Harrisonville Chamber of Commerce

Burnt District Festival

The Burnt District Festival

The festival name makes reference to the events that took place during the Civil War, when General Order No. 11 forced many residents in Cass, Jackson & Bates counties from their homes.

These homes were later burned in an effort to keep pro-Confederate guerrillas from taking supplies from these farmsteads, leaving nothing but a series of lonely chimney stacks standing.

Despite those difficult times, the residents returned to their homes, once the Order was lifted. They rebuilt and persevered. Most importantly, their continued love of home laid the foundation for the generations that followed and the vibrant communities we have today.

It is that spirit of resiliency, strength and community that we proudly celebrate the first Friday and Saturday of October each year. 

Sponsors of the festival make it possible! Becoming a sponsor is also a great way to demonstrate your dedication to the community and spread awareness about your business or organization.

Please click here for sponsorship information.

If interested in becoming a sponsor, please click call us at 816-380-5271 or email us!

The Burnt District Festival encourages makers of their own arts an craft items to participate as a vendor. Please click here to review the full details and guidelines for Arts & Handcraft Vendors. 

If interested in participating, please click here to submit your online application. 

Businesses, including direct sales vendors, are encouraged to attend to promote their products and services. Please click here to review the Business Expo guidelines.

If you are interested, please click here to submit your online application.

We encourage a variety of festival foods at the festival. Preference is given to non-profit organizations, but commercial food vendor applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis and admitted based on current festival needs.  Please click here to review the guidelines. 

If interested, please click here to submit your online application. 

We encourage non-profit organizations to participate and connect with community members by having a booth at the festival. Please click here to review the Organization Guidelines. 

If interested, please click here to submit your online application. 

We welcome entertainers to take part in the festival. Performances are held primarily on the main stage. Band performances are also held in the Reunion Garden on Friday and Saturday evenings. 

Most entertainment opportunities are non-paid, but provide an excellent opportunity to reach a large audience. 

The main stage size is 14’ wide x 32’ long and 4’ high. There is one set of steps with no railing. Please make sure this size safely accommodates your needs. There will be 2 sets of bleachers available for seating during your performance. 

The Burnt District Festival is a family friendly event, so all entertainment must fit such qualifications. 

If interested, please click here to submit an online application.

The Burnt District Parade occurs at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. The parade is organized at 9:00 a.m. at the Harrisonville High School and then proceeds towards the Square on Pearl Street, before returning to the high school.

We encourage parade participation by community groups, businesses, organizations, church groups and clubs. We reserve the right to decline any application that we feel does not align with the spirit of the festival. 

You are not permitted to stop and let off or add passengers during the parade route. The parade needs to be kept up to a good viewing pace. 

Animals are permitted with proper paperwork certifying that all animal test negative on the COGGINS blood test. When at the parade, each animal must be under bridle or halter in the charge of owner or helper at all times. WARNING: Under Missouri Law, any equine professional is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in equine activities resulting from the inherent risk of equine activities pursuant to the Revised Statutes of Missouri, RSMO 537.325.

You are NOT allowed to throw candy. You may hand out candy as you walk past guest on the route. This is a requirement of all parades mandated by the City of Harrisonville. Please click here for a full list of Parade Rules.

Entries will be judged and awards given for first, second and third place. 

If you are interested in participating, please click here to submit your online application.