamber of Commerce at 785-672-4862 or by email or the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center at 785-671-1000 or by email.

Food Vendors at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center


The food vendors are Screwloose BBQ from Russell, KS and John Anderson, The Ice Cream Guy from Colby, KS.

Girls Day Out, Llc Craft Show & Open House


You can also go over to the Girl's Day Out, LLC Craft Show and Open House taking place at the Logan County 4-H Building and Dick Farmer Arena from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. They will have prizes, concessions available and admission is free.

For more information about Girls Day Out, LLC Craft Show and Open House contact Jodie Wright at 785-672-6201 or email Jodie Wright.

Photo Gallery


View photos from previous Oakley Corn Festivals.