Frank and Ella were the names of the youngest Mahaffie children. They grew up on the Mahaffie Farm in the 1870s, participated in many farm chores but enjoyed games too! Our summer program features a different theme of activities each week. Preschools, day cares, summer youth groups and visitors of all ages are invited to enjoy 1860s living history activities. Activities go on throughout the day and please allow an average of 60 minutes for your visit. Activities featured for County Fair may include:
Voting for your favorite Mahaffie animal
19th century games
Cost is $5/youth ages 5 & up, accompanying adults are free (stagecoach rides are $2/adult) Registration encouraged for groups of 10 or more and payment is due the day of your program. When you visit, pay your admission in the Heritage Center, pick up your map and walk less than one quarter of a mile to the historic Mahaffie grounds. Groups and visitors are welcome to bring their own lunch to enjoy under the white tent. All youth under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for their visit. Activities are not part of a structured summer camp where youth are accompanied by a camp instructor. If you have further questions, please call 913-971-5111. Thank you.
Enjoy a different theme of 1860s living history each week during our Family Fun Nights. County Fair features activities such as games, voting for animals and more! FREE admission, stagecoach rides are $3/person ages 3 & up, some activities require an extra fee.
Vote for your favorite Mahaffie animal
A slice of pie eating contest at 7:45 p.m.on the Mahaffie grounds-registration begins at 6 p.m. in the Heritage Center
Age categories are: 4-9, 10-15 and 16 & up, (a waiver must be signed)
Each participant will see how fast they can eat one slice of apple pie without utensils
The winner in each age category will receive one family ticket package to Wild West Days in September
See a horse powered potato harvest demonstration at 7 p.m., we will sell the potatoes after they are harvested
Play 19th century games, including sack races and a 3-legged race
Make a ball and cup toy ($1)
Make an 'S' hook in the blacksmith shop, ages 8 & up ($3)
Visit the Mahaffie House, exhibits in the Agricultural Heritage Livestock Barn, and the Heritage Center
Home school families are invited to participate in 1860s hands-on living history activities from our school programs with other home school families. This open house format allows students to participate in each activity at their own pace. Two sessions are offered: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your lunch to enjoy under the white tent on the historic Mahaffie grounds. Registration is required and payment is due the day of the program. Cost is $5/home school student ages 5 and up, accompanying adults are free ($2/adult for stagecoach rides)
Enjoy 1860s hands-on living history activities such as stagecoach rides, blacksmith demonstrations and see what is cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie's cookstove. Fill out a family tree with your grandparents to learn more about your family! One grandparent admitted FREE with every paid grandchild admission. Regular site admission applies $7/adults, $5/children ages 5-11, Olathe residents receive $2/off admission.
Enjoy our annual fall event featuring LIVE entertainment from the Whip Guy, the Wicked Liars, Gunsmoke and Petticoats and more!
Lots of hands-on children's activities for the whole family
Cost is $5/person ages 5 & up or a special family rate of 5 tickets for $20!
one stagecoach ride brought to you by the Olathe Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau
All live entertainment on the grounds!
Chuckwagon Cook Off (Saturday only)
Visiting the Alpacas from the Tails of Tranquility Alpaca Ranch and Levi and Sampson, the oxen from Grassy Ridge Oxen
Visiting the Mahaffie House, exhibits in the Agricultural Heritage Livestock Barn and Heritage Center
Activities requiring an extra fee:
Tickets for activities are $1/ticket or a special rate of 12 tickets for $10 (activity tickets are non-refundable) Tickets are available for purchase at the Children's Mercantile with cash or VISA or MasterCard.