De Soto Days Festival is the largest on-going event in our community. It began in 1964 by the Jaycees who encouraged all of our community organizations to join in the event. De Soto Days has been held at a number of locations over the years: both sides of 83rd Street, in the old High School football field, Riverfest Park, Miller Memorial Park & Downtown where it is currently being held.
In true Jaycee spirit, the De Soto Festival's mission was:
To promote the City of De Soto with pride and enthusiasm
To develop a yearly event to enhance the lives of the De Soto residents & members of neighboring communities through events which appeal to a diverse audience
To unite the citizens of De Soto
To celebrate the past & envision the future
A Saturday morning parade & car cruise has almost always kicked off the festival's all-day celebration. After the Jaycees, the event was organized by the City and then passed on to the City Park Board, for a time, with help from the De Soto Chamber of Commerce. The annual festival organized by a volunteer group of citizens who spend many months and hours planning. Currently, the Evans Midland Carnival Company has guaranteed their participation over Labor Day weekend. Food vendors, craft booths, car show and live music are just a few of the scheduled events that are typical for this festival.