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Named Russell in memory of Avrah P. Russell, Captain, Company K, Second Kansas Cavalry. Russell was founded in 1872, Population: (2000) 4,696, Elevation: 1,826 feet. Located in Russell County (of which it is the county seat) and east of Hays City along Highway 40. The town is near the Saline River and Wilson Lake.

Special Events in Russell County;

  • The Russell County Free Fair is held every summer at the Russell County 4-H Fairgrounds in Russell.
  • Russell Main Street sponsors Christmas Fest which includes a lighted parade.


Kansas Counties Russell County | Telephone 785-483-6960 Toll Free: 800-658-4686

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Wild West Festival Hays City KS July3-6 A typical Kansas fair -- parade, big name music stars, games, demonstrations, competitions and shows, including fireworks.
Dodge City Days Dodge City KS July26-August4 The 10-day celebration hosts more than 50 events including Q-97 FM DODGE CITY DAYS COUNTRY Concert, the top-rated Dodge City Days Rodeo, a 2-day Indoor Craft show with over 200 crafters from a 10-state area, KidFest, and Professional Barbecue Contest.
Kansas State Fair Hutchinson KS September6-15 Each year, over 400,000 visitors flock to the Kansas State Fair to visit a wide array of exhibits, partake in fabulous Fair food, and see the amazing butter sculpture.