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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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Sunday, May 6

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 Barn10866 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.
 
2:30pm:  The Stump with Marci Penner, Hackberry and Main.

 
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.
 
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.

1pm:  The Stump with Marci Penner, 4th and Main.
 
 
Medicine Lodge
  
9am-5pm: 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, 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.

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.

10:30am, 1:30, 3:30, 5:30pm: The Frontier Experience - A short movie filmed in Comanche County in 1975 starring many of our local community members. The Chief Theatre, 122 E. Main St.

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

 

Protection

11m-3pm: 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. 

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

9:30am:  First United Methodist Church Community Worship Service, 600 W. Lincoln.

10am: Kansas Explorers Club meeting, Big Well Park, 315 S. Sycamore. (located west of the Big Well Museum)

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!  

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

11:30am-1pm:  Free community meal sponsored by Greensburg First United Methodist Church, 600 W. Lincoln. For the first 200 people.

1pm:  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.

2pm:  Kiowa County Schools Tour, 710 S. Main.

2pm:  Downtown Walking Tour, tour begins at The Big Well Museum, 315 S. Sycamore

3pm:  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.

2:30pm:  Movie at Twilight Theatre sponsored by Ornery Brother Distilling & Milo Vodka, 200 S. Main.

 

Haviland

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

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

9:30am-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.

10-11am:  D is for Dino Bones presentation at Heart of America Science Resource Center, 312 E. Highway 54. Watch a demonstration of how current scientists find fresh tissue in dinosaur bones. View a sample of this fresh dinosaur tissue. See and touch dinosaur poo – some of it is even cut and polished!

1-4pm:  Treasures in the Park Craft Show, Haviland City Park, Walnut and Kingman.

2-3pm:  D is for Dino Bones presentation at Heart of America Science Resource Center, 312 E. Highway 54. Watch a demonstration of how current scientists find fresh tissue in dinosaur bones. View a sample of this fresh dinosaur tissue. See and touch dinosaur poo – some of it is even cut and polished!

 

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. 

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

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