Events at the Museum Complex

Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 10:00-4:30 pm
Museum Complex

On Thursday visitors will have a chance to tour the museum complex and visit the new “Pleasant Point School Museum.” The Antique Barbed Wire Society and the Kansas Barbed Wire Collectors Association will hold meetings starting at 7:00 pm. in the Kansas Barbed Wire Museum Hagemeier Conference Room.

Friday Night Casino Night

Casino Night

Friday, May 1st - 6:30 pm
Kansas Barbed Wire Museum Galleries

Our 4th annual Barbed Wire Museum Casino Night event will give participants an opportunity to experience a mixture of old-west and “New-West” games in a safe and fun environment.

Enjoy our Mexican & More Buffet 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.

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

Thank You to our Corporate Sponsors



The First Museum - 1970

Museum 1970

Candlelight Banquet


Join us for our spectacular A Taste of the Old West, a special evening in a special setting. Enjoy your meal by candlelight and enjoy live music and some fun entertainment. This year's banquet will 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 54th year for the World Champion Barbed Wire Splicing Contest™. The competition will be held on Saturday from 12:00pm until 2:00pm 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 thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Bison State Bank.

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.

Sponsored by: Bison State Bank

Geocaching Event

This year we will take a break from the Geocaching Event. Check back next year.

Maker Van - Paper Bridges

Fort Hays State University Maker Van

We will be hosting a special kid's event on Saturday at 10:00am. Fort Hays State University Science & Mathematics Education Institute will be bringing their “Maker Van” to the La Crosse City Auditorium. Youth will have the opportunity for an educational project they can build while they learn about the science and technology of bridge building. Find out more at:

Youth Barbed Wire Splicing:

Youth up to age 16 are invited to participate in the Barbed Wire Splicing Competition. The Youth Division rules allow for the use of smooth non-barbed wire and a 10 pound weight.

Upcoming Events

In May 2021, we will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the dedication of the Kansas Barbed Wire Museum.

This May will begin a year's worth of events as we look back on the beginnings of the museum in 1970 when Charles Kuralt paid a visit to the new museum that was in the beginning of construction. Twelve months later in 1971, the community of La Crosse dedicated the first ever museum of barbed wire.