COLUMBUS, KS.--- The 44th Annual Columbus Day Festival is here. Festivities kicked off with a quilt show. Earlier today, Columbus residents loaned their quilts for the community to view their artwork and vote on which one they like best. There was even a quilt from the city's museum which has been a part of the community since 1890. The Columbus library hosted the event. If weather permits, there will be a hot air balloon glow, a BBQ cook off, and a bean feed tonight.
"I think it just really ties the community in. It brings everybody out and people can converse with each other just by meeting people here," said Jessica Dunlap, Columbus Library.
The festival will continue through Sunday with a parade, a hot air balloon race and many vendors.
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