Hometown Days

August 9-11, 2024

Welcome to Strasburg Hometown Days! A celebration to commemorate the joining of the first continuous railroad in the United States.

Event Coordination Courtesy of: Strasburg Hometown Days Committee, Strasburg Fire District, Strasburg Parks & Rec District, and Strasburg School District 31J. EMAIL: strasburghometowndays@gmail.com; FACEBOOK: Strasburg Hometown Days


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HOMETOWN DAYS FUNDING PROVIDED BY…

SPONSORS MAKE THIS EVENT POSSIBLE! CLICK HERE FOR INFO: SPONSOR INFO

LOCOMOTIVE SPONSORS

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BOXCAR SPONSORS

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CABOOSE SPONSORS

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COMMUNITY PARTNERS

American Legion Post #183; Comanche Crossing Historical Society; Journey Church; Mountain View Fellowship; Saron Lutheran Church; SHS Booster Club; SHS Cross Country Team; Strasburg Community Church; Strasburg Fire District 8; Strasburg Parks & Rec District; Strasburg School District 31J


QUESTIONS? CONTACT INFORAMTIOn: Contact List
ORDER YOUR COMMEMORATIVE SHIRT HERE: T-Shirt Order
OUTDOOR VENDOR FAIR: Vendor Fair (Outdoors) Form_2024
ARTS & CRAFTS BAZAAR: Arts & Crafts (Indoors) Form_2024
MUD VOLLEYBALL REGISTRATION: Online Registration
RUN TO THE RAILS 5K: Online Registration
CHILI COOK-OFF: *No Registration Necessary* Red, green, or whatever! Strasburg Bucks will be awarded as prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. No fee to enter. Tables will be set up for use, but electricity is NOT available. Please furnish your own heating apparatus. Batch size: 3 gallons. Contact Alice Bonds at 303-249-9660 for more information.

LOCATIONS

Comanche Crossing Museum: 56060 E Colfax Ave.

Community Park: 1863 Wagner St.

Mountain View Fellowship (MVF): 1955 Headlight Rd.

Saron Lutheran Church: 1656 Main Street

Strasburg High School (SHS): 56729 Colorado Ave.

Journey Church: 56000 E. Colfax Ave.

North Baseball Field: 56401 Sunset Ave.

Hemphill Middle School (HMS): 2100 Wagner St.

Strasburg Community Church: 56155 Sunset Ave.

Wolf Creek Run West: 3125 Piggott Rd.

Legion Hall: 56423 Westview Ave.


EVENT HISTORY

It was 3pm on August 15, 1870 when the Kansas Pacific Railroads met just east of Strasburg. There was not a big celebration – the American flag and a keg of whiskey sat at the center of the last 10 1/4 miles of track to be laid. The first crew from either the east or the west to reach the center was the winner. The east team reached the center point and continued on to meet the west team. When the last spike was driven, a new record for laying track was set. When the rails were joined at Promontory, Utah in May 1869, the Union Pacific Railroad did not have a railroad bridge across the Missouri River. The only way to cross the Missouri River was by ferry boat. The Kansas Pacific Railroad had a railroad bridge spanning the Missouri River giving it the first continuous link.

Hometown Days began in August 1970 to celebrate the opening of the new Comanche Crossing Historical Society’s Museum and as a fundraiser for the Museum.  The day began with a parade followed by many activities such as bread making, wheat threshing and a re-enactment of the joining of the rails. The Museum continued to coordinate the Hometown Days celebration for several years until the Hometown Days Committee was formed.  The Committee is comprised of many dedicated volunteers, some with over 20 years dedication. The parade has grown from 25 entries in 1970 to over 100!

The festivities are held the second, full weekend in August throughout the community of Strasburg. Most activities are free! The Comanche Crossing Museum, one of the best kept secrets in the state, is open for tours. Come join us for a fun weekend and some hometown spirit.