CANTON — The Second Annual Canton Heritage Days, held Sept. 30 through Oct. 1, is sure to bring excitement to not only Canton, but to surrounding communities as well.

John Shearer and friend Terry Gribble came up with the idea after thinking of ways to bring the community together and to bring excitement to Canton in one, fun activity. The result was the annual Canton festival, first held last year.

Shearer said they had people from as far as Wichita attend last year's event, even with bad weather. If this year's weather does not hold back, he said the event will continue on the north side of town at the fairgrounds.

At the event, many activities will be for all ages, ranging from corn hole, a Texas Hold ‘em Tournament, a 5K walk/run and more.

The weekend starts off with a Pancake and Sausage Feed breakfast, hosted by Chris Cakes from Wichita, from 7 to 10 a.m. Sept. 30 at the Canton American Legion. The breakfast is a fundraiser for the American Legion.

Shearer said to watch out — there might be a few flying pancakes.

"Everyone just loves it," he laughed.

At 9 a.m., the Poker Run and the 5K run/walk both begin. The Poker Run requires a $20 entry fee.

The arts and crafts fair is from noon until 6 p.m. in the Canton City Park and no entry fee is needed.

For car junkies, a car show will be held from 1 to 6 p.m., with no entry fee required and is sponsored by Midway Motors. At 6:15 p.m., the car show awards will be announced. Categories of winners include: mayor's choice, chief of police’s choice, people's choice, exhibitor's choice and school district choice. The semi awards will include: people's choice and exhibitor's choice.

The show is in honor of the late Rick Farnsworth, who lost his battle to cancer this past year.

“The family wanted his memorial to go through Canton Heritage Days. It was pretty important for Rick and his wife Connie,” Shearer said.

Attendees can also enjoy three Kansas craft beer tasting stations in city park sponsored by Back Porch Liquor.

While looking at cars and sipping on craft beer, enjoy live music played by local bands like Sam Unruh, Fallis Stockham Syndrome, Dylan Delk and Common Grounds.

At 2 p.m., the corn hole tournament begins.

The street dance featuring music by the Soul Preachers runs from 8 p.m. to midnight.

On Oct. 1, the Texas Hold ‘em Tournament starts at 12:30 p.m. at Kelly's Bar and Grill.

To finish the fun filled weekend, there will be an ATV rodeo at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at the McPherson County Fairgrounds. Sign up to participate is from 1 to 2 p.m. and cost is $20 to race or $5 at the gate. Events include barrel racing, dual barrel racing, pole bending and flat track racing. Organizers will also raffle off a Honda CRF50 dirt bike at 3:30 p.m. that day.

With the excitement and the hard work that is being put into this event, Shearer is excited for everyone to attend and is hopeful numbers will rise this year with good weather.

"The purpose of this is to get people coming into our community to jump start it so we can maybe attract one or two new families a year or maybe a business. It's really to start rejuvenating main street and main street activity," he said.

For more information on Canton Heritage Days, visit their Facebook page, “Canton Heritage Days.”

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