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Cowley County’s namesake, Lt. Matthew Cowley, will be making a rare appearance at the 2017 CowleyCounty Fair. As part of the Cowley County’s sesquicentennial this year, a celebration will take place on August 4th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the Midway Stage.
The Cowley County Historical Society Museum “Voices from the Past” will present historical portrayals filled with historical facts and folklore. In addition to Lt. Cowley, being portrayed by Stephen Markley, Col. E.C. Manning (Clyde Vassey) and James Land (Dr. Chris Wilson) will re-enact the heated claim dispute of these influential men.
Brad Beeson of Miles Funeral Home will portray one of the earliest professions during the settlement of Cowley County, funeral director, also known as an undertaker. Prairie Ridge school teacher, Miss Montra (Stephanie Angelmyer), will speak to the parents of her pupils as the new school year kicks off.
A time capsule presentation will end the stage event. A limited number of Cowley County Community Guides and wood nickels commemorating the county’s 150th birthday will be available to the public. A display reflecting on the history of Cowley County will be under the grandstands throughout the fair.
Cowley County is celebrating its 150th birthday throughout 2017. Cowley County was officially organizedand named Hunter County in March 1867 and encompassed a larger territory reserved for the Osage Indians.
The county was soon renamed for Matthew Cowley, first lieutenant in Company I of the 9th Kansas Cavalry, and the boundaries changed to present day Cowley County. The first brave settlers came to stake their claims along pristine waterways and among the rolling Flint Hills when the county opened for settlement in 1870.
To mark the county’s sesquicentennial, a traveling display highlighting Cowley County communities, historical events and local folklore will be on display at summer and fall festivals and community events for the public to view. The first location is Dexter City Park during the Dexter BBQ on July 8 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Other locations and dates to see the Cowley County display are: Cowley County Fair under the grandstands