Events

Denmark - Open House at the Nielsen Farmstead
Lincoln County

Denmark - Open House at the Nielsen Farmstead

Saturday May 04, 2024 - Saturday May 04, 2024 9:00am to 1:00pm 1125 E Pike Dr, Sylvan Grove, KS 785.658.6060

A rare opportunity to see an impressive post rock limestone house constructed in 1894 and barn in 1903. Niels Nielsen, a Danish immigrant and stone mason, established his farmstead for his family just west of Denmark along the Spillman Creek in the mid-1870s. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the farmstead is still occupied and managed by Nielsen’s, direct descendants of the original Danish settlers. This is a private residence and only open to visitors on Saturday, May 4. (Photo: Flickr - @courthouselover)

Denmark - Velkommen to Historic Denmark
Lincoln County

Denmark - Velkommen to Historic Denmark

Saturday May 04, 2024 - Saturday May 04, 2024 9:00am to 1:00pm Denmark, KS 785.524.8954

Visit many of Denmark’s historic sites during open houses for the historic post rock limestone church, community hall, and commercial district buildings. Volunteers on site to talk about the history of this Scandinavian-settled community as it was settled in 1869 to present day. Refreshments will be served along with Aebleskiver (Danish pancakes) demonstrations at the Community Hall on Saturday May 4, from 9am-1pm. All open houses are Saturday, May 4 from 9am-1pm.

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Ellsworth - Bourbon Tasting/Education in an Underground Speakeasy
Ellsworth County

Ellsworth - Bourbon Tasting/Education in an Underground Speakeasy

Thursday May 02, 2024 - Sunday May 05, 2024 See Description 210 N Douglas Ave, Ellsworth, KS 785.201.9726

Discover and taste unique whiskeys and bourbon from around the world in an underground speakeasy. This 1877 building was part of an underground network of tunnels. In July of 2012 this underground space opened its doors to a mafia themed restaurant influenced by the notorious gangster and bank robber Pretty Boy Floyd. Sample and learn about seven different whiskeys and bourbons at a handcrafted bar. Reservations are recommended, but not required by calling . Enter in the alley behind 210 N. Douglas, Ellsworth. Cost $35 (must be 21 years old). Seatings every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour. Thu-Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 12-5pm

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Ellsworth - Cattle Branding at the Bar J Ranch
Ellsworth County

Ellsworth - Cattle Branding at the Bar J Ranch

Friday May 03, 2024 - Friday May 03, 2024 9:30am to 12:00pm 1506 Ave R, Ellsworth, KS 785.531.1833

Spring is calf branding season for many ranches across Ellsworth County and central Kansas. Come see the cowboys in action! Calves born in February - April of 2024 will be gathered by real life cowboys. The calves will be hot branded for ranch identification and given vaccinations to prevent disease. You will get to see the cowboys rope cattle while horseback, learn about how they take care of their livestock, and ask questions about beef cattle production. In case of rain, event will be cancelled. Directions: From Hwy 156 and Hwy 14 intersection, travel 6 miles south on Hwy 14 to Ave Q. At Ave Q turn right. Travel 1 mile west on Ave Q. At the intersection of Avenue Q and 15th Road turn left. Travel 1.5 miles south on 15th Road until you reach the ranch. 15th Road is a dead end that ends at the ranch. (Mapping and event location address do not match due to Google inconsistencies. Address and directions have been confirmed with the event hosts.)

Ellsworth - County Museum & Hodgden House Open House
Ellsworth County

Ellsworth - County Museum & Hodgden House Open House

Thursday May 02, 2024 - Thursday May 02, 2024 10:00am to 12:00pm 104 W South Main, Ellsworth, KS 785.472.3059

The museum complex is on the two-block site of the original commercial district. It features the 1878 Victorian Hodgden House and the 1886 livery stable—both constructed with Dakota sandstone. Come in and look around for no charge during this open house. (NRHP)

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Ellsworth - Cowtown Scavenger Hunt
Ellsworth County

Ellsworth - Cowtown Scavenger Hunt

Thursday May 02, 2024 - Saturday May 04, 2024 See Description Ellsworth, KS 785.461.3131

Learn about the history behind Ellsworth the Cow Town! Scavenger hunt answers will all be within walking distance in downtown Ellsworth. Pick up your info sheet at Refine Design, Inc., 119 N. Douglas, 10am-6pm on Thursday and Friday and 9am-3pm on Saturday. Scavenger Hunt will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. Return your form for a free prize.

Ellsworth - Documentary & Author Talk with Mildred Schindler Janzen
Ellsworth County

Ellsworth - Documentary & Author Talk with Mildred Schindler Janzen

Thursday May 02, 2024 - Thursday May 02, 2024 See Description 219 N Lincoln, Ellsworth, KS 785.531.0509

UPDATE: As of April 5, an additional presentation time has been added. Mildred will speak two times on Thursday. The first at 9am as originally planned and a second presentation at 3:30pm. As a teenager, Mildred Schindler Janzen escaped both Nazi Germany and the invading Russian troops. She has told her story in her memoir, "Surviving Hitler, Evading Stalin". This documentary is a brief version of her story. The 20-minute documentary will be shown and Mildred will be available to answer questions afterward about her book. Event will take place at the Ellsworth Library basement.

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Ellsworth - Legionfest
Ellsworth County

Ellsworth - Legionfest

Saturday May 04, 2024 - Saturday May 04, 2024 7:00am to 11:00pm 645 W 15th St, Ellsworth, KS 785.810.8291

"May the 4th Be With You" is the theme for this year's annual event hosted by the local American Legion Post #174. Lots of craft and food vendors, kids games, music and more at this day long festival. A hog roast dinner starts at 5pm. Check the Facebook page for more information closer to the event.

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Ellsworth - Longhorn Roundup - Scavenger Hunt
Ellsworth County

Ellsworth - Longhorn Roundup - Scavenger Hunt

Thursday May 02, 2024 - Saturday May 04, 2024 See Description Ellsworth, KS 785.472.3969

Participants will have a map with designated businesses where they can find a longhorn. Once they find the longhorn they need a business owner mark their map. After finding the designated amount participants will turn their map into the library to have their name put into a drawing for prizes. Thu-Fri 10am - 6pm; Sat 10am - 2pm

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Ellsworth - MaiCo Industries
Ellsworth County

Ellsworth - MaiCo Industries

Friday May 03, 2024 - Friday May 03, 2024 2:00pm to 3:00pm 936 N Hwy 14, Ellsworth, KS 785.472.5390

Take a tour of a steel fabrication facility that specializes in Traffic Infrastructure structures and large open span buildings primarily utilized in sports facilities. MaiCo Industries was recently given a 2023 Statewide Business Award from the State of Kansas for excellence in manufacturing and distribution. MaiCo is also one of the first Kansas based businesses to receive certification as "Made In Kansas." Tour will last approximately 45 minutes to an hour.

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Ellsworth - Mushroom State Park Ranger Chat
Ellsworth County

Ellsworth - Mushroom State Park Ranger Chat

Friday May 03, 2024 - Friday May 03, 2024 11:00am to 12:00pm Mushroom State Park, Ave K, Ellsworth County, KS 785.546.2565

The unique stone structures of the Mushroom Rock State Park will be viewed alongside the archeological descriptions provided by Wendy Bowles, Ranger for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. This is a great photo op. Located on the Prairie Trail Scenic Byway northwest of Marquette about 5 miles north of Kanopolis Reservoir and State Park, 3 miles west of K-141 on Avenue K, a county road or south of K-140 from Carneiro on 25th Road. Mushroom Rock State Park is one of the top 8 Wonders of Kansas - Geography.

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Ellsworth - Nuclear Missile Silo Evening Celebration with Bonfire, Music and Libations
Ellsworth County

Ellsworth - Nuclear Missile Silo Evening Celebration with Bonfire, Music and Libations

Friday May 03, 2024 - Saturday May 04, 2024 8:00pm to 1:00am 2432 Ave I, Brookville, KS 785.201.9726

Enjoy a celestial celebration at the Nuclear Missile Silo. Revel in the glow of the bonfire, sway to the beats of great music, and sip on adult beverages. $50 per person, includes Missile Silo Coffee Mug and unlimited beers, wines, sodas, and waters. Bring your own snacks and food. From Ellsworth go east for 10 miles on J Road (becomes K-140) and turn north on either 23rd Road or 25th Road. Follow the signs. Located in Ellsworth County, but has a Brookville address. Overnight Camping Available http://www.themissilesiloranch.com/stay

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Holyrood - Fire Department Tour
Ellsworth County

Holyrood - Fire Department Tour

Thursday May 02, 2024 - Saturday May 04, 2024 12:00pm to 5:00pm 102 S County Rd, Holyrood, KS 785.252.7133

Rural Fire Departments depend upon cooperation and volunteers to cover a wide territory. Visit with some of the 18 volunteers and chief of 35+ years, Mark Breford. See 11 of the 13 vehicles up close and hear the stories of how our communities work together when danger looms. (Photo: Frank Wegloski)

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Holyrood - Old Time Bingo & Sandwich Supper
Ellsworth County

Holyrood - Old Time Bingo & Sandwich Supper

Friday May 03, 2024 - Friday May 03, 2024 See Description 416 N Main, Holyrood, KS 785.252.7258

Try your luck winning a prize at the American Legion’s come-and-go bingo game from 3-5pm. Beverages available for purchase during the games. Enjoy a sandwich supper (free will donation) hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary from 5-6:30pm. Bingo cards 50 cents/game, play as many as you like! Event located at the American Legion Post #200 Community Center.

Holyrood - Pickin' and Pie at the Depot
Ellsworth County

Holyrood - Pickin' and Pie at the Depot

Saturday May 04, 2024 - Saturday May 04, 2024 1:00pm to 4:00pm 115 N Main, Holyrood, KS 785.819.1104

Join in the fun at the historic Holyrood Depot’s freight dock for an outdoor acoustic folk music jam circle featuring area musicians. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a piece of pie while listening…and if you are a picker, you're encouraged to bring an instrument and play along! Freewill donations welcome.

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Holyrood - Quilt and Craft Show
Ellsworth County

Holyrood - Quilt and Craft Show

Thursday May 02, 2024 - Saturday May 04, 2024 See Description 209 S County Rd, Holyrood, KS 785.252.7069

Enjoy an exhibit of modern and antique quilts, some for sale, by local quiltmakers and shop locally made handicrafts. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. Event held at St. Peter Lutheran Church Parish Hall. Accessible entrances and restrooms. Thu 1-5pm; Fri-Sat 9am-5pm

Holyrood - Revitalization of Progress School
Ellsworth County

Holyrood - Revitalization of Progress School

Thursday May 02, 2024 - Saturday May 04, 2024 9:00am to 4:00pm 1401 5th Rd, Holyrood, KS 785.252.3237

After the late-1800s school burned down, the beautiful stone Progress School was built in 1902. It’s now being converted into a home by Ted and Carrie Schmid. They'll use solar and wind energy and have fish ponds to provide fertilizer for an in-ground greenhouse; produce their own milk, eggs, poultry and more; and utilize wildlife conservation practices more. Stop by for conversation, see historical pictures, take a tour (if you have time). Coffee and refreshments. From Hwy 156 and 5th Rd, (just east of Holyrood) go 6 miles north on 5th Rd. Near intersection of 5th Rd and Avenue N.

Holyrood - What Does That Machine Do?
Ellsworth County

Holyrood - What Does That Machine Do?

Thursday May 02, 2024 - Friday May 03, 2024 11:00am to 1:00pm 1646 4th Rd, Holyrood, KS 785.252.8041

Meet the fifth-generation operator of a Farm Bureau and Salina Diocese-designated Century Farm, Ernie Jezek. See a cattle/grain operation up close and learn about the functions of various farm implements. Off-road parking available. From Holyrood, Hwy 156 and Ave T, about one mile west on Ave T, turn right (north) on 4th Rd for 3 1/2 miles. Farm is on the left (west side). Click on address to see Google Map location.

Kanopolis - Fort Ellsworth Site / Tours
Ellsworth County

Kanopolis - Fort Ellsworth Site / Tours

Thursday May 02, 2024 - Sunday May 05, 2024 See Description Kanopolis, KS 785.531.2058

#19 on the Kanopolis Lake Legacy Trail tour. From downtown Kanopolis, 1/2 mile west on Ohio (becomes L), then 1 mile south on 18th. Fort Ellsworth was a primitive post originally of earthen dugouts dug into the bank of the Smoky Hill River. Depressions are visible as well as a remnant of the Smoky Hill Trail, used by the Butterfield's Overland Despatch stage company. A peace conference with the Cheyenne was held here in August of 1866. The post was renamed Fort Harker in November 1866 and moved to the new site in 1867. TOUR INFORMATION: Historian, Jim Gray will be on site, Friday and Saturday from 12-3pm. The tour involves a 10-minute walk and the general tour will last around 30 minutes. Come and go as you please.

Kanopolis - Fort Harker Open House
Ellsworth County

Kanopolis - Fort Harker Open House

Friday May 03, 2024 - Friday May 03, 2024 1:00pm to 3:00pm 309 W Ohio, Kanopolis, KS 785.472.5733

Guests who arrive when the Open House starts will be split into groups. All guests can tour the Commanding Officers' Quarters, the Junior Officers' Quarters, the Kanopolis Depot (displays include Independent Salt, the Acme Brick Plant and Kanopolis High School) as well as the Fort Harker Guardhouse. The Guardhouse tour will include historical information (at least 30 minutes) relating to the Civil War and the trails westward. The Open House is free.

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Kanopolis - Fort Harker Soldier Encampment
Ellsworth County

Kanopolis - Fort Harker Soldier Encampment

Friday May 03, 2024 - Saturday May 04, 2024 8:00am to 8:00pm 108 W Ohio, Kanopolis, KS 785.472.5733

Visit an encampment of soldiers from the Forts that defended the way West in the 1860-1880s. The soldiers will share stories of their way of life, the tools of their trade, and their adventures on the Plains. Wander through the camp, which is located on the grounds of the Fort Harker Commanding Officers Quarters in Kanopolis.

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Kanopolis - Horse Thief Canyon Ranger Chat
Ellsworth County

Kanopolis - Horse Thief Canyon Ranger Chat

Thursday May 02, 2024 - Thursday May 02, 2024 2:00pm to 3:00pm 200 Horsethief Rd, Ellsworth, KS 785.546.2565

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism Ranger, Wendy Bowles, will meet interested guests at the Kanopolis Lake office (GPS location: 200 Horsethief Road) and all will travel to Horse Thief Canyon. While there, guests will view the Native American petroglyphs and the splendor of nature's rock formations and canyon walls.

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Lincoln - Dark Sky Viewing
Lincoln County

Lincoln - Dark Sky Viewing

Thursday May 02, 2024 - Thursday May 02, 2024 8:00pm to 10:00pm 950 N 170th Rd, Lincoln, KS 785.537.4385

Kansas has some of the best night sky viewing in the country. Join astronomers in viewing the night sky. It will be an excellent night for observation as the moon will not rise until after midnight. We will look at constellations and observe planets and other astronomical features through telescopes. From Lincoln, drive west on K-18 for 2 miles to 170th Rd. Turn south for approximately 4 miles to trail head sign.

Lincoln - Grave Witching at Lincoln Cemetery
Lincoln County

Lincoln - Grave Witching at Lincoln Cemetery

Saturday May 04, 2024 - Saturday May 04, 2024 See Description E Lincoln Ave, Lincoln, KS 785.524.9997

You'll have two opportunities on Saturday to observe demonstrations in witching graves, both marked and unmarked. You'll also learn about some notable burials in the cemetery. Come try grave witching for yourself! This event last approximately 30 minutes. Dowsing for water or metal – and even bodies – has been practiced for thousands of years. Genealogists use it to find lost graveyards of ancestors or gravesites where markers have disappeared or eroded. The Lincoln Cemetery is located at the intersection of Highway 18 and Lincoln Ave, aka Main Street. Saturday at 1pm and 2pm.

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Lincoln - Gravel Bike Ride with Locals
Lincoln County

Lincoln - Gravel Bike Ride with Locals

Thursday May 02, 2024 - Thursday May 02, 2024 7:00pm to 8:00pm Football practice field on N 1st St and E North St, Lincoln, KS 785.820.1453

Experience the BKRT on a mountain bike! The local mountain biking club will take you on an easy ride to see some of Lincoln County's landscape. Ride will take approximately 30 minutes to an hour. Bring your own bike that can handle both paved and gravel roads. (Photo courtesy Post Rock Mountain Bike Club)

Lincoln - Managing for Quail and other wildlife
Lincoln County

Lincoln - Managing for Quail and other wildlife

Friday May 03, 2024 - Friday May 03, 2024 3:00pm to 3:30pm 950 N 170th Rd, Lincoln, KS 785.537.4385

Audubon of Kansas' Achterberg Wildlife-Friendly Demonstration Farm hosts two coveys of bobwhite quail. Executive Director, Jackie Augustine, will talk about recent habitat improvements aimed at removing woody species and making the area more suitable for Connie Achterberg's favorite bird, the bobwhite quail. From Lincoln, drive west on K-18 for 2 miles to 170th Rd. Turn south for approximately 4 miles to trail head sign.

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Lincoln - Migration Bird Hike
Lincoln County

Lincoln - Migration Bird Hike

Friday May 03, 2024 - Friday May 03, 2024 8:00am to 8:30am 950 N 170th Rd, Lincoln KS 785.537.4385

May is the height of songbird migration through Kansas. Audubon of Kansas' Connie Achterberg Wildlife-Friendly Demonstration Farm has a mix of habitats that attracts a wide variety of birds, including grassland and riparian woods. Executive Director, Jackie Augustine, has been a birdwatcher and ornithologist (a scientist that studies birds) for over 25 years. She will lead you on a short hike through the sanctuary and help you identify birds by both sight and sound. If you have them, bring binoculars. Tour will take approximately 30 minutes. From Lincoln, drive west on K-18 for 2 miles to 170th Rd. Turn south for approximately 4 miles to trail head sign.

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Lincoln - Open Gym at Post Rock Fitness
Lincoln County

Lincoln - Open Gym at Post Rock Fitness

Friday May 03, 2024 - Friday May 03, 2024 7:00am to 9:00pm 113 W Lincoln Ave, Lincoln, KS 785.524.9009

Check out how a downtown building built in 1918 was transformed into a top-notch gym. (Photo: @postrockfitness)

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Lincoln - Open House at Lincoln's Free House
Lincoln County

Lincoln - Open House at Lincoln's Free House

Friday May 03, 2024 - Saturday May 04, 2024 8:00am to 2:00pm 2137 E Hwy 18, Lincoln, KS 913.325.9738

Two years ago, Lincoln’s Free House went viral on social media with people from all over the country wanting to save the house. Now, the incredible transformation of the house has been featured on the TV Show “In with the Old” in an episode titled “The Big Green Monster”! The show is now streaming on HBO and Discovery+ with an airing on the Magnolia Network in early February. During the BKRT you'll be able to tour the home and visit with the owners and learn about their amazing journey. Refreshments will be served and other food items will be sold. House tours will begin at 8am, 10am, and 12pm each day and last 30 minutes. (Photo: @LiveLincolnCounty)

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Lincoln - Owl Hike
Lincoln County

Lincoln - Owl Hike

Friday May 03, 2024 - Friday May 03, 2024 8:00pm to 10:00pm 950 N 170th Rd, Lincoln KS 785.537.4385

Owl Hike - Whooooo's awake? The Connie Achterberg Wildlife-Friendly Demonstration Farm is home to both Barred and Great Horned Owls. Audubon of Kansas Executive Director, Jackie Augustine, will discuss owl biology and lead participants in a hike through the sanctuary to listen for owls. You will learn to identify owls by their calls. As owls are wild animals, viewing owls is not guaranteed, but there is a good chance to see them. From Lincoln, drive west on K-18 for 2 miles to 170th Rd. Turn south for approximately 4 miles to trail head sign.

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Lincoln - Pie on the Porch at the Marshall-Yohe House
Lincoln County

Lincoln - Pie on the Porch at the Marshall-Yohe House

Thursday May 02, 2024 - Thursday May 02, 2024 3:00pm to 5:00pm 316 S 2nd St, Lincoln, KS 785.524.9997

Enjoy a piece of locally made MarCon Pie on the porch of the Marshall-Yohe House, a National Register of Historic Places site. Donations appreciated.

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Lincoln - Post Rock Scavenger Hunt
Lincoln County

Lincoln - Post Rock Scavenger Hunt

Thursday May 02, 2024 - Saturday May 04, 2024 See Description 204 W Lincoln Lincoln, KS 785.826.1583

Learn about the history behind Post Rocks in Lincoln! Scavenger hunt answers will all be within walking distance in downtown Lincoln. Pick up your info sheet at the Lincoln Health Mart Pharmacy, 204 W. Lincoln Ave, Thu-Fri 9am-6pm (closed 12:30-1:30pm) and Sat 9am-12pm. Scavenger Hunt will take approximately 45 minutes to complete around downtown Lincoln. Return your form for a free prize.

Lincoln - Sip & Shop BKRT 24 Edition at Seirer's Clothing
Lincoln County

Lincoln - Sip & Shop BKRT 24 Edition at Seirer's Clothing

Friday May 03, 2024 - Saturday May 04, 2024 See Description 143 W Lincoln Ave, Lincoln, KS 785.524.4752

Enjoy a drinky-treat and a tasty snack while you shop! Take pictures in our photo booth while shopping our new spring arrivals! Check out our ad in the BKRT guide for more information about this come and go event. Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-4pm

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Lucas - Coffee & Doughnuts at the Horseshoe Lodge
City of Lucas, Russell County

Lucas - Coffee & Doughnuts at the Horseshoe Lodge

Friday May 03, 2024 - Friday May 03, 2024 10:00am to 11:00am 414 N Main, Lucas, KS 785.525.6288

Enjoy coffee and doughnuts while exploring the uniquely decorated lodge.

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Lucas - Community Theater Open House
City of Lucas, Russell County

Lucas - Community Theater Open House

Thursday May 02, 2024 - Friday May 03, 2024 See Description 116 S Main, Lucas, KS 785.658.5917

The Lucas Area Community Theater will be open for a place to sit and rest with a Lucas Historical Photo Presentation and a Lucas Area Community Theater Renovation Photo Presentation. Quilt display, powerpoint presentations, concessions for sale, restrooms, and see our 25 foot wide big screen move into storage to view the theater main floor space from the front door to the back door making the facility a multipurpose use facility. The big screen move takes around 10 minutes. Thu-Fri 10am to 5pm with concessions and moving of the big screen from 4-5pm.

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Lucas - Garden of Eden Open House
City of Lucas, Russell County

Lucas - Garden of Eden Open House

Saturday May 04, 2024 - Saturday May 04, 2024 6:00pm to 8:30pm 305 E 2nd St, Lucas, KS 785.658.5917

Attend an after hours open house with Friends of S.P. Dinsmoor's Garden of Eden board of directors. Directors will visit about the history, architecture, and preservation of this grassroots art environment. Enjoy snacks including Brant's Market meat and cheese tray by donation. See Dinsmoor's sculptures just before sunset. Shop the gift shop with some special souvenirs. Bring a strawberry plant, red vinca or yellow marigold plants for Dinsmoor's concrete flower planters. Be a part of Dinsmoor's legacy to Lucas and Kansas. The guided tour portion of the event lasts 30 minutes.

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Lucas - Geology Tour of Miller's Park
City of Lucas, Russell County

Lucas - Geology Tour of Miller's Park

Friday May 03, 2024 - Friday May 03, 2024 See Description 307 E 2nd St, Lucas, KS 785.760.0826

Join regional expert Von Rothenberger for a geology tour of Roy and Clara Miller's Park. Von will take guests through a description of the rocks Roy and Clara collected on their travels, tying in this lovely site to the geological history of the region, as well as identifying interesting minerals, formations, and elements from across the U.S. The park is located just east of the Garden of Eden. The tour will begin shortly after "The Stump" ends at 11:45am.

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Lucas - Stonework Demonstration
City of Lucas, Russell County

Lucas - Stonework Demonstration

Saturday May 04, 2024 - Saturday May 04, 2024 1:00pm to 3:00pm 207 S Main St, Lucas, KS 785.639.4636

Jon Pancost, stone mason and owner of Bluestem Quarry & Stone Works, will demonstrate how architectural stone is processed through saw work, the use of the bed planer and chisel work. He'll answer questions about his business and this unique geological feature and its use by settlers in the area. This is a come and go event. Learn more about Jon's business by clicking on Read More below. Sponsored by the Post Rock Limestone Coalition. kansaspostrocklimestone.org

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Lucas - Themed Keychains
City of Lucas, Russell County

Lucas - Themed Keychains

Thursday May 02, 2024 - Saturday May 04, 2024 9:00am to 5:00pm 135 S Main, Lucas, KS 785.658.6603

Starter keychains can be purchased at the Lucas Public Library. Visitors can travel the town collecting charms to add from participating businesses/organizations, or find them at the library. Proceeds will help fund the Lucas Public Library. $10 per keychain.

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Sylvan Grove - Meet & Greet with the Discoverer of Squalicorax deckeri
Lincoln County

Sylvan Grove - Meet & Greet with the Discoverer of Squalicorax deckeri

Saturday May 04, 2024 - Saturday May 04, 2024 1:00pm to 5:00pm 129 S Main St, Sylvan Grove, KS 785.545.6473

Lincoln limestone is a hidden gem for paleontologists, celebrated for its bountiful collection of well-preserved shark and reptile teeth. Meet Ramo Decker, founder of a new species of ancient shark named "Squalicorax deckeri", and see his display of numerous fossils found in and around Lincoln County, along with some impressive finds from the Niobrara Chalk of Western Kansas. (Photo: @ramo.decker)

Sylvan Grove - Peach Cobbler at the historic Evangelical Lutheran School
Lincoln County

Sylvan Grove - Peach Cobbler at the historic Evangelical Lutheran School

Friday May 03, 2024 - Saturday May 04, 2024 1:00pm to 5:00pm 308 N Indiana, Sylvan Grove, KS 785.526.7152

Enjoy a bowl of homemade peach-cobbler, a specialty of the Lutheran Church ladies made for the Lincoln County Fair for decades, while imagining what school was like when the building was constructed in 1913.

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Sylvan Grove - Vonada Post Rock Quarry Demonstrations
Lincoln County

Sylvan Grove - Vonada Post Rock Quarry Demonstrations

Friday May 03, 2024 - Saturday May 04, 2024 See Description E Oak Dr, Sylvan Grove, KS 785.658.5339

Learn how Post Rock limestone got its name and built homes, farms, and communities across an 18-county region. Quarry is available for drive-by viewing anytime. Demonstrations of how settlers split the limestone using feathers and wedges to make fence posts and building blocks Friday, May 3 at 4pm and on Saturday at 10am. From the junction of Hwys 181 and 18, drive 3 miles north on Hwy 181, then 2 1/4 miles west on Oak Drive. Vonada's Quarry was voted one of the top 8 Wonders of Kansas - Commerce.

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Vesper - Bingo Night
Lincoln County

Vesper - Bingo Night

Saturday May 04, 2024 - Saturday May 04, 2024 See Description 1247 N 120th Rd, Vesper, KS 785.615.1048

It's Bingo Night in Vesper! This well loved local tradition has been going on for 50 years. The grill will be lit up at 5pm to cook Bingo Burgers followed by a live band at 6pm. All sort of goodies including popcorn, ice cream sundaes, root beer floats and other homemade snacks will be available and a bake sale will round out the activities. Food - 5pm; Band - 6pm; Bingo 7pm.

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Vesper - Farmers & Makers Market
Lincoln County

Vesper - Farmers & Makers Market

Thursday May 02, 2024 - Thursday May 02, 2024 4:00pm to 6:00pm 1247 N 120th Rd, Vesper, KS 785.615.1048

Registered as a "From the Land of Kansas" farmers market with local seasonal produce along with homemade baked goods, canned foods, jams, jellies, infused honey products, and locally produced crafts.

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Wilson - "Paper Moon" classic film showing
Ellsworth County

Wilson - "Paper Moon" classic film showing

Friday May 03, 2024 - Friday May 03, 2024 7:30pm to 10:00pm 414 26th St, Wilson, KS 785.658.2284

Join locals on the patio at The Historic Midland Railroad Hotel with an experience for the entire family! View the classic film of "Paper Moon" projected on the limestone of the hotel! Free popcorn will be provided.

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Wilson - Atlas Ad Astra - Missile Silo Tour
Ellsworth County

Wilson - Atlas Ad Astra - Missile Silo Tour

Thursday May 02, 2024 - Sunday May 05, 2024 See Description 354 4th Rd, Wilson, KS 785.499.3704

Reserve a one-hour tour to go down 176 feet into this decommissioned Atlas F Missile Base to learn about the Atlas ICBM Program, the Cold War, and better understand the property and the structures that were built for the U.S. Air Force. Hear about future plans for this missile silo which includes becoming an AirBnB. This site is currently operating as an adventure resort open for camping, RV’s, VanLife with hiking trails, campfires and stargazing. Call the phone number listed to book a tour. Admission per person is $20. Tour times are Thu-Sun 8:30am, 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm. For more information about the site click on Read More below.

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Wilson - Betty "Kepka" Belton Museum Open House
Ellsworth County

Wilson - Betty "Kepka" Belton Museum Open House

Saturday May 04, 2024 - Saturday May 04, 2024 12:00pm to 4:00pm 2711 Ave E, Wilson, KS 785.658.2284

Join us to view the great work of the late Betty Kepka featuring original artwork and hand painted Czech Eggs. Local artist, Christine Slechta will demonstrate the process of hand painting Czech Eggs!

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Wilson - Big Band Music & Swing Dancing
Ellsworth County

Wilson - Big Band Music & Swing Dancing

Saturday May 04, 2024 - Saturday May 04, 2024 7:00pm to 10:00pm 414 26th St, Wilson, KS 785.658.2284

Kick back with a fun evening at The Historic Midland Railroad Hotel with Big Band music and swing dancing. Event will take place on the patio!

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Wilson - Czech Dancers
Ellsworth County

Wilson - Czech Dancers

“Czech” out our Czech dancers by the big egg! The Wilson Czech dancers consist of youth ages 3-18 along with dance instructor, Paula Gray Svaty. The group was established to help promote and continue the Czech culture through music and dance. In the event of rain, the dancers will perform at the Wilson American Legion Post 262, 419 27th St.

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Wilson - Czech Quest
Ellsworth County

Wilson - Czech Quest

Thursday May 02, 2024 - Sunday May 05, 2024 Daylight Hours Ave E and 27th St, Wilson, KS 785.658.7516

Pick up a “Czech Quest” brochure at the Wilson Kiosk next to the Wilson Visitor Center. Take a tour of Wilson and see places of history and highlights of the community. Information on where to return the completed form will be included on the brochure.

Wilson - DAR Bake Sale
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Wilson - DAR Bake Sale

Saturday May 04, 2024 - Saturday May 04, 2024 9:00am to 12:00pm 419 27th St, Wilson, KS 785.531.9096

DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) Smoky Hill Chapter members will have their annual bake sale to raise money for local scholarships. Home baked breads, pastries, and other sweets will be available to sell to help jump start your morning as you begin your day with the fun activities in our area.

Wilson - From Historic to Modern... Welcome to CoWork Space!
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Wilson - From Historic to Modern... Welcome to CoWork Space!

Friday May 03, 2024 - Friday May 03, 2024 12:00pm to 4:00pm 2711 Ave E, Wilson, KS 785.658.2284

View the new addition to Wilson! 2711 Co Working is operated by Wilson Tourism Hub Inc. and features a Native American artifacts gallery.

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Wilson - Kansas Originals Meet & Greet
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Wilson - Kansas Originals Meet & Greet

Thursday May 02, 2024 - Sunday May 05, 2024 11:00am to 4:00pm 233 Hwy 232, Wilson, KS 785.658.5593

Meet the Kansas artists, craftsmen, food producers and authors who belong to the Post Rock Opportunities Foundation. Have fun learning about and seeing their products when you visit Kansas Originals store near Wilson. Free food samples to try and kolaches will be for sale.

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Wilson - Kevin Lundy at The Midland Mercantile & Art Gallery
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Wilson - Kevin Lundy at The Midland Mercantile & Art Gallery

Friday May 03, 2024 - Friday May 03, 2024 12:00pm to 4:00pm 2711 Avenue E, Wilson, KS 785.658.2284

View the work of a Wilson local artist Kevin Lundy and meet this exceptional artist at the Midland Mercantile and Art Gallery.

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Wilson - Lang Memorial Library Open House
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Wilson - Lang Memorial Library Open House

Saturday May 04, 2024 - Saturday May 04, 2024 1:00pm to 4:00pm 2405 Avenue F, Wilson, KS 785.658.3648

Walk through the historic 100-year-old Lang Memorial Library and explore available resources on Wilson's local families, schools, businesses, churches, and the Czech influence in this region.

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Wilson - Morning Social at the Senior Center
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Wilson - Morning Social at the Senior Center

Friday May 03, 2024 - Friday May 03, 2024 8:30am to 10:00am 511 25th St, Wilson, KS 785.658.2388

The Wilson Senior Center invites you to enjoy coffee and breakfast pastries during their weekly morning social on Friday from 8:30-10:00 am. Free will donations are accepted.

Wilson - Repurposing the "Cool Factor" into a Historic Building
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Wilson - Repurposing the "Cool Factor" into a Historic Building

Friday May 03, 2024 - Saturday May 04, 2024 10:00am to 2:00pm 2505 Ave E, Wilson, KS 785.658.7516

This historic native sandstone building, built in 1886 as the Bohemian State Bank, will be open for tours lasting 15 minutes on Friday and Saturday. The bank was featured in scenes for the movies, "Paper Moon" and "Pretty Boy Floyd." An interesting tidbit about the bank is a sharpshooter perch that was used to defer bank robbers. You'll also learn about the "cool factor" in how the building has been repurposed to house the summer lunch program.

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Wilson - Ride the Nex-tech Express Train and Explore the Czech Eggs!
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Wilson - Ride the Nex-tech Express Train and Explore the Czech Eggs!

Friday May 03, 2024 - Saturday May 04, 2024 10:00am to 2:00pm 255 Ave E, Wilson, KS 785.658.7516

Did you know that Nex-Tech has a train available for your community events and festivals? Neither did we! Take a short ride on the train to explore all of the local Czech eggs downtown along with the Statute of Liberty. Event sponsored by Feeding the Children of Central Kansas.

Wilson - Voices from the Grave
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Wilson - Voices from the Grave

Thursday May 02, 2024 - Thursday May 02, 2024 5:00pm to 5:30pm Wilson Cemetery, Corner of 2nd Rd & 31st St., Wilson, KS 785.531.9096

Listen to local historian, Cherilee Ward, tell the real stories from the grave with free will donations going towards buying a small stone for the disgraced city marshal, Jesse Tillman. Tour starts at 5pm and lasts 30 minutes. (Link takes you to an article about Jesse Tillman clipped from the Sylvan Grove Newspaper, January 26, 1905.)

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Wilson - Wheat Weaving Display
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Wilson - Wheat Weaving Display

Friday May 03, 2024 - Friday May 03, 2024 1:00pm to 4:00pm 2819 Ave F, Wilson, KS 785.531.9096

The Immanuel Lutheran Church displays their wheat weaving each year during harvest and will be on display during the BKRT. Stop by and visit with parishioners and enjoy some refreshments.

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