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

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September 29 - 30, 2017, in Iola, KS

Official Web Site

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

Last updated 8/01/2017

Click here for the 2017 program.

This Celebration may be our last.

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)