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2017 Labor Day Weekend Events at Fort Larned

Living history artillery demonstration
Artillery demonstration at Fort Larned.

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News Release Date: August 30, 2017

Contact: George Elmore, 620-285-6911

Fort Larned will be abuzz with activity as park staff and volunteers portray the living fort as it was in the 1860s and 1870s. Watch soldiers perform rifle and cannon demonstrations, blacksmiths working raw metal into finished products and bakers creating meals for the troops. Interact with living history interpreters throughout the site including ladies of the post wearing elaborate Victorian dresses and soldiers in historic uniforms.

This year’s event will feature a variety from weapons to horseshoeing to children’s activities in the post school.

Labor Day Weekend Activities on Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Saturday, Sunday & Monday September 2, 3 & 4

9:00 Blacksmith Program
10:00 Horseshoeing & Packing Demonstration
11:00 Post School Program with Kids Activity
1:00 Weapons of the Past
2:00 Artillery and Small Arms Demonstration
3:00 Life of an Officer’s Wife
4:30 Flag Retreat Program

“Special events like this allow our visitors to connect with history on a higher level,” said Chief Ranger George Elmore. “Seeing the fort come to life can be a memorable experience for the whole family.”

Fort Larned National Historic Site is located six miles west of Larned on Kansas Highway 156. You can find information on visiting on the Plan Your Visit page of our website, by calling 620-285-6911, or  e-mailing us. For information on area tourism partners, lodging, dining, and community services go to the Larned Chamber of Commerce website, or call 620-285-6916.

Last updated: June 27, 2018

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Mailing Address:

1767 KS Hwy 156
Larned, KS 67550


(620) 285-6911
This phone is answered during regular business hours. After hours calls will be answered the next day. Please select a mailbox or leave a message on the main extension when the fort is closed.

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