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June 2014 Volume 14, Issue 6 A publication of the Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau

Kicker Country Stampede Turns 19

Kicker Country Stampede is June 26-29. This annual event has consistently drawn Country Music’s hottest stars to the Stampede stage – entertaining fans and kicking off summer – Manhattan style! Stampede has made history this year by officially selling out of camping for the first time in the 19year history of the festival. Festival organizers are currently surveying the grounds, in anticipation of additional campsites becoming available. To be placed on the waiting list for camping, please sign up here.

"What a milestone! We want to thank the fans for their continued support throughout the years!" said Wayne Rouse, general manager of Kicker Country Stampede. "For the first time, the demand for camping has exceeded the supply! However, we want as many fans to have the opportunity to experience Stampede as possible, so we are looking into ways to accommodate even more folks in future years."

The last day to purchase four-day tickets for $145 or VIP tickets for $565 and reserved seating for $280 is Wednesday, June 25. Also, EZ Pay is available to split your purchase into two equal monthly payments for a limited time. For more information on tickets or for any of your Kicker Country Stampede needs visit or call 800-795-8091.

Party Pit Passes Kicker Country Stampede is giving ticket holders a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see their favorite country stars, including Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Chris Young, Easton Corbin, Randy Houser and more, up close and personal with the newly-added Party Pit. The Party Pit is located directly in front of the main stage, putting fans steps away from their favorite artists during their performances.

CMT is the exclusive national television partner with Kicker Country Stampede. Check out the

live coverage on CMT, and CMT radio.

Stampede fans enjoy Stampede on the festval grounds, campsites as well as Manhattan hotels during this four-day festival. During 2013, Country Stampede welcomed approximately 170, 000 attendees yielding an estimated economic impact on Manhattan of $10.2 million. The Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau is a proud sponsor of Country Stampede. During the festival the CVB runs the Information booth on the festival grounds, welcoming visitors, providing Manhattan information and gathering valuable demographic information. Congratulations Kicker Country Stampede on years of success in bringing visitors to The Little Apple®!

June is bursting all over at the Sunset Zoo

Summer is here and activity is bursting at Sunset Zoo. June 7th is the annual crowd favorite, Wine in the Wild, hosted by the Friends of Sunset Zoo. Tickets are required. This after-hours fundraiser offers unique wine and food pairings throughout the park. Guests will enjoy live music and live animal encounters all evening long. This year’s event will unveil Phase II of the John Woodward Memorial Gibbons Exhibit featuring beautiful outdoor space and an upper viewing plaza. Is your calendar too full to make this event? Brew at the Zoo, another great fundraiser for Sunset Zoo, is August 22.

Get wild with Dad when you celebrate Father’s Day at Sunset Zoo on Sunday, June 15th from 9:30 – 5. Dads get in free with a paid child’s admission. Make a great memory together as you learn about hundreds of animals around the world and the different ways conservation efforts are being made to help many of these species. Keep in mind that Sunset Zoo is the perfect place to have a picnic with Dad!

Saturday, June 21st, Mercy Regional Health Care will raise awareness about the benefits of exercising with the annual 5K Wild Run at Sunset Zoo. To register for this fun, fit event, contact Amber at, 785-587-5469.

Arts in the Park ... the tradition continues

One of Manhattan’s many traditions is relaxing on a summer evening in beautiful City Park, enjoying the talent on the stage at Arts in the Park. This free summer concert series began in May, kicking off summer entertainment on Friday evenings through August 15th. Friday, June 6th the delightful Wailin’ Jennys will take the stage. This Canadian music group is often featured on the American Public Media program as well as A Prairie Home Companion.

Friday, June 13, The Big Time Grain Company, Country Western Rock group will perform and Friday, June 27, the 1st Infantry Division Band takes the stage. These Friday, June performances all begin at 8:00 p.m. in the Larry Norvell Band Shell in City Park. Seating is available, or bring bring your own comfy lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy a great summer evening.

The Manhattan Municipal Band concerts are held on Wednesdays: June 10, 17, 24, and July 1 beginning at 7:30.

For a complete listing of the Arts in the Park Schedule go to

Look who’s coming to the Flint Hills Discovery Center!

It’s summer, the perfect time to invite friends, visitors and family to get out and explore! Your exploration of the Flint Hills begins at the Flint Hills Discovery Center! The Flint Hills Discovery Center explores the geology, biology, and cultural history of the Flint Hills in a fun and fascinating way. Guaranteed to entertain and educate visitors of every age, the multi-media experience, interactive exhibits, outdoor terrace and temporary exhibits call you to explore time and time again.

Beginning June 14 and running through September 14, the Ice Age Imperials Exhibition will provide a rare opportunity for visitors to “touch” the Ice Age. Millions of years ago mastodon’s roamed this region. With this new temporary exhibit at the Flint Hills Discovery Center you will be able to interact with real fossils from these ancient animals such as the saber-toothed cat, woolly mammoth, giant sloth, dire wolf, and giant beaver. You won’t believe seeing the teeth from the huge Ice Age bear making the ice age come alive to you like never before.

Did you ever wonder how glaciers formed and moved? Did you know that during the Ice Age, ice covered this place we call home? Graphic displays, 3-D Mastodon puzzle, a History of the Earth timeline complete with fossils from more than one million to 500 million years ago will help you understand the Ice Age.

Flint Hills Discovery Center – the perfect place to begin your summer adventure! For more information on the Flint Hills Discovery Center activities go to:

Look who’s Meeting in Manhattan

June 5-7 Manhattan welcomes the Kansas Lions to The Little Apple®. Over 300 Lions will attend the State Convention, headquartering at the Four Points by Sheraton. Special Guest for the State Convention will be the International President Barry Palmer and his wife Ann, visiting Manhattan all the way from Australia! One of the many highlights of the Lions State Convention will be the performance of the Kansas Lions Band, made up of approxiamently 200 plus students from across the state of Kansas on Saturday June 7th, 9:30 a.m. at Manhattan City Auditorium.

National River Trails Celebration

Summer means water fun. Looking for a new way to enjoy the water? Did you know that the Kansas River (fondly referred to as The Kaw river) is one of the world’s longest prairie rivers, offering the outdoor enthusiast scenic and recreational opportunities?

Enjoy the river by celebrating National River Trails Day on Saturday, June 14th. No need to worry if you don’t have a boat or kayak. Tuttle Creek State Park has rentals available at $20 for the day. Rise and shine as folks will gather at 9 a.m. at the boat ramp at Highway 24 – launching at 10 a.m. St. George is the take out site. It’s a great way to spend a sunny summer day! Pack your own lunch to eat along the riverbank. Give aways will be bottled water and sunscreen. Plan to enjoy this four hour float trip on Saturday, June 14th. For more information and to register please call Tuttle Creek State Park at 785-539-7941.

Bike Across Kansas Breaks in The Little Apple®

Biking across Kansas (BAK) is an annual, eight-day, bicycle tour across the state of Kansas. This year, BAK’s route begins in the Southwest corner of Kansas at Elkart with bike wheels pointed to the Northeast Corner of Kansas at Highland. Total trip is 547 miles.

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. as BAK participants will be riding into Manhattan, specifically the Blue Earth Plaza, right outside the doors of the Flint Hills Discovery Center, for a water stop. We encourage you to come welcome the riders to The Little Apple®, as they rest and prepare for the rest of their biking day. Their overnight destination is Wamego on Day 5, of a 85 mile day. The Manhattan CVB is pumped to have our very own, Marcia Rozell, Tourism Sales Manager, participating in BAK for the second year in a row. Don’t you agree – she has the perfect way to get out of the office?!

BAK promotes health and wellness through bicycling, as participants enjoy the history and beauty of the Kansas landscape, and the warm hospitality of the Kansas towns and people. For more information on this great summertime tradition, 40 years strong, go to And yes, BAK happens rain or shine!

Manhattan is also pleased to welcome the National Walnut Council to The Little Apple®. This is the first time for this national group, which encompasses 12 states to meet in Manhattan. The National Walnut Council will be utilizing the Four Points by Sheraton hotel during their stay. Maintaining a regional focus, the group will enjoy tours of Abilene, KS visiting the Walnet Grove and dinner at the Brookville Hotel. Manhattan tours will include the KS Wheat Commission, KSU Gardens, and the Flint Hills Discovery Center during this annual conference.

The Walnut Council is a science based organization that encourages research, discussion, and application of knowledge about growing hardwood trees. This international association represents nearly 900 woodland owners, foresters, forest scientists, and wood-producing industry representatives. They promote sustainable forest management, conservation, reforestation, and utilization of American black walnut (Juglans nigra) and other fine hardwoods. Manhattan welcomes the over 200 attendees to the National Walnut Council Meeting!

All Roads lead to Manhattan

Nothing says America quite like that of a great road trip. Manhattan will be hosting many car clubs this year as they travel through The Little Apple®, as well as working with future car groups mapping their trips for 2015.

Good Guys, features model cars from 1972 and older. Their journey begins in Pleaston, CA and ends in Ft. Worth, TX with stops in Nebraska and Kansas. Over 100 participants will stop in Manhattan, to enjoy the Flint Hills Discovery Center and then journey south of Manhattan on Hwy 177 along the National Scenic Flint Hills Byway this September.

Plans are underway to host the Oakland Pontiac Worldwide Car Club in June 2015, currently with 45 Pontiac car buffs participating. Rolling into Manhattan in the fall of 2015 will be the Contemporary Historical Vehicle Association as they travel along on the Victory Highway Tour (following old Highway 40) with over 80 participates enjoying the ride.

Through July 12 MAC Watercolor Studio Exhibit Manhattan Arts Center 785-537-4420 Through July 21 MAC Oils Studio Exhibit Manhattan Arts Center 785-537-4420 Through September 14 Ice Age Imperials Exhibition Flint Hills Discovery Center 785-587-2726 3 Preschoolers in the Flint Hills (ages 4-5): Herbs of the World Flint Hills Discovery Center 1:00-2:00 PM 785-587-2726 3 Manhattan Municipal Band Concert Larry Norvell Band Shell, City Park 7:30-8:30 PM 785-532-3816 6 Arts in the Park: The Wailin' Jennys Larry Norvell Band Shell, City Park 8:00 PM 785-587-2757 6-8 Singing in the Rain Columbian Theatre, Museum & Art Center, Wamego Fri. & Sat. 7:30 PM; Sun. 2:00 PM 785-456-2029 7 9th Annual Autism Spectrum Disorders Workshop K-State Student Union 8:30 AM-3:45 PM 785-313-3821 7 Downtown Manhattan Weenie Dog Races & Paws on Poyntz Downtown Manhattan 8:00 AM-1:00 PM 785-537-9683 7 Feast of the Fields 7280 Zeandale Rd 5:30 PM-Dusk 785-456-9201 7 Friends of Sunset Zoo's Wine in the Wild Sunset Zoo 6:00 PM VIP Reception; 7:00 PM General Admission 785-587-2730 7 BirdHouse Music: The Special Consensus Manhattan Arts Center 7:30-9:30 PM 785-537-4420

June 2014

8 Manhattan Area Garden Tour K-State Gardens 1:00-5:00 PM 785-537-6350

19 Go See It! Lecture Series: Flint Hills Geocaching Flint Hills Discovery Center 7:00 PM 785-587-2726

9-13 LASC Community Development Soccer Camp Anneberg Park 6:00-8:00 PM 785-341-3753

20-21 Manhattan Experimental Theater Workshop Manhattan Arts Center 7:30-9:30 PM 785-537-4420

10 Preschoolers in the Flint Hills (ages 4-5): All Aboard Flint Hills Discovery Center 1:00-2:00 PM 785-587-2726

21 Footsteps in the Flint Hills (ages 6-8): Mammoths and More Flint Hills Discovery Center 10:00 AM-12:00 PM 785-587-2726

10 Manhattan Municipal Band Concert Larry Norvell Band Shell, City Park 7:30-8:30 PM 785-532-3816 12 K-State Music Camp Concert All Faiths Chapel Auditorium, K-State 6:30-8:30 PM 785-532-3816 13 Arts in the Park: The Big Time Grain Company Larry Norvell Band Shell, City Park 8:00 PM 785-587-2757 13-15 Singing in the Rain Columbian Theatre, Museum & Art Center, Wamego Fri. & Sat. 7:30 PM; Sun. 2:00 PM 785-456-2029 15 Father's Day Sunset Zoo 9:30 AM-5:00 PM 785-587-2730 17 Preschoolers in the Flint Hills (ages 4-5): Round Them Up Flint Hills Discovery Center 1:00-2:00 PM 785-587-2726 17 Manhattan Municipal Band Concert Larry Norvell Band Shell, City Park 7:30-8:30 PM 785-532-3816 19 Inaugural Homecare & Hospice Charity Golf Tournament Colbert Hills Golf Course 2:00 AM-7:00 PM 785-537-0688

23-24 Auditions: The Rocky Horror Show Manhattan Arts Center 7:00-9:00 PM 785-537-4420 24 Preschoolers in the Flint Hills (ages 4-5): Ice Age Fossils Flint Hills Discovery Center 1:00-2:00 PM 785-587-2726 24 Manhattan Municipal Band Concert Larry Norvell Band Shell, City Park 7:30-8:30 PM 785-532-3816 26-29 Kicker Country Stampede Country Music Festival Tuttle Creek State Park 800-795-8091 27 Back Porch Blues Band Black Jack Hills Recreation Area, St. George 8:00 PM 785-494-2707 27 Arts in the Park: 1st Infantry Division Band Larry Norvell Band Shell, City Park 8:00 PM 785-587-2757 28 Third Annual MAC Dance Attack Manhattan Arts Center 7:30-9:30 PM 785-537-4420 30 Adventure Camp (Grades K-2): Epoch Animals Flint Hills Discovery Center Half-Day or Full-Day 785-587-2726

Upcoming Conferences, Sports and Special Events in The Little Apple ÂŽ

Anticipated Attendance Numbers


Conferences/Meetings/Reunions 1

American Legion Boys State ......................................................1,000


Pilot Club International Austism Workshop ..............................200




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Kansas Lions Annual State Convention ......................................300

National Walnut Council Meeting................................................200

Kansas County Treasurer's Association Annual Conference..125 Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom Connecting Your Classroom to Kansas Agriculture

Kansas Society of Professional Engineers Annual Conference150 Farmers Bank and Trust Bank Group Tour...................................50

Kansas Association of Airports Workshop ................................100

Omaha Council of Garden Clubs Group Tour of Gardens ...100

Sporting Events 7

Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department .........................300


Bike Across Kansas Annual Bike Ride..........................................900

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USSSA Girl's Fastpitch - 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, 18U

Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department1 .........................50 ASA girls fastpitch softball tournament

Pastime Baseball Tournaments ......................................................100

Special Events 3


4-H Discovery Days ........................................................................700

Juneteenth ..........................................................................................200

Manhattan CVB Steering Committee

Kelly Loub, Chair, Dining Kara Cox, Hotel Evan Grier, Dining Bernie Haney, Youth/Sports Todd Holmberg, Entertainment/KSU Gregg Joyal, Hotel Meredith McKee, Hotel Terry Olson, Retail Wayne Rouse, Entertainment

Evan Tuttle, Attraction Jeff Wolfe, Meeting Planner/ KSU Ex-Officio Members Eddie Estes, City of Manhattan Lyle Butler, Chamber President Karen McCulloh, City Commissioner

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

Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff Karen Hibbard, Director

Christy Chase, Convention Sales Manager

Marcia Rozell, Tourism Sales Manager

Kendra Dekat, Administrative Assistant/ Service Coordinator

Tourism Topics - June 2014  

June in The Little Apple, Country Stampede, Bike across Kansas, Father's Day at Sunset Zoo, Ice Age at the Flint Hills Discovery Center

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