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August 2013

Volume 13, Issue 8

A publication of the Manhattan

Convention &

Events Spotlight Page 3

Visitors Bureau

K-State Fans ... Are You Ready? Football is almost here. It comes from every Wildcat, on every street corner. Manhattan practically breathes it.

Final preparations are underway for Purple Power Play in the Park, the annual season kickoff that celebrates community support for the defending Big 12 Champion Kansas State Wildcats. This twoday event takes place Aug. 28-29 starting at 6pm, in City Park due to construction on Poyntz Ave. Let your hair down with the K-State Classy Cats and Bates Dance Studio performers. Jam out with the Mikey Needleman Band on Wednesday evening—and whether it’s nostalgic or you’re a diehard student fan, rally behind the Wildcats in a community pep rally at 8:00 on both Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

Remember the three Big 12 Championships gathered in 2012 and 2013? “Threemaw” and “Title Town” caused residents to smile uncontrollably and brag to complete strangers. K-State’s baseball team, for example, captured its first baseball conference title since 1933. Along with the football Continued on page 2

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team and the men’s basketball team, these title champions will undoubtedly draw large, excited crowds as they enter the 2013/2014 season.

It’s not just students supporting their favorite athletes and events; alumni, parents of students, friends of students, staff, sports fanatics, sports writers, photographers and more all flock to this modern university tucked into the Kansas prairie. Each person attending the football game, or entering the Octagon of Doom (Bramlage Coliseum) or Tointon Family Stadium is spending visitor dollars in this town. Those staying overnight are contributing to the guest tax, which funds the efforts of the Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Are you a K-State Alum?

Then don’t miss your chance to participate in the original tailgate recipe guide! Everyone knows tailgating is half the fun of going to a game, and the Alumni Association wants to know your must-have recipe for the big day. Visit to submit your favorite one!

Calling all ultimate K-State fans. We know you are proud of your Wildcats. We know we are

2013 K-State Football Schedule

ready for another exciting season, and another Big 12


vs. North Dakota State

Manhattan, Kan.

7:30 PM


vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

Manhattan, Kan.

5:30 PM

Alumni Association with everything you need to stay on


vs. Massachusetts

Manhattan, Kan.

6:00 PM

track with K-State football this year. There’ s a game day


at Texas *

Austin, Texas


guide, an “on the road” guide for away games, tailgate


at Oklahoma State *

Stillwater, Okla.


recipes, and fan tips. It’ s all the insider information you


vs. Baylor *

Manhattan, Kan.



vs. West Virginia *

Manhattan, Kan.



vs. Iowa State *

Manhattan, Kan.



at Texas Tech *

Lubbock, Texas



vs. TCU *

Manhattan, Kan.



vs. Oklahoma *

Manhattan, Kan.



at Kansas *

Lawrence, Kan.


Championship. Don’ t miss the great guides compiled by the

could want to get your game on! Go Cats!

Little Apple ... Willie Style

Little Apple ... Willie Style

Fortunate enough to be Manhattan-bound for a game? Keep an eye out for your ticket buckslip, or your season ticket booklet to see how Willie enjoys a Wildcat Weekend! Some must-see attractions while you’re here? The Flint Hills Discovery Center, Sunset Zoo, various art galleries in town and fun and unique local shopping! Hit your favorite of more than 150 restaurants in town, and grab a piping hot cup a’ joe, or hot chocolate before hitting the road to head home. Contact the Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau for a free visitor’s guide! It lists all the information you need to know about Manhattan. 800.759.0134,

Events Spotlight

Splish Splash, We Were Takin’ a Bath…

It’s Water Matters Day in Manhattan and YOU can help! Find out what runoff is and how to reduce it. Watch an experienced kayaker in action and learn the tricks of the trade. Where is Manhattan’s water treatment plant, and what goes on there? Find all this out and much more on August 10th beginning at 9:00 am at the Manhattan Public Library. Lunch and afternoon activities will take place at the City Park Pool. The Manhattan Konza Rotary Club is donating 280 free swim tickets for the event! Two will

be given to each attendee until gone. Tickets are only good for the City Park Pool afternoon swim with Water Matters Day, on August 10th. Don’t miss this chance to learn about water locally, and the needs that exist around the world. Visit for more information.

Colbert Charity Classic Returns to Manhattan

The Adams Golf Pro Tour Series will return to Manhattan, KS for the 2013 Colbert Charity Classic on August 21-24th at Colbert Hills Golf Course. Last year James Marshall tied the course record with a sizzling 29 on the back nine to shoot a final round 64 (-8 under) for his first professional

victory at -16 under total.

In conjunction there will be a Pro-Am Tournament held on Tuesday, August 20th. The format is a 3-person shamble plus an Adams Tour professional. The cost is $1,000 per team or $333 person and includes the Monday Pairings Party, golf, complimentary food and beverages, player gift, tournament prizes, and a $200 tax-deductible contribution. All event proceeds will benefit the KSU Golf Course Management & Research Foundation and The First Tee of Manhattan. If you would like to participate in the ProAm Tournament or volunteer during the professional tournament please contact Bernie Haney at 785-565-1719 or

August 2013 8-10 Crafty Seniors Craft Show Manhattan Town Center 9:00 AM-5:00 PM 785-539-3500 8-10 Hoo Haw Columbian Theatre, Museum & Art Center, Wamego Fri.-Sat. 7:30 PM; Sun. 2:00 PM 785-456-2029

Through 8/10/2013 The Bison: American Icon Cottonwood Falls 8:00 AM-6:00 PM 620-273-8955

Through 8/17/2013 AbX x III Strecker-Nelson Gallery 785-537-2099


Through 9/8/2013 Conservation Quest at the Flint Hills Discovery Center Flint Hills Discovery Center 785-587-2726


Through 9/8/2013 Conservation Quest Flint Hills Discovery Center 785-587-2726

Through 10/13/2013 The Museum of Wonder: A Great Land Grant University Collects (Pelton & Hyle Family Galleries) Beach Museum of Art, K-State 785-532-7718

Through 12/31/2013 Generations of Success: K-State History in Special Collections Hale Library, 5th floor 8:00 AM-5:00 PM 785-532-6011







Discovery Day Camp: Kansas Soil Flint Hills Discovery Center 8:00 AM-5:00 PM 785-587-2726

School Safety Expo Manhattan Town Center 11:00 AM-3:00 PM 785-539-3500 2013 "Just Tri It" Youth Triathlon City Park 7:30 AM 785-587-2757


Pet Poolooza: An Annual Furry Fundraiser CiCo Park Pool 1:00-4:00 PM 785-587-2757

16-17 One Act Play Festival II Manhattan Arts Center 7:30-10:00 PM 785-537-4420

Discovery Day Camp: Plants of the Prairie Flint Hills Discovery Center 8:00 AM-5:00 PM 785-587-2726 K-State's 150th Brownbag Lunch & Lecture Series"African-American Vet Med Graduates" K-State Student Union 12:00-1:00 PM 785-532-6011

Discovery Day Camp: Water’s Way Flint Hills Discovery Center 8:00 AM-5:00 PM 785-587-2726


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23rd Annual Mercy Golf Classic Manhattan Country Club 12:00-7:00 PM 785-587-5462 26 First Day of Fall Semester Kansas State University Campus 26 First Day of Fall Semester Manhattan Christian College 26- 9/1 Wildcat Week at the Sunset Zoo Sunset Zoo Nature Exploration Center 9:30 AM-5:00 PM 785-587-2737 27

15-17 Hoo Haw Columbian Theatre, Museum & Art Center, Wamego Fri.-Sat. 7:30pm; Sun. 2:00pm 785-456-2029

Discovery Day Camp: Manhattan Park’s Explore Flint Hills Discovery Center 8:00 AM-5:00 PM 785-587-2726



Gunpowder ‘n Lead Country Rock Band (from Fort Riley) Bosco Student Plaza 12:00-1:00 PM 785-532-6571 28 Back To Gardening Pottorf Hall, CiCo Park 6:00-8:00 PM 785-537-6350 28-29 Purple Power Play in the Park City Park 6:00 PM 30

Friends of Sunset Zoo’s Brew at the Zoo Sunset Zoo Nature Exploration Center 6:00-9:00 PM 785-587-2737

Authentic Hawaiian Dancers Bosco Student Plaza 12:00-1:00 PM and 5:30-6:30 PM 785-532-6571 Live Band Karaoke Bosco Student Plaza 6:30-8:30 PM 785-532-6571


K-State Football v. North Dakota State Bill Snyder Family Stadium 7:30 PM 800-221-2287 K-State Football Watch Party K-State Student Union 7:30 PM 785-532-6571

The Great Gatsby (film) Bosco Student Plaza 8:30 PM 785-532-6571 Art Happens 2013 Manhattan Arts Center 6:30-10:30 PM 785-537-4420 Cattle Baron's Ball Pope Ranch 6:00 PM 785-438-5607

Destination Manhattan!


August...................................Anticipated Attendance Numbers Conferences/Meetings/Reunions 7

Kansas Land Title Association Annual Convention...................140


Natural Response Control Tactics .................................................30




Kansas Land Title Association District Meeting ..........................20 Level 2 instructor training

Kansas Dialogue Annual Conference...........................................100

Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association .................................125 Annual Meeting & Golf Tournament

Sporting Events 18

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Oz Endurance LLC Tuttle Creek Triathlon.................................100

Adams Golf Pro Tour/ Colbert's Charity Classic .......................80 Golf Pro Tournament

Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department .........................150 USSSA Mixed C & D State

Little Apple Soccer Club Soccer Tournament ...........................400 North Dakota State University Alumni Football ......................250

09/01 Big Poppi Bicycle Company River Trails Shootout .....................80

Manhattan CVB Steering Committee

Chuck Scott, Chairman Brad Everett, Hotel Jennifer Fritchen, Hotel Dave Lewis, Ex-Officio Jackie Murrell, Hotel Miranda Lies, Hotel

Julie Powell, Hotel Wayne Rouse, Entertainment Evan Tuttle, Attraction Todd Holmberg, K-State Bernie Haney, Ex-Officio Lynda Spire, Ex-Officio

Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff Karen Hibbard, Director

Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau 501 Poyntz Avenue Manhattan, KS 66502 (785) 776-8829 • (785) 776-0679 fax

Vision Statement:

Upcoming Conferences, Sports and Special Events in The Little Apple

Mission Statement:

To expand the local area economy by attracting visitors.

Christy Chase, Convention Sales Manager

Marcia Rozell, Tourism Sales Manager

Autumn Shoemaker, Marketing Coordinator

Kendra Dekat, Administrative Assistant/ Service Coordinator

Tourism Topics - August 2013  

What's going on in The Little Apple

Tourism Topics - August 2013  

What's going on in The Little Apple