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July 2012 Volume 12, Issue 7 A publication of the Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau

How Do You Plan to Spend Your Fourth of July? For those in, or coming to The Little Apple速, Thunder Over Manhattan will take place over CiCo Park again this year. There will be live music and fun for the whole family. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, cold sodas and friends, as this is a great wat to celebrate our countries freedom. Find those lawn chairs that let you kick back and see the sky, or you might get a crick in your neck! To stay up to date, look for them on Nearby Randolph hosts a celebration as well, and has plenty of details you can read about from their facebook page, One of the largest fireworks shows in Kansas takes place just down the road in Wamego. They will fire more than 50,000 shells in approximately 30 minutes. You can track updates at Organized activities for the day begin at 9:00 am, and for those just in it for the light show, it's recommended that you be set up no later than 9:00 pm. The show starts at 10:00 pm. For parking, directions, what to bring and more, visit

Real Life Cowboys! The Kaw Valley Rodeo teams up with the Riley County Fair to provide summer entertainment for all ages. July 26, 27 and 28 at 8:00 pm each evening, the Wells Arena in Cico Park will host the rodeo. This is the 37th year in conjunction with the Riley County Fair. Each evening will feature 3 nightly performances, as well as accompanying events. Admission is $10 adults, $4 children. Thursday the 26th is annual Military Family Appreciation Night, and Friday the 27th is Tough Enough to Wear Pink night. For a full schedule of events visit, or call Char Henton at 785-564-1385. This event is sponsored by Briggs Auto Group.

Upcoming Events It’s Fair Season! July 26-30 will bring the Riley County Fair to Cico Park! There are tons of activities, including a pedal tractor pull, fair rides, and the newest eventFair Factor. As always, food vendors will be in full force and offering plenty of tasty treats and traditional fair food. 4-H exhibits and entries will be on display in Pottorf Hall and the adjacent livestock barns. For daily schedules, rental information and further details, visit The Adams Golf Pro Tour spent June 13-16 in Manhattan playing the Colbert Charity Classic. Approximately 80 golfers competed and the Convention and Visitors Bureau helped welcome them all to The Little Apple®!

Outdoors Summit to take place in Manhattan The sixth annual Built Environment and the Outdoors Summit will take place in Manhattan, Oct. 24-26, 2012. Attendees have opportunities to learn about the many resources available to promote healthy and active lifestyles in their communities through enhancements to infrastructure and access. This conference highlights the ways in which the design of a community – where people live, work, learn and play – and the built environment – a community’s design, bikeability and walkability, access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and safety – profoundly affect each community member’s ability to be healthy and active. For information visit the official website and join in our conversation at

Congratulations Harry’s! Prominent magazine, Midwest Living, started their summer with a trip most of us would have loved to participate in- finding the best burgers in the Midwest. Harry’s was one of their winners- with one of 25 top scores out of 130 finalists. Burgers were judged on visual appeal, artisanal buns, how the burger differs from others and more. The complete report card is available with the article at We should also mention that the article contained a list of additional favorites that they just couldn’t leave out- Cozy Inn burgers, homed in Salina but now available in Aggieville also made the list!

Arts in the Park There are three performances for Arts in the Park in July, and an additional set of performances from the Manhattan Municipal Band. Through July 17th, the Municipal Band plays Tuesdays at 7:30 pm in The Larry Norvell Band Shell in City Park. They also will play at the Thunder Over Manhattan celebration in CiCo Park on July 4th. The Little Apple Jazz Festival on July 14th, Saturday, starts at 6:00 pm with activities for the whole family, arts, food and fun in addition to the music! This event sponsored by the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Union Program Council, MWR and local businesses. Musicians include the Panorama Jazz Band from New Orleans, and Watermelon Slim from Oklahoma. Friday, July 27th, Streetside will play at 8:00 pm. This group is comprised of K-State and MHS Alumni performing A Cappella Doo-Wop from the 50’s and 60’s. July 20th, The Benders will perform at 8:00 pm. This 50’s and 60’s group with big hair entertains with show tunes, and comes to Manhattan from Derby, Kansas. Wrapping up the Arts in the Park season is Dougie Maclean. Again at 8:00 pm, Maclean is one of Scotland’s most successful and popular musicians. This will be the second time for Maclean to serenade Manhattan, and a great close to the summer concert series!

4th Annual Brew 2 Shoe This great event on August 4 celebrates anniversaries for two local Manhattan companies; Tallgrass Brewing Company and Manhattan Running Company. This point to point race is a 10K road race beginning at Tallgrass Brewing Co. and ending at Manhattan Running Co. In earlier years there have been as many as 300 runners in this race. Proceeds from the race this year will go to the Boys and Girls Club of Manhattan. There is no parking at Tallgrass, so participants need to be dropped off, or be at Cico Park swimming pool between 5:30 and 6:45 am for the shuttle. Pizza and activities will follow after the race! Register at, or call 785-320-6363 with questions!

Arts in the Park

Nature Exploration Center Grand Opening

Arts in the Park summer concert series in City Park. The Ruth Moody band, performed June 8. She is part of well-known trio, the Wailin’ Jenny’s, who have played Arts in the Park before as well.

On June 3, Sunset Zoo proudly opened the doors to their Nature Exploration Center. This monumental project including new office space, gift shop, ticket booth, classrooms, meeting space and more was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting event, and activities and volunteers set up to introduce visitors to the new space.

Enjoy Manhattan A local unique venue, Prairiewood Retreat & Preserve announces the addition of the Blue Sage Barn to their rental facilities. They are a full retreat property offering facility use for overnight group accommodations and unique options for meetings, weddings, reunions and other gatherings. The Blue Sage Barn is now included as a rental option for guests, in addition to the already established Retreat House. This original equestrian barn has been modernized to include state-of-the-art amenities and details. Prairiewood offers 300 acres of native prairie, restored prairie, wooded riparian valleys and waters of Wildcat Creek to be explored. Visit for photos, and further details about renting the facility.

Wine in the Wild

Sunset Zoo’s Wine in the Wild was held June 2, 2012. VIP guests were given a sneak peak, special tastings and tours of the Nature Exploration Center. This year had the largest turnout the zoo has ever experienced for this event, with nearly 550 attendees.

Kawnivore 100

Kawnivore 100 is a river race between Manhattan and Lawrence. The overnight race tests participants on a river full of turns and sandbars. This was the second year for the eventand was quite a chilly day, as opposed to last year’s 105 degree temps.

Manhattan CVB Steering Committee

Chuck Scott, Chairman Dottie Burgess, Hotel Brad Everett, Hotel Jennifer Fritchen, Hotel Gregg Joyal, Hotel Dave Lewis, Ex-Officio Kelly Loub, Restaurant Curt Loupe, Ex-Officio Meredith McKee, Hotel Teresa Morris, Hotel Wayne Rouse, Entertainment Evan Tuttle, Attraction John Pence, K-State Bernie Haney, Ex-Officio Lynda Spire, Ex-Officio Bob Workman, Ex-Officio

July 2012 Tuesdays thru July 17 Arts in the Park- Manhattan Municipal Band, Larry Norvell Band Shell, City Park, 7:30 Through Aug 12 Temporary Exhibit: The Making of the Flint Hills Discovery Center, Flint Hills Discovery Center, 785-587-2726 Through Sept 1 Quiet Symmetry: The Ceramic Art of Yoshiro Ikeda, Beach Museum of Art, K-State, Tues-Sat 10am-5pm and Sun Noon5pm, 785-532-7718 Every Mon., Road Ride with K-State Cycling Club, 6pm Every Mon., Monday Night Lights River Trails MTB Ride , Sunset Every Tues., Mountain/Cyclocross Bikes Gravel Ride, 6pm Every Wed., River Trails Mountain Bike Rides, 6:30pm Every Wed., Womens-Mountain/ Cyclocross Bikes Gravel Ride, 6pm Every Thurs., River Trails Beginner Mountain Bike Ride, 6pm Every Fri., Friday Night Lights River Trails MTB Ride,Sunset Every Sat., Linear Trail Historical Lifestyle Ride, 9am All bike rides above begin at Big Poppi Bike, 785-537-3737


Manhattan Solar Kiwanis Club Pancake Feed, Pottorf Hall, CiCo Park, 7:30-11am, 785-587-4122


FHDS Bloom Show, Manhattan Town Center,

10-4pm, 785-537-3967 Flint Hills Daylily Festival, Manhattan Town Center, 10am–4pm, 785-539-3500 8-11 K-State Leadership and Auxiliary Camp, McCain Auditorium, K-State, All Day, 785-532-3816 9

8th Anniversary Celebration!, Hibachi Hut


Around the World in 20 Bottles, della Voce, 6-8pm, 785-532-9000

13-15 Rock Springs 4-H Center Family Camps, Riley Conference Center, All Day, 785-257-3221 14

Arts in the Park- The Little Apple Jazz Festival, Larry Norvell Band Shell, City Park, 6pm, 785-587-2757


Tough Enough to Wear Pink, First Presbyterian Church, 5-7:30pm, 785-776-8833 Movie Night, Flint Hills Discovery Center, 785-587-2726



Arts in the Park- The Benders, Larry Norvell Band Shell, City Park, 8pm, 785-587-2757 Kimberly Akimbo, Manhattan Arts Center 7:30-9:30pm, 785-537-4420


Kaw Valley Junior Rodeo , Manhattan Town Center, 1pm, 785-539-3500


Riley County Fair Parade, Poyntz Avenue, Downtown Manhattan, 6-8pm, 785-537-6350 26-28 Kaw Valley Rodeo, Wells Arena, Cico Park, Gates open at 6:30, Performance starts at 8, 785-776-5341 26-29 Summer Sidewalk Sales, Manhattan Town Center, 10am-6pm, 785-539-3500 26-30 Riley County Fair, 785-532-6958 27


Fall vegetable gardening class, Manhattan Public Library, 7pm, 785-537-6350


Go See It! Lecture seriesKayaking and Canoeing in the Flint Hills, Flint Hills Discovery Center, 7pm, 785-587-2726

Upcoming Conferences and Sports to be held in The Little Apple

Arts in the Park- Streetside , Larry Norvell Band Shell, City Park, 8pm, 785-587-2757

27-28 2-Day Wrestling Clinic with Oklahoma Univeristy Head Wrestling Coach Mark Cody, Manhattan Optimist Kids Wrestling Club, 9am-12:30am, 785-527-6367 28

Movie Night, Flint Hills Discovery Center, 785-587-2726

Vision Statement:

Mission Statement:

Destination Manhattan!

To expand the local area economy by attracting visitors.

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Anticipated Attendance Numbers Manhattan Baseball Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .300 NBC U9 Baseball State Championships Kansas Women's Golf Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Women's Amateur Championship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90 National Land Improvement Contractors Association Convention . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100 Manhattan High School Class of 1992 Reunion . . . . . . .200 Jazz Advisory Committee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1,000 Mid America Tournaments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100 Family Reunions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 American Simmental Association Annual Convention .400 US Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Kansas District of Wesleyan Churches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250 Manhattan High School Class of 1987 Reunion . . . . . . .150 Kansas Agriculture Aviation Association/Kansas Seed Industry Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100

Thank you! It says a lot about an event when volunteers ask to come back and work it every year! We are fortunate that community members love Country Stampede as much as we do- it makes getting help easy. We appreciate all the hard working the 17th Annual who help at Stampede, rain or shine. Thank you, to all our returning volunteers, and to all the new ones! Luke Bryan performed Thusrday night at Stampede.

Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff Karen Hibbard

Autumn Shoemaker


Marketing Coordinator

Christy Chase

Kendra Dekat

Convention Sales Manager

Administrative Assistant/ Service Coordinator

Marcia Rozell Tourism Sales Manager

501 Poyntz Avenue Manhattan, KS 66502 (785) 776-8829 (785) 776-0679 fax

July 2012 Tourism Topics newsletter  

July 2012 Tourism Topics Newsletter

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