ICT Burger Battle *Saturday, October 1st 2016

The 4th Annual ICT Burger Battle will be held Saturday, October 1st 2016 in the Spaghetti Works parking lot.  Included in the evenings activities will be Live Music, a Car Show and more!  Wichita Restaurants will be battling it out to see who can make the best burger in Wichita.  Vote for your favorite burger to be the “People’s Choice” winner!

Spaghetti Works Parking Lot – 649 E. Douglas Ave, Wichita KS 67202

100% of the Proceeds for this event benefit adults with special needs in the KETCH Programs and services, including folks with intellectual & developmental disabilities as well as those who also have physical disabilities. The Programs at KETCH aim to help each person reach their highest level of success and independence.

Graphic Credit - ICT Burger Battle
Graphic Credit – ICT Burger Battle

Featuring a performance by Moreland & Arbuckle!

Ticket prices are:

$20 Show only  If you can’t make it for the burger sampling or just want to see the Moreland & Arbuckle show this is the deal for you!

VIP ( 21+ older )  $75.00  The VIP Hour is from 5pm-6pm & is a 21+ over event. Includes all the benefits of a GA ticket plus additional VIP perks to be announced.

General Admission $50.00  Includes burger samples from Wichita’s favorite restaurants, soda/water, desserts, and Moreland & Arbuckle concert. Other activities include a car show, backyard games & Lamphouse Photo.

Note: There are no kids tickets. Children 12 and under are welcome to attend for free with an accompanying adult.

VIP Admission starts at 5 pm

General Admission starts at 6 pm

For ticket information, visit the ICT Burger Battle website

Graphic Credit - ICT Burger Battle
Graphic Credit – ICT Burger Battle

For more information about the Programs and Services at KETCH, visit their website ketch.org

Follow the Wichita Burger Battle Facebook Page for more info and updates!


Red Hot Chili Pepper 5K Race and Harvey County United Way Chili Cook-off *Saturday September 24th 2016

The annual Harvey County United Way Chili Cook-off will serve up bowls of fall fun on Sept. 24th to benefit the local United Way.

Sixth and Main – Downtown Newton, Ks

The United Way will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the event with a new logo, commemorative T-shirts and the Red Hot Chili Pepper 5K race in the morning. Gates will be open for the chili cook-off from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on September 24th at the corner of Sixth and Main streets in downtown Newton. Ticket holders will receive a bowl to use during the event to sample the various chili creations offered by participating groups. The event typically draws more than two dozen organizations and businesses to serve an array of chili varieties.

Tickets are available in advance for $5 at Prairie Harvest, the United Way office and Ameriprise Financial in downtown Newton. Tickets will also be available at the gate for $6.

Photo Credit Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau

All participants in the Red Hot Chili Pepper race will receive a ticket to the chili cook-off as part of their registration fee, which is $30 in advance and includes the ticket, T-shirt and a finishers’ medal.

Chili makers will compete against each other for two awards: The Pride of the Prairie, determined by cook-off judges, and The People’s Choice, a tally of cash votes at each competitor which are donated to United Way. While some competitors enter just to win a coveted award, others enter for the opportunity to engage the public about their organization or business.

More than 1,000 people attend the event each year!

“The Chili Cook-off is compelling,” said Tina Payne, Harvey County United Way Executive Director. “A thousand plus people, coming together in two hours in a couple of blocks on a Saturday morning. People bump into each other and say, ‘Hey, I didn’t know you were involved in this organization, church, business, etc.'” She explained, “We have a very caring, involved community. The relationships are there. The Chili Cook-Off gives people the chance network, engage, and learn in a fun-filled way.”

Attendees are encouraged to bring a little extra cash to use to vote for their favorite chili and the People’s Choice Award. Each booth will have a collection bucket for “votes.” Bottles of water will also be available for purchase inside the gates.

Along with the chili samples, the cook-off will feature music by the Stephens family and Newton High School drum line.

The Red Hot Chili Pepper 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 24 at the corner of Fifth and Poplar streets near downtown Newton and in front of the Newton Recreation Center. Most of the 3.1-mile route will follow the scenic Sand Creek Bike Path before ending just a block away from the cook-off gate.

For younger runners and walkers, the Little Pepper 1K Fun Run will follow a portion of the 5K route. It begins at 9:30 a.m.

Graphic Courtesy of Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau

To entertain families between the races and the start of the cook-off, Carriage Factory Art Gallery will host Art in the Park, a free family art activity with five children’s art stations, a scavenger hunt and music from Newton Ukulele Tunes Society, from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 24th.

The art event will be held at Sixth and Oak streets and is free to the public.

For more information about the events or purchasing tickets, call the Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau at 316-284-3642.

For more information and pictures from previous Chili Cook-off Events, visit here.

Follow Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau on Facebook @VisitNewtonKs



Dog Days Event at GreenAcres Market Bradley Fair *Tuesday August 9th 3pm – 6pm

Join GreenAcres Market at Bradley Fair for Dog Days at GreenAcres!  This event will be held during their weekly Farmers Market.

GreenAcres Market | 8141 E. 21st St N, Wichita KS 67206

Dog Days
Graphic Courtesy – GreenAcres Market Bradley Fair

Enjoy these activities:

         Hilarious “hot dog” contest for best costume, best trick & owner/pet lookalike

         $20 microchipping courtesy of Spay-Neuter KS

          Caricature portraits by Jaki McElroy

         Lots of photos to be posted on Facebook following the event

         “Kissing booth” with MOE (Matt’s, our store manager, beloved chocolate lab)

         Meet Kansas Humane Society & SCART (Sedgwick County Animal Rescue Team) volunteers

        Grilled hotdogs & toppings on the patio

         Doggy pools to keep the pups cool (and hoses to cool off the asphalt for their little paws)

Samples, treats, prizes, raffles, live music & more!

Proceeds to benefit the Kansas Humane Society.

Dogs are not allowed inside the store. Water & cool-down pools will be available for all dogs!

Visit GreenAcres Market Bradley Fair  Online

Facebook @greenacresmarketwichita

Twitter @GreenAcres_Deli

HopeArt 2016 – Beauty out of Broken *Sunday, September 18th 5 pm – 8 pm

Celebrate HopeNet’s 25th Anniversary by joining them on a journey of transformation from Broken to Beauty with live artists who will be painting, throwing clay, drawing, and much more.

Sunday, September 18th 5 pm – 8 pm

Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview – 400 W. Douglas Ave, Wichita Ks 67202

There will be a silent auction and encouragement from Elisa Morgan, President Emerita of MOPS International and author of “The Beauty of Broken: My Story and Likely Yours Too”.

HopeArt 2016
Graphic Credit – HopeNet Wichita

Come see and hear how God uses brokenness to create His masterpieces! See their website for more information about this Event!

This is a family friendly fundraiser for HopeNet, a Wichita non-profit that provides counseling and coaching based on a sliding scale for people who generally would not be able to afford professional services.

For more information, visit HopeNet Wichita Online

Follow them on Facebook  @hopenetwichita

Chalk Art Festival in Old Town Square *Saturday, August 6th

Visit Old Town Square on Saturday, August 6th for the 8th Annual Chalk Art Festival
Old Town Square – 2nd and Mead – Wichita, Ks
This event is free and open to everyone!  Create sidewalk art, enjoy music, watch the Fountains and view the Artists competing in the battle rounds.  The chalk is provided, but you bring the creativity!
Chalk Art Festival 2016
Graphic Credit – Emberhope
Purchase a wristband to participate in a raffle and other activities.  With your purchase, various local businesses will provide crafts, water games, face painting, and more!
Wristbands:  Adults $5 * Kids (12 and under) $3

All proceeds benefit the Community of Hope Fund which supports 4 program divisions:  Youthville Foster Care, Youthville Residential (Dodge City/Newton), Counseling and STRIVE.

For more information, follow EmberHope on these Social Sites

~Facebook @EmberHopeInc

Twitter @EmberHopeInc



Final Friday Events *July 29th 2016

Final Friday Events in Wichita include something for everyone!

Museums, Art galleries, some area restaurants and retail shops around Wichita stay open late and welcome visitors!  Hours vary between Galleries but most are open between the hours of 7 pm and 9 pm.

One of the July Final Friday events is featured at Delano BBQ  5 pm – 8 pm at 710 W. Douglas, Wichita, Ks 67203


For photographer, there’s truly no place like home

Graphic Credit – Delano BBQ

Robin Johnson is a lifer. Born and raised in Kansas – she has a feel for the Plains, the plants and the people. Come see her unique interpretation of the land she loves this Final Friday at Delano BBQ Company, 710 W. Douglas in Wichita, Ks.

Delano BBQ Company has become a bit of an art hotspot in its Delano location during the past two years. The fact that Blackbear Bosin had his studio in the old, brick building decades ago might help, but artists like Johnson flocking to the historic locale have also helped to build the tiny eaterie’s artistic street credit.  Like its former resident, Bosin, Johnson’s work has a strong connection to the land and the prairies.

Suddeth and Johnson have decided to put the evening to good use and help out another lifelong friend and her family, Beth Orth.

10% of the nights proceeds will be donated to: Mike Orth Family First Adoption Fund.

Mike Orth is the father of 8 children, 6 biological and 2 adopted. He always put his family first. He developed a painful, mysterious muscle disorder and eventually became a stay-at-home dad. Even though he was in almost constant pain, he cared for his children and put their needs for love, support, and stability first. Mike unexpectedly passed away in June of 2015. Beth, his wife of 20 years, and their 8 children have set up the Family First Adoption Fund in his memory to help loving parents give children a forever family.

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Follow Delano BBQ on Twitter @DelanoBBQCo