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Enjoy these puzzles highlighting some of Marysville’s history and exciting attractions. Complete them all and then plan your trip to visit this summer!


Koester House Coloring Pages
Koester House Coloring Pages
Black Squirrels Crossword Puzzle
Black Squirrels Crossword Puzzle
Black Squirrels Word Search
Black Squirrels Word Search
Marysville Word Search
Marysville Word Search
Blue River Rail Trail Puzzle
Blue River Rail Trail Puzzle










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Events, Closures, and What You Can Do in Marysville

Updated APRIL 14, 2020 at 8:00 am

Marysville Convention & Tourism is actively monitoring developments surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from both Marshall County and the City of Marysville. The health and safety of our visitors and residents is our highest priority and this page will be updated regularly to provide you the latest information about events, closures, postponements and activities that meet our social distancing requirements.

Cancelations and CLOSURES

Several area events and activities are being canceled or rescheduled due to COVID-19. In addition, many area attractions are closed due to the virus. This page will be updated as often as possible. However, we encourage you to call ahead to confirm the status of an attraction or event prior to travel.


  • The Marshall County Museum Day scheduled for Saturday, April 4th has been canceled, with the possibility of reschedule this summer.
  • The Marysville Farmer’s Market vendor meeting is postponed.
  • The St. Gregory’s Catholic Church Fish Frys are canceled until further notice.
  • The Marysville Sons of the American Legion chicken dinner set for April 5 has been canceled.
  • The Marysville Area Community Theatre spring play will not be performed in April. A May date is being considered.
  • The NEK Junkin Trail Shop Hop for Friday and Saturday in Northeast Kansas is canceled.
  • The April & May art exhibitions at the Lee Dam Center for Fine Art have been canceled.
  • The April Lecture Series at the Pony Express Museum has been canceled.
  • The Gravel Dash 101 event on April 4th has been postponed. A new date this fall is being considered.
  • The Mother’s Day Market set for May 9-10 has been canceled.
  • The Marysville High School Alumni Association Weekend set for May 23-24 has been canceled.
  • The Marysville AutoFest Car Show set for June 6 has been canceled.
  • The Boss Nationals event set for August 28-30 has been canceled.
  • The Pony Express 120 Gravel Dash has been moved from September 12 to October 17.




Many area restaurants remain open during this time, offering curbside pickup and/or delivery. We encourage you to call ahead as details change quickly.

  • Wagon Wheel Cafe – carryout, curbside pickup and free delivery within City limits. Open 11am-8pm.  Call 785-562-3784
  • Empty Cup Coffee Bar & Bistro – curbside pickup and delivery. Open Monday-Friday 7am-5pm, Saturday 10am-2pm. Call 785-562-3354
  • El Ranchero – drive through or carryout, free delivery within City limits. Open 11am-2pm & 4:30pm-8pm.  Call 785-562-5123
  • Landoll Lanes – closed for maintenance until further notice.
  • Bite Me Barbecue – carry out or free delivery.  Open Tuesday-Thursday 11am-7pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-8pm. Call 785-619-6110
  • Sandy’s Pantry – carry out, curbside pickup and local delivery. Open Monday-Friday 11am-1pm.  Call 785-562-2322
  • Marysville Country Club – carry out and curbside delivery.  Call 785-562-2296
  • CJ Express West – carry out & free delivery for any items, including pizza, chicken & grocery items (excluding tobacco, alcohol & gas). Call 785-562-1177
  • Little Hap’s Bar & Grill (Home City) – carryout available. Hours 11am-2pm and 4:30pm-8pm Monday through Saturday. Call 785-799-9920
  • Tryon’s Pour House (Blue Rapids) – carryout only. Open Wednesday-Saturday 5pm-9pm. Call 785-363-7433
  • East Side Cafe (Blue Rapids) – carryout or curbside pickup. Open 11am-8pm.  Call 785-562-7008.
  • Highway 9 Pizza (Frankfort) – carryout available. Open Every day 11am–1pm & 4pm-8pm. Call 785-292-6100
  • Table Six (Beattie) – carryout or curbside.  Open 11am-1pm.  Pay over the phone available. Call 785-353-2498.
  • Ace’s Bar & Grill (Axtell) – Tuesday-Thursday 11am-1:30pm & 5pm-9pm, Friday 11am-1:30pm & 5pm-12am, Saturday 5pm-12am. Call 785-736-2218
  • My Sister’s Kitchen (Waterville) – Curbside pickup & carryout. Open Thursdays 7am-8pm, Fridays-Saturday 7am-2pm, Sundays 8am-2pm. Call 785-713-9090


Many area retailers offer curbside pickup and/or delivery. We encourage you to call ahead as details change quickly.


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Annual Museum Day Expands to County

Residents and visitors to enjoy free admission to eight area museums

MARYSVILLE, KAN:  Marysville Convention & Tourism, the Marysville Museum Alliance and the Marshall County Development Corporation invite residents and visitors to explore local museums on Saturday, April 6, 2019.

For the past two years, residents have enjoyed a free day at Marysville area museums to kickoff the tourism season. This year, the event has expanded to include five other museums and historic attractions within the County.  The special event, deemed Marshall County Museum Day, signifies the opening of museum season, which runs from April to October.  

From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., visitors can enjoy free admission to the following museums/attractions throughout Marshall County: 

  • Pony Express Museum, Marysville
  • Marshall County Historic Courthouse, Marysville
  • Koester House Museum & Gardens, Marysville
  • Historic Union Pacific Depot, Marysville
  • Blue Rapids Museum, Blue Rapids
  • Depot Museum, Waterville
  • Waterville Caboose, Waterville
  • Transue Brothers Blacksmith Museum, Summerfield

“We are excited to open this up and tell the story of our county’s history from the trails and the railroad to pioneer life and the Flint Hills landscape and so much more,” said Ann Walter, member of Marshall County Development Corporation. “There will be blacksmith demonstrations in Summerfield, ice age exhibits and military displays in Blue Rapids, and railroad exhibits in Waterville.”  

Visitors can take self-guided tours, view the exhibits and artifacts, and immerse themselves in the history of Marshall County and rural America from the 1700s to 1900s.

 “There is something for everyone to see,” said Jan DeGroot, administrator at the Pony Express Museum and member of the Marysville Museum Alliance.  “We have exhibits that appeal to those with a passion for history, arts, agriculture and more!  Bring your families and friends for a day of exploring the past!”  

In addition to seasonal hours, many of the museums are open by appointment only, so Museum Day offers both locals and visitors a chance to explore hard-to-reach locations. 

 “I often hear locals say they’ve always wanted to go inside our museums, so here is their chance,” said Michelle Whitesell, Director of Marysville Convention & Tourism. “People are always pleasantly surprised at what they find inside those doors.  They’ll find history, education and fun all wrapped into one. From interactive activities for kids, larger than life artifacts to the most interesting details of our history, there is something for all ages!” 

Plan a Night to See the Lights This Christmas

Gather your family, make some hot cocoa and hop in the car for a night on the town. Plan a night to see the lights in the annual Light Up Marysville Christmas Lighting Contest.

“It’s the perfect Christmas tradition,” said Michelle Whitesell, Director of Marysville Convention & Tourism.

Fifty-four homes and businesses throughout Marysville are signed up for the fourth annual contest, which features the competition’s biggest prizes to date. More than $575 in prizes will be awarded to the best decorated spots in Marysville. The competition has four categories: People’s Choice, Clark Griswold, Reason for the Season and Best Business.

“We are extremely pleased with the turnout,” said Whitesell. “We have some homes that have participated in the past, as well as some new homes and businesses who decided to join in on the fun!”

To vote in the lighting contest, pick up a map of participating locations. Maps are available at area convenience stores, the Marysville Advocate, the Marysville Public Library and the Chamber of Commerce. Maps will also be available on the Visit Marysville Facebook page and their website at www.visitmarysvilleks.org.

Voting began December 1 and ends December 25. Ballots may be turned in to the drop boxes at City Hall or the Marysville Public Library.

“We’ve extended the contest through Christmas Day so families have a chance to go see the lights over the holiday,” Whitesell said. “We also have a scavenger hunt for groups that want to add another level of fun to the lighting tour.”

The committee has once again partnered with the Wagon Wheel Café, 703 Broadway, for the contest. People who pick up a map at the Wagon Wheel will receive a free to-go cup of coffee or hot chocolate.

For more information, contact Marysville Convention & Tourism at (785) 619-6050 or director@visitmarysvilleks.org.

Visit Our Museums This Winter

November is here and Museum Season has officially come to a close in Marysville. But don’t worry, you can still experience two of our museums during the winter season!

  • The Marshall County Historical Society Courthouse is open from 1-4 pm Monday through Friday with 21 rooms to explore.  Experience the history of Marshall County and rural America in the 1800s and 1900s at this red brick Romanesque courthouse. Current exhibits highlight rural schools, military, healthcare, the press, weddings and more.
  • The Koester House Museum and Gardens is open by appointment only. Come see their beautifully-restored interior of the Museum. Built in 1876, the Charles Koester House boasts original furnishings and 13 beautiful white statues in the gardens. In addition, Laura Ingalls Wilder described the lions and dogs guarding the gates in her journal. Call (785) 562-2417 to schedule a tour.
  • The Pony Express Museum is currently closed for restoration throughout the winter season. The facility consists of the original stable and an annex added in 1991, which matches its architectural style. The museum’s exhibits have been expanded to include trails and railroads, emphasizing Marysville’s wider historic importance as a transportation hub. The museum is currently undergoing a restoration as the result of a grant from the National Parks Service, and will re-open in the spring. But we promise, it will be worth the wait!

For more information on our museums or other things to do in Marysville this winter, visit our ‘Attractions‘ page. To request a visitors guide, call (785) 619-6050.

Marysville to Host Boss Nationals

Cars from 27 states will cruise into Downtown Marysville Sept. 7-9

Downtown Marysville is the place to be September 7-9, 2018, for Boss Nationals, a national gathering of Boss-powered cars from across the country. Activities include a car show, cruise night, swap meet, live music, beer garden, and more.

“This is set to be the largest gathering of Boss-powered cars ever,” said Greg Boss, one of the event organizers. “We have nearly 160 cars registered from 27 states and more registrations roll in every day. We even have cars coming from Canada and New Zealand. We’re going to have some of the most beautiful cars in the country right here in Marysville.”

The event begins downtown on Friday at 4:00 pm with registration, cruise night, and beer garden, followed by live music by LandRush, a rock and blues cover band from Kansas City, at 7:00 pm.

On Saturday, registration is from 8:00 am to 11:00 am, with judging beginning at 10:00 am. Throughout the day, there will be a swap meet, food trucks, and beer garden, with the car show ending at 5:00 pm, followed by a banquet at 7:00 pm at Landoll Lanes Conference Center. Sunday will include breakfast and an awards ceremony at the Wagon Wheel Cafe.

All Mustangs and Cougars powered by a Boss 302, Boss 429 or Boss 351 engine from the factory are encouraged to attend. Additionally, the event will honor all SOHC 427 powered Ford Cars. The car show will include multiple judged classes such as stock, modified, restored, survivor, and more.

The public is encouraged to visit Downtown Marysville and view this large display of classic cars. The Boss Mustang was only produced from 1969-1971 and later on re-introduced in 2012-2013. There were only a limited number of these cars produced, so it is extremely rare so many will be gathered in one place anywhere in the world, let alone a small town like Marysville. Many of these cars have historical significance, including the Tasca Super Boss, David Pearson’s NASCAR, and Dyno Don Nicholson’s Cougar drag car.

While national car events are typically held in much larger cities, the small town of Marysville is host to this particular event because of a unique tie to the Boss-powered community. In a community of just 3,200, there is one Boss 429, five Boss 351s and four Boss 302s. In addition, the local Ford dealership is appropriately named Boss Motors, owned by two generations of the Boss family and celebrating 80 years in 2018.

“With the Boss name from right here in Marysville, we are so excited to host this national Boss event right in our own backyard,” said Greg Boss.

For more information on the event or to register your car, visit www.bossnationals.com or email bossnationals@gmail.com.

Jared Daniels To Open for KANSAS

Kansas Native Will Kick-off KANSAS Rocks the Oregon Trail

Jared Daniels, rising country male vocalist, has been selected as the opening act for Kansas at “Kansas Rocks the Oregon Trail” Saturday, September 22, at Alcove Spring Historic Park, Blue Rapids, Kan. Daniels will take the stage at 6:00 p.m.; Kansas will perform at 7:00 p.m.

The concert is sponsored by the Marshall County Arts Cooperative.

Tickets may be purchased at mcactickets.com. Tickets are $85 for the Pit-Experience offering the closest seats; $65 for Mid-Park; and $50 for General Admission.

Daniels is honored to perform before this iconic band whose career spans more than four decades.

“Kansas is a legendary band with so many recognizable songs from the first note,” he said. “Their drive, motivation, and craftsmanship inspire me.”

Daniels was honored with the “Song of the Year” award during the 2017 Rocky Mountain Country Music Awards for “Feelin’ Good,” which is also the title track to his latest project.

Music has always been a part of his life. He saw Garth Brooks in concert at the age of eleven and that solidified his love of music. He played bass guitar in his church’s band. From then he learned guitar from local “legends” who taught him all the classic rock and roll songs.

“The reality is, music played a huge part in growing up — not just from a playing part, but to building a soundtrack of songs growing up,” the Caney, Kan. native said.

His music career started when he was going to Kansas State University. In 2008 Daniels entered the Colgate Country Showdown and won the local category. That led to his first radio interview which led to his first opening gig where he was paid $25. He then started playing the Tuttleville Stage at the Country Stampede and then moved to the Main Stage. He moved to Nashville in 2011, which is where he currently resides.

For the outdoor concert at Alcove Spring Daniels will play an acoustic set.

“When it’s just myself and my guitar, it takes me back,” he said. “Hopefully, the audience will have the same journey with me to that true feeling of what was coming out when these songs were written or the first time I heard some of them. I want the audience to experience realness, vulnerability, honesty, and just fun.”

Daniels is married to Matty Anderson who is originally from Frankfort, Kan.; they met while attending Kansas State University. Matty’s parents are Duane and Anita Anderson, Frankfort, and Margie Anderson, Seneca.

When Daniels leaves the stage the “garage band” from Topeka who released their debut album in 1974 will perform hits from their “KANSAS Radio Classics and Fan Favorites” tour.

The band has sold more than thirty million albums worldwide. They appeared on the Billboard chart for over 200 weeks throughout the 1970s and 1980s and played to sold out arenas and stadiums throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. “Carry On Wayward Son” continues to be one of the top five most played songs on classic rock radio stations, and “Dust In the Wind” has been played on the radio more than three million times.

The band is comprised of original drummer Phil Ehart; original guitarist Richard Williams; bassist/vocalist Billy Greer; keyboardist David Manion; vocalist/keyboardist Ronnie Platt; violinist/guitarist David Ragsdale; and guitarist Zak Rizvi.

For more information about the concert people may go to mcactickets.com or call 785-619-6050.

Discover Holiday Cheer All Month Long in Marysville

Discover holiday cheer in Marysville at a “Merry”sville Christmas! Visit Santa at his house every Thursday and Sunday and find out if you’ve been naughty or nice. Enjoy extended weekend hours at our unique local shops and find something for everyone on your Christmas list! Grab a bite to eat and then grab a map and cast your vote in the city’s annual Christmas Lighting Contest — Light Up Marysville with more than 50 businesses and homes participating.

For printable schedule of all Christmas activities, click here.


12 Reasons to Visit Marysville This Christmas

12.  The Sounds of the Season:  The sounds of the season ring throughout the month of December. From Martyn Lucas’ Christmas concert to the community choir’s cantata, let the songs of Christmas brighten your holiday.


11.  Smells & Tastes:  It wouldn’t be Christmas without candies, cookies and sweet treats!  Let others do the baking for you at the St. Gregory’s Cookie & Candy Sale. Then, warm up with some delicious hot chocolate at the Wagon Wheel Café before you head out to view the Light Up Marysville Christmas Lighting Contest!


10.  The Lights: Cast your vote in the city’s second annual Christmas lighting contest, Light Up Marysville. Homes and businesses are competing for your vote. You’ll have fun voting for the Clark Griswold Award, which congratulates the home that lights up Marysville all on its own, or Reason for the Season, which is for the home most resembling a classic Christmas!  Voting begins December 1st!


9.  Children:  Experience the magic of Christmas through the eyes of a child. Kids have the chance to enjoy breakfast with Santa on December 2nd at the Naughty or Nice Breakfast at Lincoln Center. PJs are encouraged!


8.  The Shopping:  You’ll love the personal attention you receive when you shop in Marysville. Plus, you don’t have to fight traffic jams or deal with parking garages when you shop in Black Squirrel City. You’ll feel like you’re shopping in a big city, but with the conveniences of a small town.


7.  Giving:  Christmas brings out the best in our community. Whether through Blue Valley Tele-Communication’s Giving Tree, donations to the Marshall County Food Pantry or support of our local Pony Express Partnership for Children (PEPC), Marysville residents are dedicated to giving back. Want a way to give back? Be sure to stop by the PEPC Festival of Trees from November 28th to December 3rd to bid on some wonderful holiday decor and support this great organization that has served more than 160 local families!


6.  Our Churches:  Marysville’s churches will help you find the reason for the season. With special services throughout the month, Marysville’s faith community invites you to worship with them to celebrate the Savior’s birth.


5.  Our History:  You’ll get a feel for Marysville’s rich history on the “Christmas Homes Tour” on December 2nd!  You’ll get a feel for Marysville as you enjoy stops at two of Marysville’s Museums:  the Marshall County Courthouse and the Koester House!


4.  Santa Claus:  Marysville is Santa’s favorite place to shop. He likes it so much that he’s at his house every Thursday from 5:00-7:00 pm and every Sunday from 1:00-3:00 pm. Don’t miss the magical lights in the garden south of Santa’s house!


3.  Our Downtown:  Unique shops fill Marysville’s downtown. You’ll find gifts for everyone on your list, and you’ll receive personal attention from the friendly merchants. You’ll feel the Christmas spirit as you travel down the brick streets and wonder among the historic buildings. Our downtown is just one of the reasons why we were recently named one of KANSAS Magazine’s “Favorite Small Towns in Kansas”!


2.  The Black Squirrels:  In between Christmas shopping and voting in the Light Up Marysville competition, make sure to see the 21 squirrels that are part of Black Squirrels on Parade. They are all uniquely designed — you’ll want to take a selfie with each one. Don’t miss out on the black squirrel merchandise sold at many of the local shops!


  1.  Our Traditions:  The best parts of the season are repeated year after year! One of our best Christmas traditions is Santa’s Christmas Parade through Downtown Marysville! What a great way to kickoff the Christmas season and welcome Santa Claus to town!

Join us for a “Merry”sville Christmas!

Bring your family downtown and join us for A Very “Merry”sville Christmas Opening on Saturday, November 25th! Activities begin at 9:00 am with the Jingle Run 1 Mile Fun Run & 5K beginning at the Pony Express Statue! Then, send your kids to Storytime at the Marysville Museums while you do some shopping downtown for Small Business Saturday!  The Chamber of Commerce is also hosting ‘Shop At Home & Win’!

Santa’s Christmas parade begins at 10:30 am at 4th & Broadway and runs to 9th & Broadway where Santa will set up shop at his house and listen to children’s Christmas wishes!  Other activities downtown include:

  • Live Nativity, Open House and Camel Rides at the Koester House Museum from 10 am – 2 pm
  • Snowmen Display at the Lee Dam Center for Fine Art from 10 am – 2 pm
  • Make & Take Crafts at the Marysville Public Library from 10 am – 2pm
  • Apple Butter Making Demonstration at the Pony Express Museum from 10 am – 2 pm
  • Hot Cocoa & Christmas Treats and the “In and Around Marysville” Art Exhibition at the Lee Dam Center for Fine Art from 10 am – 2 pm
  • Stagecoach Rides at 9th & Broadway from 11 am – 12 pm

Hope to see you in Downtown Marysville on November 25th!