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Beech Street Eats: A Full Restaurant on Wheels

From left: Chasi Pickert, Kenna Smith, John Alley and Christy Montogo man the Beech Street Eats food trailer at the Bourbon County Fair.

A new restaurant on wheels started on Memorial Day 2021 by Wesley and Kenna Smith, called Beech Street Eats.

“My parents, Kenneth and Calen Alley, owned the Riverside Cafe in Belltown for 15 years,” Kenna Smith said. “We kids worked there.”

“I managed the Best Western OFF Club and restaurant from 1986 to ’89,” Smith said.

Her brother John Alley works as the cook in the new food trailer venture.

“John was grill cook at Mercy Hospital for 20 years,” she said. “My dad was a cook in the navy.  We’ve always done food. We are a family of cooks.”

“We decided on a 30-foot food trailer, so we can travel,” she said.

The 30-foot food trailer is a restaurant on wheels.

When they first started at the end of May, they were asked to do weddings and graduation parties,  and even the Good ‘Ol Days Festival, but wanted to get a little experience in the food trailer business first, she said

They park their food trailer on the east side of Lockwoods Motor Supply, located at 1523 S. National Avenue, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“But we might switch that up in the future,” Smith said.

The employees are herself,  her brother, John, her daughter Chasi Pickert and Cristy Montogo.

Mark Brillhart, a Bourbon County Fair Board member, asked the Smiths to provide food during the fair last week.

They had a steady stream of customers.

On the horizon for the business is providing food for special events and festivals, she said.

Beech Street Eats Food Trailer menu.

Some of their crowd favorite offerings are street burritos, Philly sandwiches, and quesadillas, she said.

“The street burrito is a 14-inch shell filled with steak, chicken, cheese, guac, homemade pico, salsa with steak fries,” Smith said. “It’s one of our best sellers.”

“For the quesadilla, we make our own pico, fresh every day,” she said. “We try to get our tomatoes and onions from the Fort Scott Farmer’s Market.”

For those craving a sweet dessert, they include homemade cherry cheesecake and homemade peanut butter pie to finish out a meal.

For more information or to phone an order: 620-224-8005.


Chasi Pickert and her mother Kenna Smith wait on customers, Lisa and Dale Griffiths, at the Bourbon County Fair on Wednesday. Griffiths is a member of the fair board.




A Walk Through the Fair

A walk through the Bourbon County Fair on Wednesday afternoon was comfortable with a breeze and upper 80s temperature.

This was perfect weather for viewing the activity on the fairgrounds.

Thursday’s events include the Chamber Coffee, swine judging, exhibits in the Myer’s Building, 4-H Fashion Show, cornhole tournament, Christmas in July at the Merchant’s Building,  and ends with a 4-H Member Dance.

Friday’s: livestock judging contest, exhibits, 4-H Barnyard Olympics,  Christmas in July at the Merchant’s Building, Buyers Appreciation Supper, and the junior livestock sale.

Saturday is clean-up day and ends the fair with live music performances at 6:30 p.m.

Here are a few of  Wednesday’s sights.

Mayla Foster tells about the articles for sale at the Momentum Youth Market in the Merchant’s Building.
Keri Crisler, left, and Izzy Coutler show off the edible caterpillar they created at the Bourbon County Conservation District booth.
Beech Street Eats Food Trailer menu. The restaurant on wheels is located near the 4-H Building.


Some of the grand champions in the 4-H Building:


Snow cones for sale to cool off the day.
A pig rests in the swine barn.
Jolynne Mitchell and Abbie Powell sell accessories and handbags at the Flying P Ranch booth in the Merchant’s Building.
Georgia Brown mans the Sunshine Boutique Booth at the Merchant’s Building.
A poster telling of the fair finale event.
The U, a t-shirt business run by Uniontown High School Students Mason O’Brien and Kristie Beene, is located in the Momentum Youth Market at the Merchant’s Building.


Honey is sold at the Uppa Creek Ranch Booth at the Merchant’s Building.


A customer looks over the Paparazzi Accessories booth at the Merchant’s Building.


Carrie Southwell mans the Miller Feed Store booth at the Merchant’s Building, which featured toys, and accessories.


The St. Mary Queen of Angels Church booth was manned by Mary Beth Sheehy at the Merchant’s Building.


Julie Norris and daughter man the Magical Nail Kingdom booth at the Merchant’s Building, selling nail polish strips.
Paula Vincent sells Tallow Soaps and Crafts in the Merchant’s Building,
Kristie Beene washes her crossbreed cow in preparation for the show that evening.
KOMB 103.9 Radio Announcer Deana Wade, left, interviews Mayla and Davina Foster at the Merchant’s Building.



Rodeo! At Bourbon County Fair Starts Today

It’s that time of year, spending time with family, friends, and neighbors at the Bourbon County Fair.
The fair showcases talents, and provides entertainment, and offers local products to buy. Local entertainers will be featured at the final event on Saturday night.
This year’s Bourbon County Fair starts this tonight at the fairgrounds located on south Horton Street, across from Fort Scott Community College.
“The rodeo starts Friday, July 9th (at 8 p.m.) and events continue clear till Saturday, July 17th,” Diane Brillhart, treasurer of the fair board, said.
Adult tickets to the rodeo are $12, kids six-years-old and up $7 and kids under 6 are free.

New this year is ‘Christmas at the Fair,'” she said. “Retail booths will be set up in the Merchant’s Building Monday through Friday from 4-9 p.m.  We have a great assortment of items.”

Hands-on activities will be happening in the 4-H Building, sponsored by Southwind K-State Extension, the Museum of Creativity, and the Bourbon County Conservation District.
A Decluttering Program by Starlite FCE, led by Glenda Miller, Karen Peery, and Terri Williams, will be presented Wednesday, 2 p.m., at the Myers Building.
Food trucks will be onsite opening at 10:30  a.m. each day.  Breakfast will be available in the 4-H Building 7-9:30 a.m.
“We are having the Fair Finale on Saturday, July 17th,” Brillhart said. “D.J. Brown and the Bourbon County Revival along with The Barnstormers will be providing a great night of entertainment.”
  Gates open at 6 p.m. and music will start at about 7 p.m.  Tickets are $5.
In addition, there will be food trucks and refreshments available, she said.
Continuing this year is the draft horse pull on Tuesday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m. and the 4-H Dance and Cornhole Tournament, Thursday, July 15.
“Ben Cole, the voice of the Bourbon County Fair, will be announcing our Market Livestock Shows,” Brillhart said.
A goat show at the Bourbon County Fair in 2017.

Bourbon County Fair Board Officers are President Dale Griffiths; Vice-President Mark Crystal ; Secretary Lynda Foster; Assistant Secretary Sue Reinecke;  Treasurer Diane Brillhart;  Assistant Treasurer Mark Brillhart; Grandstand Superintendent Stewart Gulager and  Assistant Grandstand Superintendent Bobby Reed.

Open Class at The Fair: Baking Contest

Submitted by Jackie Warren

There will be an Open Class at the Bourbon County Fair this year. Lots of things will be happening.

In addition to the exhibits, there will be several contests. The King Arthur Baking Company will be sponsoring a baking contest again this year. The King Arthur Flour has arrived and is ready for distribution. Everyone who will be entering the baking contest will receive a 5-pound bag of King Arthur All-Purpose Flour.

To enter the baking contest come to the Myers Building on Saturday, June 12 between 10 am and noon. You will receive your recipe for the contest and a bag of King Arthur Flour.

If this time does not work for you, please call Jackie Warren at 620-224-8161 and other arrangements will be made to pick up your recipe and flour.

Normally any Open Class exhibit would be accepted if completed after the 2020 Bourbon County Fair. Since the Open Class portion of the 2020 fair was cancelled due to the pandemic, you may submit any project that you have completed since the 2019 Fair. However, remember that you may only enter one project per class.

Do not forget the scarecrow contest and the small hay bale decorating contest. Please submit your registration so that a hay bale will be provided for you. Also, a bucket of sand will be provided to hold your scarecrow.

If you have any questions, call Terri Williams at 620-215-3202 or Jackie Warren at 620-224-8161

Benefits of Youth Livestock Projects

Carla Nemecek is Southwind District Director and agent.


With county fair season behind us, it may appear youth livestock exhibitors in the Southwind District may have wrapped up their livestock projects for 2020. However, many are still working at home to prepare for the Kansas State Fair and Kansas Junior Livestock Show – which are still options to them despite the many event cancellations across the country.  Not only are they practicing to drive their hogs, brace their sheep and goats and set up their cattle, they are working hard to keep them cool and on feed while managing summer temperatures and navigating a back-to-school schedule.


Lots of Southwind District 4-H members sold animals at their livestock premium sales, knowing they still had work to do at home. Youth who exhibit cattle care for and own their animals for about 280 days, and youth with sheep, meat goats and hogs care for and own their livestock for about 130 days. The time spent with animals teaches basic life skills and eventually help them develop into better citizens.


Following are some life skills that youth livestock project members can gain:


  1. How to get along with people. A large number of people in society quit or lose their jobs because they cannot get along with others. 4-H members who show livestock are around people they have never met but have similar interests. They learn to communicate with these people.


  1. Sportsmanship. At a livestock show, there is only one Grand Champion. However, there are many winners. Most 4-H members who show livestock for any period of time usually experience the  extreme high feeling of an exceptional effort and the extreme disappointment of a project that didn’t turn out as well as was expected. Normally, win or lose, the competitors in the show can be seen after the show talking and enjoying life together.


  1. Responsibility. Feeding and daily chores in a 4-H livestock project teach responsibility. Top feeders follow the time clock in their daily efforts. This is a good habit to start at a young age and may  reap youngster’s substantial benefits in a career later in their lives.


  1. Attend to details. Most young people take care of major items in a 4-H livestock projectlike fencing, feeding, etc. However many times it’s the little things that make a different: keeping water  tanks and feed troughs clean, working on grooming and showmanship several months before the show,  keeping pens clean and close observation for sickness and disease. Paying attention to details is  beneficial in almost everything we do in life.


  1. Decision making. Decision making is never easy at any point in our lives. 4-H livestock projects require several key decisions be made: selection of project animals, selection of feeding  method, care and management decisions, fitting and grooming techniques, etc.


  1. Goal setting. For every successful 4-H livestock project, there is usually a good plan. Most details and plans for the project on selection, feeding and management of the project have been planned well in advance. Goal setting is important for everyone regardless of future endeavors.


Next time you are at a livestock show, study the kids instead of the animals. Their 2020 projects may be far more diverse and advanced than the few animals taken to the County Fair, and plans are already underway to purchase stock for 2021 when we can hopefully return to normal.


For full results of your local County Fair in the Southwind District, visit

Carla Nemecek

Southwind Extension District
Director & Agent
[email protected]
1 North Washington, Iola, KS 66749

Chamber Coffee at Bourbon County Fair July 16

The Chamber Coffee will be hosted by
Bourbon County Fair Association
Click here for the Fair schedule of events!
Visit the Merchants Building each evening 4-8pm in addition to the other events!
Chamber Members & Guests are welcome
to make any announcement for $1 to the Chamber about their business or organization including events, new products, promotions, or any other specials!
You may wear a mask at your own discretion.
Social distancing is encouraged.
Upcoming Chamber Coffee Schedule:
  • 7/23 – Old Fort Auto
  • 7/30 – Up Dog Yoga
  • 8/6 – Open – Call the Chamber to reserve this date at 620-223-3566!
  • 8/13 – Medicalodges of FS – TBA
  • 8/20 – Open – Call the Chamber to reserve this date at 620-223-3566!
  • 8/27 – Open – Call the Chamber to reserve this date at 620-223-3566!

Chamber Of Commerce Calendar of Events

7/10thru7/18 – Bourbon County Fair& Rodeo
starts at 8pm Friday & Sat. Fair Runs all
week on the Bourbon Fair Grounds.
7/10 – The Boiler Room Brewhaus – “Tim Nowell”
Live Country Red Dirt Music at 7pm!
Click Here for Bracket & Schedule.
7/11 & 7/12 – Marmaton Massacre Mountain
Bike Race at Gunn Park Trails.
7/10thru7/16 –Fort Scott Cinema showing:
Empire Strikes Back, Indiana Jones and the
Last Crusade, Inside Out.
7/11- The Lavender Patch Farm “Family Day”
7/11 – Mo’s Swap Meet– Every Saturday from
8am – 4pm (3rd & Margrave St)
Plaza in front of the Fort, 8am to noon.
7/11 – Fort Scott Livestock Sale starts as 10am
7/11 – The Woodland Hills Golf – 2-person
Scramble. Shot Gun starts at 8 am.
7/11 – Auction by Anderson Auction, Opal Binford Estate, 10am, 611 S. Little St.
7/11 – USD235 Uniontown Graduation, 2pm
7/12 – Boiler Room Brewhaus brings back Trivia
night for teams of 2 to 6 people, $5 entry
per team, 5-7pm
7/14 – Cattle Showing Clinic w/John Emmerson, Bourbon County Fairgrounds Show Ring, 9am
7/14 – Draft Horse Pull, Bourbon County Fairgrounds, 7:30pm
7/16 – Chamber Coffee @ Bourbon County Fairgrounds, 8am ~ attendees encouraged to stay until 9am for a special motivational speaker.
7/16 – KS SBDC Retail Relaunch, Live Webinar, 9:30-11:30am
7/16 – Seniors 60+ Farmers’ Market Voucher Signup Program, 1-4pm, Bourbon County Senior Citizen Center, Downtown, Income Requirements, click here for details.
Meet the candidates at 5:30 pm. Forum
starts at 6 pm. Hosted by the Fort Scott
Chamber of Commerce. Location TBA
Click & Register online for Virtual Session
tools to help job seekers.
JULY 24TH – Chamber Golf Classic
Taking team & sponsor registrations now!
Click Here for details!
Fort Scott Area
Chamber of Commerce
In This Issue
Bourbon County Fair & Rodeo
Tim Nowell live music at The Boiler Room Brewhaus
LaRoche Baseball Complex, Midwest Showcase Tourn.
Marmaton Massacre Mountain Bike Race weekend
Mo’s Swap Meet
The Lavender Patch
The Boiler Room Brewhaus
Chamber Highlights
Click here for our
Membership Directory.
We THANK our members for their support! Interested in joining the Chamber? Click here for info.
Thinking of doing business in or relocating to Fort Scott?
Contact us for a relocation packet, information on grants & incentives, and more!
Seeking a job/career?
We post a Job of the Day daily on our Facebook page, distribute a monthly job openings flyer, and post jobs on our website.
Many opportunities available!
Housing needs?
Click here for a listing of our Chamber member realtors.
Click here for our rental listing.

Merchants: Reserve A Booth At the Fair

Sending the email below on behalf of
Chamber Member
Bourbon County Fair
Thank you for your Chamber partnership!
Businesses & Organizations
Are Invited to Reserve a Booth
In the Merchants Building
during the Bourbon County Fair!
Booths will be open
Monday-Friday, July 13th-17th
(prior e-blast had incorrect dates of June vs. July)
$25 for a 10×10 booth
Contact Allen Warren to reserve:
Or, click here to email Allen.
Also ~ Rodeo tickets will go on sale
at the Chamber July 2nd!
(we will be closed on the 3rd & back open Monday the 6th)
See more information below!
Ticket Sales & Booth Space Reservation Information
Please help share & support.

Bourbon County Fair Sponsorships Sought

Sending the email below on behalf of
Chamber Member
Bourbon County Fair
Thank you for your Chamber partnership!
Your sponsorship is requested!
See details below.
Call us for Information & Support The Bourbon County Fair
Stewart Gulager 620.215.5302
Bobby Reed 620-224-8137
Dale Griffiths 620-215-3101
Diane Brillhart 620-215-5939

Governor announces appointments to the Kansas State Fair Board



Governor Laura Kelly appointed John Bottenberg to the Kansas State Fair Board, and reappointed Harmon Bliss, Nick Ketzner and Robert Atkisson.


The purpose of the Board is to promote and showcase Kansas agriculture, industry and culture; to create opportunity for commercial activity; and to provide an educational and entertaining experience that is the pride of all Kansans.


“The Fair provides tremendous opportunities for commerce, entertainment and education in Kansas each year,” Kelly said. “I feel confident that these appointees will ensure the success of the Fair through their service on the Board.”


Bottenberg, Topeka, served on the board previously and was appointed to an at-large seat. He is a former state representative.


Bliss, Jetmore, is the current Board president and was reappointed to the seat reserved for a representative from the southwest agriculture extension district.


Ketzner, Bird City, was reappointed to the northwest agriculture extension district seat.


Atkisson, Stockton, was reappointed to the seat reserved for a representative from the Kansas Fairs Association.