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Special Events

Casino Night

May the 4th be With You
Casino Night & Buffet

Friday, May 4 - 6:30pm
Proceeds to Museum Operating Fund

Banquet Link

A Galactic Night
Candlelight Banquet & Program

La Crosse Country Club

Special Information

2017 Judging Results
World Champion Splicing Contest Rules

Exhibitors' Information

A $10.00 Exhibitor Registration Fee will apply
for non-members of the association.

Indoor Table Rentals

First Table - $15.00
Additional Tables - $10.00 each
Additional tables subject to availability.

Outdoor Booth Space

10'x10' Outdoor Space - $15.00
10'x20" Outdoor Space - $25.00

Register online or by phone: 785-222-2808.

Exhibitor & Weather Policy

A Convention for Barbed Wire?

Once a year, on the first weekend in May, collectors from across the country gather in La Crosse, Kansas to buy, sell, and trade artifacts from our nation's past; barbed wire. The Barbed Wire Swap and Sell is one of many conventions held across the United States for barbed wire collectors.

The main focus of the convention is the sale and trade of barbed wire samples, however, other items may also be showcased including carved limestone, railroad memorabilia, antiques, and craft items.

The Barbed Wire Festival was originally born out of a small display of barbed wire in the Post Rock Museum. When museum staff observed that a large number of visitors collected the unusual fencing material, they decided to bring those collectors together.

In 1967, La Crosse hosted the first ever convention of barbed wire collectors with 2000 people in attendance giving La Crosse the distinction of being the “Barbed Wire Capital of the World™”.

Today, the Barbed Wire Swap & Sell has evolved into the Barbed Wire Festival, a family-oriented community celebration with events for the entire family. You don't need to be a barbed wire collector to participate. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 3, 2018

10:00am - 4:30pm - Museum Complex Open
Grass Park Museum Complex
3:00pm - 5:00pm - Early Set-up for Vendors
City Auditorium
5:30pm - Opening Ceremony & Open House
Kansas Barbed Wire Museum
7:30pm - Antique Barbed Wire Society Meeting
Museum Hagemeier Conference Room
8:30pm - Kansas BWCA Annual Meeting
Museum Hagemeier Conference Room

Friday, May 4, 2018

8:00am - Displays Open
City Auditorium
all day - Exhibition: “Tribute to our Veterans”
Exhibition featuring private collections of military uniforms and equipment
all day - Barbed wire and Collectibles displays
City Auditorium
all day - Trade sessions
City Auditorium
11:00 - 1:00 - Lunch Concessions
City Auditorium
2:00pm - Judging of Displays
Judging forms available at registration desk
5:00pm - Auditorium closes
6:30pm - Casino Night & Buffet
Barbed Wire Museum Galleries - 120 W. 1st Street
(See advertisement)

Saturday, May 5, 2018

all day - Community Garage Sales
Maps available at show or participating businesses
all day - Vendor Fair
La Crosse City Auditorium
Sponsored by Rush County Chamber of Commerce
8:00am - Exhibits open
City Auditorium
all day - Exhibition: “Tribute to our Veterans”
City Auditorium
all day - Trade Session
City Auditorium
10:00 - Kid's special Event - tba
City Auditorium Click for Details
10:30 - 1:00 - Special Geocaching Event
Prizes Awarded - Click Here for Rules
City Auditorium - Sign up at Registration Desk

12:00 - 1:00 - World Champion Splicing contest
Open to everyone - Click Here for Rules
Prizes Awarded - Winners announced at banquet

11:00 - 1:00 - Lunch Concessions
City Auditorium
3:00 p.m. - Antiques & Collectibles Auction
City Auditorium
Auction fees benefit Kansas Barbed Wire Museum
4:00 p.m. - Auditorium closes
Display Tear Down
6:30 p.m. - Galactic Night Candlelight Banquet
La Crosse Country Club (see advertisement)
Live Music - Entertainment - Awards Ceremony

Sunday, May 6, 2018

11:00 a.m. - Community Church Service
Grass Park North Shelter House
Sponsored by La Crosse United Methodist Church
12:00 p.m. - Community Cookout
Grass Park North Shelter House
Following the church service

Museum Complex Hours

(May 1 - Labor Day)

10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Monday - Saturday
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Sunday
Kansas Barbed Wire Museum
Nekoma Bank Museum
Post Rock Museum
Rush County Historical Museum
Pleasant Point School Museum