Elkhart, KS, May 19, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Recently recognized as one of the top 20 festival in Kansas, the 14th Annual Grassland Heritage Festival will be held in Morton County June 7-14.
The eight-day festival is jam-packed with activities and includes concerts and examples of cowboy life such as wagon rides, blacksmithing, making ropes, apple cider and more. Some of the happenings can be experienced for free and some for a one-time purchase of only $10 for annual souvenir collector pin. A schedule of events follows:
On Saturday, June 7, at 8 a.m. the USDA Forest Service’s Free Fishing Derby kicks off the festival. Fishing is for "kids" ages 0-16 and 55 years and older.
Sunday, June 8, at noon a homemade chicken and noodle dinner will be served at Elkhart City Hall. With a program by Divine Intervention, a praise group from the Elkhart Church of the Nazarene, this event is free with the purchase of the 2014 collector pin.
Sunday’s events continue at 7 p.m. with a Community Old-Fashioned Church Service at Richfield United Methodist Church with a circuit riding preacher, singspiration and ice cream social.
On Wednesday, June 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the MCHS Museum, 370 U.S. 56, Elkhart, is the free Children's Day with activities such as wagon rides, rope making, blacksmithing, apple cider making. Hot dogs will be served at noon. At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. dancer and hula hoop spinner (up to 50 hula hoops at one time) Mariah Rome, 17, of Hugoton, will perform.
On Friday, June 13, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. the International Luncheon will be held in the Morton County Civic Center, 400 E. Orchard in Elkhart. Lunch and some extra to take home may be purchased at the various food booths.
At 6 p.m. the Cowboy Cookout begins with hamburgers and trimmings and s’mores at the Morton County Civic Center. Steve Cormier, musician, story-teller and actor, will perform traditional cowboy fare and stories. He has had supporting roles in films and on television such as “Breaking Bad,” “Wyatt Earp,” “Gunsmoke: The Long Ride” and “The Astronaut Farmer.” This event is free with purchase of the 2014 pin.
The grand finale is Saturday, June 14, at 7:30 p.m. with The Jake Gill Band in concert at the Morton County Civic Center. Gill and his band play country, bluegrass and gospel. They have performed at the Professional Cowboys Association National Finals Rodeo, Dodge City Days, PBR and Country Stampede. Gill was a fourth round winner on NBC's “The Voice” in 2012. Immediately following the concert a reception will be held and refreshments will be served. This event is free with the purchase of the souvenir collector’s pin.
For more information about the events and how to purchase the collector pin ($10 for adults, $5 for children 6-13, 5 and under free) contact Myrna Barnes or Becky Ellis at the MCHS Museum at 620-697-2833 or go to the website, www.ghf.mtcoks.com.