The Ellis and Rush County Volga German Society has hosted Oktoberfest in Hays, Kansas since 1972 in conjunction with the Fort Hays State University Homecoming activities. Beginning in 2012, the Ellis County Historical Society and Eagle Communications have added the Honor Our Heritage event to the vast list of activities for the weekend.
A community-wide effort, Oktoberfest has begun to expand to a larger heritage celebration. Friday, October 4, will continue as the day for the Oktoberfest celebration in Frontier Park. This will include tapping of the keg, traditional food vendors, fundraising t-shirt sales as well as family-friendly events with school-aged children participating with the Ellis County Historical Society and FHSU student athletes. These family-friendly morning activities will take place in an alcohol-free area of Frontier Park before the annual keg tapping.