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Medicine Lodge rodeo celebrates ranch work, lifestyle and town’s history

Just when I thought I couldn't love Kansas anymore than I already do, I happen upon the 25th Annual Kansas Championship Ranch Rodeo in Medicine Lodge. I fell hard and fast for the historic area, from its captivating landscape and openness of the people to the peaceful pace of life. A trip there envelops you in natural beauty, reminiscent of the Flint Hills in the same quiet, breathtaking way.

Posted on October 9, 2013 8:00AM by Guest Blogger

Seeing Kansas Outside my Comfort Zone

A Faces & Places Roadie Blog  

So many times when I'm at a Faces & Places event or traveling between festivals, I'm overcome by the shape of the landscape or the interest of a building. Instead of reaching for a camera, my personal tendency is always to reach for my notebook, ask some questions, have a seat on a bench, and "take it all in." I am passionate about my home state, and I'm thrilled to promote the unique beauty and personality of Kansas. I'm also moved by the images that appear on the TravelKS Facebook timeline.

Posted on October 7, 2013 2:48PM by Jess, Faces & Places Tour Roadie

Walnut Valley Festival Brings Bluegrass to Kansas

The Walnut Valley Festival draws bluegrass musicians and lovers to the South Central Kansas town of Winfield every September. Referred to as a "Pickers Paradise," the festival is home of the International Finger Style Guitar Championship, and the International Autoharp Championship, as well as a number of national contests. This was the 42nd year for the festival that starts every year on the Thursday before the third full weekend in September. 

Posted on October 1, 2013 10:45AM by Patsy Terrell

Treasure hunting along US 36

A Faces & Places Roadie Blog  

The Faces and Places tour is winding down and looking at all of our trips through Kansas, I can say the US 36 Highway Treasure Hunt destination was perfect for me and my husband. We made a date of this tour trip and traveled from the eastern to the western borders of the state, making several U-turns, getting in and out of the car repeatedly, negotiating deals, waving to local Kansans and seeing even more of the state than we had bargained for. What better way to spend a mini vacation with my hubby? 

Posted on September 27, 2013 11:16AM by Jenni, Faces & Places Tour Roadie

Inner Peace Outside of Elkhart

A Faces & Places Roadie Blog  

When I set off on the Faces & Places tour to the Morton County Fair, I felt the welcome thrill of unknown territory. Okay, so I was traveling on highways through Kansas.  But I was going out there. My uncle warned me, "Keep an eye on the gas gage. Don't want to get stuck between stations." We were headed to the High Plains. My kids automatically packed their red bandanas. I threw some extra sandwiches into the cooler. This was serious.

Posted on September 26, 2013 7:05AM by Jess, Faces & Places Tour Roadie

Big City Blues In A Small Town Setting

Normally a quiet and quaint community, the small town of Paxico gets loud and jam-packed on the third Saturday of each September to celebrate the Paxico Blues Festival. For the last ten years, the town closes down streets and opens its arms to everyone for a free day of the blues. 

Posted on September 25, 2013 1:32PM by Jimmy Sevcik

The State Fair is a Great State Fair

Every time I see the complete set of Encyclopedia Britannica on the shelves of my living room, I think of the Kansas State Fair. Strange? Perhaps, but of course, there's a story behind that...

When I used to live in Wichita, the State Fair in Hutchinson was a regular must-do for my friends and me. We eagerly looked forward to bierocks, the Old Mill roller water boat ride and a view of the annual butter sculpture in the Pride of Kansas building. Yes, there was something a bit kitschy about it all for us, cool twenty-somethings, but then again, we always had fun. 

Posted on September 19, 2013 1:38PM by Karen Ridder

Roller Derby Craze Hits Kansas

When I heard roller derby is the fastest growing women's sport in the world, my response was "Really???".  My disbelief stemmed from my childhood when I watched sports on television with my older brother and saw anything-goes roller derby where women brutally shoved each other so hard some skaters went flying over the wall surrounding the banked track. Had roller derby changed over the years? After discovering there are several women's roller derby teams in the state, I had to find out. So there I was, sitting at a Salina Sirens bout with Hubby. Happily, I skated away from the event with new enthusiasm for this action-packed competition. Here's what I learned about roller derby that changed my mind about the sport.

Posted on September 12, 2013 3:15PM by Cecilia Harris

An Evening in Downtown Lawrence for Final Fridays

A Faces & Places Roadie Blog

It's hard not to notice art in one way or another in downtown Lawrence on any given day but on the last Friday of the month you can find the Lawrence art scene exploding with exhibits, more so than usual. On my latest Faces and Places tour, I was able to visit one of my favorite Kansas cities and explore one of the sides to it that I have not yet delved into. A few of my friends joined me and together we explored some of the stops along the Lawrence Final Fridays Art Walk and participated in a very creative dinner experience. I visited many places, most of which I had never been to and was quite surprised by what I've been missing. 

Posted on September 11, 2013 8:06AM by Jenni, Faces & Places Tour Roadie


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