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Santa Cali Gon Days
September 2, 2022 @ 1:00 AM - September 5, 2022 @ 12:59 AM CDT
The first SantaCaliGon Days Festival was held in 1940 to celebrate the unique heritage of the City of Independence as the starting point of the Santa Fe, California, and Oregon Trails. A second celebration was held after World War II in 1947. The Festival was not held again until 1973.
The festival–then called Three Trails Days—featured a beard and mustache contest, the Miss Independence pageant and a pioneer costume contest. In 1974 the festival was renamed Santa-Cali-Gon Days, a name originally penned by Velma Katschkowsky in a 1940 contest to name the festival. In 48 years the Festival has evolved into one of the nation’s premier festivals, drawing more than 300,000 people.
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