As of Monday, Kansas will have been a state for 157 years. If you want to join in the party, there will be plenty of festivities going on this weekend in honor of Kansas Day. Three highlights:

1) Relive a wealth of history at Kauffman

Kauffman Museum's annual Kansas Day celebration will be going on from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday in North Newton, with the Chisholm Trail being highlighted as part of the day's events — as an exhibit remembering the trail's history is currently on display at the museum.

Various programs will be held in the museum's auditorium in the afternoon while there will also be plenty of both indoor and outdoor activities including stick pony barrel racing, cowboy card toss, roping, corn shelling, wagon rides and more. Food trucks will also be on site and offering food from noon to 5 p.m. in the museum parking lot.

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2) Grab a party favor

The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum in Goessel (200 N. Poplar) has not yet opened for the 2018 season, but it will also have special activities as part of Kansas Day this weekend — namely that the main museum building, the Immigrant House, will have free visitation hours from noon to 4 p.m. through Saturday.

Additionally, each visitor will receive a Kansas birthday gift (while supplies last). On Saturday, there will be refreshments and special activities for children from 2 to 4 p.m.

3) Behold the beauty of Kansas

For the artistically-inclined, the Carriage Factory Art Gallery's current exhibit — Kansas Through the Eyes of an Artist —focuses on the state as the main thematic inspiration for all of the featured artwork. The exhibit runs through March 2 and the gallery's hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Looking to get hands-on and create some of your own art inspired by Kansas? The gallery (128 E. Sixth St., Newton) has you covered, as it will be hosting a sunflower still life painting class from 10 a.m. to noon on Jan. 27. Peggy Wambold will lead the class (open to ages 8 to adult) and all supplies will be included, though space is limited. Cost for the class is $40. To reserve a spot, call the gallery at 284-2749.