Annual three-day event, held in early to mid-September, celebrates Lenexa's heritage. As Mentioned on my Lenexa home page, the area was home to numerous truck farmers in the early 1900s, with spinach being the number one cash crop.
There are usually several events taking place in the Kansas City metro area at the same weekend, but I think this is the best of its type. It is held in the Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park at 87th and Lackman Road, but parking is difficult there. I prefer to park at the city hall parking lot (just west of Quivira Road and I-35 on 87th Street), and ride the free shuttle.
See my Spinach Festival travelogue for more pictures.
Mid-October, the weather starts to turn cool, it's time for chili, right? In Lenexa, it's time for the Chili Challenge, sponsored by Williams Foods, a leading manufacturer of pre-packaged seasoning mixes located in the city. For a $1 admission fee, you receive a sticker to wear allowing you to roam the grounds, and a plastic spoon. The numerous chili cooking contestants are pleased to offer you samples of their piquant concoctions.
The event takes place on Santa Fe Drive in old downtown Lenexa. Several photos from the 2004 event can be seen in my travelogue.