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Attractions and Recreation

For those that enjoy museums, Chautauqua county has you covered. Cedar Vale Historical Society Museum houses a collection of miniature replicas of old buildings, early homes, churches, stores and other buildings that made up the frontier town of Cedar Vale. The museum is one of the county's outstanding museums and is filled with memorabilia, artifacts, pictures, history and more of the town and area. The Emmett Kelly Museum is dedicated to the memory of Emmett Kelly Sr., a native son of Sedan. Kelly was an American circus performer, who created the clown figure “Weary Willie” based on the hobos of the Depression era. The museum is located in the historic 1896 Opera House.

If you love the outdoors, here are some places you don’t want to miss. Red Buffalo Ranch, located on the eastern edge of the Kansas Flint Hills near Sedan, is 8,000 acres of tall grasses and endless skies. Quivira Boy Scout Ranch offers some of the best camping opportunities in the midwest. This ranch is located near Sedan. For the fisherman, Sedan has two lakes, Sedan New City Lake and Sedan Old City Lake. Each lake offers fishing as well as boat ramps and camping facilities. Hunting is also abundant, including white-tail deer and turkey.

Several festivals are held throughout the year in Chautauqua county. Chautauqua Hills Blues Festival is held every Memorial Day weekend with great blues music. All proceeds support the local children. Another festival held during Memorial Day weekend is the Yellow Brick Road Festival. This festival feature a Wizard of Oz costume contest, parade, music and food. If you’re curious what it was like to be a pioneer, then visit the Heritage Festival. You can weave, churn butter, listen to folk music and participate in many other activities.
Cedar Vale 
Key Employers
Chautauqua County   
Caney Valley Electric
Western Feed Mills
Cedar Vale USD 286         
Economy Manufacturing
Sedan City Hospital
Sedan Floral   
Sedan USD 286

Primary Industries
Utility services
K-12 School Districts
Cedar Vale USD 286       
Sedan USD 286

Campbell Agency                    
Jones Realty   
Longhorn Realty

Sedan City Hospital

Contact Information
Cammie Farner
County Clerk
215 N. Chautauqua
Sedan, Kan. 67361
(620) 725-5800

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