Like many small towns, we don't need to be in the BIG city to be BIG on fun. Our annual events take place year-round and are filled with family-friendly activities for people of all ages. What are you waiting for? Let's party!
Last Weekend in August
Come meet the folks in Wakefield and join the celebration! You will find fun for all ages or just relax and listen to the live bands and singers. Activities include a parade, softball tournament, 3 on 3 basketball tournament, 10K run, vendors, turtle race, tractor pedal pull, scavenger hunt, bounce houses, rock climbing wall, dance and more.
Christmas in Clay Center
Christmas in Clay Center is a magical time of year! Watch Santa fly into the airport, visit Santa in his workshop on the Courthouse Square, witness the lighting of almost 100 Christmas trees on the Courthouse Square, see a lighted parade, enjoy our charming light display at the zoo, and much more!
Clay County Fair
Third Full Week in July
The best of the best! Join us at the fairgrounds for our annual free fair, where our 4-H groups showcase their projects, local agricultural products and livestock in a safe family atmosphere. A classic carnival with food and rides takes place during the later part of the week.
Fireworks By The Lake
On or around July 4th
An amazing display, but that's not all! Come to Wakefield for a picnic lunch in the park, live music, food and refreshments, games for all ages, youth home run derby, cornhole tournament, custom t-shirts and a 50/50 raffle. Finish it all off with fireworks over the lake starting at 10:00 pm.
Independence Day Celebration
On or around July 4th
A celebration like no other, ending with the most beautiful fireworks display! Plan for a day of fun with a baby crawl/walk competition, face painting, food trucks, a community water fight, water slides, craft fair, a beer garden and more!
Longford PRCA Rodeo
Labor Day Weekend
A BIG tradition in a small town! For over 60 years, the Longford PRCA Rodeo has been an award-winning staple of the Longford community. Every Labor Day weekend, cowboys, cowgirls, and rodeo fans from all around the nation join us for a weekend of fun.
Party in the Ville
A classic summer festival in a small town, a weekend filled with good times and good food! Breakfast, lunch, a softball tournament, quilt show, parade, cornhole tournament, free movie, children's games, street dance, beer garden and so much more!
Last Saturday of September
A tradition since 1936, join us as we celebrate our community at our annual Piotique festival. Piotique comes from smashing two words together, Pioneer and Antique. Enjoy food & craft vendors, game booths, exciting activities, live music, and dancing in downtown Clay Center!
Red Bandana Run
The Red Bandana Run is in honor of Mike Crimmins, who loved to exercise and be outdoors playing on the farm, always sporting his Red Bandana. He was a family man. Proceeds from this event will benefit a local individual, cause or organization each year.