Celebrate our Independence in Small Town U.S.A.
Situated in extreme northwest Crawford County, sits Hepler, Kansas. This sleepy, little hamlet was once the Hay Capital of Kansas, complete with schools, restaurants, a grocery store, bank, post office and more. The rich agricultural traditions still surround the community, but the schools and restaurants have closed. What remains, however, resilient core of third and fourth generation Heplerites, which have kept this community alive for decades. The evidence of their commitment to this small town is on display every July. Each year, during the Independence Day holiday, the small town experiences a significant population boom.
The town of less than 200, will grow exponentially for two nights, during the annual Hepler Ruritan Club Rodeo. This is by far, one of the most unique and entertaining events in the region. For nearly fifty years, Hepler residents have banded together to put on a great 4th of July celebration, complete with two nights of rodeo, live music, downtown parade and fireworks. Crawford County is rich with Independence Day festivities and Hepler, no doubt, carries it’s weight with fun-filled offerings.
Let the Games Begin
Of course, visitors new to the Hepler Rodeo, are sure to leave with unforgettable memories of the famous “Hillbilly Games.” The uniquely country competitions, have been a rite of passage for many generations and provide fun for the participants and sidesplitting entertainment for the crowd.
The whole event serves as a homecoming of sorts for hundreds of former residents who still consider Hepler their home. However, you don’t have to be from Hepler, to feel like you’re home. The small town hospitality, warmth and friendships are truly what make this event one of the best in the region. So if you’re looking for a touch of the good ol’ days, then saddle up and ride on in to the one horse town of Hepler, Kansas this July 3rd and 4th, be a part of the boom!