There should be something for everyone at this year’s Chisholm Trail Festival Wednesday through Sunday.


There should be something for everyone at this year’s Chisholm Trail Festival Wednesday through Sunday.

Prior to the official start of the festival, carnival rides will be up and running Tuesday evening from 7 to 11 p.m. with arm bands costing $18 at Grandview and First in Athletic Park. Rides will continue to be available throughout the festival.

Also Tuesday will be the first round of Newton Idol at 7 p.m. at the Historic Fox Theatre in downtown. Judges will select 10 semi-finalists who will move on to the semi-final round at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, kicking off the street dance. Then the field will be narrowed to five finalists who will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Athletic Park band shell.

Each evening at 6:45 p.m., local government officials will welcome festival goers at the Athletic Park band shell.

Opening night of the festival on Wednesday will once again feature a jazz concert. At 7 p.m., the Boeing Co. Jazz Band, Newton Area Jazz Band and guest artists will entertain.

Also beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday will be the annual road rally beginning at the National Guard Armory.

Thursday evening, festivities will include the Newton Idol contest and street dance.

Friday will begin the first full day of activities for attendees of all ages. Activities include a car show, food eating contests, stick horse race, musical entertainment and a fireworks display beginning at dark.

Saturday and Sunday also include a variety of activities for the whole family, from the turtle race to the chili cook off.

Saturday night will feature local vocal artist Maddijo opening for Nashville recording group Ricochet. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. at the Athletic Park band shell. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be at the high school.

Festival goers will see a few changes to activities as because of construction projects in Newton.

The 5K walk/jog/run will have a few small changes to the route, while the parade will be on Meridian Road instead of downtown.

Entrance into the festival requires a button, which can be purchased at several area businesses. Adult buttons cost $4; buttons for children ages 5 to 12 are $2, and children younger than 5 are free.

For more information about the festival, visit the Chisholm Trail Festival Web site at www.newtonctf.com or check out the special section in Wednesday’s Kansan.