Watkins Mill Events
Visit Spring on the Farm (in Even-Numbered Years) & Fall on the Farm (in Odd-Numbered Years)
MO Bicentennial Event: Sheep to Shawl and Heirloom Garden Reveal Apr 24 & 25 Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 11-4
This year WMA will be hosting a Missouri Bicentennial Celebration of the Historic Watkins Woolen Mill… Celebrating the Theme of RESILIENCE. The Sheep to Shawl Event will have vendor booths, where visitors can explore weaver’s crafts and see how they have preserved their craft through time. In addition visitors can join a celebration honoring how through the years symbolically seeds of resilience have been planted in the Heirloom Garden by revealing this year’s beautiful garden and new fence. The Watkins Family persevered in the 1870’s… come join us for our Bicentennial Celebration and see how resilience lives on today!
Living History Farm Program – Seasonal- 2021 TBA
The historic site’s Living History Farm Program runs on Saturdays and Sundays from May 26 through August 5. Costumed interpretive staff present life in rural Missouri in the late 19th century: gardening, woodstove cooking, laundry, waving and children’s games. Tours of the Woolen Mill and Watkins house are offered. Call the park office for details: 816-580-3387.
Fall on the Farm – 2021 TBA
Come celebrate the arrival of spring at the Watkins farm and join us for a day filled with fun and learning! Witness 1870’s style sheep shearing, stroll through our heirloom garden as it’s prepared for spring planning, and participate in activities and chores that were commonplace in the 1870s. Activities will include woodstove cooking, cross-cut sawing, rag doll making, toy making, ropemaking, laundry, blacksmithing, weaving and more! Admission is free for the event. There will be a free open house at the Watkins Family Home and a limited number of mill tours will be offered for a fee. For more information, contact the park at (816) 580-3387.
Watkins Mill Safety Fair & Trunk-or-Treat – 2021 TBA
Bring the family and join us for this educational and fun event from 11 AM – 3 PM. Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site is partnering with local community emergency services providers to host a safety fair, interpretive activities and a trunk-or-treat at the swimming beach parking lot. For more information, please contact 816-580-3387.
Fall Event – Oct 7, 2021
WMA invites guests to dine on hearty hors d’oeuvres, listen to or sing along to music, participate in games or cheer on others, win prizes, and ….if you are the winning bidder…take home auction items from our select silent auction….just in time for the holidays.
Christmas on the Farm – 2021 TBA
Admission is free for the event and there will be an open house at the Watkins family home for the duration of the event. Activities at the home will include holiday caroling, reading of family letters, free samples of traditional holiday treats, plum pudding flaming demonstrations, and an opportunity for children to visit with Father Christmas. Activities at the visitor center will include kids crafts, live traditional holiday music, and a performance by the Lathrop Singing Mules grade school choir. For further information contact the park office at (816) 580-3387.
A long-time volunteer greets visitors at Christmas on the Farm.
At Watkins Mill events, you can try your hand at chores, crafts and see demonstrations of food production and preparation, animal husbandry and more. Oh, and you’re sure to see lots of smiles.
In Watkins’ day, the blacksmith was perhaps the most essential member in the community, and was heavily depended upon by almost everyone.
Watkins Woolen Mill
Northeast of Kearney, MO 64060
Main Entrance at
NE 161st Street and County Road RA
Watkins Mill Association 6k GO6K. Register today.
Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic we have postponed our Watkins Mill Get Outdoors 6K to Sep 19th. We are hoping that we are able to have our 6K as planned on thIS day. However, we are monitoring the current COVID-19 situation closely and will abide by any public gathering restrictions as implemented by the state of Missouri, and Clay County, MO.
Should we be forced to cancel the event, registrants will be able to take advantage of one of two options: participate in a virtual race, or donate your registration fee. Please don't hesitate to email us with any questions. Please register today at
In the meantime, stay positive, be safe and take care of each other. We hope to see you out on the trail on September 19th.
Watkins Mill Association