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Hamilton’s Artisan Bakery New Offerings 2024

In 2020, Teri and Michael Hamilton moved from the Kansas City area to Fort Scott.

They had friends in the Fort Scott area and fell in love with Fort Scott, she said.

In 2022, Teri opened a new business, Hamilton’s Artisan Bakery.

To view  a prior story:New Bakery in Town: Hamilton’s Bakery

Last year, Hamilton’s Artisan Bakery opened preview subscriptions to a small group of people to test recipes, practice new techniques, and develop a menu, she said.
“We tested a new recipe each week, and our subscribers were able to give invaluable feedback to help us dial in our menu,” said Hamilton.
This year will be a few adjustments.
“Beginning in February, we’ll be testing new recipes each week, and offering a few different subscription choices. You can choose Sweet or Savory, or both!  They’ll still be available at weekly porch pick-ups, and we’d still love to get your feedback!” Hamilton said.
“We will be offering our Spring Sweet and Savory Subscriptions, with the first pick-up beginning February 3rd. Find all the details here. Be sure to browse around our new website and pre-order online to secure your spot!”
“Our Sweet Subscription will be a new treat every week. This is a subscription for those with a sweet tooth! Chocolate, berries, cream, and a decadent treat called ‘Bread is Gold’. We’ll be offering some treats that can’t be sold at the Farmer’s Market, so many of these will only be available here.”
“Our Savory Subscription will be a little more hearty and a little more health conscious. We’re excited to try new flours like rye and whole wheat as well as inclusions such as grains and seeds.”
You can also subscribe for both.
“Double Subscriptions are just that and will include both the sweet and savory offerings. So both dinner and dessert are covered!”
“Mini Subscriptions will have the same great taste in a more manageable size. We will offer mini versions of each of our weekly savory loaves, and just one or two servings of our sweet treats. You can choose Mini versions of each of our subscriptions: Mini Sweet, Mini Savory, or Mini Double.”
This year she will be offering baking parties for groups of 4-6 people, available February through April.
“These will be offered on a date that works for you and your group, here at our home/bakery OR at your home. Bread takes time, so plan on 3-4 hours here with your friends. You’ll get hands-on practice with making a loaf of your choice, we’ll bake a loaf to munch on, and you’ll leave with your own loaf to bake at home. These will be $35 per person, and will fill up fast, so contact us at [email protected] to get on the calendar!”
Teri Hamilton can be contacted at (816) 491-7884

Bourbon County Fair Association awarded $5,000 from Heartland

Pictured from left to right: Heartland REC Communication Specialist Doug Graham; Bourbon County Fair Association board members Mark Brillhart, Laura George, Wilma Hibdon and Mitch Crystal.

Bourbon County fairgoers will have an enhanced experience next year thanks in part to a $5,000 grant from Heartland Rural Electric Cooperative.


The Bourbon County Fair Association was one of six organizations to receive a $5,000 award from Heartland’s Concern for Community grant program this month. The Fair Association’s funds will be used to purchase three additional easy-access metal picnic tables for the pavilion and additional speakers for the show barn.


“As a cooperative, we understand that our success is directly linked to the well-being of our communities,” said Mark Scheibe, Heartland CEO. “We’re proud to support projects like this that will make a lasting difference in the lives of our members.”


The Concern for Community program provides grants of up to $5,000 for capital improvement projects throughout the Heartland service area, which covers parts of 12 counties in eastern Kansas.  Capital improvement projects are those that involve investment in structures or equipment that will last for many years.


As a non-profit, member-owned cooperative, Heartland issues capital credits to members each year, but sometimes those capital credits go unclaimed. Because those monies were intended to be returned to the communities from which they came, Heartland’s Board of Directors decided to use those unclaimed funds for community grants and started the Concern for Community program in 2019.

This year, six applications out of 28 received were approved for funding by the Heartland board.


The other projects selected for funding are as follows:


  • Linn County Historical Museum in Pleasanton was awarded $5,000 for numerous repairs and improvements.
  • Restore the Four was awarded $5,000 to help repair the roof of the small animal building at the Crawford County Fairgrounds outside Girard.
  • Stark 1888 Event Committee was awarded $5,000 for repairs and upgrades at the Stark community ballfield.
  • USD 101 Erie was awarded $5,000 to assist with construction of a new animal science building in the high school.
  • USD 346 Jayhawk-Linn was awarded $5,000 for lighting and sound equipment at the high school auditorium in Mound City.


Applications were accepted in the month of July and selected by the Heartland Board of Directors in August. Heartland plans to reopen applications in summer 2024 for the next round of funding.

About Heartland Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Heartland Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. powers rural lifestyles throughout more than 11,000 locations in eastern Kansas. Heartland’s service area includes consumer-members in 12 counties, including Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Cherokee, Coffey, Crawford, Labette, Linn, Miami, Neosho, Wilson, and Woodson.

Heartland REC traces its roots back to three original rural electric cooperatives: Cooperative Electric Power & Light Company, Sugar Valley Electric Cooperative Association, and Sekan Electric Cooperative Association. Cooperative Electric Power & Light Company joined with Sugar Valley in 1975 to form United Electric Cooperative; United Electric Cooperative joined with Sekan Electric Cooperative Association in 1996 to form Heartland.




Southwind’s 4-H Crops/Weeds Id Participants Move Up at State Fair

Southwind District 4-H’ers participate in the Kansas State Fair State 4-H Crops/Weeds ID Contest on September 9, 2023, in Hutchinson, Kansas. Three of the four team members moved up from the Intermediate Division to the Senior Division to form a full Senior Team. Results were 3rd Place Team, Carly Kramer 8th Individual, Camryn Wille 15th Individual, Kason Botts 16th Individual, and Henry Kramer 18th Individual.

Pictured are (left to right; front to back): Kason Botts, Henry Kramer, Casey Diver (coach), Carly Kramer, and Camryn Wille.

Austin Maycumber Places in Photography at KS State Fair

Austin Maycumber. Submitted photo.

Southwind Extension District 4-H members from Bourbon and Neosho Counties competed on Sunday, September 10 at the Kansas State Fair Photography Judging Contest in Hutchinson.

In the intermediate age group Austin Maycumber, Bourbon County, placed 32nd, and  Jackson Han, Neosho County, placed 33rd and in the state.

They were accompanied by their coach Terri Kretzmeier.

Foster, Snyder and Woods Win Purple Ribbons at Kansas State Fair

Picture Left to Right: Ella Snyder and Tex, Makiah Woods and Sadie, Davina Foster and Paris. Submitted photos.
The Bourbon County 4h Dog Project qualified three members for the 2023 Kansas State Fair Dog Agility Competition.
On September 2 in Hutchinson, KS Ella Snyder with Tex, Makiah Woods with Sadie, and Davina Foster with Paris competed in a field of 45 in the Dog Agility 1 competition.
  All three received purple ribbons with Davina Foster placing 4th with a perfect score of 200.
The Bourbon County 4h Dog Project is assisted by volunteers Zach and Aubry Ross of Ross’s Kennels.
They will be holding try-it days in September or October for current and future 4Hers to come and experience the project along with adults as the club fundraises for equipment.
Dates will be announced soon.

Bourbon County Fair Continues

A view of the Bourbon County Fair on Wednesday afternoon.

Some children enjoying cornhole on Wednesday afternoon.
Some of the grand champions.

How to Kill A Dragon was the featured movie on Wednesday.

Miles Pollack, 8, is a first year 4-Her with his heifer and two steers.

Some art grand champions.

The merchant building has some young business people selling their wares this year.
Businesses set up on Wednesday afternoon at the Bourbon County Fair.
The grand champion booth.
Bourbon County 4-H Families are invited to cool off on July 23 at the Fort Scott Swimming Pool.
Another grand champion.


Learn how to write a thank you on July 20.
Junk Drawer Robotics.

Learn About Arthritis and Cancer at FCE Sponsored Event Today at 2 p.m.

You Are Invited !
The Starlite FCE (Family Consumer Education) Unit
invites you to attend an informal meeting on enjoying life and staying healthy.
Meyers Building
Bourbon County Fairgrounds
Wednesday, July 19 2:00 pm
Two important areas of health will be addressed.
Arthritis – Learn to establish routine health visits, to assess
symptoms and to defend against this disease.
Cancer – Learn the symptoms and risk factors, how to reduce risk,
and what tests are available for early detection which is the key to
treatment options.
Jackson RN, EMT will be our presenter
Please join us for this informative Health session.
A cold drink and a frozen treat will be available to all participants.
Come in out of the heat to the air conditioned building.

Chamber Coffee Hosted by Bourbon County Fair Association on July 20

Join us for Chamber Coffee hosted by

Bourbon County

Fair Association

Thursday, July 20th


2102 S. Huntington Blvd

Hubenett Pavilion

The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce invites members and guests to a Chamber Coffee hosted by the Bourbon County Fair Association, Thursday, July 20th at 8 a.m. at the Hubenett Pavilion on Fairgrounds located at 2102 S. Huntington Blvd. Coffee and refreshments will be served.


The Bourbon County Fairgrounds is alive year-round with a full schedule of exciting events for all interests! From the signature Bourbon County Fair and Pioneer Harvest Fiesta events to year-round camping in the Fort Scott area to the many other agricultural, college-related, and civic events. They couldn’t do all they do without their wonderful volunteers, donors, merchants, livestock buyers, contestants, 4H and Ag Agents. They also send out a big thank you to the spectators who grace their Fairground events each year and of course the fun-loving people who take advantage of our year-round camping facilities. The full schedule of events may be found on the Fair board website


Chamber members and guests are invited to Chamber Coffee events each Thursday at 8 a.m. to network, make announcements, hear about happenings in the community as well as learn about the host business or organization.


Click here for their Facebook page!

We hope to see you there!

Thank you to our Chamber Champion members
shown below!
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Pop Up Events at the Bourbon County Fair

July 17, 2023


The Southwind Extension District interns are hosting three pop up events at the Bourbon County Fair, including junk drawer robotics, a corn seed necklace activity, and a thank you writing booth. Youth of all ages can come to our booths where they can learn how to create a robot out of everyday materials, create a necklace that will germinate a corn seed, and learn how to properly write a thank you card. These are come and go events and will take place in the Cloverleaf Event Center on the Bourbon County Fairgrounds.

These events will be at the following dates and times:


  • Junk Drawer Robotics: July 20th from 12 PM to 3 PM
  • Corn Seed Necklace Activity: July 20th from 11 AM to 12 PM
  • Thank You Note Booth: July 20th from 11 AM to 3 PM


These events are free and no registration is required. Enjoy visiting the fair and seeing the exhibits, along with attending these interactive activities!


For more information, contact Southwind Extension District Intern Gwenyth Fry at (620) 223-3720 or [email protected].


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Learn About Arthritis and Cancer Health Issues at the Bourbon County Fair

You Are Invited !
The Starlite FCE (Family Consumer Education) Unit invites you to attend an informal meeting on enjoying life and staying healthy.

At the Meyers Building
Bourbon County Fairgrounds
Wednesday, July 19 at 2:00 pm.

Two important areas of health will be addressed.
Arthritis – Learn to establish routine health visits, to assess
symptoms and to defend against this disease.
Cancer – Learn the symptoms and risk factors, how to reduce risk,
and what tests are available for early detection which is the key to
treatment options.

Jackson RN, EMT will be our presenter
Please join us for this informative Health session.
A cold drink and a frozen treat will be available to all participants.
Come in out of the heat to the air conditioned building.

Colored Ribbons at the County Fair

Jennifer Terrell, K-State Extension Agent


It’s county fair time and this means that 4-H’ers have the opportunity to showcase all of their hard work learned on projects throughout the 4-H year. For many, this time of year is a highlight of the 4-H program.

Have you ever wondered what the different colored ribbons attached to exhibits mean? Well, I would like to tell you how 4-H exhibits are evaluated at the local county fair.

At the local county fair, most exhibits are judged on a conference or interview basis. This is where the judge interviews the participant as he or she evaluates the product against a set of standards rather than against other exhibits. The purpose of this judging is to determine what the 4-H’er learned while completing the project. Judges may consider skill level based on age and circumstance, and expect a higher performance from older 4-H’ers, so there is some variance within the standard. Comments are generally provided verbally and sometimes written. After the exhibit is evaluated, the judge then awards a ribbon placing to the exhibit.

In 4-H, we use the Danish Ribbon System where exhibits are placed into four different ribbon groups. A purple ribbon means outstanding on all standards, a blue ribbon exceeds the minimum standards but may have some minor flaws where improvements can be made, a red ribbon meets all minimum standards and may have some visible signs of needed improvement and finally a white ribbon fails to meet the minimum standard for the project. Of the purple ribbons, the judge can select a Champion and Reserve Champion.

In 4-H, we believe that using the Danish Ribbon System gives every 4-H member the recognition deserved for the work that was done and encourage them to follow the motto “to make the best better.” While no evaluation system is perfect, this system helps 4-H develop top quality youth instead of focusing on purple ribbon projects.

I encourage you to visit your local county fair and see all of the amazing work 4-H’ers have on display. And as you walk around, pay close attention to the different ribbon placings attached to projects. You will notice there will be any number of purples, blues, reds, or whites in each of the departments. This is the Danish Ribbon System, where 4-H’ers are encouraged to challenge themselves, set goals, and receive constructive criticism. All things to help young people build essential life skills to thrive.

For more information about 4-H Youth Development, reach out to Jennifer Terrell, District Extension Agent for K-State Research and Extension – Southwind District at [email protected] or 620-223-3720.

Vendors Have Two Options at 2023 Bourbon County Fair

The Bourbon County Fair has two options for vendors the year.
The first is in the Merchants Building on Tuesday, July 18, Wednesday, July 19, and Thursday, July 20.  All three night are from 5 pm to 8 pm and the cost is $25.
  The second option is new this year and it is the Makers’ Outdoor Market.  The outdoor market will be in setup between the main fairgrounds and the rodeo arena on Thursday, July 20th from 5 pm to 8 pm with a cost of $5.
There is limited spaces available in the Merchants Building.
Both options are open to any business, organization, maker, producer, creator, or non-profit.
Any questions can be sent to [email protected]