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Cat model Fozzie prepares for a Kansas road trip with his humans. Photograph by Brian Goodman


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Travel with the Animal

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A Kansas Safari

Family pets can be included in some of the best summer road trips across Kansas … and here’s how

A guide to seeing wild animals across the state

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In This Issue

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From the Editor

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This Season

10 | Eat 12 | Sampler 15 | Shop 17 | Outside 18 | Culture 20 | Lens 22 | Reasons We Love Kansas 25 | Summer 2018 Events

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Wide Open Spaces

26 | HOME AT THE HORSE HOTEL A military couple create lodgings for horses and the people who care for them 30 | A GREAT BEND WEEKEND Outdoor enthusiasts and fans of interactive history should make this their travel destination 34 | TASTE OF KANSAS: HOT DIGGETY DOG Kansas chefs are topping up an American tradition

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ON THE COVER Red the bulldog, a Wichita resident, dines at Fetch Bistro. Photograph by Aaron Patton


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A FEW OF RED’S FAVORITE THINGS

Wichita bulldog model Red gave us a few of his puppy preferences. ADOPTION DATE April 12, 2015 AGE Almost 7 (DOB is June 20, 2011) WEIGHT 70 pounds, but trying to lose a couple (which means no more sneaking cat food or knocking over the garbage for extra snacks) FAVORITE TREAT FLAVORS Will eat any treats, but I especially love people food: potatoes, peanut butter, and ice cream. I do not like carrots, however. CHEW TOYS OR PLUSH TOYS? Mostly plush toys; my time in a puppy mill left me with worn-down and missing teeth. One of my favorite toys is a deflated football. DOG PARK OR LONG WALK? Dog park, but my favorite workout is playing with the neighbor dog, Penny. She’s a 1-year-old Great Pyrenees. Sometimes she hurdles me like a running back. CATS: FRIEND OR FOE? The first cat I met, Seamus, let me sniff him and didn’t get too mad when I accidentally ran over him in my exuberance. The new cat, Bullwinkle, is very much a foe.

issue BEND IT LIKE SERGEANT Our “Kansas Safari” story features a host of Sunflower State animals with unique personalities. One that didn’t make the story, but is still one of our favorites, is Sgt. Peppers—the soccer-playing giraffe at the Topeka Zoo.The male giraffe inherited a bouncy red ball from the zoo’s elephants after team pachyderm showed no interest in it and the zoo’s veterinarians safety-approved the ball for the giraffes. Sgt. Peppers will frequently practice his moves with the ball, picking it up with his teeth, flinging it in the air and kicking it around his habitat.

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WHERE TO GO The following locations are represented in this issue of KANSAS! Magazine.

Pretty Horses Hotel

David Traylor Zoo

Boulevard Drive-In

WIDE OPEN SPACES Chapman

KANSAS SAFARI Emporia

12 DOG DESTINATIONS Kansas City

Lake Scott State Park 12 DOG DESTINATIONS Scott City

WHAT IS YOUR TONGUE ETIQUETTE FOR FINE DOGGY DINING. OUT THE LEFT SIDE OR OUT THE RIGHT SIDE? Left side ANY DOGGY TRAVEL TIPS? ARE YOU A NAPPER OR A NAVIGATOR? I’m more of a navigator -- it’s hard for me to relax in the car. I am known to aggressively fight for attention when we go through a drive-thru, and I’m really good at knowing when my humans are ordering takeout, even before they say “Wanna go for a ride?”

Lee Richardson Zoo

Pretty Prairie Rodeo

Little House on the Prairie Museum

REASONS WE LOVE KANSAS Garden City

CALENDAR OF EVENTS Pretty Prairie

CALENDAR OF EVENTS Independence

PHOTOGRAPHS (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT) Aaron Patton, Shutterstock

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I became the proud pet parent of a rambunctious, always-ready-for-an-adventure beagle. Even before getting Amelia, a fitting name for a good Kansas girl, I pictured all the places we’d explore—hikes at state parks, swims in the lake, stops to the local brewery (yes, you read that right—see page 10!), and the list goes on. I can tell you her favorite place is Buffalo Track Canyon Nature Trail at Kanopolis State Park. I knew having a pet would change the way I travel, creating new challenges and new opportunities. How would she handle car rides? Would there be lodging that allowed pets at our destination? Where’s the coolest dog rest area in Kansas? The answers: she loves car rides but prefers backroads over highways; there are many lodging options for pets all over the state such as Grand Central Hotel in Cottonwood Falls; and, to the last question, it’s the Oasis Travel Plaza in Colby. As you’re planning your summer getaways, there is no shortage of fun and recreation for the whole family—even those with fur and four legs. Or, if you’re looking for something a bit more “wild,” leave the pets at home while you enjoy a Kansas safari to our many zoos, wildlife areas, and nature centers. Speaking of getaways, we’re in the final countdown for our readers’ choice “favorite weekend getaways.”Vote for your favorite at www.kansasmag.com or on Facebook through May 31st. I would love to hear about your pet adventures around Kansas. Send an email, write a letter or message us through Facebook or Instagram.


PHOTOGRAPHS (CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT) Courtesy Great Bend CVB, Justin Lister, Sarah Reeves, Courtesy Jan Hutchison (Prairie Quilt Guild)

SUMMER2018

Welcome to KANSAS! magazine’s “This Season.” Here we explore what’s new and buzzing throughout the state—from restaurants and shopping to cultural happenings and attractions. 10 Eat

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12 Sampler 15 Shop 17 Outside 18 Culture 20 Lens 22 Reasons We Love Kansas 25 Summer 2018 Events

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WIDE OPEN SPACES 26 Home at the Horse Hotel 30 A Great Bend Weekend 34 Taste of Kansas: Hot Diggety Dog


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REASONS we love Kansas

Summer brings several animalthemed, familyfriendly events

GONE FISHIN’ Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, Overland Park Youngsters catch (and release) bluegills at Grandpa Bob’s fishing pool on the grounds of Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead.Two late night fishing events, one on May 29 and the other on June 12, provide kids with old-fashioned cane fishing poles and corn kernel bait for free, but the pond is open for kids to fish at an additional fee during regular summer hours as well. artsandrec-op.org | (913) 897-2360


GLORY DAYS OF IRON TRACTOR SHOW June 1 / Louisburg Tractor and old-time gas-engine show with live music, skillet-tossing contest and more

15TH ANNUAL PRAIRIE DAYS FESTIVAL June 9 / Little House on the Prairie Museum, Independence Wendi Lee, who played baby Grace on the television series Little House on the Prairie, attends as guest of honor at Kansas site where Laura Ingalls Wilder’s family homesteaded Littlehouseontheprairiemuseum.com

PHOTOGRAPH Courtesy Dee Dunlap (Prairie Quilt Guild)

TUMBLEWEED MUSIC FESTIVAL June 14-16 / La Cygne Reservoir Robert Earl Keene and other country stars headline lakeside music festival tumbleweedcountry.com

MIDSUMMER’S FESTIVAL June 16 / Lindsborg Traditional Swedish festival celebrated with music, folk-dancing and culinary treats Lindsborgcity.org

COMMON THREADS QUILT SHOW June 21-23 / Wichita Large regional quilt show including Kansas state champion quilt and a showing of 80 quilts inspired by Van Gogh wichitaquiltshow.com

LIBERTYFEST June 30 / North Lake Park, Lake Garnett City of Garnett hosts music, food and free fireworks display simplygarnett.com

BROTHERS OF THE THIRD WHEEL July 8-15 / Dodge City National organization of trikers (threewheeled motorcycles) gathers for a week of music and activities btw-trikers.org

PRETTY PRAIRIE RODEO July 18-22 / Pretty Prairie Kansas’ nighttime rodeo celebrates 80+ years of competition pprodeo.com

DAM MUSIC FESTIVAL July 27-28 / El Dorado Lake, Walnut River Beach Two days of music and beach events eldoks.com

KANSAS’ BIGGEST RODEO August 2-4 / Phillipsburg Some 15,000 visitors descend on the small town of Phillipsburg for muttonbusting, roping, bull-riding and more kansasbiggestrodeo.com

HUTCHINSON EMANCIPATION August 2-8 / Hutchinson Community-wide celebration of arts, dance, choral music, ice cream socials and more that has existed since 1889 to celebrate and honor the local black community

FIND MORE EVENTS AT TRAVELKS.COM Because all events are subject to change, please confirm with organizers before finalizing plans.

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NATIONAL BIPLANE FLY-IN May 31- June 2 / Freeman Field Airport, Junction City Gathering of small and old-time biplanes from across the nation with music, vendors and pancake feed nationalbiplaneflyin.com

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Home Horse Hotel at the

A military couple create lodgings for horses and the people who care for them

Julie and Wayne Darsow own and operate the Pretty-Horses Motel.

By Patricia E.Ackerman

Photography by Justin Lister


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Great Bend Weekend A

Outdoor enthusiasts and fans of interactive history should make this their travel destination

Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area

By Cecilia Harris

Photography courtesy of the Great Bend CVB


travel with the animal

Family pets can be included in some of the best summer road trips across Kansas … and here’s how

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family vacation is meant to be for the entire family, right? And if your family happens to include an animal, then you might want to create an itinerary that allows them to join you. Not every outing. Not every destination. But it’s possible— and rewarding—to experience togetherness on the road and away from home. Here’s our suggestions for locations, safety tips and more to travel with all your family members across Kansas.


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