Byway will be dedicated with many events
Land and Sky Scenic Byway dedication ceremonies will be held Oct. 5 and 6 with events throughout the length of the byway. The public is encouraged to attend all of the events.
“We are so excited for the byway to be dedicated,” Sherman County Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Donna Price said. “We look forward to showing our guests the lifestyle and scenery Land and Sky Scenic Byway has to offer.” Price is Land and Sky Scenic Byway Treasurer.
Oct. 5’s dedication events will take place in Wallace County
Events begin Oct. 5 at the 88-mile byway’s southern end. Tour Fort Wallace Museum, 2655 Highway 40, Wallace, from 2-5 p.m. MDT. Refreshments will be served. Approach Heaven and learn about the night sky that evening at “Mt. Sunflower Under the Stars”. Join the caravan to Mt. Sunflower from Stephens Restaurant, Highways 27 and 40, Sharon Springs, at 5:30 p.m. Climbing gear is optional. Beef brisket supper begins at 6 p.m. at the highest point in Kansas. Supper costs $12. Please bring cool weather clothing, lawn chairs, flashlights, binoculars and telescopes. In case of inclement weather, event will be held at Wallace County High School, 521 N. Main, Sharon Springs.
“What a pleasure to showcase this area of Western Kansas to the rest of the world,” Jayne Humphrey Pearce, Wallace County Visitors Bureau, said. “We invite all of our local folks to join in the celebration and learn more about Kansas’ newest scenic byway!” Pearce serves as Vice-President of the Land and Sky Byway Steering Committee.
Oct. 6’s dedication events cover all three byway counties
Oct. 6’s events begin at Mt. Sunflower Bed and Breakfast, 229 N. Gardner, Sharon Springs. Continental breakfast will be served from 7-8 a.m. MDT. Cost is $7 for those not staying at the bed and breakfast.
Western historians will speak at Smoky Gardens
A caravan will leave the bed and breakfast approximately 8:15, headed to Smoky Gardens/Soldier’s Memorial Park, 1710 Road 54, south of Goodland. Beside a bonfire, Gary and Margaret Kraisinger will talk about the Wallace Branch of the Western Cattle Trail at 9 a.m. The Kraisingers have written two books about the Western Cattle Trail. They were inducted into the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2015. Their books were named 2016’s Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year by both the The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and the Wild West History Association.
The caravan will leave Smoky Gardens approximately 11 a.m., headed to the 11:30 a.m. ribbon cutting on the Highway 27 overpass above Kyle Railroad.
The caravan from the overpass will arrive at the fairgrounds around noon. A chuckwagon will serve lunch for a free will donation. The program will start at 12:30 p.m. Robin Jennison, Secretary of Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, and Richard Carlson, Kansas Department of Transportation will speak, as well as members of the Kansas Byways Committee.
Learn about unique byway businesses at Land and Sky Expo
Land and Sky Expo will be held at the Sherman County Fairgrounds Ag Building. The public is encouraged to visit the Expo beginning at 11 a.m. to learn more about what the byway has to offer.
The caravan will leave the fairgrounds about 1:15 p.m. and will arrive Sawhill Park, St. Francis, around 2 p.m. MDT/3 p.m. CDT. Cake will be served at the park and entertainment will be provided.
“After months of work, we are very excited to reach the day the Land and Sky Scenic Byway will be dedicated,” Cheyenne County Development Corporation Director and Land and Sky Scenic Byway President Helen Dobbs said. “We look forward to this exceptional opportunity to showcase the assets and lifestyle of our communities to others for years to come.”
The new St. Francis Motorcycle Museum, 110 E. Washington, and Quincy Gallery, 109 N. Quincy, will be open for visitors. Two buses with tour guides will take those interested on a tour of the Arikaree Breaks north of St. Francis. If weather is inclement, cake will be served at St. Francis Community High School Auditorium, 100 College.