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May 2012 Volume 12, Issue 5 A publication of the Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau

Celebrating Travel and Tourism! The Kansas Sampler Festival will be celebrated in Liberal, Kansas. This year will kick off National Tourism Week in Kansas, recognized the first full week in May, or the 5th-13th of May 2012. National Tourism Week was established in 1984 ascommunities gather in statewide festivals all across the country to celebrate and hold events in honor of the tourism industry. The Kansas Sampler Festival, held May 5th and 6th this year, is designed to bring communities, attractions, and guests from all over the state to proudly display to the public what possibilities await discovery in Kansas. The sampling of activities includes information on hiking, landmarks, historic sites, and restaurants- from local to off the beaten path, performance centers, specialty shops, Kansas events and much much more. The Sampler Festival rotates around Kansas, so if you missed this year, keep an eye on their website, for a future date near you! U.S. Travel has announced a year-long ‘Vote Travel’ campaign in an effort to raise the industry’s profile nationwide. Travel contributes $1.9 trillion to the American economy annually, and supports 14.4 million American jobs. To vote for travel and show your support, visit!

Join us as we participate in the Rand McNally and USA TODAY campaign! Rand McNally and USA TODAY have teamed up to create a community of road travelers reviewing the best stops on America’s highways and byways, from small towns to the points of interest in and between them–the Best of the Road. Votes are collected for the small towns folks think they should visit. Rand McNally and USA TODAY then send amateur travelers across the country exploring the Best Small Towns in America naming the Most Beautiful, Most Patriotic, Friendliest, Most Fun, and Best Small Town for Food with blogs, photos, reviews and videos to take you on the journey from wherever you are. We think Manhattan could be any of these things! Help us out by visiting, searching Manhattan KS., and voting once every 24 hours for Manhattan! We only have until May 15!

Culture It’s Arts, in the Park! The City of Manhattan has released the 2012 Arts in the Park Schedule! The first show begins June 1, at 8:00 pm with the White Ghost Shivers from Austin Texas. Other groups will bring steel bands, bluegrass, jazz, and international flair to the Larry Norvell Band Shell throughout the summer months. Concerts are subject to change due to weather or other circumstances. Check out the full schedule at Between now and June 1st, go get yourselves some lawn chairs or a blanket, mark your calnedars and plan to enjoy Arts in the Park. All events are free!

Crafty Seniors Grandma’s knitting, grandpa’s woodworkingthere’s nothing else like it! From Thursday, May 10 to Saturday, May 12, local senior citizens will set up shop in the Manhattan Town Center. The event will run 10:00 am- 6:00 pm. Items for sale will be set up in the Picnic Place. Call 785-539-3500 for more details.

The Columbian Theatre Presents: Guys and Dolls, May 11-13 and May 19. Performance times are as follows: Friday: 7:30 pm Saturday: 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm Sunday: 2:00 pm This musical is based on short stories and set in New York in the 30’s. It’s a romantic musical comedy that follows two gamblers, Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit. Tickets are $15 for a show ticket, $20 for table seating. Funny Business This play has low morale, office workers, an inappropriate office manager, a guitar-playing intern, pink slips, and Canadians. You can see it at the Columbian Theatre in nearby Wamego Saturday, May 19, at 7:30 pm. Please call 785-456-2029, e mail, or visit for more information, including directions.

Congratulations K-State Graduates! Kansas State University will hold commencement ceremonies May 11 & 12. Friday, May 11 will be the graduate school and Veterinary Medicine ceremonies, and undergraduate commencements will take place on Saturday. For ceremony times, and live streaming visit

Stampede to the Phone! Now entering its 17th year (can you believe it?), the Affiliated Foods Midwest Country Stampede will be held June 21-24 this year. The Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau will again host an information booth at the festival, as well as conduct surveys that strive to create a better stampede in the future. More than 150,000 visitors attend the 4-day Country Stampede. If you would be interested in volunteering for a portion of the event, contact us! Call 785-776-8829, or email to volunteer.

Agricultural History Society Come to Manhattan A series of acts passed in the spring of 1862, including the Homestead Act, paved the way for an international society that will meet for the first time in Manhattan this summer. The Agricultural History Society exists to “to promote the interest, study and research in the history of agriculture." This conference of rapproximately 175 attendees will include representation of 17 countries. Scholars, professional historians, and professors who study everything from the history of World’s Fairs, to South African horses to sugar plantations in the Bahamas will be in attendance. The 2012 focus is on agriculture in the state. The conferemce will be held at the Manhattan Conference Center, June 6-9. They will enjoy field trips to the Flint Hills Discovery Center, Konza Prairie, the Land Institute in Salina, an architectural walking tour of K-State campus, and a canoe float down the Kaw River. The Manhattan CVB welcomes the Agricultural History Society to The Little Apple®.

Tee Time The Feature Course for Adams Golf Pro Tour Series will be our very own Colbert Hills! The 18-hole course is lauded by the tour series, which allows pro golfers to hone their skills and also uses events to raise thousands of dollars for charity. Colbert Hills will be a new location for the tour. According to, “The Adams Golf Pro Tour Series is open to any professional or amateur golfer who is 17 years of age or older.” Registration is available on the website under tournament schedule. Play for Colbert’s is scheduled for June 11-16. A majority of registration fees go into the purse for each tournament.

Upcoming Events


Grab your friends and head up the hill to McCain Auditorium for the Taste of Home Cooking School. This is an interactive event hosted by culinary expert Jamie Dunn, demonstrating 10 new recipes that are easy for you to take home and recreate. Tickets are $10-$25, and all attendees will leave with a gift bag including products, coupons, and two Taste of Home magazines. VIP ticket holders will receive an autographed, hardcover Taste of Home Dessert cookbook.

Beautiful Day for Baseball

More information can be found at, through their Facebook or Twitter pages, and by contacting Susan Trafton at 785-823-1111, or

22nd Annual Yard Art Classics Show Love antiques? Classics? Collectibles, modern vehicles, crafts, and BBQ cook offs? Even if you only love one of those categories, you should head out to Tuttle Creek State Park Saturday, May 12, for the 22nd Annual Car Show, hosted by the Yard Art Classics Car Club. Registration takes place from 8:00 am to noon, and judging from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Awards are given at 3:00 pm and registration is $15.00. Call 785-341-7302 for details.

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Sunset Zoo

As high schools across Kansas wrap up their baseball and softball seasons, they give it their all, hoping to make it to Manhattan to play for a state championship. We, are proud to host the regional winners as they battle for 3A state high school baseball and softball championships! The Northeast Kansas Officials Association directs the baseball tournament, and game play starts Friday May 25 at 11:00 am, in Tointon Family Stadium. Semi-final games and championships will be played Saturday, May 26. The Manhattan Parks and Recreation sponsor the softball tournament with games played at Twin Oaks complex beginning Friday evening, May 25 and semi-final and championship games on Saturday, May 26. The softball contact is Ryan McKee at 785-587-2757.

Aside from using this as a reminder to pick up a Mother’s Day card… use it as a great outing on Sunday, May 13th! Mothers will receive free admission to the zoo with a paid $2 child’s admission. Child admission is 12 and under. Zoo hours are 9:30 am-5:00 pm. Contact Ella Casey at 785-587-2737 if you have questions about events at Sunset Zoo.

Interested in volunteering for Baseball? Contact the CVB. Ticket-taker positions are open at any of 5 time slots throughout the day. Shifts are two hour increments between 9:30 am and 7:30 pm. Saturday’s shifts begin at 8:30 am and end at 6:30 pm. Call 785-776-8829, or email

A Special After-Hours Event

Get On Your Bikes and RIDE!

Sunset Zoo presents their annual Wine in the Wild Event! The date has been set as Saturday, June 2 from 6:30-9:00 pm, guests are invited to join zoo staff and the animals for a relaxing and beautiful evening of hand-selected wines, paired hors d’ouevres, live music and good company. Ticket information will be released closer to the date, so keep an eye on our calendar at for those details to be posted, or, Congratulations to Emily Chapman, the winner of the latest CVB giveaway! Emily attended the Great Escapes expo at Fort Riley in March. A collaborative effort celebrating Manhattan the K-State Insect Zoo, Sunset Zoo, Manhattan Parks and Recreation, Tuttle Creek State Park and the Flint Hills Discovery Center represented Manhattan. Emily won a “My Kansas” book, perfect for her collection which includes a descriptive piece from each town her family lives in. Emily’s husband serves in the military.

In addition to all the other fun outdoor activities that are going on, Big Poppi Bicycle Co is hosting bike rides nearly every night of the week! Grab your bikes, grab your kids, your wife, your friends, or go solo for some soothing sounds of evenings in Manhattan. Trail lengths and difficulties vary, but most rides begin at Big Poppi’s in Aggieville, and are led either by K-State cycling team members, or Big Poppi staff. For the calendar, visit Manhattan CVB Steering Committee Chuck Scott, Sports Dottie Burgess, Hotel Brad Everett, Hotel Jennifer Fritchen, Hotel Gregg Joyal, Hotel Dave Lewis, Entertainment Kelly Loub, Restaurant Curt Loupe, Attraction Meredith McKee, Hotel Teresa Morris, Hotel

Wayne Rouse, Entertainment Evan Tuttle, Attraction John Pence, Meeting Facility Bernie Haney, Ex-Officio Sports Lynda Spire, Ex-Officio Meeting Facility Bob Workman, Ex-Officio Attraction

May 2012 10-12 Crafty Seniors Craft Show, Manhattan Town Center, 10 pm-6 pm, 785-539-3500 11 K-State Graduate Commencement, K-State Campus K-State Baseball vs. KU, Tointon Stadium, 6:30pm, 800-221-2287 11-13 Big XII Track and Field Championships, R.V. Christian Track Complex, All Day, 800-221-2287 12 GIVE IT UP FOR GOOD, K-State United Way, 8-Noon, 785-776-3779 KCBS Sanctioned BBQ Cook-Off, Tuttle Creek State Park, 8am-3pm, 785-539-2202 Women on Target, Fancy Creek Area, Tuttle Creek State Park, 785-456-2593 K-State Commencement, K-StateCampus Yard Art Classics Car Club Car Show, Tuttle Creek State Park, 8am3pm, 785-539-0297 K-State Baseball vs. KU, Tointon Stadium, 6:30pm, 800-221-2287 13 Mother's Day, Sunset Zoo, 9:30am-5pm, 785-587-2737 K-State Baseball vs. KU, Tointon Stadium, 6:30pm, 800-221-2287

18-20 Funny Business, Columbian Theatre, Museum & Art Center, Wamego, Fri&Sat 7:30pm; Sun. 2pm, 785-456-2029

25-27 Manhattan High School Class of 1957 Class Reunion, Holiday Inn at the Campus, 913-851-2847

19 Laughing Matters: Juggling Workshop, Manhattan Arts Center 2:30-3:30pm, 785-537-4420 Laughing Matters, Manhattan Arts Center, 4pm, 785-537-4420

29-6/1 4-H Youth Manhattan Discovery Days, K-State Campus, All Day, 785-532-5800

22 Tuesday Talks in the Gardens-Stop and Smell the Roses, K-State Gardens, 12:15-12:45pm, 785-532-3271

31-6/2 75th Flint Hills Rodeo, Flint Hills Rodeo Arena, 8pm, 620-342-1803

24 Taste of Home Cooking School, McCain Auditorium, K-State, 5pm, 785-823-1111 25-26 3A High School State Softball Championships, Twin Oaks Complex, Anneberg Park, 785-587-2757 25-26 3A High School State Baseball, Tointon Stadium, 785-776-8829

Upcoming Conferences and Sports to be held in The Little Apple® May . . . . .Anticipated Attendance Numbers • 2 Kansas State University Applied Statistics in Agriculture Annual Conference . . . . . . . . . . .150 • 5 Kansas Women's Bowling Assoc. . . . . . . . . . . .200 • 15 Big XII Outdoor Track & Field Championships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1,870 • 13 Yard Art Classics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250 • 16 North Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 • 16 D.M. Montague CTA and Assoc. . . . . . . . . . . .48 • 25 Manhattan High School Class of 1957 . . . . . . . . Reunion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100 • 26 White City Alumni . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250 • 26 Manhattan High School Class of 1967 . . . . . . . . Reunion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100 • 26 Kansas State High School Activities Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .300 • 27 Manhattan High School Class of 1972 Reunion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200 • 30 Kansas Future Farmers of America Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1,500

Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff

25-27 Manhattan High School Class of 1972 25-27 Manhattan High School Class of 1967 Reunion, Holiday Inn at the Campus, 785-537-1514

Karen Hibbard

Autumn Shoemaker


Marketing Coordinator

Christy Chase Convention Sales Manager

Marcia Rozell Tourism Sales Manager

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


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Destination Manhattan!

To expand the local area economy by attracting visitors.

Tourism Topics May 2012  

Tourism Topics May 2012