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Tee off at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course

If you’ve been longing for sand and water hazards, it’s time for a round of golf. In southwestern Kansas, few courses can hold a flagstick to the challenging Buffalo Dunes Golf Course on Highway 83 in Garden City. The 18-hole, regulation course has won numerous awards and is consistently rated among the top courses in the state. And for good reason.

Posted on May 9, 2011 4:23PM by Becky Blake

Celebrate Beef in Garden City!

Photo credit: Beef Empire P.R.C.A. Rodeo Breakfast, lunch and dinner. What to eat? If you have beef in mind at mealtime, Garden City’s Beef Empire Days in June will be a bonanza for you. There, you’ll find plenty of banquets, beef-tasting bouts and all-you-can-eat steak cookouts. Hold onto your cowboy hat as the food-centered celebration hosts everything from cattle-health competitions and carnival rides to rodeos and roundups.

Posted on May 2, 2011 4:30PM by Becky Blake

Savor the State’s Story in Beautiful “My Kansas” Book

I’m pleased to announce the publication of  “My Kansas: A Photographic Journey Across the Sunflower State,” a vibrant, image-filled hardbound book honoring the state’s 150-year heritage. Every page in this coffee-table book features a dramatic look at the unique people and places of Kansas – and illustrates why the state is a wonderful place to explore in depth.

Posted on April 25, 2011 3:44PM by Becky Blake

Prairie Fire Festival Honors Dramatic Flint Hills Tradition

The Prairie Fire Festival in Cottonwood Falls celebrates the annual range-management practice of burning the tallgrass prairie to promote new growth. Indigenous Native Americans noticed that bison liked to graze on the freshly burned grasses and shared the concept with European settlers, who went on to develop exceptional cattle-grazing territory.The festival marks this Flint Hills tradition with a weeklong schedule of talks on everything from “The Kaw Dwellings in Morris County, Kan.” to “Mammals of the Tallgrass Prairie” and performances by historians and bluegrass groups.

Posted on April 4, 2011 10:25AM by Becky Blake

Community Spotlight: Emporia

Granada Theatre MarkeeLocated in the eastern Flint Hills, Emporia mixes small-town charm with big-city arts and culture. Victorian homes along tree-lined brick streets reflect the city’s past while a new Arts Center offers gallery exhibits, a performing arts series and an art store. And the Emporia Granada Theatre – restored to its 1920s grandeur with modern comforts – shows movie classics like “The Wizard of Oz” and “Gone With the Wind.”Founded in 1857, Emporia is the official founding city of Veterans Day and the site of an All Veterans Tribute Celebration in November. Other special events include Iris Days in May and Prairie Heritage Days in June. Emporia’s don’t-miss historical options include the William Allen White House State Historic Site and Lyon County Historical Museum

Posted on March 21, 2011 7:12PM by Becky Blake

Kansas Spotlight: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Learn about the treasures waiting for you at the 10,894-acre preserve of tallgrass prairie near Strong City.Named one of the top places in America to visit by National Geographic, the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve protects a rare portion of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem that once covered 140 million acres of North America. Visitors of all ages will enjoy a variety of educational and recreational activities at the preserve, including:

Posted on March 7, 2011 8:50PM by Becky Blake

Kansas Events: Aggieville St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Celebrate all things Irish at the 33rd Annual Aggieville St. Patrick’s Parade and Road Races in Manhattan. This year’s “ShamROCK!” event starts with a special breakfast, followed by a 2-mile fun run/walk, 10K road race and afternoon parade. Also enjoy door prizes, noon-time barbecue in Triangle Park, and dinner and drinks in Aggieville’s restaurants and pubs.

Posted on February 28, 2011 4:13PM by Becky Blake


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