Buster Keaton:
Celebrating 100 Years of Laughter
The 24th Buster Keaton Celebration

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September 29 - 30, 2017, in Iola, KS

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Film and enlightenment from the era of Buster Keaton and film comedy.

Last updated 9/04/2017

Click here for the 2017 program.

This Celebration may be our last.

Everyone is invited to an AFTER PARTY at MILLER'S ON MADISON,
415 W. Madison, Sat night, 10 pm to 2 am,
6.5 blocks west of the Bowlus Fine Arts Center
diagonally across the intersection from McDonalds.

  Cash bar


Added Attraction  --  The 2016 Film 

Bender film

will be screened in the Bowlus Fine Arts Center at 7:00 pm, Thurs, Sept 28, 2017
The film is based on the true story of the "Bloody Benders",
a family of serial killers who ran a general store 50 miles south of Iola.
 It stars James Karen, Buck Taylor, and Bruce Davidson.

Click on poster for the trailer.

Registration fee is $20 for Fri and Sat.  Evening screenings are free.

You can register online or download a mail-in form at


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Film comedian and director Buster Keaton was born in Piqua (Pick-way), Kansas, in 1895 while his parents were performing in a traveling medicine show. Each year Iola, KS, -- seven miles east of Piqua --, hosts a celebration in Keaton's honor.

All activities are held at the  Thomas H. Bowlus Fine Arts Center in Iola, Kansas.

Link to Carol Yoho's Keaton WebSite
(A great site--Includes Accomodations Information and Photos from the Past Celebrations)

All activities are held at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center in Iola, Kansas.


Online registration at   https://bowluscenterorg.presencehost.net/keaton/registration/

Donations are always welcome.

[Keith Goering] (goeringk@cox.net)