Kansas City has a diverse array of attractions, venues, events and performances to keep residents amply entertained in their free time. The annual community festivals, including the Renaissance Festival, Wyandotte County Fair, Scottish Highland Games, Cinco de Mayo celebration, Polski Day and more provide a look into the cultures that influenced Kansas City’s development. Both the Renaissance Fair and County Fair are nationally-recognized events and attract locals and visitors from miles around. The Scottish Highland Games celebrate Scottish culture with authentic foods, bagpiping competitions, dancing and caber tossing demonstrations.
Several historic sights in and around Kansas City provide a quieter tour of previous generations, including the National Agricultural Center, Strawberry Hill Museum and Grinter Place. The National Agricultural Center was established to commemorate the farmers of America. Tens of thousands of agricultural relics are kept on display at the 172-acre site. Visitors may also enjoy a nature trail and miniature train ride. The Strawberry Hill Museum is a late-1800s home built in the Queen Anne style. Displays within the museum emphasize the culture of the Eastern European immigrants who came to Kansas City in the early 20th century. Roughly the same time period is represented at Grinter Place, an 1862 farmhouse and apple farm. The landmark site also hosts the Annual Grinter Applefest.
Kansas City’s Huron Indian Cemetery and the Korean-Vietnam War Memorial commemorate those who died during the Korean and Vietnam wars. The Indian Cemetery is the final resting place of many Wyandot Indians who died tragically of disease after being forced to migrate from Ohio.
At the entrance of Wyandotte County Lake, two bronze statues are dedicated to the veterans of the Korean and Vietnam Wars; the memorial was the first in the country to be dedicated to the veterans of two separate wars.
The sun shines in Kansas City about 60% of the time. Temperatures range from the low-90s in July to the low-20s in January. The wettest months are May through September, while several inches of snow can fall December through March. Total annual precipitation averages about 36 inches.
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