Simply...Garnett, Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 09/17/2021:

GARNETT, KS-  Garnett Tourism is hosting a contest in search of the next new “big” event in Garnett. The City is encouraging organizations to enter the New 2022 Special Event Contest by application by November 15, 2021 deadline.   The winning special event will receive a minimum of $1,000 towards the advertising of the new event or execution of the event.  The winning entry in the contest would need to take place in 2022. The judging criteria is as follows:

Points will be tabulated to determine the winner -

  • Creativity and Fun – What is the “WOW” factor that makes this event unique? How much fun will the community, as well as visitors, have at this new event in Garnett?  1-20 points.
  • Process and Preparation – Organized, well thought out plan. 1-20 points.
  • Impact – The potential economic, educational, entertainment value the event gives the community. 1-20 points.
  • Complete Application – Application is submitted by the deadline (11/15/21) containing the details outlining the event as the application requests. 1-20 points.
  • BONUS POINTS: The Garnett Tourism Advisory Committee will invite all applicants to present their new special event idea before the committee and City Commission on Tuesday, November 16. This is your opportunity to share your idea with the freedom to use creativity, enthusiasm, and props, similar to “Shark Tank”, only more like “Dolphin Tank” (no one gets hurt)!  Time given: Up to five (5) minutes for presentation and up to five (5) minutes for Q&A. Times to be scheduled with applications. The public may attend. 50-100 points.


The winner will be announced during the November 23 Garnett City Commission Meeting.

Type of Events Garnett Tourism is accepting for consideration include but are not limited to:

  • Artistic (concerts, art and craft shows)   
  • Cultural (ethnic, holiday or religious events) 
  • Economic (business and trade fairs, ex: farm equipment shows, home and garden shows, sports show (boat/RV/outdoor) 
  • Other festivals 
  • Recreational (entertainment sporting events and games)


Additional information is contained in the New 2022 Special Event Contest Application form. Copies are available at Garnett City Hall, 131 W. 5th Avenue during regular business hours and is also available online at www.simplygarnett.com - SEE BUTTONS ON THIS PAGE.

NEW - 2022 SPECIAL EVENT CONTEST