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Blogger Finds Slice of Summer Fun (and Rhubarb Pie) in Wilson

It's not often that my twelve-year-old son and I get to travel alone. My husband had to work one particular Saturday, so the boy and I hit the road for my next assignment - Wilson, in Central Kansas. I mentioned to my son that we'd be passing two of Kansas' most popular lakes, Lake Wilson (at Wilson State Park and Milford Reservoir ), and before I knew it, our fishing poles and gear were packed. 

Posted on August 27, 2013 3:40PM by Teresa Jenkins

A thrill for all; The Great Midwest Balloon Festival

If you go to the Great Midwest Balloon Festival, prepare for a lot of pointing and "wow"-ing.

That pretty much sums up the experience my family had at this year's event in Olathe. There are really very few things that can truly thrill both the young and the old, but hot air balloons are one of them. 

Posted on August 20, 2013 12:46PM by Karen Ridder

Kansas On Two Wheels: Flint Hills National Scenic Byway

Cassoday Kansas:  known as the "Prairie Chicken Capitol of the World", this Butler County town is home to about 125 souls.  From April to October each year, the first Sunday of the month, the town's population explodes as bikers pull in to enjoy the Cassoday Bike Run.  Started back in 1991 by a couple of bikers that asked the café owner if she would open up on Sunday morning once in a while for bikers cruising along the Flint Hills Byway (Hwy 177), this monthly event has grown each year.  Thousands of bikers show up for food, friends and entertainmen each month.  Located at the south end of the Flint Hills Byway, the Cassoday Bike Run is a terrific way to start your day on the Byway. 

Posted on August 15, 2013 8:05AM by Sarah Larison

Fishing Guide Services Lead to Lots of Fish and Lots of Fun

As someone who has fished quite a few Kansas lakes for bass, crappie, walleye and wiper, but never catfish, I took interest in recent stories of monster catfish being caught around the state. Motivated by dreams of reeling in a fish half my size, I decided it was time to try it out.

I knew a couple of things about fishing for big cats: 1) I'd need stink bait and 2) I'd need a bigger fishing pole. Instead of buying a new pole, 100-lb test line and risking life and limb with my limited knowledge, I called up R.R. "CatDaddy" Shumway, a local catfish guide based in Topeka.

Posted on August 8, 2013 8:03AM by Jimmy Sevcik

Gliding with the Disc Golf Championships

As I pull up to the Emporia Country Club, music is pumping, discs are flying and the baskets are ringing. There are no golf clubs in sight, no silent sighs among the crowd nor anyone shouting, "fore!"

Instead the spectators are excited, cheering loud for their favorite players and following amateur master foursomes around the green landscape on this warm July day.

Posted on August 6, 2013 10:42AM by Katy Ibsen

Leadsled Spectacular Takes Over Salina

A Faces & Places Roadie Blog 

I will begin my coverage of the Kustom Kemps of America Leadsled Spectacular in Salina by disclosing the following: I know nothing about cars. I don't know differences in engines, insides, interiors or tire sizes. My experience was solely based on pretty paint jobs, shiny colors, perfect chrome bumpers and car shapes. My husband even called me out with his "you're only taking pictures of the colors you like." Oh no no, that is not true. Well, I guess it had a little to do with it.

Posted on August 2, 2013 1:06PM by Jenni, Faces & Places Tour Roadie

Favorites of Fiesta

Fiesta Mexicana is so much a part of the Topeka summer experience that it is hard to keep in mind the event is simply a church fundraiser. Of course, there is nothing simple about it. A better way to describe "Fiesta" is a celebration of culture and community that one neighborhood shares with us all.

Posted on July 23, 2013 11:51AM by Karen Ridder

Blue Catfish Success at El Dorado Lake

In the summer of 2011, an 80 lb flathead catfish was caught and documented by biologists who were electro-fishing in El Dorado Reservoir. In August of 2012, the new state record blue catfish was pulled from the Missouri river in northeast Kansas, weighing 102.8 lbs. With these two special events, the catfish of Kansas have become something of a legend.

Posted on July 19, 2013 7:44AM by Elizabeth Peterson

Wellington Wheat Harvest, a Cause for Celebration

As far as I can see, the golden glow of freshly-cut wheat fields meets impossibly blue sky. My view is interrupted only by a grain elevator as I step out of the van to take photos of the "Wheat Capital of the World." Wheat has played an important role in the Sumner County economy for decades. Agricultural technologies have changed, yet there is something timeless in this view. I wonder, when the citizens of Wellington decided to hold a festival in celebration of a particularly successful crop in 1900, if they imagined we would still be celebrating 113 years later. 

Posted on July 17, 2013 11:10AM by Jess, Faces & Places Tour Roadie


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