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An Independence Day celebration will take place at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site on July 5 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. All festivities will take place at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm at 1200 Kansas City Road, Olathe, KS. Please enter through the new Heritage Center at Mahaffie, enjoy the exhibits and then walk to the grounds to enjoy the celebration.
The second annual ‘decorate your wagon' contest will begin at 11:30 a.m. All participants who arrive with decorated strollers, wagons, and/or bicycles will receive a souvenir bag to take home, with a prize awarded for the best stroller, best wagon, and best bicycle. Enter the contest by bringing your decorated vehicles for a parade on the Mahaffie grounds at 11:30 a.m., led by some of the Mahaffie livestock with Buck and Tip pulling their ox cart.
At noon, the Declaration of Independence will be read, and the cannon will be fired, followed by a performance by the award-winning Bluegrass Missourians, at 1 p.m.
The Shawnee Indian Mission Missioners will play ball and then the public will be able to participate. During the baseball game, 1860s rules apply.
Community participants are asked to bring a picnic lunch for noon, and blankets or chairs to enjoy all of the outdoor festivities. Visitors can experience the newly renovated Stagecoach Stop dining hall and kitchen to see what's cooking, take a ride on the site's stagecoach, and visit the historic Mahaffie Home.
Coach tickets are $2 for ages three and up. Ice cream samples made from 19th century recipes will be available, and 21st century ice cream will be for sale along with pie and lemonade. The music and other activities are free. A suggested donation of $2 for adults and $1 for children helps offset event costs.
This event is being sponsored by the Olathe Junior Service League.
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site is operated by the City of Olathe. Open hours, stagecoach operations, living history activities, special events and programs vary seasonally. Access is limited in the winter months and the site is closed all major holidays. Please visit the website for current times and dates, www.olatheks.org/mahaffie/about or call (913) 971-5111.
Contact: Tim Talbott, Historic Site Manager or Alexis Woodall, Interpretive Specialist, (913) 971-5111