July 2012 Tourism Topics newsletter
July 2012 Tourism Topics newsletter
July 2012 Tourism Topics newsletter
July 2012 Tourism Topics newsletter

July 2012 Tourism Topics newsletter

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July 2012 Tourism Topics Newsletter

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  • How Do You Plan to Spend Your Fourth of July?For those in, or coming to The Little Apple, Thunder Over Manhattan willtake place over CiCo Park again this year. There will be live music and funfor the whole family. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, cold sodas andfriends, as this is a great wat to celebrate our countries freedom. Findthose lawn chairs that let you kick back and see the sky, or you might geta crick in your neck! To stay up to date, look for them onfacebook.com/ThunderOverManhattan.

    Nearby Randolph hosts a celebration as well, and has plenty of detailsyou can read about from their facebook page, facebook.com/ran-dolphks.

    One of the largest fireworks shows in Kansas takes place just down theroad in Wamego. They will fire more than 50,000 shells in approximately 30 minutes. You can track updates at f a c e b o o k . c o m / w a m e g o . f i r e w o r k s . s h o w.Organized activities for the day begin at 9:00 am, and for those just in itfor the light show, it's recommended that you be set up no later than 9:00pm. The show starts at 10:00 pm. For parking, directions, what to bring andmore, visit wamegofireworks2012.com.

    July 2012

    Volume 12, Issue 7

    A publication of

    the Manhattan

    Convention &

    Visitors Bureau

    Adams GolfTournament

    page 2

    Nature ExplorationCenterpage 3

    Kawnivorepage 3

    Real Life Cowboys!

    The Kaw Valley Rodeo teams up with the RileyCounty Fair to provide summer entertainment for allages. July 26, 27 and 28 at 8:00 pm each evening,the Wells Arena in Cico Park will host the rodeo. Thisis the 37th year in conjunction with the Riley CountyFair. Each evening will feature 3 nightly perform-ances, as well as accompanying events. Admissionis $10 adults, $4 children.

    Thursday the 26th is annual Military FamilyAppreciation Night, and Friday the 27th is ToughEnough to Wear Pink night. For a full schedule ofevents visit kawvalleyrodeo.com, or call CharHenton at785-564-1385.This event issponsored byBriggs AutoGroup.

  • Upcoming EventsIts Fair Season!

    July 26-30 will bring the Riley County Fair to Cico Park! There are tons ofactivities, including a pedal tractor pull, fair rides, and the newest event-Fair Factor. As always, food vendors will be in full force and offering plentyof tasty treats and traditional fair food.

    4-H exhibits and entries will be on display in Pottorf Hall and the adjacentlivestock barns. For daily schedules, rental information and further details,visit rileycountyfair.com.

    Arts in the Park

    There are three performances for Arts in the Park in July, and an addition-al set of performances from the Manhattan Municipal Band.

    Through July 17th, the Municipal Band plays Tuesdays at 7:30 pm in TheLarry Norvell Band Shell in City Park. They also will play at the ThunderOver Manhattan celebration in CiCo Park on July 4th.

    The Little Apple Jazz Festival on July 14th, Saturday, starts at 6:00 pm withactivities for the whole family, arts, food and fun in addition to the music!This event sponsored by the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the UnionProgram Council, MWR and local businesses. Musicians include thePanorama Jazz Band from New Orleans, and Watermelon Slim fromOklahoma.

    Friday, July 27th, Streetside will play at 8:00 pm. This group is comprised ofK-State and MHS Alumni performing A Cappella Doo-Wop from the 50sand 60s.

    July 20th, The Benders will perform at 8:00 pm. This 50s and 60s groupwith big hair entertains with show tunes, and comes to Manhattan fromDerby, Kansas.

    Wrapping up the Arts in the Park season is Dougie Maclean. Again at 8:00pm, Maclean is one of Scotlands most successful and popular musicians.This will be the second time for Maclean to serenade Manhattan, and agreat close to the summer concert series!

    4th Annual Brew 2 Shoe

    This great event on August 4 celebrates anniversaries for two localManhattan companies; Tallgrass Brewing Company and ManhattanRunning Company. This point to point race is a 10K road race beginningat Tallgrass Brewing Co. and ending at Manhattan Running Co. In earlieryears there have been as many as 300 runners in this race.

    Proceeds from the race this year will go to the Boys and Girls Club ofManhattan. There is no parking at Tallgrass, so participants need to bed ropped off, or be at Cico Park swimming pool between 5:30 and 6:45 amfor the shuttle. Pizza and activities will follow after the race! Register atmanhattanrunningco.com, or call 785-320-6363 with questions!

    The Adams Golf Pro Tour spent June 13-16 inManhattan playing the Colbert Charity Classic.Approximately 80 golfers competed and theConvention and Visitors Bureau helped welcomethem all to The Little Apple!

    Outdoors Summit to takeplace in ManhattanThe sixth annual Built Environment and theOutdoors Summit will take place in Manhattan,Oct. 24-26, 2012. Attendees have opportunitiesto learn about the many resources available topromote healthy and active lifestyles in theircommunities through enhancements to infra-structure and access. This conference highl i g h t sthe ways in which the design of a community where people live, work, learn and play andthe built environment a communitys design,bikeability and walkability, access to fresh fruitsand vegetables, and safety profoundly affecteach community members ability to be healthyand active. For information visit the official websitewww.KansasBEOS.org and join in our conversa-tion at www.facebook.com/KansasBEOS

    Congratulations Harrys!Prominent magazine, Midwest Living, started theirsummer with a trip most of us would have lovedto participate in- finding the best burgers in theMidwest. Harrys was one of their winners- withone of 25 top scores out of 130 finalists. Burgerswere judged on visual appeal, artisanal buns,how the burger differs from others and more. Thecomplete report card is available with the articleat midwestliving.com

    We should also mention that the article containeda list of additional favorites that they just couldntleave out- Cozy Inn burgers, homed in Salina butnow available in Aggieville also made the list!

  • Chuck Scott, ChairmanDottie Burgess, HotelBrad Everett, HotelJennifer Fritchen, HotelGregg Joyal, HotelDave Lewis, Ex-OfficioKelly Loub, RestaurantCurt Loupe, Ex-OfficioMeredith McKee, HotelTeresa Morris, HotelWayne Rouse, EntertainmentEvan Tuttle, AttractionJohn Pence, K-StateBernie Haney, E x - O ff i c i oLynda Spire, Ex-OfficioBob Workman, E x - O ff i c i o

    Manhattan CVB SteeringCommittee

    Sunset Zoos Wine in the Wild was held June 2,2012. VIP guests were given a sneak peak,

    special tastings and tours of the Nature ExplorationCenter. This year had the largest turnout

    the zoo has ever experienced for this event, with nearly 550 attendees.

    Wine in the Wild

    Kawnivore 100 is a river race between Manhattan and Lawrence. The overnight race

    tests participants on a river full of turns and sandbars. This was the second year for the event-

    and was quite a chilly day, as opposed to lastyears 105 degree temps.

    Kawnivore 100

    Arts in the Park summer concert series in City Park.The Ruth Moody band, performed June 8.

    She is part of well-known trio, the Wailin Jennys,who have played Arts in the Park before as well.

    Arts in the Park

    On June 3, Sunset Zoo proudly opened the doors to their Nature Exploration Center.This monumental project including new office space, gift shop, ticket booth,

    classrooms, meeting space and more was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting event, and activities and volunteers set up to introduce visitors to the new space.

    Nature Exploration Center Grand Opening

    A local unique venue, PrairiewoodRetreat & Preserve announces theaddition of the Blue Sage Barn totheir rental facilities. They are a fullretreat property offering facility usefor overnight group accommodationsand unique options for meetings,weddings, reunions and othergatherings. The Blue Sage Barn isnow included as a rental option forguests, in addition to the alreadyestablished Retreat House.

    This original equestrian barn hasbeen modernized to include state-of-the-art amenities and details. Prairiewood offers 300 acres of native prairie, restored prairie, wooded riparian valleys and waters of Wildcat Creek to be explored. Visit prairiewood.com for photos, and further details about renting the facility.

    Enjoy Manhattan

  • Tuesdays thru July 17Arts in the Park- Manhattan Municipal Band, Larry NorvellBand Shell, City Park, 7:30

    Through Aug 12Temporary Exhibit: The Making of the Flint Hills Discovery Center, Flint Hills Discovery Center,785-587-2726

    Through Sept 1Quiet Symmetry: The Ceramic Art of Yoshiro Ikeda, Beach Museum of Art, K-State, Tues-Sat 10am-5pm and Sun Noon-5pm, 785-532-7718

    Every Mon., Road Ride with K-State Cycling Club, 6pm

    Every Mon., Monday NightLights River Trails MTB Ride ,Sunset

    Every Tues., Mountain/Cyclo- cross Bikes Gravel Ride, 6pm

    Every Wed., River Trails Mountain Bike Rides, 6:30pm

    Every Wed., W o m e n s - M o u n t a i n /Cyclocross Bikes Gravel Ride, 6pm

    Every Thurs., River Trails Beginner Mountain Bike Ride, 6pm

    Every Fri., Friday Night Lights River Trails MTB Ride,Sunset

    Every Sat., Linear Trail Historical Lifestyle Ride, 9am

    All bike rides above begin at Big Poppi Bike, 785-537-3737

    4 Manhattan Solar Kiwanis Club Pancake Feed,Pottorf Hall, CiCo Park, 7:30-11am, 785-587-4122

    7 FHDS Bloom Show,Manhattan Town Center,

    10-4pm, 785-537-3967Flint Hills Daylily Festival ,Manhattan Town Center,10am4pm, 785-539-3500

    8-11 K-State Leadership and Auxiliary Camp, McCain Auditorium, K-State, All Day, 785-532-3816

    9 8th Anniversary Celebration!, Hibachi Hut

    10 Around the Wor