Category Archives: Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce

Participants Sought For Veterans Day Parade Nov. 9

Veteran;s Day is fast approaching and Live Local Bourbon County is hosting the 2nd Annual Veteran’s Day Parade this year on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 3 p.m.
We are looking for organizations, groups or individuals like yourself to be part of this patriotic event to help honor our veterans!
You don’t have to have a big fancy float to enter, you don’t even have to have a trailer – we want you to wear your RED, WHITE & BLUE, walk, ride, bring a friend just to be a part of something special!
See the parade entry forms  below or on  Live Local Facebook page, pick one up at the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce, or BIDS & DIBBS. We would love to have as many veterans present as possible!!!
Thank you!
Live Local Bourbon County
Board of Directors

Butcher Block Customer Appreciation Oct. 19

The Butcher Block
invites you to their
3rd Anniversary &
Customer Appreciation Event
This weekend!
Saturday, October 19th, 10am-???
SPECIALS valid through
Saturday see below!
The smokers will be going,
samples will be offered & great food available,
koozies for giveaway, drawings to enter
come join the party!
1735 S. National Ave.
Phone: (620) 644-5115
Click here for the Facebook event to add it to your calendar!
·    $1 OFF BRATS
·      $1 OFF PER LB.
Sale ends Saturday, October 19th.
Click here for their Facebook page to stay current on future sales & featured items!
for Butcher Block’s
2nd Annual Halloween Party
Thursday, October 31st, 4-9pm
Smoked Turkey Legs &
Hot Dogs for the kiddos!
They also serve lunch daily
from 11am-2pm!
Geoff & Carrie Southwell
Brian & Rebecca Williams
for your Chamber membership &
for having your small business
here in our community!

Festival Oct. 19 To Encourage Creative Writing

The Lowell Milken Center is located at the corner of First and Wall Street and is the site of the Fort Scott Writing Festival.
A collaborative project to encourage creative writing in the community is taking place this Saturday, Oct. 19 at Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes at Main and Wall Street.
“It was a culmination of several peoples ideas in thinking about how to support and encourage writing in our community,” Jan Hedges, owner of Hedgehog.INK, said. “Writing is an aspect of the arts that is not often recognized.”
The event is co-sponsored by the Bourbon County Arts Council, Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce, Books and Grannies Book Store and Hedgehog.INK!
It is a one-day event for gathering published authors to share their writing and publishing experiences with the community.
The morning session is a series of one-hour workshops  that is open to high school and local college students as well as adults.
There is no cost for students to attend the workshops.
In the afternoon, there will be a fair for authors to showcase their work and answer questions from aspiring writers.
Also in the afternoon there will be three mini-lessons, 30 minutes each for the public to view.

Program Schedule

Registration: 8:30 and refreshments (inside front doors)

Opening Remarks: 8:50 Little Theater

Finding Your Writing Plan – 9:00 Little Theater

Presenter R.J. Thesman

Are you stuck between writer’s block and the fun of procrastination? Maybe you’re not blocked. You just don’t have a writing plan. Finding Your Writing Plan helps you develop a discipline for your writing craft and keeps you from avoiding that blank page. Especially for bi-vocational writers who work another job, Finding Your Writing Plan gives you a structure for each day’s work. You can still nurture your creative side by choosing more than one plan or by changing your plan, depending on your circumstances. RJ Thesman will present 12 different options for your writing plan with best practices to help you finish your Work in Progress and move toward your publishing dreams. 

RJ Thesman, CLC, BSE Author / Writing Coach / Editor Speaker

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Writing FOR a Child Requires Thinking LIKE a Child” – 9:00 Conference Room

Presenter: Cathy Werling

Have you often thought you would like to write a children’s book? With the current self-publishing opportunities available, the goal of writing and publishing a children’s book has become much more attainable. Through this presentation, you will learn how to get started, some important steps you need to consider before you actually start writing, and some available resources to help your children’s book become a reality.

Cathy Werling is a retired elementary educator, who works part-time at the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes. The opportunity to provide positive role models for children led to the Center’s Unsung Heroes book series for children. Cathy is the author of the first four books in the series, with plans to continue sharing more of the amazing stories of Unsung Heroes through additional books. Her goal is to, not only provide inspirational role models for elementary students, but to encourage them to be people who can also make a positive difference in the world around them.

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Self Publishing – 10:00 Little Theater

Presenter: Sally Freeman Jadlow

Come learn how to publish your own book, step-by-step, in paperback or ebook through Handouts will accompany the class.

Sally Jadlow has published eleven books which have gone through the process Amazon offers authors. She writes award-winning historical fiction, inspirational short stories, non-fiction, devotionals and poetry. Sally has also been published in many magazine articles and anthologies. She teaches writing for the the Kansas City Writers Group in the spring and fall.

Know Your Sources – 10:00 Conference Room

Presenter: Ronda Hassig

Primary sources can be mysterious, exciting, and lead to creative writing at its finest.  If you want to write non-fiction or historical fiction you will need to know your sources!  When you leave this session, you will know what a source is, where to find it, how to use it and how to document it. 

Ronda Hassig is a retired Kansas Master Teacher and middle school librarian.  She is the author of two books including “The Abduction of Jacob Rote” and “The Greatest Test of Courage.”  Ronda loves reading, writing, and walking her three feral dogs!  

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Workshop Drawing – 10:55

Transformative Works & the Online Writing Experience – 11:00 Little Theater

Presenter: Qwen Salsbury

Discussion of the popularity and opportunities in online writing. How to build an online following, locate writing e-communities, and the bridge to publishing. Exploration of the importance of transformative works in society’s need to own its own stories. Presentation by author Qwen Salsbury, Amazon #1 Best-Selling author, whose online works have over 5 million unique hits. 

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Writing the Poetic Image – 11:00 Conference Room

Presenter: Laura Lee Washburn

Laura Lee Washburn will lead this workshop on imagery.  Poets will participate in a poetic game as well as write a short lyric or narrative free verse poem.  

Washburn is the author of two books of poetry, This Good Warm Place (March Street) and Watching the Contortionists (Palanquin Chapbook Prize).  Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals including Poet Lore and The Sun.  Harbor Review’s Washburn Chapbook prize is named in her honor.  She directs the Creative Writing Program at Pittsburg State.

12:00 – 1:30 Lunch Break

Authors set up for the Authors Fair

Afternoon Mini-Sessions – Conference

1:30 Thomas Yoke

2:15 Kate Emmett-Sweetser

3:00 Jan Hedges

Why I Just Now Write” – 1:30 Conference Room

Presenter: Tom Yoke

It took me 60 years to fulfill the dream of becoming an author. The roadblocks and obstacles I had to overcome, are the motivation for telling my story. I want to encourage anyone of any age or circumstance to pursue that dream.

The main points of the talk are:

  • Listening to the right voices
  • Daring to believe in yourself
  • Dreaming big dreams
  • Following your heart’s hidden desire

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NaNoWriMo and Poem-a-Day: Write. Every. Day. – 2:15 Conference Room

Presenter: Kate Emmett-Sweetser

Though raised by a professor of British literature and a poet, Kate Emmett-Sweetser prefers to write non-fiction. She has worked as a free-lance journalist in both English and Spanish, as a translator, and as a Spanish adjunct at Pittsburg State University. She is currently working on a book about the Jewish families who lived in SE Kansas in the decades following the Civil War. Her biggest challenges are perfectionism and procrastination; she will share ways to adapt fiction- and poetry-writing prompts and goals to all genres of writing. 

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The Art of Journaling – 3:00 Conference Room

Presenter: Jan Hedges

We each have a great deal to write about already tucked in our own heads. Journaling is a way to keep track of and organize these thoughts, musings and ideas. This session will cover the many aspects of journaling, how-to’s, inspiration and motivation. A drawing for a journal will be held at the end of the session.

Jan Hedges is a retired teacher and school administrator. She and her husband Dick opened Hedgehog.INK! Gently Used Books and So Much More… in October 2018. She has dabbled in writing for over 50 years. I write because I must.

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Author Fair Participants: (Tentative List)

Ronda Hassig Young Adult Historical Fiction

Gerri Hilger Adult Historical Fiction

Sally Freeman Jadlow Adult Christian Living/Memoir/Poetry…

Joyce Love Children/Young Adult Historical Fiction / Devotional

Eric Reynolds Adult Historical Fiction

Carol Russell Young Adult Historical Fiction

Sally Smith Adult Christian Living

R.J. Thesman Adult Christian Living / Fiction…

Laura Lee Washburn Poetry

Cathy Werling Children Children

Thomas Yoke Adult Fiction

 Shirley Fessel

Jena Fellers



Pioneer Harvest Fiesta: Looking At Our Rural Roots

It is almost time for 63rd Annual Pioneer Harvest Fiesta which is held on the Bourbon County Fairgrounds, across the street from Fort Scott Community College on South Horton Street, each year.

October 18, 19 and 20 are the show dates with a parade downtown on Thursday, the 17th at 6 pm.

“We are using equipment 50 to 100-years-old to demonstrate how our forefathers annually harvested their farm crops,” Allen Warren, president of the Pioneer Harvest Fiesta board said.   “We also demonstrate how our forefathers crushed rock for the early gravel roads.”

Vendors with some of everything, including old tools will be positioned around the fairgrounds.

Tractors will be on display and also gas engines.

The featured tractor this year is the Ford and the featured engine is a Hercules.

Also included in the harvest fiesta are quilt shows along with arts and crafts vendors. They will be housed in the buildings on the fairgrounds.

Quilts to be exhibited should be brought to the Myers Building from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 17.

“If these times do not work for you, please let me know or if you have any questions,” Jackie Warren, quilt event coordinator said. She can be reached at 620-224-8161.

“The quilt show is always fun, viewing the beautiful quilts and visiting with the vendors who are always ready to help you chose a new project,” she said. “This year’s vendors are Erica with Nine Patch Quilt Shop of Nevada, Carolyn with Heavenly Kneads & Threads of Humboldt, Cassino with Country Creek Peddlers, John Newland with Hot Fix products and Bobbi Schroeder with her quilting machine.”

“Bring some handwork with you and join the others who are hand quilting and embroidering and maybe, there will be someone crocheting and knitting. Lots of visiting and learning new procedures going on.”

Don’t forget the Arts and Crafts that will be in the 4-H Building.

Any questions about the Pioneer Harvest Fiesta, please call Allen Warren, 620-224-7761

The 2020 dates of the show will October 2, 3, and 4.

The Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be held in the 4-H Building at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds Oct. 17.

The Pioneer Harvest Fiesta officers are Allen Warren, president  Larry Richard, vice president; Delphine Parks, treasurer; and Betsy Readinger, Secretary.

The mission of the Pioneer Harvest Fiesta is:

“To create and maintain an organization of persons who are interested in all aspects of equipment, machinery, and other technology characteristic of rural American culture particularly during the period encompassing the first half of the twentieth century; to provide for the collection, preservation, display and management of artifacts and/or documents contemplated above; to provide and/or promote educational and charitable activities and programs which fulfill the above purposes, and thereby advance the cultural betterment of humankind; and to receive, administer, and distribute funds in connection with any activities related to the above purposes; provided, however, that the organization shall only engage in activities that are in the purview of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 amended.”


Shopping Discount Downtown with Pioneer Harvest Fiesta Button

Pioneer Harvest Fiesta will take place October 18-20, 2019 at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds, kicking off with the Pioneer Harvest parade through Downtown at 6pm on October 17th.

The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce announces that participating retailers in the Downtown Historic District will be offering a 10% discount to shoppers who have a Pioneer Harvest button which is the same as a ticket to the weekend steam engine and tractor show festival.

Buttons may be purchased for $5 at the gate of the Pioneer Harvest
Fiesta, or at the Chamber of Commerce, 231 E. Wall St.

This cross-promotion is a great way to support a local festival while enjoying a discount on books, apparel, antiques and more in the Downtown Historic District.

Shoppers mayl ook for a shopping discount flyer in the window of participating stores.

For more information on Pioneer Harvest Fiesta visit

New Chamber Employee: Rita Schroeder

Rita Schroeder, courtesy of Kenny Felt Photography.

Rita Schroeder is the new administrative assistant at the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce, as of Oct.1

Schroeder’s duties include social media, networking, front desk duties, hospitality, customer service, promoting and recruiting, fundraising, and helping with events.

Schroeder, 50, is originally from the Miami, OK area and graduated from Quapaw High School.

Schroeder has a background of experience in printing, accounting, and sales  and received training in product sales shows, webinars, system training through Team Viewer and Podcast.

She is married to Greg Schroeder and has two sons, Blake Carriger, Fort Scott, and Nathan Eby, Nevada.

The chamber office is located at 231 E. Wall and can be reached at

Phone:  620-223-3566
Fax:  620-223-3574
The Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce, 231 E. Wall

Chamber After Hours Oct. 16 at Holmtown Pub

Chamber members & guests are
invited to join us for a
Chamber After-hours Event
hosted by Holmtown Pub!
206 N. National Ave.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
5:15 to 7pm
Brief remarks & drawings at 6pm
$2 admission for Chamber 50/50 drawing.
Refreshments provided,
Cash bar available.
Holmtown owners Chuck and Kristy Holmes,
Manager James Wood, and staff welcome attendees
to come and see what’s new with “The Pub”,
enjoy door prizes, good food, and great company.
Although this is a free event, outside of the $2 admission,
your reservation is welcome for planning purposes:
Click hereto RSVP online,
Call the Chamber at 620-223-3566,
We hope to see you there!

Friday Night Free Concert: David Prickett

This week’s Chamber of Commerce sponsored Friday Night Free Concert will feature David Prickett on the guitar and vocal.

David performs gospel, classic country and old standard pop tunes.

“David is one of the concert series favorites,” Ralph Carlson, event coordinator said.

In addition, there will be an open-mike period for walk-on musicians.

The show will start at 6:30 pm due to the earlier sunset times.

The show will take place indoors at the Common Grounds Coffee Shop, on Main Street in downtown Fort Scott.

The outside temperature is predicted to be in the low 50s at showtime.


Chamber Coffee at Gordon Parks Museum Oct. 3

Join us for Chamber Coffee
Thursday, October 3, 2019  at 8:00 a.m.
Hosted by:
Gordon Parks Museum

Inside the Ellis Fine Arts Center
on the campus of FSCC
2108 S. Horton
Kicking off the 16th Annual Gordon Parks Festival this weekend!
Click here for schedule of events.
Chamber members and guests are encouraged to attend for networking, community announcements, and to learn about the hosting business or organization.
Members may pay $1 to make an announcement about an upcoming event, special/sale/discount, or news of any kind.
Upcoming Coffees:
October 10 – McDonald’s (2224 S. Main St.)
October 17 – Pioneer Harvest Fiesta (BB County Fairgrounds)
October 24 – Sleep Inn (celebrating 5th anniversary)
October 31 – Fort Scott Area Community Foundation

Downtown Meet and Greet Oct. 1

Join the Chamber of Commerce
for the
Quarterly Downtown
Meet & Greet
TOMORROW, October 1st
Quarterly Downtown
Meet & Greet
TOMORROW, October 1st
Papa Don’s Pizza
The Chamber of Commerce hosts Quarterly Downtown Meet & Greet at a different location for Downtown business owners or representatives, or anyone in the community with an interest in Downtown to attend and share thoughts and ideas related to Downtown, and to stay current on new happenings.
For more information,
call 620-223-3566
or visit the Chamber’s website
by clicking HERE.

Friday Night Free Concert: The Prairie Sunflowers

The Prairie Sunflowers, a group of mostly local ladies, will perform on  Friday, October 4th, at the Friday night concert.

The concert begins at 7:00 PM at the downtown Heritage Pavilion.

This group performs gospel, bluegrass, and standards.

The Sunflowers consist of dulcimers, a fiddle, an autoharp, and a guitar. Their music is fun to listen to and very enjoyable. This will prove to be a good concert.

Members of the group include Sandy Hemphill, Marilyn Adcock, Jean Strader, Joyce Love, Diane Spencer, all from Fort Scott, and Charlena Burns from Mound City, and Chery Nelson from Columbus.

In addition to the Prairie Sunflower group, the Woods family, from Prescott, will perform. Kevin, Kathy, and Leia Wood will sing some gospel and some country standards. Sometimes Nevaeh, Leia’s daughter, age 3, sings with the family. This is sure to be a very good concert!  Don’t miss it!

Please bring lawn chairs because there is limited seating.