Celebrate Summer at the Harvey County Free Fair

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 Olympics.

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!

Summer Activities in Hutchinson, KS

As you plan your summer, you won’t have to look far to find fun warm-weather activities. Here at Midwest Ford, we’ve put together a list of our favorite adventures right here in Hutchinson.

Strataca

Cool down this summer with a visit to the Strataca. This salt mine museum take visitors 650 feet underground where temperatures are always cool. Multiple tour options are available, including a Salt Mine Express train ride and the Salt Blast Pass + Salt Safari, which includes all of the available tours.

RV Camping at Sand Hills State Park

Covering more than 1,000 acres, Sand Hills State Park is a popular destination for campers and fishers. The clean, pleasant campground offers hookups and a quiet space to enjoy a summer weekend away from everyday life.

Hutchinson Zoo

Summer is a great time of year to visit the Hutchinson Zoo. This small zoo offers free admission and free parking, so it’s a great way to spend an afternoon with limited time.

Kansas State Fair

Hutchinson is home to the Kansas State Fair, which is always a fun way to celebrate the final days of summer. This year, the Kansas State Fair runs from September 6-15. Join the hundreds of thousands of visitors that come through to enjoy rides, farm animals, live entertainment, and delicious fair food.

To learn more about all the awesome summer activities in Hutchinson, visit us at Midwest Ford!

Savor Summer with an In-State Road Trip Through Kansas

road trip through Kansas

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.