Hometown Teams Partner Exhibit – Schedule of Events – March 27 – May 3, 2015

March 27 – May 3 Exhibit – Kansas State Cornhusking; “Harvesting” the Spirit of Athletic Competition at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center.   Exhibit includes a photo collage of cornhusking contests of the past and present, a photo display of the contest and rules.  A cornhusking wagon will be on display outside.   Heritage Documentaries’ DVD of “When Farmers Were Heroes” will be shown throughout the day.  The Fick Fossil and History Museum Hometown Team display will include Oakley State Basketball Memorabilia and Kids Corn Art created by Oakley Middle School students.

March 27th 11:00 am – 2:30 pm – Corn on the Plains – High School Edition – Presentation and interactive training and group discussions open to Kansas FFA students (reservations required:  call 785-671-1000). Topics:  Genetic Modification in Crops presented by Channel Seed and Kansas Ethanol presented by Western Plains Energy, LLC.

April 1 – April 30 – Register for the Logan County Hometown Team Walk. Sponsored by the Logan County Healthcare Foundation.  Get your free pedometer and scorecard and begin your six week walking program.  Sign up at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center, The Logan County Healthcare Foundation, or the Logan County Rehabilitation and Wellness Center.

April 7th After 5:00 Social – Oakley area businesses are invited to join us for refreshments from 5 to 6 pm.  We will be serving the winning 2014 VIP Hometown Team Corn Cook-Off recipe; Chicken and Corn Dip by THE BANK with assorted corn chips. View the Exhibit!

April 7th 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Sneak Preview of Smoky Hill Public TV’s April 16th presentation of Traveling Kansas, Oakley featuring the Oakley Corn Festival.  Open to the public. Popcorn will be served.

April 13th 6 pm – 8 pm – Award-winning author Stew Magnuson will give a multi-media presentation: The Last American Highway: A Journey Through Time Down U.S. Route 83. Magnuson will talk about the highlights of traveling the border-to-border highway, and some of the interesting history and people he encountered on his four-week, 1,885-mile trip from the Canadian border to Mexico. He will sign copies of his latest book, The Last American Highway: A Journey Through Time Down U.S. Route 83: Nebraska Kansas Oklahoma. Free

April 16th7:00 pm – Tune in for the Smoky Hills Public Television program, Traveling Kansas, Oakley featuring the Oakley Corn Festival and the annual Kansas State Cornhusking Contest.  The program will include historical footage of the old time contests and Oakley’s role in the revival of the modern day contests and preservation of the heritage and tradition of hand husking.  Check your local listings.

April 18th – Logan County Health & Safety Fair at the Impact Center.  Early registration begins for the June 6th Twin Fun Run/Walk 5K and 10K sponsored by the Logan County Healthcare Foundation.  If you haven’t yet registered for the Logan County Hometown Team Walk, you can pick up your free pedometer and scorecard at the fair and kick off your race day training.  After the 18th you can register on line, at the Logan County Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, or the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center.  Find out more about the Twin Fun Run/Walk, or register on line at the Logan County Healthcare Foundation

April 24th – Corn on The Plains Day

11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Corn Recipe Challenge – Taking the contest from the field to the dinner table and “Harvesting” the Spirit of Culinary Competition, The BBCC will host the Hometown Teams People’s Choice Corn Recipe Challenge.  Teams will enter their culinary corn dishes in one of the following categories; Main Dish, Side Dish, Dessert, and Kids Class.  Challenge open to all Kansans, voting open to everyone! – Download the CORN RECIPE CHALLENGE Rules

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Corn Harvesting in America; Past, Present and Future. Presentation and roundtable discussion with local, long time farmers.  Lead by Bill Shields of Crop Production Services and joined by American Implement and Oakley AG.  Combines and other harvesting equipment will be on display outside.  Public welcome – join in the conversation or listen in to our local, long time farmers as they talk about the evolution of corn harvesting.

2:00 pm – Video presentation of Smoky Kill Public Television’s production, Traveling Kansas, Oakley featuring the Oakley Corn Festival and the annual Kansas State Cornhusking Contest.

5:00 pm – Hometown Team Corn Recipe Challenge winners will be announced and awards presented.

June 6th7:00 am – 10:30 am – Twin Fun Run/Walk at the Logan County Rehabilitation and Wellness Center. Sponsored by the Logan County Healthcare Foundation.  Registration open at 7:00 am.  Run starts at 8:00 am. Awards presented at 10:30 am – Turn in your Logan County Hometown Team Walk Scorecards on race day. Register early, on line at  Logan County Healthcare Foundation

October 1 – October 10, 2015: Encore Hometown Teams Partner ExhibitKansas State Cornhusking; “Harvesting” the Spirit of Athletic Competition

Grand Finale: October 9th and 10th – Oakley Corn Festival featuring the 44th Kansas State Cornhusking Contest. Information about the festival: Oakley Corn Festival

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