Tourism

What tourist attractions are in Marion County?
  • The Marion County Park & Lake offers swimming, fishing, camping, and other activities year-round. Contact at 620-382-3240 or visit the Web site at www.marioncountyparkandlake.com.
  • The Marion Reservoir offers swimming, fishing, hunting and camping. Contact at 620-382-2101.
  • There are several historic landmarks in Marion County. To learn more about them click here.
  • The Hillsboro Arts & Crafts Fair occurs annually on the third Saturday in September. Hundreds of vendors and thousands of guests attend each year. For more information visit the Web site at www.artsandcraftsfair.org.
  • Marion’s Art in the Park occurs annually on the third Saturday in September. Hundreds of vendors and thousands of guests attend each year. For more information visit the Web site at www.marionks.com/artinthepark.
  • Marion’s Chingawassa Days is an annual three-day festival in June featuring entertainment for the whole family. Events are held in Central Park in Marion. For more information visit the Web site at www.chingawassa.com.
  • The Marion County Fair is an annual event every summer at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro. To visit the Facebook page, click here.
  • Other Marion County events are listed at www.marioncountyks.org/events.

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Are there any local bed and breakfast lodgings?

There are many bed and breakfast lodgings to choose from in Marion County

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What are the annual events that happen in Marion County?
  • Florence’s Spring Fling is an April event for the whole family. Visit www.florenceks.com/text/events/events_fling for more information.
  • Burns’ May car show features hundreds of cars and plenty of fun for the family. Visit www.burnsks.com/route77 for more information.
  • Take a ride through the Flint Hills in Tour de Florence, a 40-mile biking event. Call 620-878-4296 for more information.
  • Peabody’s Operation Celebration is a May festival celebrating the men and women who have served our country. Visit www.peabodyks.com/opc for more information.
  • Marion’s Chingawassa Days is an annual 3-day festival in June featuring entertainment for the whole family. Events are held in Central Park in Marion. More information is available at www.chigawassa.com.
  • In June Hillsboro hosts the Route 56 Classic Cruisers Car Show, the Days of Olde Antique Fair and a free movie on the lawn of the Schaeffler House.
  • Both Peabody and Ramona host July 4th events, featuring food, parades, music and fireworks.
  • In August Goessel’s Country Threshing Days features more than 100 exhibits from seven states.
  • The Marion County Fair is an annual event every summer at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro. Click here to visit the Facebook page.
  • The Hillsboro Arts & Crafts Fair occurs annually on the third Saturday in September. Hundreds of vendors and thousands of guests attend each year. More information is available at www.artsandcraftsfair.org.
  • Marion’s Art in the Park occurs annually on the third Saturday in September. Hundreds of vendors and thousands of guests attend each year. More information is available at www.marionks.com/artinthepark.php.
  • A September Labor Day celebration is a more than 70-year tradition in Florence. Call 620-878-4676 for more information.
  • Goessel’s Harvest Festival in September features fun for the whole family.
  • Marion’s Olde Settler’s Day in September features a parade and many other activies. Visit www.marionks.net/events_oldsettlersday for more information.
  • Even more Marion County events are listed at www.marioncountyks.org/events.

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Where are the antique shops in Marion County?
  • Allnut’s Antiques & Things
    • 411 S. Ash, Hillsboro
    • 620-947-2700
  • Ambleside
    • 103 N. Walnut, Peabody
  • Bearly Makin-It Antiques
  • Cameo Rose Antiques
  • Central Park Antiques Emporium
    • 330 E. Main St., Marion
    • 620-381-3483
  • Doyle Creek Mercantile
  • Mayesville Mercantile
    • 111 N. Walnut St., Peabody
    • 620-983-2210
  • Molly’s On Main
    • 104 S. Main St., Hillsboro
    • 620-947-5714
  • Norma’s Attic
    • 202 N. D, Ramona
    • 785-965-7135
  • Red Barn Antiques
    • 207 N. Main, Hillsboro
    • 620-947-3219
  • Sunflower Antiques
    • 329 E. Main, Marion
    • 620-382-2822
  • Tattered Rose Antiques
    • 619 E. Main, Goessel
    • 620-367-8257
  • Tumbleweed Antiques
    • 1575 E. 60th Rd, Peabody
    • 620-983-2765

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What is the weather like?

Like all Kansas weather, Hillsboro and Marion County experience a broad range of weather conditions as the seasons change. For current conditons, visit Weather Underground.

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How many historical markers are there in the county?

There is one historical marker in Marion County: Kansas Marker 31 is “The Mennonites in Kansas.” It is located along K-15 one mile north of Goessel.

Context: Beginning in 1874, hundreds of peace-loving Mennonite immigrants settled in central Kansas. They had left their former homes in Russia because a hundred-year-old immunity from established religious orthodoxy and military service was being threatened. (Source: www.kshs.org)

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What famous TV show has its roots in Marion County?

“The Simpsons” by Matt Groening has its roots in Marion County. To read more by a Free Press columnist, click here.

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What museums and historical attractions are in Marion County?

There are many unique historic locations in Marion County:

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