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hether you prefer to enjoy the magic of Kansas’ wide open spaces from a balloon in the endless blue sky or planted somewhere on the ground, there’s something here to capture every interest. The south central Kansas region is rich in history, culture, art and people eager to share it with visitors. Come and explore our vibrant communities — each one with a unique character and story to tell. If you close your eyes, you can almost hear the hoofbeats that once pounded the soil along the Chisholm Trail. Many museums, attractions and festivals across the region tell the story of Kansas’ role in the Old West as well as each town’s unique heritage. As you wander through our communities, you’ll find a variety of experiences, from art galleries and festivals to exotic animals and stone bridges. Enjoy our downtown streets where you will find an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants you won’t see anywhere else. Whether you are here for an afternoon or a weekend or lucky enough to call south central Kansas home, welcome!

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Table of Contents Barber County . ........... 6 Butler County ............. 8 Cowley County .......... 12 Harper County .......... 24 Harvey County .......... 25 Marion County .......... 27 McPherson County .... 32 Pratt County ............. 32 Reno County ............. 36 Rice County . ............. 37 Sumner County ......... 38


Barber County Events

Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty www.peacetreaty.org September 25, 26, 27, 2015

The Re-enactment of the Signing of the Treaty of 1867 showcases the stories of the “Discovery, Exploration, and Settlement” of the Great Plains region. Scenes include Coronado, Lewis & Clark, and Pike and the pioneers moving across the prairie in covered wagons. Descendants of the five Southern Plains Tribes will present a Pow Wow, and perform in the Pageant and the daily historical parades. Medicine Lodge Historical Night Show will re-enact the Bank Robbery, the posse, and the Saloon scene, that Carry A. Nation bounds in to shake up the fun!

Kansas Championship Ranch Rodeo www.peacetreaty.org September 25 & 26, 2015

Host to a competition of Kansas Ranches; events are like real working cowboys day working on their ranches: Ranch Bronc riding, Branding, Doctoring, Penning, and the crowd favorite, Wild Cow Milking! Champions qualify for the Working Ranch Cowboys Association’s World Championship Ranch Rodeo.

Attractions Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway www.ksbyways.com

Beautiful scenery begins flowing through the high, flat topped buttes and steep canyons and vistas, brightened by the dark green cedars in the rich iron red soil. This Byway challenges all ideas that Kansas is flat! Imagine exploring the hills where the buffalo once roamed and Native Americans hunted! 6


Carry A. Nation Home

www.stockademuseum.com In Medicine Lodge, Carry A. Nation lived when she began her “fight against liquor”! She worked hard to uphold her belief (and the law): liquor was illegal! Visit the Stockade Museum next door, and explore the history of Southern Kansas. You will find a great example of “life on the Plains” in the Old Smith Log Cabin!

Accommodations The Bunkhouse Bed & Breakfast At Wildfire Ranch 1374 NE Goldenrod Medicine Lodge, KS 67104 620-739-4788 www.bunkhouseatwildfireranch.com

A bed and breakfast with a rustic setting. On top of a hill, in a pasture, on open range, we have a view. Our motto: Sunrise, Sunset and Serenity. A peaceful getaway in the Gypsum Hills 10 miles north of Medicine Lodge.

Bunkhouse Bed & Breakfast at Wildfire Ranch

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Butler County Accommodations Deer Grove RV Park

2873 SE US Hwy 54 El Dorado, KS 67042 Office: 316-321-6272 Fax: 316-322-7785 Open daily 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. www.deergrovervpark.com Come stay for a few days at our quiet campground. While you are here, you can visit local attractions. If you just want to hang out, we have free cable and Wi-Fi for your enjoyment. There are plenty of eating establishments, a golf course, state lake and trails close by.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites 3100 W. El Dorado Ave. El Dorado, KS 67042 316-322-7275

The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in El Dorado offers comfortable accommodations with access to the history of America’s heartland. We provide our guests with premium amenities, including a relaxing whirlpool spa and heated indoor pool. We also offer a fitness center for all your exercise needs. Visit us soon!

Businesses Augusta Chamber of Commerce 112 E. 6th Ave. Augusta, KS 67010 316-775-6339 Open Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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and more when you come to Augusta! The Historic Red Brick District is a lovely place to shop, attend special events and experience the community’s historic beginnings. Augusta also has close proximity to some of America’s most beautiful rolling plains and walking paths.

El Dorado Convention & Visitors Bureau 220 E. First Ave. El Dorado, KS 67042 316-321-9100 jcook@city.eldoks.com ELDOKS.com

Shhhhh…. The best kept secret destination is right here in Butler County. The El Dorado Convention and Visitors Bureau would like to invite you to discover all our community has to offer! With the largest State Park system in our backyard, a wide variety of art and history museums, and a vibrant downtown full of shopping and dining; the perfect day trip or weekend get-away awaits you here in El Dorado! El Dorado offers a lively year round calendar of events such as Oktoberfest, Frontier Western Celebration and Storm the Dam to name a few. Check out our website at: ELDOKS.com for more information and our event calendar.

El Dorado State Park

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Walters’ Pumpkin Patch 10001 NW 77 Hwy Burns, KS 66840 316-320-4150

Open third week in September through October 31st. Daily 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., except Sundays 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. “Where Fall Begins.” The Walters’ Farm utilizes 73 acres of attractions to educate and entertain during the fall. Come shop our gift shop or eat in our Pumpkin Seed Café. We harvest memories!

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142 N Main El Dorado, KS 67042 316-452-5200 Monday - Friday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Home to Sweet 120 Gourmet Chocolates & Chocolate Popcorn, Dilly Deli fresh made sandwiches featuring Yoder Meats and the Hump Day Cupcake, and BrewCo. Coffeehouse premium coffee drinks served hot, iced or blended. Call about party room rental space too!

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Galleries/Museums Coutts Museum of Art

110 N. Main Street El Dorado, KS 67042 316-321-1212 www.facebook.com/couttsmuseum Tuesday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday Noon – 4 p.m. Free Admission The Coutts features three floors of quality fine art, exhibited in a newly renovated, historic 1920’s building in downtown El Dorado. A collection of art and sculptures from around the world. Includes a complete collection of Frederic Remington bronzes, and the second largest collection of Prairie Printmakers work in the country.

Coutts Museum of Art

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Kansas Oil Museum

383 E. Central El Dorado, KS 67042 316-321-9333 www.kansasoilmuseum.org Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday noon – 5 p.m. Call for additional hours Indoor galleries and 10 acres of outdoor exhibits showcase the beauty and history of the Flint Hills and describe the landmark discovery of the El Dorado oilfields. Tour the 1920s-era boomtown, visit our free research library to explore family and local history, or reserve our conference room for special events.

Cowley County Businesses Cowley County

22193 Tupper St., Strother Field Industrial Park Winfield, KS 67156 620-221-9951 or 620-442-3094 visit.cowleycounty.org cowleyfirst@cowleycounty.org Wildly relaxing is the best way to describe Cowley County. Hiking, biking, hunting and fishing are just a few ways to relax in the Flint Hills. Gorgeous driving routes through charming rural communities take you to 18 stone-arch bridges and historical locations. Shopping and dining will complete your day.

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Arkansas City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau 106 S. Summit Arkansas City, KS 67005 620-442-0230 cts@arkcitychamber.org arkcitychamber.org

Visit our hometown and take in the rich history of Kansas as well as the unique architecture that makes Arkansas City special. From downtown tours to hiking and biking trails, our great outdoors will satisfy any enthusiast. Spend an afternoon or a weekend and see for yourself.

Arkansas City

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Winfield

Winfield Convention and Tourism 123 E. 9th Ave., Winfield, KS 67156 877-729-7440 VisitWinfield.com tourism@winfieldpartners.org

Visit Winfield, the quintessential Kansas town! Take a stroll amid historic buildings and beautiful flowers downtown, or along the tree-lined streets and lush gardens in Winfield’s beautiful neighborhoods. Enjoy eating at one of the unique, locally-owned restaurants after shopping Winfield’s one-of-a-kind stores. Make Winfield your next travel destination!

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Attractions and Recreation Murals of Winfield

123 E. 9th Ave., Winfield, KS 67156 877-729-7440 VisitWinfield.com tourism@winfieldpartners.org Well-known as the “Mural Capital of Kansas,” Winfield boasts 15 murals located throughout town. Stop by the Convention and Tourism office to pick up a brochure featuring the murals and take a self-guided walking tour.

Historic and Caton Homes

123 E. 9th Ave., Winfield, KS 67156 877-729-7440 VisitWinfield.com tourism@winfieldpartners.org With the assistance of helpful brochures from the Winfield Convention and Visitors Tourism office, take a self-guided driving tour of the many beautiful historic, Victorian and Caton homes located throughout the town.

Kansas Vietnam Memorial Wall Memorial Park 401 E. 9th Street Winfield, KS 67156 VisitWinfield.com

A replica of Washington, DC’s Memorial, the Kansas Vietnam War Memorial in Winfield lists 777 Kansas servicemen and nurses who lost their lives or are missing in action from the Vietnam War.

Winfield City Lake

141st Rd., 8 miles north of Winfield 620-221-5635 Winfieldks.org Winfield City Lake offers excellent outdoor recreation. 15


Winfield Fairgrounds 1105 W. 9th Ave. Winfield, KS 67156 620-221-5525 Winfieldks.org

Camp along the banks of the Walnut River among the deer, wild turkey, and other wildlife native to South Central Kansas. Enjoy quiet and solitude, just minutes from downtown Winfield. The Winfield Fairgrounds offers a variety of amenities and facilities to make your stay fun and comfortable.

Quail Ridge Golf Course 3805 Quail Ridge Drive Winfield, KS 67156 620-221-5645 Golfquailridgeonline.com

Graves Drug Soda Fountain and Gift Shop 212 S. Summit Street Arkansas City, KS 67005 620-442-2300 www.gravesdrug.com

Cambridge Cabin

8610 281st Rd. Cambridge, KS 67023 620-221-9951 or 620-442-3094 visit.cowleycounty.org cowleyfirst@cowleycounty.org Open 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset A reconstructed cabin located 3 miles north of Cambridge on the original site of a log cabin built in 1872 by a doctor, his wife and children, and his brother. Free and open to the public year-round, enjoy this quaint stop while seeking out the nearby stone-arch bridges.

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Cowley County Stone Arch Bridges Rural Cowley County 620-221-9951 or 620-442-3094 visit.cowleycounty.org cowleyfirst@cowleycounty.org

Constructed in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the 18 stone arch bridges that dot the back roads of Cowley County are a local treasure. Enjoy a self-guided tour by downloading a map at visit.cowleycounty.org or contact the tourism specialists at the Arkansas City or Winfield chambers, or Cowley First.

Waterfall at Cowley State Fishing Lake 20467 US Hwy 166 Dexter, KS 67038 620-876-5730 visit.cowleycounty.org cowleyfirst@cowleycounty.org

Named the 10th Most Beautiful Waterfall in the U.S. by Yahoo Travel, the waterfall is a must see for any visitor. Located on 130 acres of prime hunting grounds and boasting an 84 acre lake for fishing; recreation opportunities abound for any outdoor enthusiast.

Dining Daisy Mae’s Café

511 W. Madison Arkansas City, KS 67005 Phone: 620-442-9877 Hours: Closed Mondays, Tuesday – Saturday 5 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday 6 a.m. – 3 p.m. Daily specials on breakfast, lunch and dinner. A hometown, home cooking favorite.

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Grouse Valley Grill

501 Hwy. K-15 Dexter, KS 67038 620-876-5617 Monday – Saturday 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. The quaint hometown atmosphere is apparent with our tractor seats, long benches and awesome burgers. We use fresh ground beef, hand-pattied every day. Come on down to Dexter and enjoy a meal with us. We will greet you like a friend! Call us about catering too!

College Hill Coffee

403 Soward Winfield, KS 67156 1 block east of College St. on Janes Ave. Phone: 620-229-8155 CollegeHillCoffee.com A locally owned coffee shop offering delicious coffees, teas, and specialty drinks. Daily specials feature a tempting variety of sandwiches, quiche, soups, salads, and desserts. This Arts and Crafts Bungalow near Southwestern College is a comfortable place to enjoy local art, Wi-Fi, and live music. Catering and meeting rooms are available.

Accommodations The Barns @ Timber Creek 14704 91st Rd., Winfield, KS 620-221-2797 TimberCreekBarns.com

The Barns @ Timber Creek is an elegant bed and breakfast and event center with a country flair. Enjoy your stay or host your event in the historic 1890s barns with all of the comforts of the 21st century. Relax in the quiet country atmosphere while catching a glimpse of a starlight sky and fireflies across the summer pasture.

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Best Western Plus Patterson Park Inn 6100 Patterson Parkway Arkansas City, KS 67005 620-307-6767 bestwestern.com

Located in Patterson Park, near the Ark City Hospital, the Best Western Plus Patterson Park Inn features 63 guest rooms, 6 extended stay suites, an indoor pool, fitness center, hot complimentary breakfast and is pet friendly. Call 620-307-6767 to book your room today.

Annual Events Burden Dayz and PRCA Rodeo Burden City Park and Rodeo Grounds Burden, KS 67019 620-438-2360 Burdendayz.com Second Saturday in September

A day-long family festival kicks off with a downtown parade followed with games, crafts and food at the park. At 8 p.m. broncs and bulls take center stage at the PRCA Rodeo entertaining all ages, while ropers and riders compete for prize money. Live music and dancing wraps up the annual event.

Walnut Valley Festival

Third weekend in September at the Winfield Fairgrounds Office: 918 Main Winfield, KS 67156 Phone: 620-221-3250 www.wvfest.com Over 200 hours of live acoustic music ranging from bluegrass to folk, America to old time and more on 4 stages. WVF annually hosts 8 instrumental contests for guitar, autoharp, mandolin, banjo, mountain and hammer dulcimer, and fiddle with cash and prizes awarded. Festival campgrounds feature jam sessions and fan participation stages. Also includes juried arts and crafts show. 19


Winfield Art in the Park

First Saturday in October Island Park Office: 700 Gary, Winfield, KS 67156 620-221-2161 www.winfieldarts.org Winfield Arts and Humanities celebrate Art in the Park at Island Park in Winfield the first Saturday of October. This juried arts and crafts show includes over 60 booths of fine arts, original crafts, food booths, kids’ activities and stage entertainment for the whole family.

Arkalalah

Fall Festival Last full week of October Downtown and various locations 620-442-6077 www.arkalalah.com Huge, week-long fall festival. Several parades, a queen coronation, carnival rides, craft shows and downtown food vendors. Popular time for class reunions.

Last Run Car Show

Last weekend of September Agri-Business Building and Paris Park, Arkansas City www.actumbleweeds.com Three-day event draws hundreds of classic and custom cars. Saturday night cruise brings thousands to Summit Street in downtown.

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Isle of Lights

Island Park, Winfield, KS 67156 Phone: 620-221-2418 www.isleoflights.org Winfield Isle of Lights is nearly a mile long drive-thru holiday extravaganza! Featuring hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights on display such as synchronized trees and arches to music and much more, this holiday display is sure to please all who visit.

Galleries and Museums Cowley County Historical Society Museum 1011 Mansfield St. 620-221-4811 www.cchsm.com Open 1-4, Tuesday-Sunday

Housed in a former six room elementary school, visitors can view exhibits of many aspects of life in Cowley County at the turn of the 20th century. Museum staff also creates special exhibits dealing with such topics as

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Cowley County during WWII. Organized archival holding accessible for genealogical or other research.

Henry’s Candies

Hwy. K-15, Dexter, KS 67038 Phone: 620-876-5423 Hours: Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This candy factory has been in business for 58 years and is adored by the community. Open 7 days a week, the public is welcome to watch the candy-making upon appointment. Please call if you have a group of 15 or more.

Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum

31639 US Hwy. 77 Arkansas City, KS 67005 620-442-6750 www.arkcity.org Monday-Tuesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Located on US 77 south of Arkansas City, the Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum was founded in 1966 to honor those who participated in the Cherokee Strip Land Rush of Sept. 16, 1893, and to preserve the history of the area. The museum sits on the actual “Cherokee Strip,” which gives it great historical value and presence on the National Park Service register.

Chaplin Nature Center 27801 27th Drive Arkansas City, KS 67005 620-442-4133 www.wichitaaudubon.org

The Visitor’s Center is open on Saturdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sundays 1 p.m. -5 p.m. year round. It is closed Mondays and Holidays. September 1-November 15, Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.5 p.m. and November 16-March - closed weekends 22


March 16-June 30, Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., July 1st-August 30, Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Chaplin Nature Center is owned and operated by the Wichita Audubon Society. The trails are open at no charge to the public from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week. The Visitor’s Center has educational exhibits. It features changeable modules so you can learn and enjoy new things with each visit!

Udall Community Historical Society Museum 109 E. First St. Udall, KS 67146 (620) 782-3004 Open 3-5 p.m. Wednesdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays

An amazing, locally-operated museum displaying artifacts, historical pieces and information related to the history of Udall and Cowley County including the devastating tornado of 1955.

Wineries Wheat State Wine Co.

23622 Springhill Farm Dr. Winfield, KS 67156 5.8 miles East of Strother Field on 212th Rd. Phone: (620) 229-9463 WheatStateWineCo.com Wheat State Wine Co. and Spring Hill Vineyard offer

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award-winning wines at a scenic location, perfect for an afternoon getaway. All patrons are encouraged to picnic on the grounds, or enjoy a glass of wine on the patio. Free tasting and tour available.

Harper County Business

Anthony Chamber of Commerce PO Box 354 Anthony, KS 67003 Phone: 620-842-5456 Email: info@anthonychamber.com www.anthonychamber.com www.sunflowerballoonfest.com

The Anthony Chamber of Commerce is proud to have provided leadership in the community for more than 95 years. We have and will continue to provide leadership on issues, programs and business development that have benefited our community and our member businesses.

Sunflower Balloon Fest, Anthony

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Harvey County Attraction Carriage Factory Art Gallery

128 E. Sixth St. Newton, KS 67114 Phone: 316-284-2749 Email: director@carriagefactoryartgallery.com Hours: Tuesday – Friday noon – 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. This former carriage factory is now an art gallery with Kansas landscapes and other fine art for sale by regional artists. Gift shop features a wide selection of original cards, jewelry and other unique handcrafted items. Courtyard with English fountain. A great place for meetings or special events.

Blue Sky Sculpture, Newton

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Business Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau 201 E. Sixth St. (first floor of City Hall) Newton, KS 67114 Phone: 316-284-3642 Email: mspurney@newtonkansas.com Website: tonewton.com Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Newton CVB is your connection to Newton. Whether you are planning a family visit, business trip or bringing a group, we’re here to help. Find us at www. tonewton.com, give us a call, connect on Facebook or stop in and learn what Newton has to offer.

Galleries/Museums Warkentin House

211 E. First St. Newton, KS 67114 Phone: 316-284-3642 Email: mspurney@newtonkansas.com

Warkentin House

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January – March, by appointment April – May and September – December: Saturday & Sunday 1 – 4:30 p.m. June – August: Wednesday – Sunday 1 – 4:30 p.m. The Newton home of Bernhard & Mina Warkentin was completed in 1887, a splendid example of the Victorian Period. The house offers a glimpse into the way the Warkentins lived since 80% of the original furnishings remain. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Kauffman Museum

Bethel College, 2801 N. Main Street North Newton, KS 67117 Phone: 316-283-1612 Website: www.bethelks.edu/Kauffman Hours: Tuesday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Collections explore the natural environment of prairie plants and wildlife, immigrant experiences of Mennonites who came to Kansas in the 1870s, life of the Cheyenne, and encounters with the cultures of China, India and Africa. The museum grounds contain a tall grass prairie reconstruction, 1875 house and 1886 barn. Museum store.

Marion County Dining Al’s Café

101 S. Berry Lost Springs, KS 66859 Phone: 785-983-4827 Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 11:00 – 9:00 27


Authentic Mexican food with your choice of corn or flour tortilla chips. Homemade sauce.

Norel Farms Bakery

Norel Farms Bakery

207 N. Main Hillsboro, KS 67063 Phone: 620-947-2343 Email: norelfarmsks@yahoo.com Hours: Monday – Saturday 5:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Simply delicious! Bread from our home to yours. Cookies, cinnamon rolls, breads, donuts, bierocks, gluten free items, all kinds of yummy goodies. Call for special orders.

Main Street Café

517 Douglas Durham, KS 67438 Phone: 620-732-2096 Hours: Monday – Saturday 6:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Friday evening 5 – 8 p.m. “Good Ol’ Country Cooking” Specializing in homemade sausage, made on-site and homemade pies. The café also offers a Friday night German buffet. 28


Events Marion’s Art in the Park and Craft Show Third Saturday in September 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. www.marionks.com

Artists from all over the U.S. offer a wide variety of wares for sale. Shady, relaxed atmosphere and large food court. Free shuttle bus from West Main Street or Eisenhower Drive off U.S. 50 by Pizza Hut.

Chingawassa Days in Marion First weekend in June www.chingawassadays.com

Family Festival in the Rhino Capital of Kansas. National recording artists in concert. Check it out!

Businesses Central Park Antiques

330 E. Main Street Marion, KS 66861 Phone: 620-381-3483 Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Antique and collectible shop – household gifts, garden items and birdhouses. Will buy or take items on consignment. Layaway available.

HRK Variety Store

109 N. Roosevelt Marion, KS 66861 Phone: 620-382-2430 Hours: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Toys, tools, furniture and sporting goods.

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Recreation Marion Reservoir

2105 N. Pawnee Marion, KS 66861 www.swt.usace.army.mil/locations/tulsadistrictlakes/ kansas/marionreservoir.aspx Located northwest of Marion, this 6,000 acre lake offers excellent fishing, camping, hunting, courtesy docks, boat ramp lanes, playgrounds, and a swimming beach. Leashed pets allowed. Reserve a site today by calling tollfree 1-877-444-6777 or online via www.recreation.gov.

Marion County Park and Lake #1 Office Drive, Marion Phone: 620-382-3240 www.marioncountyparkandlake.com

Located on 300 acres, with a 153-acre lake. Enjoy year-round state record fishing at the heated dock, open 24 hours a day! Check out all the history including the first CCC statue in the state. Need a gathering place with a kitchen and restroom? Rent the Lake Hall!

Accommodations The Outdoors Inn Bed & Breakfast

25 Jerome, Marion (Located at Marion County Park & Lake) Phone: 620-382-3228 www.bbonline.com/ks/outdoors Enjoy the “Outdoors” fishing, boating, skiing, swimming or walks around the lake. Come “Inn” and enjoy items on display by R&L Creative Carvings. Guests are welcome to use the patio, BBQ deck, kitchen, and laundry facility. Accommodations for large or small groups, four rooms, two full baths. Small pets welcome.

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Galleries/Museums Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum 200 N. Poplar Goessel, KS 67053 Phone: 620-367-8200 Email: mhmuseum@mtelco.net

Learn the story of Mennonite immigrants and wheat growers who helped make Kansas the breadbasket of the nation through eight buildings in village-like setting. Open noon – 4 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday, March, April, October and November. Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday, May through September. Learn more by visiting www.goesselmuseum.com.

Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum

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McPherson County Galleries/Museums Marquette Historical Society Kansas Motorcycle Museum 120 N. Washington St. Marquette, KS 67464 Phone: 785-546-2449 www.ksmotorcyclemuseum.org

Marquette is the home of the Kansas Motorcycle Museum, open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. LaVona Engdahl, curator, is the wife of the late Stanley Engdahl whose 600 trophies and cycles line the walls. A truly beautiful museum.

Pratt County Business Pratt Travel & Tourism 114 N. Main St. (888) 886-1164 www.prattkansas.org

Pratt’s unique shopping environment boasts one-ofa-kind specialty shops and wonderful restaurants. The Green Sports Complex is a cutting edge baseball and softball facility that attracts a variety of state and national tournaments. Our park sys32


tem boasts 19 parks comprising about 270 acres of walking trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, tennis complex, and the second largest municipal pool in the state.

Annual Event Christmas Park Light Display November 23-January 1 Hours: Dusk to 11 p.m.

The one mile drive takes you through Pratt’s oldest and most scenic park, illuminated by thousands of lights and animated displays. Many prefer to enjoy the lights while walking the paved path through the park. Next to Lemon Park is Sixth Street Park featuring the Twelve Days of Christmas lighted display. Come celebrate Christmas in Pratt!

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Attractions Pratt County Historical Museum

208 S. Ninnescah 620-672-7874 www.prattcountymuseum.org Hours: Monday-Friday 1-4 p.m., weekends 1-3 p.m. The museum is dedicated to the preservation of Pratt County’s rich history, as well as the pioneer life on the prairie. The museum consists of six galleries that include Indian and prehistoric artifacts, early history of Pratt County towns, late 1800s period rooms, farm equipment, old time Pratt County towns, old time Main Street complete with boardwalk and a Miss Kansas display, just to name a few. There is also a research library for genealogical inquiries.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism Education Center

512 S.E. 25th Ave. 620-672-5911 www.kdwpt.state.ks.us Hours: Winter, Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Summer, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Pratt Wildlife Education Center, located 2 miles east and 1 mile south of Pratt, is a showcase for outdoor Kansas. The center occupies the building that once served as the department’s headquarters. Numerous dis34


plays, dioramas, aquariums and exhibits provide close encounters with the native birds, fish, mammals and reptiles of Kansas. Closed on holidays. Free admission.

Recreation Pratt County Veterans Memorial Lake Located 2 miles east and 1 mile south of Pratt, this lake has a wide range of fishing opportunities, a boat ramp, numerous fishing piers, primitive camping and RV sites available.

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Reno County

Attraction & Accommodation

Hedrick’s B&B and Exotic Animal Farm 7910 N. Roy L. Smith Rd. Nickerson, KS 67561 Phone: 888-489-8039 Email: hedricksinn@gmail.com Hours: 7 days/week 8 a.m. - noon, 1-5 p.m.

Hedrick’s Bed & Breakfast and Exotic Animal Farm is an out-of-the-ordinary experience. Whether it’s petting a kangaroo, riding a camel or “kissing” a giraffe, Hedrick’s offers an opportunity to come face-to-face with unusual animals. Spend the night or schedule a tour. Open all year. Located 8 miles west of Hutchinson.

Hedrick’s Bed & Breakfast and Exotic Animal Farm

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Rice County Business Rice County

Phone: 620-257-5166 Email: rced@ricecounty.us www.ricecounty.us Enjoy attractions and activities in Rice County. The Coronado Quivira Museum is recognized as the best small museum in the state. Celebration Centre complex includes a nature trail, community buildings and arena. Come see our historic courthouse, specialty shops, water park, tranquil Sterling Lake, Sterling College and many festivals.

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Celebration Centre & Bar K Bar Arena 1145 E. Highway 56 Lyons, KS 67554 Phone: 620-257-5390 Email: office@celebrationcentre.net Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call for other hours. www.celebrationcentreinn.com Celebration Centre & Bar K Bar Indoor Arena is located in Lyons, KS. The Centre, Arena and Alderman Annex have several rooms accommodating small meetings to large receptions complete with RV parking. Access to the Davis Nature Trails and Estes Park complete this must see spot in Rice County.

Sumner County

Businesses Caldwell Chamber of Commerce Phone: 620-845-2145 www.caldwellkansas.com

Caldwell, a historic Old West cow town, is located on the Chisholm Trail on Hwy 81. This “Border Queen” 38


town divulges its untamed past with numerous Main Street historical markers telling of outlaws, gunslingers, marshals, and dance halls! Just south of town near the Oklahoma border, the “Ghost Riders of the Chisholm Trail” silhouettes emulate the cowboys and longhorns making their way to Caldwell. The vintage three-block business district is lively with Opera House shows, restaurants, an energetic Chamber, and active social scene. Come celebrate with us at our annual Chisholm Trail Fest on the first Friday and Saturday of May!

Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB Memorial Auditorium, Upper Level 208 N. Washington Ave # 1 Wellington, KS 67152 Phone: 620-326-7466 Email: visitwellingtonks@gmail.com

Plan to join us each July for our annual Kansas Wheat Festival in historic downtown Wellington. Explore Kansas’ Chisholm Trail and visit Wellington and Caldwell, Sumner County communities located on the trail. We have great museums, restaurants, parks and more. Wellington is a great place to live, work and play!

Galleries/Museums Salter House & Museum

Argonia, KS By appointment only. Please call: 620-435-6564 or 620435-6171 Susanna Madora Salter, elected mayor of Argonia in 1887, was America’s first woman mayor. The home, open to the public, has been restored with furnishings of that time period and has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1971. Open summer weekends or by appointment.

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Explore South Central Kansas  

This publication by the South Central Kansas Tourism Region offers ideas for visitors to the area.

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