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Big Kansas Road Trip

The showcase counties are Barber, Comanche and Kiowa. The event will be held over four days, May 3-6, 2018.

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Saturday, May 5

 SOME EVENTS WILL REQUIRE SEATING - REMEMBER TO BRING A LAWN CHAIR.
 
BARBER COUNTY - link to map
 
Hardtner
 
10am:  Barber County Fair Spring Livestock Show, 500 S. Chickasaw. Swine, sheep, goat show. Don’t miss out seeing the hard work of local FFA and 4-H members and get a first-hand look at the animal agriculture that is prevalent in this area. Concessions available.
 
9am-5pm: The Gyp Hills Nature Museum, 301 E. Central, (Hwy 281), in the former school building. In this specially designed museum you will observe nature from rain forests to dry deserts. From present day to fossils over 300 million years old. Examples of small animal bones from an extinct mammal from Kansas. Native artifacts to present day award winning handmade knives. Birds, fish, carved butterflies, crystals, minerals, and a large active model train display compliment our distinctive and diverse displays. Public restrooms available.


Historic Round Barn, 10866 SW Hackberry, from Main, 6 1/4 miles west on Hackberry. Location will be marked by a sign. Barn owner, Lee Sternberger, welcomes visitors and will be around to answer questions.

Kiowa
 
Throughout BRKT by appointment. Visit a restored 100+ year old home now used as the Schupbach Haus Bed & Breakfast, 405 S 7th Street, Kiowa. Call ahead, 620.825.4110. 
 
Throughout BRKT - Community wide garage sales. A list can be found at the Land Rush Statue, Main & 4th.
 

Medicine Lodge  
 
9am-5pm: Stockade Museum and Carry Nation House open, 209 W. Hwy 160.
 
1 pm:  Live local musicians at the Stockade Museum and Carry Nation House, 209 W. Hwy 160.
 
1:30-4:30pm:  Carry Nation serving cookies in her house to share about the history of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union.

10am-3pm:  Barber County Heritage Center Gallery open, 1056 SE Isabel Road.

10:30am-Noon: Historical Stained Glass Tour, Medicine Lodge United Methodist Church, 108 E. Second. The windows quite literally depict Medicine Lodge, its land, people, and historical background. Creation, Buffalo, Spanish explorers, fur traders, frontiersmen, wagon trains, cattlemen, railroads, the five tribes who participated in the signing of the Peace Treaty, wheat, and more illustrating the overall blessings of Providence of this area.

4:30 p.m. - The Stump with Marci Penner, Red Caboose, Main and E. Fowler (U.S. 160).


 
Rural Barber County

All day during BKRT- Z Bar Ranch Bison Viewing. Please stay in your vehicles to view bison. 850 cows, 50 bulls and calves.  Your drive begins at Hardtner which is 24 miles south and east of Medicine Lodge. Driving directions from Medicine Lodge to Hardtner. From Hardtner, go 19 miles west on Hackberry, then 4 3/4 miles north on Aetna. From here go on Cottage Creek Road until you see the bison along a four mile stretch.
Throughout BKRT: "Experience the Gyp Hills" Auto Excursion is a picturesque route (in addition to the Hwy 160 Scenic Byway) that can be driven by those who don't mind a few dirt roads. Get a more detailed and personal experience of the beautiful Gypsum Hills! Look for more informational handouts in several locations in Medicine Lodge as well as our Facebook page "Experience the Gyp Hills"

Throughout BKRT, by appointment: Gyp Hills Guest Ranch, access to explore the Gypsum Hills on foot, wagon or horseback. Offering a "hike the hill” experience as well as horseback riding and wagon rides through the hills. Make reservations at 620-886-3303 or 620-727-7149, or email gyphillsguestranch@sctelcom.net.
 

COMANCHE COUNTY - link to map

Coldwater

Throughout BKRT: You’re Fired Ceramics & Canvas Digital Art Crawl 2018. Follow us on Instagram @yourefiredceramicsandcanvas or on Facebook (You're Fired Ceramics & Canvas) and then watch for the clues.  We'll post a list of public art sites to visit, then you snap pics of those places and post them to our social media pages.  Get creative!  Use the hashtag #YFCArtCrawl18 on Instagram or post to our Facebook page (You’re Fired Ceramics & Canvas) and you'll be entered to win an inaugural t-shirt from NovelT's and the BKRT YFC Art Crawl, plus other prizes!

Throughout BKRT: Bar P Botanical Gardens open, 300-306 E. Cleveland.

11:30-2pm: Hamburger and Hotdog meals at the Chief Theatre, 122 E. Main St.

7pm: From Canvas to College: The YFC Scholarship Art Auction at You’re Fired Ceramics & Canvas, 136 E. Main St. Silent auction begins at 7pm and final bids will be collected at 9pm. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Live music by Mike Benish! Sneak peek at the art for the auction 1-5pm.

7:30pm: Feature Movie at the Chief Theatre, 122 E. Main St. Movie TBD.

 

Protection

8am-5pm: Twisted Sisters annual 15% off Sale, 104 W. Walnut. Guests are welcome to paint on our back wall, leaving their mark on Protection, KS.  Paints and stencils provided!

9am-5pm:  Grannies Barn Quilts201 N Washington. Quilt lovers will want to stop by and take a look at the barn quilts for sale. Hosted by Lisa Thompson. 

10am-6pm:  Protection Township Library Kids Book Walk, Stan Herd Gallery Open, 404 N. Broadway.

11am:  Why is it named Protection? — and other true tales about the town. Bring a lawn chair and gather around the Polio Monument at Broadway and Walnut, on the sidewalk just north of Don’s Place. Dave Webb, Kansas author and historian from Protection, will share stories about his hometown’s unusual name and other history bits.

11:30am:   The Stump with Marci Penner, 221 N. Broadway.

11:45am -  Marci Penner will facilitate a "Bring Your Own Lawn Chair" event featuring the community-owned grocery store, Protection Venture. Visitors will set their lawn chairs up outside near the store and listen, learn and ask questions about what it's like to run a grocery store in a small town. 221 N. Broadway.

2pm:  Succulent Class at Vintage Soil, 700 E. Main St. Come and shop all this seasons vibrant beautiful home grown plants and also shop cool vintage finds. May 3-6 come join Vintage Soil succulent classes where you will learn about these popular interesting plants care while being able to plant your own succulent mini garden in a unique vintage find you can purchase or bring along to plant in. (cost of class is $15 plus cost of product including succulents, watering tool and if need a cool planter) 

3pm:  Stan Herd presentation at the Protection Township Library. Environmental artist and muralist Stan Herd grew up in Protection and during the BKRT he’ll be in his hometown. He’s planning a show-and-tell session about the field-sized artwork he has created in several countries — most recently in China.

 

Wilmore

Throughout BKRT:  Self-guided tour of Wilmore during the BKRT.  Pick up a guide at the Community Center, 105 S. Taft that will correspond with numbered signs placed throughout town. Folks will learn the story behind the Stan Herd mural, how Mule Creek got its name, information about the various buildings around town as far as their different uses over the years, schools and churches. 

9am-9pm: Wilmore Carousel, 205 Main. If the carousel isn't already running when you arrive, just honk the horn and owners, Ernie and Christy Griffin, will come out of their restored Sears and Roebuck house next door and open it to give you a free ride!

Noon:  Hot Dog Cookout in Centennial Park.

1-4pm:  Wilmore Community Center open, 105 S. Taft. Stop by and see photos of old Wilmore, and hear stories about floods, a tornado, bank robberies and a kidnapping by Bonnie and Clyde.  
 
2-4pm:  Wilmore Volunteer Fire Department Fire Safety Talk, Taft and Railroad.  Learn about what being a volunteer fire fighter is like, hear about the 2016 & 2017 wildfires in the area & see the gear up close! And, Battle of the Barrel! Teams of all ages compete to push a barrel on a steel cable using the fire hose.
 
2pm:  The Stump with Marci Penner, Taft and Railroad.
 

KIOWA COUNTY - link to map

Greensburg

9am-1pm:  Local Author Book Signing at a Vintage Filling Station. We will be celebrating local authors, vintage cars, gas signs and paraphernalia. Book signings by local authors Judi Kirk - Remnants: Prairie Gas Stations Remembered and Glimpses; Fill'er up Memoirs and Memorabilia; Jeff Blackburn - Light at the End of the Funnel; Matt Deighton-Molly and the Tornado, Molly and the Stars of Hope and Janice Haney-Greensburg: The Twisted Tales Vol. I & II. There will be vintage trucks and Model T's, even rides! 2 miles north of Highway 54 on Highway 183

9am-9pm:  Happy Camper Cabins Grand Opening, hot dog and s’more roast, 504 N. Bay St.

10am:  Kiowa County Courthouse Tour, 211 E. Florida.

10am-Noon: Downtown Greensburg Mad Dash Drawings. Enter drawings with Main St Merchants - Dash from one shop to another to find out who wins! Gift Certificates, shopping sprees, and merchandise! Schedule for drawings will be available.

10am-4pm:  5.4.7 Arts Center, 204 W. Wisconsin, open. Come and paint your own "Explorer Rocks” to place around the 3 counties during BKRT!

10am: Greensburg Bike Tour. Ride a Greensburg bike and get a tour from a local. Tour begins at The Big Well Museum, 315 S. Sycamore. Limited to 12 riders.

10am-2pm:  Live Podcast Show at the Kiowa County Media Center320 S. Main.  The Media Center will be producing a live BKRT/Kansas Tourism video podcast show and is welcoming guests that are in town for BKRT to discuss what they are discovering and to hear about the Kansas exploring they have done in the past! Come be a part of the show! (located inside the Kiowa County Commons building)

10:30am: The Barn Raisers documentary at Twilight Theatre, sponsored by Kansas Barn Alliance, 200 S. Main. Several Kansas barns are in this 2017 movie. "The Barn Raisers" historical documentary feature film tells the story of barns in the Midwest by examining them through the lens of architecture. What do barn settings, styles, methods and materials tell us about the people who built them, the life they lived, and the role these vanishing country cathedrals played in the settling and building of a growing nation? Barns were constructed by farmer-craftsmen, professional builders who traveled from job to job and even architects like Frank Lloyd Wright. "The Barn Raisers" paints a cinematic portrait of barns and builders, and reminds us that these remnants from America's rural past are still here to be appreciated and experienced.

11am:  Kiowa County Schools Tour, 710 S. Main.

11am:  Downtown Walking Tour, tour begins at The Big Well Museum, 315 S. Sycamore.

1pm: Kiowa County Courthouse Tour, 211 E. Florida.

1pm: Kiowa County Memorial Hospital Tour, 721 W. Kansas Ave.

2pm:  Fairview Cemetery Tour with Ed Schoenberger, Kiowa Co. Historian & Local Expert. Ed served as cemetery sexton for 23.5 years and knows about everyone there! 500 E. Pennsylvania

2pm: Greensburg Bike Tour. Ride a Greensburg bike and get a tour from a local. Tour begins at The Big Well Museum, 315 S. Sycamore. Limited to 12 riders.

2-4pm: Sip N Suppose with Mayor Dixson, 221 S. Grove. (corner of Wisconsin and Grove - the house faces south) Join Greensburg Mayor Bob Dixson on his front porch for some sippin' and supposin'! Visit with him about what makes his community tick, what it's like to be Mayor, or just talk about the weather! Some sippin' supplies provided, but BYOB if you have a drink of choice.

3pm: Kiowa County Memorial Hospital Tour, 721 W. Kansas Ave.

3pm: Downtown Walking Tour, tour begins at The Big Well Museum, 315 S. Sycamore.

4:30pm:  Greensburg, Kansas: The Small Town Reimagined Documentary at Twilight Theatre, 200 S. Main. This film was produced in partnership with the City of Greensburg and the Kiowa County Media Center for the 10th Anniversary of the Greensburg tornado, May 2017.

7:30pm: Movie at Twilight Theatre sponsored by Ornery Brother Distilling & Milo Vodka, 200 S. Main.

 

Haviland

9am-5pm: Haviland Heritage Foundation Museum, Heart of America Science Resource Center Open, 312 E. Highway 54.

9am-4pm:  Treasures in the Park Craft Show, Haviland City Park. (Kingman and Walnut)

9am-4pm:  American Legion Post 157 Kiddie Train & flag disposal bins for flags that need proper disposal. At Haviland State Bank, 209 N. Main.

9-11am:  Falling Stars over Kansas, Meteorite Presentation and Field Trip, Heart of America Science Resource Center, 312 E. Highway 54. Come learn about and experience one of Kansas' truly unique features – a meteorite impact field. This adventure will begin at Heart of America Science Museum with a lesson and demonstration about meteorites. This will be followed by a short trip to a nearby site where the largest meteorites in Kansas have been found. Participants will hear from local residents who have had meteorites found on their property or who have been directly involved with the excavation process. Come and join us on one of these fascinating experiences. Hold in your hand a real falling star!

11am-1pm: Dragon Nachos, a community fundraiser sponsored by Haviland's Today's Homemakers Club. Nachos are $4.50 and a soft drink is $1.00. City Park at Kingman and Walnut. (Named for the high school, now closed, mascot.) 

1-3pm:  Falling Stars over Kansas, Meteorite Presentation and Field Trip, Heart of America Science Resource Center, 312 E. Highway 54. Come learn about and experience one of Kansas' truly unique features – a meteorite impact field. This adventure will begin at Heart of America Science Museum with a lesson and demonstration about meteorites. This will be followed by a short trip to a nearby site where the largest meteorites in Kansas have been found. Participants will hear from local residents who have had meteorites found on their property or who have been directly involved with the excavation process. Come and join us on one of these fascinating experiences. Hold in your hand a real falling star!

1-4pm:  Southwest KS Antique Engine & Thresher Show demonstrations. Demonstrations of equipment. Wheat threshing, stationary hay baling, saw milling, wood planing & rock crushing with belt driven vintage equipment. Quilting demonstrations in the 112 year old house on show grounds. 502 E. Walnut.

 

Mullinville

Throughout the BKRT - Check out the acoustics in the Fromme-Birney Round Barn by singing Home on the Range in the center of the hayloft. View exhibits of 1912 agriculture and round barns in the U.S. Get barn preservation ideas form the Kansas Barn Alliance booth. Get to the barn early at sunrise or by sunset for the best photo opportunities. 

6-8:30am:  Round Barn, Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast served by Mullinville Recreation Commission. Join us for the beautiful sunrise & breakfast, 2351 O Street.

9:30am:  The Stump with Marci Penner, 200 N. Main (across the street from the gym).

10am-6pm:  Quilt Show and Pie Sale at the Mullinville Gym, 200 N. Main.

10am-Noon:  M.T. Liggett artwork tours by artist Erika Nelson, 201-207 N. Elm Street, meet in front of the studio.

1-4pm:  Book Signing with author Trudy Weaver, new book Storms on the Prairie, about the Weaver family of Kiowa County. At the Fromme-Birney Round Barn, 2351 O Street.

2-4pm: M.T. Liggett artwork tours by artist Erika Nelson, 201-207 N. Elm Street, meet in front of the studio.

4pm:  Barn Restoration Tips and Methods - by Len Schamber - Historic Preservation Contractor with Schamber Historic Preservation and Kansas Barn Alliance. At the Round Barn, 2351 O Street.

5pm:  History and Architecture of the Round Barn tour, 2351 O Street. Tour led by Tamina Fromme - great-granddaughter of both the owner and builder of the round barn

6pm:  Musical Entertainment - Musical Saw and Accordion by Norval Ralstin (musical saw), Wilma McChristian and Tracy Weaver (accordion), Eldon Weaver (harmonica) and Trudy Weaver Flowers (ukulele), at the Round Barn, 2351 O Street. Norval is a local rancher and steward of the round barn. A treat is to hear "Amazing Grace" from this musician and his amazing saw.

7pm: Jeff Davidson Concert at the Round Barn - free admission, 2351 O Street. Jeff Davidson is a Kansas singer/songwriter and uses his original works as well as vintage songs of old to lead audiences through the history of the "winnin’ of the west” which shaped the economy, ideology and heroism of a young nation.