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Posts for June 2012

Gravel Rocks! – The Dirty Kanza 200

The Dirty Kanza 200 is a mighty event in the heart of the Flint Hills. Dubbed North America’s Premier Annual Ultra Distance Gravel Race the cycling event may seem like an anomaly to many, but to the good people of Emporia and those in the racing community, the DK200 is a powerhouse that tests the endurance of racers from all over the world.

Posted on June 28, 2012 10:11AM by Katy Ibsen

Pony Express Rides.. again and again

The information highway got its start the hard way through Northeast Kansas.While Missouri’s St Joseph gets the credit as the jumping off point of for the Pony Express, the real adventure started in Kansas. The town of Elwood marks the spot where rough and ready Pony Express riders took on the first leg of a 1900-mile journey through eight states.

Posted on June 26, 2012 4:10PM by Karen Ridder

Top 10 Favorite Things at Salina’s Smoky Hill River Festival

Tapping my toes and nodding my head to the sounds of salsa, jazz, rock and Latin music, I spent a good part of this June afternoon sipping sweet tea under the shade of a huge oak tree during the Smoky Hill River Festival in Salina. As I reached to admire my newly-purchased treasure – a sculptured container designed from cream, brown and green handmade paper – that I found at the craft show, drums and other hand percussion instruments begin beating an energetic rhythm nearby, beckoning me to get up and dance. Ahhh, this is the life!

Posted on June 19, 2012 5:05PM by Cecilia Harris

Sugar and Spice? You Better Think Twice: Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Weekend

Following the Flint Hills Scenic Byway on my drive to Rock Springs 4-H Camp, I found myself growing more excited with every passing mile. The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman KANSAS workshop (BOW) was something I had looked forward to for weeks. I planned, packed, settled my husband and kids, and after much anticipation, finally rounded the corner and got my first glimpse of my home for the weekend, Hansen Cabin.

The parking lot was a hive of activity as women from all over the state began to arrive. When I found my room and bunk, I was surprised to discover a BOW backpack filled with a few goodies and supplies for the weekend. I got settled a bit, grabbed my new backpack and map and headed out on my way to introductions and lunch. Walking the path away from the cabin, Rock Springs immediately drew me in. The walkways are relaxing and shaded, meandering through many beautiful, mature trees, over quaint bridges, and around stone seating areas.

Posted on June 18, 2012 9:28AM by Sara Brown

A Trip to the Wild West

A Faces & Places Roadie Blog

Despite living in Kansas all my life, I haven’t traveled to many cities in the West so I didn’t exactly know what I was in for on my Faces & Places Tour trip to Garden City and the Beef Empire Days Rodeo.

My friend Jessica and I planned ahead by looking through our Kansas Visitors Guide. We wanted to enjoy everything about southwestern Kansas. We started with a pit stop in Great Bend for a tasty meal at Diane’s Diner and a little shopping downtown. On the road again, we enjoyed our view of beautiful wheat fields being harvested.

Posted on June 13, 2012 1:34PM by Lindsey, Faces & Places Tour Roadie

A Midsummer’s Day in Lindsborg

So much of the Kansas story is about pioneers and the Wild West that a day spent in the middle of Vikings, Nordic traditions and Spanish explorers may come as a surprise, but that’s what you get in Lindsborg.

The history of this town south of Salina IS one of pioneers, farmers and the wheat they brought with them, but it is also about a unique cultural tradition found no where else in the state.

Posted on June 12, 2012 8:56AM by Karen Ridder

Paxico Serves Up Meatloaf Festival

There’s plenty of chili cookoffs and barbecue competitions throughout Kansas, but as far as I know there’s only one Meatloaf Festival. And no, this event is not about the famous hard rock musician named Meat Loaf I listened to in college. Held in Paxico, the festival named for one of our favorite comfort foods features a parade, car show, music, children’s activities and, of course, the Meatloaf Cookoff as the highlight of the day.

Posted on June 7, 2012 10:56AM by Cecilia Harris


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