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Leavenworth County boasts 2 of 8 Wonders of Kansas Customs

October 23, 2009

Two of the newly announced 8 Wonders of Kansas Customs can be accomplished in Leavenworth County.

The Kansas Sampler Foundation announced the wonders after six weeks of online public voting.

Riding a carousel can be done at the C.W. Parker Carousel Museum, 320 S. Esplanade, Leavenworth, and ordering a soda fountain treat is a specialty at the Corner Pharmacy, 429 Delaware, Leavenworth, which produces soda fountains from its handmade mahogany bar.

Both Leavenworth-related winners were part of combined entries: The carousel museum was paired with the C.W. Parker museum in Abilene. The Corner Pharmacy was one of 38 old-fashioned soda fountains still operating in Kansas.

The other 8 Wonders of Kansas Customs are:

• Bringing musicians together for a lively jam session at 7:30 p.m. almost every Friday at the Emma Chase Cafe in Cottonwood Falls.

• Kansas University’s Rock Chalk chant.

• Clicking your heels three times and saying "There's no place like home": Oz attractions in Wamego and Liberal tell the beloved story of the Wizard of Oz.

• Commemorating Veterans Day: An Emporia man helped change Armistice Day into Veterans Day and made Emporia the Founding City of Veterans Day.

• Displaying ethnic handicrafts: Traditional and pop-art Dala Horses seen throughout Lindsborg.

• Using natural materials for fences; the Post Rock Museum in Lacrosse can teach you how to build the fences, which can be seen hroughout the Smoky Hills.

"This was the closest race we've had to date and though it was the hardest to explain, it won my heart,” said Marcia Penner, director of the Kansas Sampler Foundation. “If you go to 8wonders.org and click on pictures of all the 24 finalists, you can read some of the most fascinating and endearing stories and facts about our cultural traditions."

Penner said more than 12,000 votes came from across the state, every state in the union, and from many foreign countries.

Geography is the next “Wonders” contest with public nominations being accepted the month of November. History and People contests will wrap-up the one-time series.

A project of the Inman-based Kansas Sampler Foundation, it is designed to educate the world about what there is to see and do in Kansas, encourage travel and help Kansans see their state with new eyes.

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