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Big Kansas Road Trip

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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Thursday, May 3

SOME EVENTS WILL REQUIRE SEATING - REMEMBER TO BRING A LAWN CHAIR.

BARBER COUNTY - link to map
 
Hardtner
 
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.
 
8am-4:30pm: Bob's Printing and Old Time Clock Shop625 Main Street. Bob Cox still uses a 1917 linotype in his printing business that he'll be glad to show visitors how it works. You'll also be amazed at his large clock collection. 

9am-5pm: Look for local volunteers at the Land Rush statue in downtown Kiowa where you'll learn about the history of the statue and community.  There will be a Cherokee Strip Land Run Booth with maps of Kiowa, certificates depicting the run with an official stamp and small jars of dirt from the starting land run area and lots of other unique items. A Community Garage Sale map and BKRT information will also be available.
 

Medicine Lodge    
 
10am-4pm: Stockade Museum and Carry Nation House open, 209 W. Hwy 160.

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, Buffalos, 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.
 
11am-8pm: Sample Wyldewood Cellars wines made in Kansas at White's Spirits & Wines, 225 S. Iliff. 
 
6:30pm:  Bingo Night, (early bird bingo 6:30-7pm; regular bingo at 7pm) with homemade pie at the concession stand (6-8pm), Heritage Center Community Room1056 SE Isabel Road.


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 east 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: Buy chances to win a beautiful sunflower quilt in commemoration of the first annual BKRT! Proceeds benefit the Coldwater Beautification Committee. Tickets at the Chief Theatre, 122 E. Main St.

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

4pm: Scavenger Hunt - Throughout the BKRT the Chief Theatre will host a Scavenger beginning on Thursday at 4pm and ending Sunday at 4pm.  Winners will be awarded prizes.  Stop by the Chief to get your entry form.  $5/person, 122 E. Main St.
4:30 & 6:30pm:  The Frontier Experience - A short movie filmed in Comanche County in 1975 starring many of our local community members. Chief Theatre, 122 E. Main St.

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. 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. 

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.

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) 

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!
 
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.
 


KIOWA COUNTY - link to map

Greensburg
 
7pm: Educational Seminar Reception, Kiowa County Media Center320 S. Main. Open to visitors who have registered for the BKRT Workshop. For information click here.
Haviland            
 
8am-9pm:  New Ross-Ellis Center for Arts & Ministry open for touring, Barclay College Campus open for driving or walking tours, 607 N. Kingman.
 
9am-5pm:  Haviland Heritage Foundation MuseumHeart of America Science Resource Center Open, 312 E. Highway 54.
                             
9:30am-5pm:  American Legion Post 157 free rides on the children's Barrel Train & flag disposal bins for flags that need proper disposal. A ride given every hour, beginning on the half hour. At Haviland State Bank, 209 N. Main. (At 3 pm, rides will be at the city park)
 
9:30-5pm: American Legion Post #157 Raffle for a Blackstone-table-top grill and one propane tank. Tickets available at the Haviland State Bank location booth. For $5 donation buy one ticket or 5 tickets for $20. Proceeds to help wounded vets. The raffle drawing happens t 4pm Sunday, May 6. Do not need to be present to win.

1-5pm: Haviland Public Library Used Book Sale, 112 N. Main.

9am-4pm:  Treasures in the Park Craft Show, Haviland City Park, Walnut and Kingman.
 
3pm: The Stump with Marci Penner, Haviland City Park, Walnut and Kingman.
 
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.

6:30am:  Sunrise at the Round Barn, 2351 O Street.

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

8:30pm:  Sunset at the Round Barn, 2351 O Street.