Winfield Celebrates 150 Years

Winfield Celebrates 150 Years


While the Winfield site was purchased from the Osage in 1870 by Colonel E.C. Manning, it’s enormous growth prompted the first city council to be set in 1873. The arrival of the railroads contributed to prosperity of the town and by 1900, the population had grown to 5,554.

In 2023, Winfield will be celebrating 150 years with a population of 12,000.

Headed by the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce, local organizations and businesses have teamed up to create a Winfield 150 Committee & Taskforce to plan events throughout the year to celebrate. The main Sesquicentennial Celebration will happen on June 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. A calendar of events will be released in January with the Sesquicentennial Celebration plus various other special events held by organizations throughout town.


Want to be involved? Here are ways you can do so:

Plan a special event with your business/organization

If your business or organization would like to plan a special event to commemorate Winfield’s 150th Anniversary, please let us know so we can include it on our community calendar. Complete the form below by November 1st, 2022 to be published in the newspaper with the rest of the 150 happenings.

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Be a Sponsor

We will soon be seeking sponsors to fund the Sesquicentennial Celebration. Check back soon for a sponsorship form.

Plan and run an old-fashioned carnival game on Friday, June 2nd at Island Park

We are seeking organizations to plan and run an old-fashioned carnival game during the Sesquicentennial Celebration on Friday, June 2nd from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Island Park. Roxann Taylor and Candi Fox will be organizing a carnival during this time where they will be selling tickets for $.25 each. Each carnival game will cost one ticket. Each business/organization that runs a game will be given 300 prizes to give away and can choose to give away more at their expense. Roxann and Candi have a list of suggested games below, or you can come up with your own!

Some game ideas include: fishing game, bean bag toss, ring toss, sack race, disc drop (Plinko), pick a duck, balloon pop, etc.

If you would like to organize a game for the carnival, fill out the form below.

There will be no duplicates. Games are first come, first served.
Each space is 8'x8'
Be a part of the Grand Parade on Saturday, June 3rd

We are seeking entries to the Winfield Sesquicentennial Grand Parade on Saturday, June 3rd at 11:00 AM. This will be a judged parade with prizes available for each category. Check back for a parade entry form.

We are also in need of convertible cars to escort some dignitaries. If you would be willing to help, please contact Gloria Ulbrich at

Bring your food truck to the celebration in Island Park on Saturday, June 3rd
Downtown Businesses

The Cowley County Historical Society Museum as well as Winfield Main Street are planning to have large prints made of historical pictures of some of the downtown historic buildings. We plan to put these in the windows (with the businesses’ permission) during the month of May and leave them in for the rest of the year. On the day of the parade (Saturday, June 3rd), CCHSM will have a few reenactors of past business owners, historical figures, and founding townsfolk at some locations downtown directly following the grand parade at 11:00 PM. Parade attendees will then participate in a walking tour of the historic downtown buildings.

We are looking for a few businesses to sponsor a community meal, or parts of a meal, during this time. If you are interested in doing this, please contact the chamber at 620-221-2420 or email Megan at

We would also like to see downtown businesses decorate their storefronts in a festive way to commemorate Winfield’s 150th Anniversary. More on this to come.

Help the museum create a commemorative video

The Cowley County Historical Society Museum has collected videos from the various class reunions that have taken place throughout the years as well as collected some oral histories from Winfield residents. They are seeking a volunteer to put together clips from these and create a special video that commemorates Winfield. If you are skilled in video editing and would be willing to help, contact Cindy Goertz at