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Special Events

Casino Night

Barbed Wire Museum
Casino Night & Buffet

Saturday, Oct. 2 - 6:30pm
Proceeds to Museum Operating Fund
Hosted by La Crosse Fire Department

Candlelight Banquet
Due to the pandemic situation,
The 2021 Banquet will not be held.
See You in May 2022

Special Information

2019 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

Sponsorships Available
Contact us for information

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, September 30, 2021

10:00am - 4:30pm - Museum Complex Open
Grass Park Museum Complex
8:15am - The Symposium
Museum Hagemeier Conference Room
7:00pm - 8:00pm - Early Set-up for Vendors
City Auditorium

Friday, October 1, 2021

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
11:30 - 1:00 - Lunch Concessions
City Auditorium
2:00pm - Judging of Displays
Judging forms available at registration desk
5:00pm - Auditorium closes

Saturday, October 2, 2021

all day - Craft & Vendor Fair
La Crosse City Auditorium
8:00am - Exhibits open
City Auditorium
all day - Exhibition: “Tribute to our Veterans”
City Auditorium
all day - Trade Session
City Auditorium
12:00 - 1:00 - World Champion Splicing contest
Open to everyone - Click Here for Rules
Prizes Awarded - Winners announced at banquet

11:30 - 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
6:30pm - Casino Night & Mexican Buffet
Dist. 4 Fire Department - 1020 N. Main Street
(See advertisement)

We're still making plans so check back often.
We look forward to seeing you again!