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Founded: 1867, Pop.:27,507 (2000), Elev.: 2010 ft. Located in the North Central Region of the state, in Ellis County, (County Seat). This historic town is west of Salina along Hwy-40 and near Old Fort Hays State Historical Site.

Situated between the Saline River and Smoky Hill River.

Like other western towns appearing like mushrooms along, and sometimes in anticipation of the appearance of a railroad passing through, Hays City had its nefarious side. Unlike its contemporaries, Hays City seemed to attract a disproportionate number of disreputable characters of both genders. Saloons and bagnios flourished for a time. Interestingly, the bagnios were associated with the incubation of early Jazz music that had come from Chicago and Old New Orleans, contributing to what became known as Kansas City jazz.

Local attractions include: Sternberg Museum of Natural History, Ellis County Historical Society Museum, Felten Art Gallery, the Hays Art Center, the Volga German House and Old Ft. Hays.

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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.