Prairiesta 2011

Russell, Kansas

June 9 - 12, 2011

Prairiesta 2011: Russell, Kansas 140th Anniversary

June 9 - 12, 2011

Prairiesta is a celebration of Russell County history, heritage, and culture. This celebration has been held every ten years, since 1941. The 2011 Prairiesta will be celebrating Russell County's 140th Anniversary and the State of Kansas' 150th Anniversary!

Congratulations and thank you to chairpersons Jerry and Patty Driscoll, committee members, and all the volunteers for making Prairiesta 2011 a huge success!

Prairiesta Parade 2011

A record breaking crowd viewed the Prairiesta Parade held June 11, 2011 on Russell's Main Street. Among the 140 entries were five past or present U.S. Senators including Bob Dole, Arlien Spector, Sam Brownback, Elizabeth Dole, and Jerry Moran. The parade opened with Buffalo Soldiers and 100 longhorn cattle. It was a great day to be in Russell, Kansas!

Prairiesta Court

Highlighting the first Promenade was crowning of the Prairiesta Queen, Sheldon Weigel a junior at Russell High School. Miss Weigel was the high seller of tickets for the Historical Pageant. This years cowpoke is Samuel Nuss and Prairie Girl is Brooke Leiker both of Russell. They were the high sellers of Prairiesta Lapel Pins.

Prairiesta 2011 Logo & Theme


The 2011 Prairiesta logo was designed by Nadine Ward, Wichita, KS.

Theme: "Windmills to Wind Power"

The theme for 2011 Prairiesta was created by Carl Radke, Milberger, KS.

Join Us In 2021

The next Russell Prairiesta will be in 2021. Will see you then!

Major Sponsors

Russell County Economic Development and Convention Bureau

Special Thank You To This Organization For Contributing $15,000 To Russell Prairiesta 2011

UMB Bank

Special Thank You To This Business For Contributing $10,000 To Russell Prairiesta 2011

KRSL Radio

Russell County News

United National Bank

John O. Farmer Inc.

White Energy

Schulte Oil Exploration

McDonalds Restaurant

Eagle Communications

Shields Oil Producers, Inc.

Special Thank You To These Businesses For Contributing $5,000 To Russell Prairiesta 2011

Steering Committee

  • Jerry and Patty Driscoll
Committee Members
  • Norma Jean Cook
  • Pam Gudenkauf
  • Linda Schulte
  • Arlyn Unrein
  • Mike McKenna
  • Vicki Frohling
  • Carla Hill
  • Don Varner