Atwood Early Rod Run            

Excitement will fill the downtown streets every third weekend in May as over 300 vintage and restored cars swarm the town.

Saturday, the streets are roped off and food vendors offer their best to over a thousand classic enthusiasts who stroll and admire the show. The weekend event also features dances with live bands to entice visitors to kick up their heels.

The popular drag races at the airport runway late Saturday afternoon draw about 3,000 spectators to cheer as rebuilt engines roar off in competition. Visit our website for more information.


4th of July Lake Atwood Celebration

It’s family day at the lake, which includes an all-day sand volleyball tournament, bike races, barrel train rides for kids, horseshoe games, food vendors, a talent show, and a ‘must see’ fireworks show to finish off the day.

Join Us As We Celebrate Our Annual Community Events!

The easygoing rural lifestyle we enjoy is punctuated with the excitement of large annual events all of which draw large crowds of delighted visitors to town.

10 Mile Lake Atwood Race

The oldest continuously run road race in Kansas, a 10-mile run around Lake Atwood attracts competitors from many countries, as well as local runners. Many have run in almost every race since its interception 44 years ago.

Smokin’ on the Beaver

The annual barbecue festival is held the last Saturday in September at Lake Atwood. Hundreds of visitors have their appetites whetted by the delicious aromas wafting from area contestants’ grills and smokers.

A huge variety of beef and pork cuts, wild game and fish join baked beans, salsa and brew to be carefully cooked with braggin’ rights in mind.

People come from far and wide to savor the flavor and to enjoy the music and dancing. Games and activities keep children entertained throughout the entire day. Visit our website for more information.


Rawlins County Free Fair

Each summer for a week in July, the fairgrounds come alive as our county’s 4-H youth display their handiwork and livestock. You can also catch the kids’ tractor pull, and livestock auction, plus evenings of carnival fun and entertainment. Visit our website for more information!