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Founded: Iola, Elev.: 965, Pop.: 6,302 (2000). Located in the Southeast Region of the state, in Allen County (County Seat), southwest of Emporia and along US Highway 54. Iola is near the Neosho River and the city of Yates Center to the west.

Iola has one of the largest town squares west of the Mississippi. Native Son, Buster Keaton, one of the great film geniuses was born in 1895, seven miles. west of Iola in Piqua. Iola celebrates its local legend in workshops, talks from experts, and in viewings of his work in an annual festival.

Events in Iola include: "Farm City Days", this celebration is held the 3rd weekend in October. It features a carnival on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Municipal Band Concerts; The band plays at 8 p.m., but the crowd gathers much earlier around the bandstand on the Iola square. The Iola Municipal Band has presented free summertime concerts since 1871. Its the longest continually performing city band in Kansas and one of the oldest in the country.

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07/04 Coming to The area
OK Mozart Festival Bartlesville OK June9-15 Oklahoma's Premier Music Festival, OK Mozart brings the highest quality professional musical and cultural experience to the state of Oklahoma and the middle United States.
Heart of America Shakespeare Festival Kansas City MO June18-July7 The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival is set under the stars in South Moreland Park near Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. It is a perfect way to spend a summer evening with family and friends. They have several programs to study and explore such as Speaker's Bureau and Poster and Sonnet Contest. The faculty includes theatre professionals, actors, and educators experienced in performing and teaching Shakespeare. Many of the instructors are veterans of festival productions.

Greater Kansas Citry Japan Festival Kansas City MO October6 Cekebrating the cultural of Japan.