Kansas Blog http://www.travelks.com/blog/ Tag - festival Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:48:13 GMT Prairie Lavender Festival Relaxing Outing http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/25/Prairie-Lavender-Festival-Relaxing-Outing/3042/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Prairie-Lavender-Festival-boys.jpg'/><br/> As I drove on a winding gravel road through lush pastures and hills on my way to the&nbsp;Prairie Lavender Festival&nbsp;near Bennington, I was looking forward to the day ahead as a time to relax and rejuvenate amongst my favorite fragrance after a hectic week. Little did I know it also would be a day to remember my past.&nbsp; Tue, 25 Jun 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/25/Prairie-Lavender-Festival-Relaxing-Outing/3042/ A Festival of Performers in Lawrence http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/7/A-Festival-of-Performers-in-Lawrence/2503/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Performer.jpeg'/><br/>Sword swallowers, Fire-walkers and Pogo-stick stuntmen are among the dozens of performers taking to the streets in Lawrence this month for the 5th annual Busker Festival. It’s a chance to enjoy performances ranging from the bizarre to the truly unique. Festival Co-Conspirator (Founder) Richard Renner explains what the party is all about:What is a Busker Festival?The Busker Festival is a three day long street performer festival that’s based on a lot of similar festivals in the United States and Europe. They do a lot of what I like to call, “Useless skills” like fire-eating and sword-swallowing, contortionists, Pogo acrobats. There are also plenty of musicians. This year there will also be food vendors.&nbsp;" Tue, 07 Aug 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/7/A-Festival-of-Performers-in-Lawrence/2503/ Basking in the Beauty of the Flint Hills http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/11/Basking-in-the-Beauty-of-the-Flint-Hills/2281/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/FacesPlaces.jpeg'/><br/>A Faces &amp; Places Roadie Blog I’m sure you’ve heard of the phrase “Stop and smell the roses.” For my latest trip on the Faces &amp; Places Tour, I did the Kansas version of that. I stopped and enjoyed the prairie. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/11/Basking-in-the-Beauty-of-the-Flint-Hills/2281/ Top 10 Favorite Things at Salina’s Smoky Hill River Festival http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/19/Top-10-Favorite-Things-at-Salina-s-Smoky-Hill-River-Festival-/2194/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Smoky-Hill-River-Fest-food-court1.jpeg'/><br/>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! Tue, 19 Jun 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/19/Top-10-Favorite-Things-at-Salina-s-Smoky-Hill-River-Festival-/2194/ Paxico Serves Up Meatloaf Festival http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/7/Paxico-Serves-Up-Meatloaf-Festival/2151/ There’s plenty of chili cookoffs and barbecue competitions throughout Kansas, but as far as I know there’s only one Meatloaf&nbsp;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. Thu, 07 Jun 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/7/Paxico-Serves-Up-Meatloaf-Festival/2151/ Treat your Nose and Participate in a Lavender Harvest http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/5/Treat-your-Nose-and-Participate-in-a-Lavender-Harvest/2121/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/266775_10150241724843971_4244304_o.jpeg'/><br/>A unique midsummer’s festival is the perfect stop for your olfactory pleasures this June. Prairie Lavender Farm in Bennington is celebrating 10 years in operation with their forth&nbsp;annual ... Tue, 05 Jun 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/5/Treat-your-Nose-and-Participate-in-a-Lavender-Harvest/2121/ 10 Reasons to Attend the William Inge Theatre Festival in Independence http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/17/10-Reasons-to-Attend-the-William-Inge-Theatre-Festival-in-Independence/1932/ An internationally renowned theatre festival occurs yearly right here in Kansas in honor of our state’s very own Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award winning playwright, William Inge. Inge’s work ... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/17/10-Reasons-to-Attend-the-William-Inge-Theatre-Festival-in-Independence/1932/ Kansas' Neewollah Festival offers alternative Halloween fun http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/4/Kansas-Neewollah-Festival-offers-alternative-Halloween-fun/1194/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/neewollah1.gif'/><br/>Dress up and join the week-long celebration in Independence Newspapers in Independence, Kan., reported that pranksters committed more&nbsp;vandalism during Halloween 1918 than the citizens found tolerable. As a&nbsp;result, city leaders decided a healthy diversion from mean-spirited&nbsp;Halloween antics might be a solution. So they created festivities for&nbsp;"Neewollah" - Halloween spelled backward - as an outlet for young people's&nbsp;autumn energies. What began as a one-day county fair, parade and rodeo has&nbsp;grown into southeastern Kansas' largest celebration the last full week of&nbsp;October.&nbsp; Tue, 04 Oct 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/4/Kansas-Neewollah-Festival-offers-alternative-Halloween-fun/1194/