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Special Events

Casino Night

Casino Night & Buffet
Friday, May 5 - 6:30pm
Proceeds to Museum Operating Fund





Banquet Link

Candlelight Banquet & Program
La Crosse City Auditorium






Special Information


2017 Judging Results
 
2016 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 4, 2017


10:00am - 4:30pm - Museum Complex Open
Kansas Barbed Wire Museum
5:30pm - Festival Opening Ceremony
Grass Park Museum Complex
7:30pm - Antique Barbed Wire Society Meeting
Museum Hagemeier Conference Room
8:30pm - Kansas BWCA Annual Meeting
Museum Hagemeier Conference Room



Friday, May 5, 2017


8:00am - Displays Open
City Auditorium
8:00am - Relay for Life Vendors' Breakfast
City Auditorium
To Benefit Relay for Life
all day - Exhibition: “Tribute to our Veterans”
Encore 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 6, 2017


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
8:00am - Relay for Life Vendors' Breakfast
City Auditorium
To Benefit Relay for Life
all day - Exhibition: “Tribute to our Veterans”
City Auditorium
all day - Trade Session
City Auditorium
10:00 - Kid's My Masterpiece Art Paint Party
City Auditorium Click for Details
12:00 - 2:00 - World Champion Splicing contest
Competition is open to anyone
Prizes Awarded - Winners announced at banquet

11:00 - 1:00 - Lunch Concessions
City Auditorium
3:00 p.m. - Public Auction
City Auditorium
Click Here to View and Print the Sale Bill
Auction fees benefit Kansas Barbed Wire Museum
4:00 p.m. - Auditorium closes
Display Tear Down
6:30 p.m. - Candlelight Banquet
City Auditorium (see advertisement)
Gourmet Meal - hors d'oeuvres
Live Musical Entertainment - Awards Ceremony



Sunday, May 7, 2017


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