Kansas Blog http://www.travelks.com/blog/ Tag - Hutchinson Mon, 22 Dec 2014 04:14:42 GMT The State Fair is a Great State Fair http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/19/The-State-Fair-is-a-Great-State-Fair/3075/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/IMGP0052.JPG'/><br/> 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.&nbsp; Thu, 19 Sep 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/19/The-State-Fair-is-a-Great-State-Fair/3075/ Music, Art Fills Downtown Hutchinson on Third Thursday http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/7/Music-Art-Fills-Downtown-Hutchinson-on-Third-Thursday/3023/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Hutchinson-Third-Thursday-rock-band.jpg'/><br/> I expected to see cookbooks and colorful utensils, but what made my heart sing was a band playing &quot;Wild Thing&quot; when I stepped inside&nbsp;Apron Strings Kitchen Store&nbsp;in Hutchinson. What could be better than shopping to the sound of live music? Borrowing from the song's lyrics:&nbsp;Third Thursday, I think I love you. Tue, 07 May 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/7/Music-Art-Fills-Downtown-Hutchinson-on-Third-Thursday/3023/ Top 10 things our family learned at the Hedrick Exotic Animal Farm Bed and Breakfast http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/11/Top-10-things-our-family-learned-at-the-Hedrick-Exotic-Animal-Farm-Bed-and-Breakfast/2949/ 1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;African porcupines like bananas. 2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Camels are really soft and fuzzy and they like to nuzzle. ... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/11/Top-10-things-our-family-learned-at-the-Hedrick-Exotic-Animal-Farm-Bed-and-Breakfast/2949/ Whooping Cranes at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/29/Whooping-Cranes-at-Quivira-National-Wildlife-Refuge/2911/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Witt-5241.jpg'/><br/> Catching a glimpse of any wildlife is always an exciting experience, but to see rare species in a natural habitat is a rare and treasured opportunity. In this delicate shift from fall to winter, the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge welcomes winged visitors who are in the midst of their migration. One such bird is the whooping crane. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/29/Whooping-Cranes-at-Quivira-National-Wildlife-Refuge/2911/ Roy’s Hickory Pit BBQ in Hutchinson Hog Heaven http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/9/Roy-s-Hickory-Pit-BBQ-in-Hutchinson-Hog-Heaven/2837/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Hutch-Roys-Hickory.jpeg'/><br/> Exiting my car parked in front of Roy&rsquo;s Hickory Pit BBQ&nbsp;in Hutchinson, I got a whiff of the tantalizing aroma of meat slowly smoking over hickory and my stomach quickly started to rumble. Fired up for Roy&rsquo;s mouthwatering meat topped with a mild and sweet sauce I remembered from a previous visit, I couldn&rsquo;t wait to sink my teeth into those succulent ribs once again. In fact, I purposely arrived early to avoid the potential long line of customers that sometimes extends out the bright red front door of the sunny yellow building during the lunch hour. Fri, 09 Nov 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/9/Roy-s-Hickory-Pit-BBQ-in-Hutchinson-Hog-Heaven/2837/ Humboldt’s Combine Demolition Derby A Smash Hit http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/18/Humboldt-s-Combine-Demolition-Derby-A-Smash-Hit/2656/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Humboldt-Combine-Derby-hit-main.jpeg'/><br/> As sparks flew, the hits just kept on coming at the Combine Demolition Derby on a Saturday night in early September. Yes, you read it right&hellip;a demolition derby featuring COMBINES, the farm harvesters that typically peacefully gather in grain. At the Humboldt Speedway, these massive farm machines revved their engines and charged header-first, crashing into each other with a loud bang as metal crunched, the rear tires of both combines lifted off the ground and the drivers jolted in their seats. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/18/Humboldt-s-Combine-Demolition-Derby-A-Smash-Hit/2656/ An Odyssey in Hutchinson: The Kansas Cosmosphere http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/25/An-Odyssey-in-Hutchinson-The-Kansas-Cosmosphere/1255/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/cosmosphere3.gif'/><br/> Rockets, fire, stars, and a space toilet were all among the highlights of my family’s recent trip to the&nbsp;Kansas Cosmosphere &amp; Space Center&nbsp;in Hutchinson. If you are a space ... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/25/An-Odyssey-in-Hutchinson-The-Kansas-Cosmosphere/1255/