Kansas State's Weird and Wonderful Ways: A Look at the Strangest Traditions on Campus

Kansas State's Weird and Wonderful Ways: A Look at the Strangest Traditions on Campus

Kansas State University, located in Manhattan, Kansas, has a long and rich history full of interesting traditions. Some of these traditions are strange, unique, and downright weird. In this blog post, we'll explore some of the weirdest traditions that Kansas State University has to offer.

1. The Wabash Cannonball

Perhaps one of the most recognizable traditions at Kansas State University is the Wabash Cannonball. The tradition involves students gathering at the end of football games and singing the university's fight song, "Wildcat Victory," followed by "The Wabash Cannonball," a popular folk song. As the students sing, they sway back and forth and link arms to create a moving "wave" of people.

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2. Willie the Wildcat

If you see a giant Wildcat mascot walking around the K-State campus, don't be alarmed - that's just Willie. But did you know that there are actually multiple Willies? That's right, there are several people who dress up in the Willie costume and act as the official university mascot. It's like a game of "Where's Willie?" that never gets old.

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3. Fake Patty's Day

Each year, on the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day, students at Kansas State University celebrate "Fake Patty's Day." This day is essentially a made-up holiday where students dress in green, drink heavily, and participate in various festivities. It's become such a popular event that the city of Manhattan now hosts an official "Fake Patty's Day" celebration. It's like a weird combination of Halloween and St. Patrick's Day, and it's hilarious to see the creative costumes that the students come up with.

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4. The Landon Lecture Series

The Landon Lecture Series is a prestigious series of speeches given at Kansas State University by prominent national and international figures. However, one odd tradition associated with the lecture series is the "Landon Kiss." After each lecture, the speaker is presented with a bouquet of flowers and given a kiss on the cheek by a student ambassador. This tradition has been a part of the lecture series since its inception in 1966.


5. Walk the 'Cats

"Walk the 'Cats" is a tradition that involves walking barefoot across campus during the last week of classes each semester. The idea behind the tradition is that students can leave their worries and stresses behind as they walk barefoot on the grass and connect with the earth. The tradition has been going on for over 20 years and has become a popular way for students to de-stress before final exams.


In conclusion, Kansas State University has a variety of weird and unique traditions that have become a beloved part of the university's culture. Whether it's the Wabash Cannonball, Willie the Wildcat, or Fake Patty's Day, these traditions help make Kansas State University a special and memorable place for students, alumni, and visitors alike.

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