Lincoln Exhibit at Hays Public Library

LincolnVisit the traveling exhibit, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War.”

The National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office organized the traveling exhibition, which was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The traveling exhibition is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.

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Salina Celebrates with Holiday Events!

The holiday season is upon us, and Salina is ready to celebrate!  Downtown, the Christmas Festival and Parade of Lights on Saturday, Nov. 23 features the Frosty 5K Run, Carriage Rides, Children’s activities, SculptureTour Salina, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and culminates with the evening parade.  Also that day, the annual See N Sell Craft Show is at the Bicentennial Center for shopping galore. Salina Community Theatre presents “A Christmas Carol, The Musical” on weekends this holiday season, starting Nov. 22.  “Celtic Thunder” performs at the Bicentennial Center on Sunday, Nov. 24.  The “Christmas by Candlelight” concert will be Dec. 6 at Kansas Wesleyan University, and the Drive-thru Christmas Light Show opens at Yesteryear Museum on Dec. 7.  Smoky Hill Museum hosts their Holiday Open House Dec. 7 and Rolling Hills Zoo serves “Cookies with Santa” Dec. 8. The Stiefel Theatre presents Michael W. Smith in concert Dec. 13, followed by the Salina Symphony “Christmas Celebration!” Dec. 14.  For more information, go to the Calendar of Events at Holidays from Salina!

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Buffalo Bill Dime Novel Display in Oakley, Kansas

Buffalo Bill Cultural Center, Oakley, Kansas

Join us April 13th at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center in Oakley, Kansas for the debut of the Buffalo Bill “Dime Novel” Display on load from the Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave in Golden, Colorado.  Curator Steve Friesen will be here at 1:00 p.m. to present the display and give a short talk. Steve is also the author of Buffalo Bill, Scout, Showman,Visionary and will be on hand to sign his book.  The book is available for purchase in our gift shop, or bring along your copy.

“William F. Cody, the man, became Buffalo Bill, the superhero, in the nearly 2,000 dime novels published during and after his lifetime.  As vividly illustrated on their covers, Buffalo Bill confronted ancient evils, unusual villains, and situations no ordinary mortal could manage.  This helped lay the groundwork for Superman, Batman and many other superheroes that would come later.”
              From the Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave website   

The Dime Novel display will run through the summer at the cultural center.


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Kansas State Cornhusking October 13th, Oakley, KS

41st Annual Kansas State Cornhusking Contest

Where:  The Buffalo Bill Statue at US 83 and 2nd Street, Oakley KS

8:00am Free Continental Breakfast & Registration for Huskers at the Buffalo Bill Statue.  Sponsored by Farmers State Bank

9:00am-3:00pm Buffalo Bill Cabin Gift Shop Open

9:30am-2:30pm Pumpkin Carving/Decorating Contest for kids 5-12 with cash awards in 3 age divisions. Kids can bring their own pumpkin and supplies or Jirak’s Pumpkin Patch will be selling pumpkins at the event.  All carving and decorating must be done during the event. Sponsored by Senator Elect Allen Schmidt

9:30am State Contest Begins in the Cornfield at the Buffalo Bill Site.   See how cornhusking was done “back in the day” when horses, wagons and hand hooks were used to husk the corn.  Enter the contest in one of the many categories, including the novice group for the newbie huskers who will learn the techniques from the pros.  Registration begins at 8:30 am.

Area and Local Vendors will have their Small Engines from the past on display!

9am – 4pm Concessions provided by Hobo Snack Shack: hamburgers, hot dogs, sloppy joe’s, nachos and more.

Noon Lunch at the Buffalo Bill Cabin for the huskers.  Sponsored by Peoples State Bank

1:30pm Corn Ear Throwing Contest.  Sponsored by Western Plains Energy

2:30pm Corn Pile Money Hunt.  Sponsored by The Bank

3:00pm Pumpkin Contest Judging and Awards

7:00pm Husking Awards Banquet at the Colonial Steak House

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What a Weekend in Salina!

The promise that a community has ‘something for everyone’ has never been truer than it is in Salina the weekend of September 21-23! Salina AutumnFest is the name coined to encompass the many events that will coincide in Salina that weekend, including: Salina AMBUCs Oktoberfest; Bob Ardrey Marathon; German Car Show; Smoky Hill Museum Street Fair; PKM SteelDay; Community Showcase Concert; and Pro Roughstock Series World Finals Rodeo.

For example, a runner plans to compete in the marathon, but sees that there is also an Oktoberfest and Car Show in Oakdale Park, so her husband comes along; A SteelDay exhibitor plans his trip, sees there is a Street Fair and a Rodeo, and suddenly the kids want to come with Dad. When they see the Salina AutumnFest flyer, they’ll also discover BONUS opportunities that weekend, with performances of Les Miserables at Salina Community Theatre and Al Green in concert at the Stiefel Theatre. This is a BIG, BIG weekend!

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Western Vista Sunflower Classic Bike Tour

25, 50, 75, or Century Ride  & Family Fun Ride

Saturday, September 22, 2012
Annie Oakley Park
Oakley, Kansas

Looking for a great fall bicycle tour? The third annual “Western Vista Sunflower Classic” is the ticket! Whether you’re looking for a shorter ride; say, 25 miles, or you’re interested in a full century, the WVSC has you covered! The tour travels for 25, 50, 75, or 100 miles along beautiful agriculture ground, rolling hills, and Scott Lake State Park. Riders will have the opportunity to see wildlife, learn about the rich history of the Wild West and possibly view buffalo grazing on the prairie. All rides commence and finish at beautiful Anne Oakley Park in the heart of Oakley. Stick around after the ride for our terrific post race meal and awards presentations!

Click Here or Call 785 672-3663 For More Information:

Event Times

  • 6:30 – Registration begins. All riders must check in prior to their ride.
  • 7:00 am – Century Ride Begins
  • 25, 50, and 75 mile riders may start anytime after 7:30 am
  • 9:30 – 12:30 – Family Fun Ride (This will be an in town loop)
  • 1:00 – We will begin serving the post ride lunch

Event Rules

  • All riders will receive a free T-shirt, goody bag, lunch, and much more
  • Early registration is encouraged by Friday, September 9, 2011
  • All riders must have their ID number on at all times during the event for identification purposes
  • All riders under 18 must wear an approved safety helmet
  • Riders 18+ are encouraged to wear a bicycling helmet
  • Riders are encouraged to carry a water bottle
  • Please make all checks payable to The Logan County Healthcare Foundation
  • To Register for this event, please call 785-672-3663, mail wavier and fee, or register online.
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Say “Goodbye” to Summer & “Hello” to Salina!

Say Goodbye to summer with a trip to Salina! Join Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure’s “Back to School Blast!” August 11-12 with half price admission, $1 hamburgers, and other family activities! Team that with a performance of “Xanadu” at the Salina Community Theatre August 10-12th, and you have a great weekend in store! Perhaps you are tired of the heat, and need to cool off in the Stiefel Theatre watching “Happy Feet” on August 16th for only $5. Don’t forget to make a splash at Kenwood Cove Waterpark before it closes on August 19th, unless you have a dog that would enjoy the Pooch Plunge on August 20th. Be sure to visit for more information on where to stay, what to eat, & what to see & do in Salina!

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Kustom Kemps of America Car Show Cruisin’ to Salina!

The Kustom Kemps of America (KKOA) are cruisin’ back for their 8th consecutive Leadslead Spectacular Car Show in Salina! The show will be held in Oakdale Park July 27-29. An estimated 1500+ Kustom Kemps, Hotrods, Drag Machines and their drivers will be welcomed for the event.

Thursday, July 26 – 2nd Annual Spectacular Sundown Cruise on Santa Fe
                                     “American Graffiti” playing at the Stiefel Theatre (9pm, $5)
                                      Get into the spirit, come decked out in your 50s/60s best!
Friday, July 27 – “Run What Ya Brung” drags south of Dean Evans Stadium
Saturday, July 28 – Spectacular 50’s Rock & Roll Concert playing at the Stiefel
                                   Theatre (8pm, $24) Johnny Rogers and the Fever Band will perform
                                   with a tribute to Buddy Holly and Hank Williams. Kids 10 & under are
                                    free. Tickets may be purchased at Bennett Buick GMC.

Friday – Sunday – “Show and Shine”: Cars will be on display in Oakdale Park
                                    Features: Pin-Up Beauty Contest, Bicycle Spoke-tacular, Movie & TV
                                    Stars, Model Car & Truck Spectacular, two stages of live Rock & Roll
                                    and Rock-A-Billy music, car chopping at Godzilla Garage.

Admission to the show is by day pass, available at the gate: $12 on Friday or Sunday, and $15 on Saturday. Kids 12 and under are free. Spectators should park at the Bicentennial Center, and enter via the north bridge. KKOA and Visit Salina invite you to enjoy the show and see why Salina is known as “America’s Hotrodding Playground”!

For more information, go to

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Make a Splash at Kenwood Cove Waterpark!

Make a splash this summer at Kenwood Cove Waterpark – Salina’s premier aquatic park. You will find everything from 1,400 feet of slides, inner tubes to relax in the Lil’ Smoky Lazy River or ride the waves in the wave pool, children’s play areas and attractions, diving boards, and much more for everyone to enjoy! The family-friendly, low-cost aquatic park features Caribbean-inspired décor, lush foliage, and crashing waves for an authentic island experience. Life’s a beach at Kenwood Cove!

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Smoky Hill River FestivalJune in Salina means….SMOKY HILL RIVER FESTIVAL, the BEST arts festival in the Midwest, June 7-10, 2012.  Start River FestivalThursday evening with Festival Jam, featuring bands every 15 minutes at Eric Stein Stage.  Friday morning sees the opening of Four Rivers Craft Market at 10am and Saturday morning brings the Fine Arts at 10am.  Entertainment abounds ALL WEEKEND on multiple stages.  And, of course, there is the FESTIVAL FOOD, children’s activities, artist demonstration area, and MORE!  Admission by button, $10 in advance (until Thursday) or $15 at the gate.  For more, go to

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