Paddle Battle returns for a third year on Saturday, April 22nd, on Sand Creek in Newton, Ks!
The canoe and kayak race draws dozens of paddlers to Newton for one- and two-mile routes and, new this year, paddleboat sprints.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, and races start at 10 a.m. Prizes will be awarded, and T-shirts will be provided to those who pre-register, while they last. Registration is $25, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Heart 2 Heart Child Advocacy Center.
Kansas Day Celebration to feature Chisholm Trail Anniversary
The Kauffman Museum will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail during its annual Kansas Day Celebration on Saturday, January 28th at the museum in North Newton.
The event will feature a live longhorn, music, square dancing demonstrations, a cowboy and cowgirl parade, indoor and outdoor crafts, activities and demonstrations.
Celebrate Kansas Day begins at 11 a.m. with an hour-long presentation in Krehbiel Auditorium at Bethel College entitled “Head ‘Em Up & Move ‘Em Out,” by Jim Gray, executive director of the National Drovers Hall of Fame. Gray’s presentation is free.
All Fired Up BBQ food truck will sell food items following Gray’s presentation, beginning at noon.
From 1-4 p.m., Kansas Day activities will be held at the nearby Kauffman Museum. The family-friendly event is also free. Special demonstrations and activities include:
1:15 p.m.: Square dancing demonstration by Circle Eight Square Dance Club
2:15 p.m.: “The Chisholm Cattle Trail: The Rest of The Story,” a presentation by Gary and Margaret Kraisinger
3:15 p.m.: Gospel and traditional bluegrass tunes by Jammin’ Biscuits
3:45 p.m.: Cowboy and cowgirl parade – wear your best Western wear or make a vest at the museum
Indoor activities offered throughout the afternoon include knot making, cattle “stamp”ede, cowboy card toss, trick ropes, horse gear and tack display, “back in the saddle” photo op, a storytelling corner and “Memory Matters” handwriting activity.
Ongoing outdoor activities will include a walk on the actual Chisholm Trail with Brian Stucky, Wild West ropin’, cowpie tic-tac-toe, live longhorns, popcorn popping, a Native American teepee, blacksmith demonstration by Bill Moffitt, rope making, rope splicing, corn shelling, Dutch oven cooking demonstration, wagon rides with Country Boys Carriage and old-fashioned schoolyard games.
The event will also include a bake sale featuring homemade baked goods and a silent auction of antiques and collectibles, including six Remington paintings in color-artist’s proofs (1906), two antique revolvers dating from the turn of the century, a pair of antique cowboy spurs and a set of 16 U.S. National Park Service pamphlets (1930-1931).
Special Chisholm Trail anniversary merchandise will be available for purchase in the museum’s gift shop, while supplies last.
The Kauffman Museum is located on the campus at Bethel College at 27th and North Main in North Newton.
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.
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.
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.
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Two Newton attractions will be marking milestone anniversaries in July with a weekend full of public celebrations!
Sand Creek Station Golf Course Events – July 7th and July 9th
920 Meadowbrook Drive, Newton, KS 67114
Sand Creek Station Golf Course will celebrate its 10th anniversary with two days of events. On Thursday, July 7, the course will open its back 9 holes from 5-8 p.m. for a family fun walk. In addition to the course walk, attendees can also enjoy free foot golf and a golf clinic and contests for kids on the driving range. Foot golf participants must register in advance by calling the Pro Shop at 316-284-6161. No registration is required for the fun walk or children’s activities. The fun walk will showcase some of Sand Creek’s most notorious holes, including “The Beast,” Hole #16 and Hole #12. The course has been named one of the top public golf courses in the country and was the 2014 host for the USGA’s final Amateur Public Links tournament.
Free hot dogs and hamburgers, water and Gatorade will be offered to the first 200 patrons who sign up by calling 316-284-6161 or emailing Chris Tuohey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday, July 9, Sand Creek Station will offer special pricing and give-aways for patrons. Anyone who reserves a tee time on July 9 will receive $10 off green fee and free 10-minute golf lessons with one of Sand Creek’s golf pros will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon, by reservation. A barbecue lunch will be available for purchase from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In addition, a winner will be selected each hour from noon to 4 p.m. for prize drawings! The grand prize will be a free month of golf at Sand Creek. Reservations for tee times or free golf lessons can be made by calling 316-284-6161.
Dueling Pianos – Friday, July 8th
1420 E. Broadway Ct., Newton, KS 67114
The Meridian Centeris also celebrating a milestone this year, marking its fifth anniversary. The conference center will host 176 Keys’ “Dueling Pianos” from 7-10 p.m. Friday, July 8. Tickets are $20 for this lively performance and include complimentary finger food, tea and water. A cash bar for soda and alcoholic beverages also will be available.
To reserve tickets or for more information, call 316-284-3100 or email Sandy Wood at email@example.com
More information about any of the Celebration events can also be obtained by calling the Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau at 316-284-3642.
Faith & Life Bookstore in Newton, Ks is sponsoring a summer reading program for kids and adults of all ages. It is free to join and is open to anyone. This program started May 23rd and goes thru August 15th.
The program consists of a bingo game board with different book subjects listed in each space. To fill the space, simply read a book from that subject (for example, Biography or Historical Fiction) and write down the title. “We wanted a fun way to encourage people–especially kids– to continue reading through the summer,” said Bethany Martin, manager at the store. “The bingo game should give people the freedom to read what they want, within a few fun parameters.” There are also several “free choice” spaces on each board that allow people to choose whatever title they want.
For each bingo completed and turned in by August 15th there will be a prize given. Each bingo will also earn an entry into a drawing for one of three grand prizes–a $50 gift card for each age category (preschool-6th grade, 7th-12th grade and Adult).
While you do not have to buy your books at Faith & Life for them to qualify–you will receive an extra entry for each book purchased at the store.
For more details or questions call Faith & Life Book Store at: 316-283-2210