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The François Chouteau & Native American Heritage Fountain in the Northland is a site in Kansas City’s celebration of the state’s bicentennial.

Kansas City Parks has selected the François Chouteau & Native American Heritage Fountain in the Northland to help mark the state’s bicentennial.

The free event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 24, at the fountain site, 3904 Chouteau Trafficway, located between Interstate 35 and Missouri Highway 210, north of Parvin Road in Kansas City.

The festivities include Native American dancers, fiddlers and dulcimer players, fur trapping reenactors, recognition of Missouri’s 200th anniversary by state and local dignitaries, the unveiling of the fountain’s newest bronze sculpture and the debut of a play, “Tartuffenthrope!” by Kansas City playwright Philip blue owl Hooser. Additional activities include horse-drawn wagon rides, food trucks, youth games, and a plein air quick paint contest.

“On-site donations and a silent auction will help benefit the completion of the Chouteau Fountain,” states a release. All attendees are also invited to sign the official Kansas City Bicentennial Registry and receive a commemorative “twig” pen.

The celebration is supported by the City of Kansas City, KC Parks, Northland Neighborhoods Inc. and Missouri’s Bicentennial Committee. For more information, visit

Bluffs Stage Schedule

• 9 a.m. Beyond the Circle Native American Dancers

• 9:30 a.m. Dennis Stroughmatt, Cajun fiddle

• 10:30 a.m. MO Bicentennial Program

• 11 a.m. “Tartuffenthrope!” by KC Molière 400

• 11:40 a.m. Beyond the Circle Native American Dancers

• Noon Folk in the Flow

• 12:50 p.m. Plein Air Award Presentation

• Interludes by Robert Roe, the Osage Wind Rider

Activities Tent Schedule

• 9:30 a.m. Robert Roe, the Osage Wind Rider

• 10 a.m. Starry, Starry Night puppet show

• 10:30 a.m. Workshop No. 1: Missouri Mule Mouth Puppets

• 11:30 a.m. Workshop No. 2: Paper Plate Puppets

• 12:30 p.m. Backyard Buggin puppet show

• Ongoing chalk art, roving puppets, giant bubbles, hula hoops, jugglers


Legal parking is available on some streets and at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 3800 NE Parvin Road.

Free shuttle transportation around the Chouteau corridor will be provided.