Archive for Thursday, May 6, 2010

Kansas: a great place to live

May 6, 2010

Wow, what weekend!! With Lansing DAZE and the Kansas Sampler having come and gone, we have nothing but good memories.

The weather cooperated very nicely except for a cloudburst about 2 p.m. Sunday. This gave everyone time to mill around in the various tents and learn about all we have to see, do, hear, taste, buy, and learn in Kansas, as well as talking about the weather. This just proved that if you don’t like the weather in Kansas, just wait 15 minutes and it will change. That is exactly what happened and in 15 or 20 minutes everything was back to business as usual as if nothing had happened.

Most of us do not know about or even think about all the planning and work that goes with getting these things done. The cities of Lansing and Leavenworth both worked weeks and even months in the planning, and in both situations did a magnificent job. All of the volunteers were fantastic at their appointed jobs. Our tent had Rachel, who was very helpful and there to see everyone was taken care of properly.

Lansing had a great Friday evening and Saturday with the Brew, Blues and Barbeque contest along with a stage for good music and good food. On Saturday there were children’s inflatable, games and rides, and a car and bike show sponsored by the Lansing Lions Club. In the building on Eisenhower there was a craft and quilt show. Of course we had to start out the morning at the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at the high school.

At the Kansas Sampler festival, I was involved in the Art tent, along with our son Michael and grandson Eric and many other local artists showing their jewelry and other forms of art. There were more than a dozen huge tents that were all filled with wonderful people from across the state, all from wonderful little towns that we have never had an opportunity to visit.. Each tent represented a whole county with vendors showing off whatever their particular town has to offer. It was so much fun to visit with the vendors from across the state and pick up a brochure that advertised their special points.

There were three stages that had a nonstop variety of music and three huge areas of food vendors along with three more big tents that covered tourism, one that gave free samples of beer and wine and another one that explained the Explorers Club, which in itself is something we could all look into. It is proof positive that we do not have to leave our own state for traveling, learning, eating and sleeping.

What is really wild is when it is all over and everyone but the volunteers and vendors have gone home, there are the hours of repacking boxes, taking down frames that hold the pictures and artifacts, packing up the quilts to get them back to their various owners and on and on.

It was a time of making new friends and meeting folks from all over who are just as friendly and nice as we think we are in our own town. Lets make a point to visit some of these great places on a day trip, or a weekend trip. Kansas is so much more than “fly over country."

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