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A Local Legacy

Spell "Neewollah" backwards and what do you get?

Halloween, of course! Neewollah first began as a fun alternative to trick-or-treat vandalism. According to newspapers from 1918, vandalism was especially bad that year, and Neewollah was created to give kids a healthy option for their Halloween activities.

This event, held in Independence, Kansas, has grown from just a Halloween night celebration to a festival that lasts nine days! It features three parades, community theater musical productions such as The Wizard of Oz, a talent show, and the coronation of a Neewollah queen. Musical entertainment and games such as the Neewollah medallion hunt add to the festivities.

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