KSHSAA State Wrestling Salina is pleased to host the KSHSAA State Wrestling Tournaments at Tony’s Pizza Events Center February 22-25, 2023. The Class 4A-1A Girls’ Tournaments will take place Wednesday and Thursday, February 22-23. From throughout the state, 224 female wrestlers will be competing in 14 different weight classes. The 4A State Boys Tournaments will be held Friday and Saturday, February 24-25, where 224 male wrestlers will compete in 14 different weight classes. State competitors earn their seed by qualifying at the regional tournaments. In each weight class, 16 wrestlers will qualify to compete for the opportunity to win a state championship. “The KSHSAA is honored to host the girls’ 4A-1A and boys’ Class 4A state wrestling tournaments in Salina. The city of Salina, Visit Salina, and The Tony’s Pizza Events Center have been amazing partners for the KSHSAA, the member schools represented, the participants, families of the participants and the communities of Kansas for these two great events.” Mark Lentz, Asst. Executive Director - KSHSAA
Mural Festival Boom! Salina is IS HERE - October 6th- 16th In cooperation with Salina Arts & Humanities, the Stiefel Theatre, Theatre Salina, Salina Area Chamber of Commerce, The Salina Art Center, Salina 2020 and Salina Downtown Inc, the Salina Kanvas Project is pleased to announce the 1stannual Boom! Salina Street Art and Mural Festival October 6th– 16th 2022. The event will feature world renowned muralists Telmo Miel (Netherlands), Mona Caron (Switzerland), TonySjöman (Sweden), Joe Iurato (USA), Mantra (France), and Logan Hicks (USA).
In all, the six artists will transform five buildings downtown with unique and breathtaking murals. The artists have created work around the globe, and each has their own style and look. The collection will advance Salina’s already exciting public art vibe to another level. For a map that indicates where you can stop by and watch the artists at work go to BoomSalina.art/#Map
“We are excited to have such a great line-up of artists joining us for this inaugural event. Their work will not only add to our communal landscape, but will make Salina Downtown a major destination for those that want to be inspired by world-class public art. We thank the building owners and financial donors for making this happen.” – Travis Young, Salina Kanvas co-founder“Being visually stimulated is something people crave subconsciously, where they are and especially when they least expect it. With this festival we are trying to tap into a different wavelength that has broad appeal and of a caliber that will put Salina on the map.” – Eric Montoy, Salina Kanvas co-founder .
WAIT…There is MORE! In addition, the artists are being joined by Martha Cooper (USA), known as the “godmother” of street art photography. The Salina Art Center will host Martha for a photography exhibit through October 23rd and will screen A Picture Story Film at the Art Center Cinema on October 12th at 5:30pm. This will be followed by a mural artist panel.
And Even MORE! In addition to the creation of murals, the festival will feature live music on October 14th and 15th in Campbell Plaza. Throughout the festival, entertainment is being presented across the community. See the list of events here or visit www.boomsalina.art for more information.
The inaugural Salina Crossroads Marathon will be held in downtown Salina on Saturday, November 5, 2022. Visit Salina is excited about the impact of the Salina Crossroads on the community, region, and state, not only for this year but with much anticipation of this being an annual event. While this is a first-time event, organizers are gaining traction quickly. Already 240+ participants have registered and lots more are expected.
Races offered include a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 4.01K Family Fun Run, Team Relay Marathon and Team Relay Half Marathon. The Salina Crossroads Marathon is more than one event and has many hightlights and activities surrounding for runners, spectators and fans. The marathon itself is a Boston Qualifier on a USATF Certified Route. Fun music will be played throughout the race. Medals, t-shirts, swag bags and post-race photos will be provided. Also expect family fun at the start and finish areas of the route. Proceeds from the race will go to Saline County Youth Sports.
Salina will host a Soccer Fest on Saturday, August 20 at Magnolia Salina Soccer Complex. Salina Parks and Recreation & 99KG’s (coach) Shane McClintock along with 5A State Champion winning coach Dave Ouderkirk and KSU soccer coach Mike Dibbini will be on hand. Registration is open at www.salinasoccer.com and the first 200 kids ages 8-12 years are only $9.99. All participating kids receive a FREE soccer jersey from sponsors Long McArthur and Copy Co - Salina and FREE soccer socks & shin guards thanks to Walmart Salina!! ALL skill levels from never played to club levels will be blended into this 11am-5pm fun day of games, skills & drills. Lunch is provided by Lucky D's BBQ-Catering & Sam
KKOA and Visit Salina are gearing up for the Leadsled Spectacular Car Show running July 28-31, 2022!
42nd Annual KKOA Leadsled Spectacular 2022 – Schedule of Events Thursday - July 28 Spectacular Sundown Cruise - Cruise at 7:30 pm – Viewing on Santa Fe Street (FREE)
Friday-Sunday - July 29 Show and Shine - Oakdale Park - Fri. 9am-5pm, Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 9am-2pm Admission: Fri. $15, Sat. $18, Sun. $10; Kids 12 & under Free (See below for Oakdale Park Schedule) Friday - July 29 KKOA Hotrod & Kustom Auction – 9:00 - Registered entrants Free, Oakdale Park-Eric Stein Stage Run-Whatcha'-Brung Drags - off 841 Markley Rd. - 4pm-Dusk, Admission: $15 per person; Kids 12 & Under Free
Saturday – July 30 Spectacular Concert – The Temple – 8:00-10:00,doors open 7pm – Personality/Band To be announced. Admission: $25, first come first serve basis Tickets sold at The Temple and Cozy Inn Oakdale Park Schedule Friday & Saturday in the Park Two Working Kustom Shops – 9-5pm Daily Vintage Bicycle Spoke-tacular – 9am-end of show, around the concrete rink Valve Cover Races – 11am Beauty Contest – 2 Age Groups: Pin-ups 18-39; Looker’s 40-plus 2 Main Stage
Saturday in the Park Hall of Fame Walk – 12-1 by the T-Shirt Booth Model Car Show – 9-end of show; behind the t-shirt booth Sunday in the Park Christian Rods and Customs Church Service – 10am Main Stage Awards Ceremony - 1pm
For more information see the KKOA website: www.KustomKempsofAmerica.com Or contact KKOA via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Salina Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to sponsor Salina Day at Kansas Wesleyan's University's (KWU) . Saturday, November 13th the UNDEFEATED KWU Coyotes take on the Moundbuilders of Southwestern College. Kick-off is at 1PM on Gene Bissell Field in Graves Family Sports Complex. A WIN for the Coyotes places them at the top of the KCAC and NAIA standings. Tickets can be purchased at the stadium or by contacting KWU. You won't want to miss being a part of this competitive football game in a family friendly and FUN atmosphere!! For more information go to www.KWU.edu.
Visit Salina is pleased to host the KSHSAA 2A State Football Championship. The event will be played the Saturday following Thanksgiving Day, November 27 at Salina Stadium with a 1pm Kick-off.
“KSHSAA Football is a wonderful event for Salina to host!” expressed Tiffany Benien, Visit Salina Sports & Events Mgr., “Salina will enjoy hosting the 2A Class this year, and expects the game to have a good following from fans out of town wanting to enjoy an afternoon football game. We believe they’ll continue to experience Salina beyond the game by dining in our restaurants, staying in our hotels and shopping. With a little good fortune, we’ll have great weather and that makes competing for the title even more fun!”
Economic impact for the event is estimated at $260,600 for the Salina community. KSHSAA does not have any compacity or ticket sales limitations as this time.
Thank you to Vanessa Whiteside of One Delightful Life for sharing about our amazing city! In Vanessa’s blog you can learn all about the Salina attractions, dining and the hotel that she enjoyed this trip. From a production at Salina Community Theatre, downtown shopping, the Smoky Hill Museum and a walk on the wild side at Rolling Hills Zoo, Vanessa’s Salina Experience sounds 67401derful!
Click here to check out what she has to say, and make plans to Visit Salina soon and getaway for your own Salina experience.
NJCAA Region VI/Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) basketball championship tournaments will be held in Salina, KS, March 4-5, 2022 as Tony’s Pizza Events Center.
NJCAA Region VI Divisions I & II are made up of teams from the KJCCC. Sixteen teams qualify for the region playoffs in each division with the semi-finals and championships being held at Tony’s Pizza Events Center.
“Salina’s central location makes it an ideal place for the Region VI Finals. Tony’s Pizza Events Center is a great venue and should provide an excellent atmosphere for our student athletes and fans,” said Mike Saddler, NJCAA Region VI Director.
“We’re looking forward to sharing the Salina experience with Region VI,” said Tiffany Benien, Visit Salina. “I believe the Salina community will embrace and enjoy this event.”
On-court action begins Friday, March 4th with the DI men’s and women’s semi-finals at 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Championship games will be Saturday, March 5th: DII Women’s Championship at 1:00 pm; DII Men’s Championship at 3:00 pm; DI Women’s Championship at 5:00 pm; DI Men’s Championship at 7:00 pm. Ticket information will be announced at a later date.