COLUMBUS, KS.--- In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue, and on a cold, dreary October day in 2012, Columbus, Kansas resident Jay Hatfield is getting ready for one of the most anticipated days of the year.
"It's the biggest event of the year for Columbus, it brings in a lot of outside people that might do some business here," states Hatfield.
Hatfield is just one of several Columbus residents getting ready for the annual Columbus Days Celebration.
"I think it's really important in either a large or a small community that people get involved, so we try to participate in about everything that the community does," states Hatfield.
The festivities bring hundreds of people to town, some choose to stay overnight. In fact so many people have come this year a local RV park manager tells us they're having to look for places to put them. Chamber of Commerce Director, Jean Pritchett says as problems go, this is a good one to have.
"Of course, we would like to have a little bit better winds, and no rain, but we might get lucky," states Pritchett.
Pritchett says there's something for everyone in Columbus this weekend, from classic car shows to food to historical tours of the town.
"I know we have a couple of class reunions that planned their class reunion for this weekend, so that they could do both, because many of them have not been back to Columbus maybe since they graduated," states Pritchett.
A chance for local residents to show off the town they're proud to call home.
"You get a lot of out of town people that come here, and it's maybe the only reason they would come to a smaller town like columbus is an event like this," states Hatfield.
Pritchett says the hot air balloon regatta during Columbus Days is the largest of its kind in Kansas. Weather permitting the balloons will take off tomorrow morning around 7 and then again later in the day.