One of our favorite summer events here at Midwest Ford is just a short drive away — the Harvey County Free Fair. This annual celebration, which takes place Aug. 1-5 this year, features livestock exhibits, 4H events, arts and crafts, rides, and more. It’s an exciting time you won’t want to miss.
Events kick off Aug. 1 with food and woodworking judging, as
well as a special rocketry event and a parade in downtown Newton at 7 p.m. On
Aug. 2, you can see home arts, arts and crafts, and 4H project displays. The
beer garden will open at 5 p.m., and you can also enjoy a charity tug-of-war
and mud volleyball tournament. On Aug. 3, the main event is the 2019 ATV Rodeo.
On Aug. 4, visit Market at the Park to check out a wide range of arts, crafts
and locally made products on sale.
Other highlights on the fair schedule include livestock
shows and judging, a demolition derby, a dog costume contest, and the Barnyard
As indicated by the name, it doesn’t cost visitors anything
to enter the Harvey County Free Fair. However, be sure to bring along some cash
for carnival rides and all the tasty food and drinks you’ll find. We hope to
see you there!
It may be winter here in Kansas, but that does not mean you
have to stay at home or even indoors. If you want to add some fun to your
family’s life, here are some great activities in Hutchinson.
Head 650 feet into the ground and visit an active salt mine. The underground temperatures stay cool and constant year-round, so it is great to visit no matter what the weather is like. There are additional add-on tour packages available for a more immersive experience.
Instead of going underground, look to the skies with a visit to the Cosmosphere. This Smithsonian-affiliated museum lets you experience the thrill of space exploration with hands-on exhibits and activities. The museum is open seven days a week.
If you are looking for a free family activity, head to the zoo. It is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. The zoo has a wide range of animals including deer, bobcats, porcupines, reptiles, and a variety of birds.
Dillon Nature Center
Spend some time outdoors at the Dillon Nature Center. Here you can walk along a variety of trails, spend some time fishing, or even rent a canoe (only available seasonally). The Nature Center frequently offers programs for children and families.
To make sure your car is ready for all your Hutchinson-area activities, schedule a service appointment at Midwest Ford.
Tell most Americans that you’re planning to take a road trip through Kansas, and you’ll probably get that canned, stereotypical response about cornfields. We can hear it now, that grating, enjoy the corn! But, we Kansans know there’s so much more to our state than cornfields (though do we not also have the finest, most shining cornfields in the nation)?
Fellow Jayhawkers, if you’re feeling like the summertime is flying by, pack up the family for a quick road trip through Kansas, and show some love to your favorite state.
Get Spooked in Kansas Ghost Towns
Kansas is chock-full of American pioneer history, much of which you can still see and touch. Take this route starting at Stull in the north and looping around down to Le Hunt in the south, and explore a few of our chilling ghost towns.
Drop Your Jaws at these Kansan Natural Wonders
From the Gypsum Hills to Castle Rock, Kansas is full of stunning natural wonders. Make a weekend of cruising between these gorgeous vistas and spend an afternoon hiking and picnicking — a great time for kids or for a romantic getaway.
Sample the Best Fried Chicken in Kansas
Nobody fries chicken like a Kansan. Take a drive to these eight delicious fried chicken establishments if you like a road trip you can sink your teeth into.
Before you head out to explore the great state of Kansas, make sure your car is up to the task and schedule a maintenance check at Midwest Ford.