Kansas Local Customs

  • A  pretty good car show is part of the festival
    A pretty good car show is part of the...
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Kansas Local Customs

  • All American Indian Center

    Wichita Local Customs

    The All American Indian Center in Wichita is a great cultural resource for all Americans. The large building is used for indoor events, dances, etc and houses a museum and gift shop. Tuesdays mark lunches of Indian Tacos for Wichitans. During several occasions, the grounds of the Indian Center are full of Native Americans at the Pow-wows. Great...

  • Hot Air Ballooning

    The Kansas City Hot Air Balloon Invitational is held on the final weekend of May in Gardner, Kansas. It's a colorful, family-friendly event that normally includes 20 to 24 balloon teams competing in contests and participating in evening group ascents which are great for photographers.

  • The Prairie Burn

    Before the coming of European settlers to the Great Plains, spring time prairie fires were a natural occurrence as a result of lightning strikes. It was nature's way of preparing the soil for new growth of the indigenous tall grasses and ridding the prairie of foreign plants. Because the vast areas of Kansas' Flint Hills are still grazing land (now...

  • State Flower - Sunflower

    Helianthus annuusThe Helianthus or Wild Native Sunflower is the Kansas State Flower. There are eleven species of sunflower recorded from Kansas. Most of them are perennials. They grow very well in the hot, dry Kansas summers. Nearly 3,000 years ago the sunflower was domesticated for food production by the Native Americans.

  • State Bird – Western Meadowlark

    Sturnella neglectaThe Western Meadowlark became the state bird of Kansas on January 29, 1925 (Kansas Day) after a vote by over 121,000 school children. Meadowlarks are members of the blackbird family. The meadowlark sports a yellow breast with a black bib over its mottled brown body. Meadowlarks are ground feeders. The majority of their food during...

  • Walnut Valley Festival & Nat'l...

    This is far more than a local event that takes place every September in Winfield, Kansas! The Walnut Valley Festival draws thousands of music lovers and musicians from all over the world. A week before the festival begins, you will see campers and RVs lined up for miles waiting to get into the camp ground.The music is what it is all about, but it...

  • Dress Down

    Us Kansasan's tend to dress down rather than up for most all events. Going on a date? Wear Jeans. Going to a nightclub? Wear Jeans. Going out for dinner? Wear Jeans. Going to the Theater? Wear Jeans. (Note - Some people do dress up for the theater). I have even seen people wear jeans to a wedding & believe it or not, seen the bride & groom get...

  • Streets of Brick

    I noticed in more than one place in Kansas that the streets were paved with red bricks. Although they are rough and noisy to drive across, I still found that it was a nice way to retain an air of history and permanence. It actually reminded me of the Portugese custom of using small hand-cut rock squares for both their sidewalks and streets.As you...

  • Feeling Rejected

    After getting out of the car for a closer look, I noticed that many of these quite large fruit were laying on the ground beneath the tree. Their skin was very rough and the fruit felt very hard to the touch with not much give. Overall, not very appealing to either the eye or feel! This fruit is not eaten by humans and research suggests that it is...

  • What Kind of Tree is This?

    About 3 hours after I had left Kansas City, Missouri, I was pulling into the tiny dorp of Pleasanton, Kansas when I passed by a very unusual looking tree. It was so unusual that I had to stop and reverse back for a closer look. It stood all by itself beside the road and along a division between two fields. What caught my eye were the very large...

  • Wide Streets

    I was struck by the wide streets in the downtown area of all the towns and villages that I drove through in Kansas. Apparantly, when you have that much space, there is no need to crowd things! That being said, there was also not much traffic, which is not surprising in a state only slightly smaller than New Zealand yet with only 2.7 million...

  • The two finger driving wave

    It took me a while to decide what they were doing, those drivers of the oncoming cars.Then I realized what a jerk I was being. I grew up in the country and this is what you do to be friendly to other drivers - the city had made me forget.You are not going to get legally in trouble if you don't do this. The other driver will probably just mutter...

  • Stuckey's convenient...

    Stuckey's convenient stores...... anyone who's travelled in the southern US has seen one of these! Yes sir..... if you've ever traveled the highways of this great country of ours, you're bound to have become a confirmed Stuckologist!!!!!I am not like many baby boomers, on long car trips that would amuse themselves by following the colorful...

  • Dumb Kansas LawsRabbits may...

    Dumb Kansas LawsRabbits may not be shot from motorboats.Pedestrians crossing the highways at night must wear tail lights.No one may catch fish with his bare hands.The state game rule prohibits the use of mules to hunt ducks.If two trains meet on the same track, neither shall proceed until the other has passed.Dodge CityIt is illegal to spit on a...

  • Everyone I have met has been...

    Everyone I have met has been friendly except for the rude lady at a gas station in Manhattan and I have heard that the girls at Kansas State are fairly snotty to military guys. But seeing as I am not a military guy, I don't speak from experience.

  • Kansas cowboys drive pickup...

    Kansas cowboys drive pickup trucks. Horses in Kansas spend as much time riding as they do being ridden.

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