Events at the Museum Complex

Museum Complex
Thursday, May 5th - 10:00-4:30 pm
Museum Complex

On Thursday visitors will have a chance to tour the museum complex and view some of the improvements and new exhibits. Check out our new Historical Society Digital Archives Center located in the Kansas Barbed Wire Museum and learn how your photos and histories can be preserved for generations to come.

Check our our special interactive exhibition, “In Search of Earth's Secrets” on display for the first two weeks of May 2022. (details below)

Friday Night Casino Night

Casino Night

Friday, May 6th - 6:30 pm
La Crosse Fire Department

Our 6th annual Barbed Wire Museum Casino Night event will give participants an opportunity to experience simulated casino games in a safe and fun environment.

Enjoy great food with free entertainment. Use your free “Barbed Bucks” to play the games and have fun while helping the museum. Cost of the meal is $10.00 including free entertainment (no charge to play the casino games.) At the end of the evening redeem your barbed bucks for a variety of items and prize baskets during the Prize Auction. Thanks to the generous support of Rush County Fire District 4, La Crosse, we will host the event in their station to allow us to spread out our tables and help to keep you safe and healthy. Age restrictions apply. This is not a gambling event.

Admission: $10.00 for the meal
No Admission Fees to play
Donations welcome

Thank You to our Corporate Supporters

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Candlelight Banquet


Join us for our spectacular Sunset Sailing Banquet, a special nautical theme dinner in a special setting. Enjoy your meal by candlelight and enjoy live music and some fun entertainment. This year's banquet will again be held in the La Crosse Country Club located on the site of the original country club, location of the first barbed wire banquets over 50 years ago. The club is located at 1st and Columbia Streets next to the golf course.

Following the banquet will be a short program, announcement of the splicing winners, Wireshow Awards Ceremony, and more.

$20.00 per person
Reservations are required

A limited number of tickets are available. Tickets may be reserved by registering on-line or by calling 785-222-2808.

World Champion Splicing Contest™

Splicing Contest

This will be the 56th year for the World Champion Barbed Wire Splicing Contest™. The competition will be held on Saturday from 12:00pm until 1:00pm and is open to anyone.

Prizes will be awarded in three catagories: Men's, Ladies', and Youth division. This year, we will have some great prizes for the winners in each category.

This splicing contest has been a part of the festival since the beginning. In 1967, Rush County Agricultural Extension Agent E. L. VanMeter developed rules for the competition with assistance from Kansas State University Extension Service, Manhattan, sponsors of 4H programs in Kansas.

Splicing Contest rules and details available here.


In Search of Earth's Secrets

Museum Exhibit

This year, in keeping with our nautical theme, we are offering a special opportunity to view a world-class museum exhibition on site at the Festival!

The Kansas Barbed Wire Museum has partnered with the Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays, Kansas to bring this exhibit to La Crosse for a limited engagement along with providing presentations in county schools and a variety of educational materials.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, In Search of Earth's Secrets is a 5-year project designed to create exciting “pop-up” science events in the style of pop-up restaurants, stores and art fairs.

Bringing high quality earth and ocean science content to rural and urban communities with traditionally underserved populations will create a buzz about the intriguing discoveries done around the world's oceans and create opportunities for further learning.

The project involves working with libraries, Girl Scouts and other youth organizations, program scientists, educators, and museums across the country.

The In Search of Earth's Secrets exhibit allows audiences to enjoy hands-on experience while learning about exciting science topics researched by the JOIDES Resolution such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and the extinction of the dinosaurs. Learn more about the topics covered in the exhibit by visiting here.

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