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Mental Health Self-Care Fair May 23

Sending on behalf of Chamber Member
Southeast Kansas Mental Health Center…
The SEKMHC Spring into Summer Self-Care Fair in Fort Scott is THE place to be Tuesday, May 23! From 5 to 8 p.m. at Fort Scott Middle School, we are welcoming the community to an evening focused on self-care and good mental health. You are invited!
Self-Care Information and Booths
We will be hosting over 20 Self-Care “Superstars” (vendors), including:
  • Author Maranda Collins
  • SEK Multi-County Health Department
  • The Massage Artist
  • SEK Recovery Resources
  • Fort Scott Public Library
  • Fort Scott Walking Labyrinth
  • Momentum: Health, Wellness, and Athletic Development
  • Mmm Flavor Shop
  • COPE
  • K-State Research and Extension
  • Riggs Chiropractic of Fort Scott
  • Arbonne
  • Courtland Hotel and Spa
  • Flying P Ranch
  • Renewed Strength, LLC
  • Azar Health and Wellness
  • Faithfully Fit Forever Yoga
  • Desert Bloom Boutique
  • Happy Snappy Art
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics
  • Bourbon County Garden Club
Self-Care Micro-Sessions
During the evening, expert presenters will share information about self-care during micro-sessions provided FREE to the public! Micro-sessions are scheduled as follows:
  • 5:30 p.m. – Self-defense skills/tips with Kim Schwab, Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office
  • 6:00 p.m. – Yoga with Certified Instructor Megan Hageman, Southeast Kansas Mental Health Center
  • 6:30 p.m. – FSHS Orchestra (Music is good for your mental health!)
  • 7:00 p.m. – Food tips and nutrition (healthier chicken nuggets) with Lea Kay Karleskint, K-State Research and Extension
  • 7:30 p.m. – Mobility/strength training with Katie Holtzman, Renewed Strength, LLC
Food! (It’s good for mental health!)
Come for dinner while you’re at the Self-Care Fair! The Fort Scott High School Choir is hosting a baked potato bar fundraiser onsite during our event. For just $7, you’ll get a baked potato with your choice of toppings, a drink, and dessert. All funds raised will support the students’ trip to Orlando next May. The choir will travel with the band to participate in an educational workshop at Universal Studios.
Get a FREE Speaker!
Come early and get a FREE Bluetooth speaker! We are giving the first 100 attendees a FREE Bluetooth speaker – limit 1 per household, please.
Spring into Summer Self-Care Fair
Fort Scott Middle School, 1105 E. 12th Street
5 to 8 p.m.
This will be a fun night focused on self-care and good mental health! Come for dinner, enjoy the orchestra, and learn some tips about self-care! We hope to see you there!
Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce | 231 E. Wall Street, Fort Scott, KS 66701

Merchant’s Building at the Fair Features Local Cottage Industry Businesses

The Merchants Building at the Bourbon County Fair, is air conditioned and features local organizations/businesses. Submitted photo.


The Merchant’s Building at the Bourbon County Fair is open this evening and is AIR CONDITIONED.

“Always, in years past, we have tried to get local cottage industry vendors,” Leanne Leatherman, coordinator of the vendors, said.

This year is no exception with the additions of some local organizations.

This year 9 Acre Farms will be dispensing literature on homesteading, Uppa Creek Ranch-honey, Circle P Ranch-jewelry, Buckin A Ranch-home decor, MM Creations-spices, and Carolyn Crystal-jewelry.

The Merchant Building is on the north side of the fairgrounds, near the restrooms. Submitted photo.

In addition, the Bourbon County Conservation Office  and the Museum of Creativity will have activities for the kids.

Joining these, will be Miller Farm and Seed, T-Mobile, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Fort Scott Community College, Bourbon County Democrats and Bourbon County Republicans, who will all have booths.

KOMB, the local radio station will be broadcasting live from the building, with interviews of local fair participants.

The  building is open from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 20 and Thursday, July 21.

In addition, the rest of the fair includes animals, produce, crafts, and other departments for both 4-H youth and community members.

For the latest info, see the Bourbon County Fair Facebook page at



Bourbon County Fair Begins With a Couple of New Offerings

Kort Stock looks at the chickens in the poultry section of the Bourbon County Fair on Monday evening.

The Bourbon County Fair runs until July 22 at the fairgrounds on South Horton Street in Fort Scott.

The 4-H Building was quiet on Monday evening, but entries had been judged and many young people went home with a ribbon for their entries in a variety of departments.

Meanwhile, animals were being weighed in the Show Pavilion on the fairgrounds.

Carson Wunderly and her dad, Fred, line up a cow to be weighed on the first night of the Bourbon County Fair.

The community is encouraged to come to see the results of the work that 4-H Club youth have completed for the year.

“I know it’s going to be warm, but I hope everyone comes out to support the kids,” Mark Crystal, vice president of the Bourbon County Fair Board, said. “There are a lot of nice looking animals, and they have put a lot of work into getting the animals ready for judging.”

In addition to animals, produce, crafts, and other departments can be viewed for both 4-H youth and community members.

Temperatures are forecast to be over 100 degrees for the next week.

“It wouldn’t be the Bourbon County Fair if is wasn’t the hottest days of the year,” he said.

Rachel Martin, who has two daughters in 4-H, Juley and Katie, puts up a fan in the cattle area at the Bourbon County Fair.

Animal owners keep fans on them and provide water to keep the animals from overheating.

New this year is the Chicken Mary’s Dinner that will be served by the Fort Scott Future Farmers of America Organization.

“It’s $9 for a chicken dinner on Thursday night, July 21, at the Huebenet Pavilion,” he said. Chicken Mary’s is located in Yale, near Pittsburg and is well known for its’ chicken meals.

Also new this year is a circus for the community on Thursday, which will be set up in the grandstand arena, he said.

The King Ryder Circus will be from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and includes jugglers, daredevils on motorcycles and a clown, according their information on Facebook. Cost is $5 to $15.

“They called and wanted to know if they could come,” Crystal said.

The fair schedule:


The Barnstormer 4-H Club won overall grand champion in table display.
Dakota Foulk won the 4-H Woodworking Top Exhibit and also the Woodworking Overall Champion.
Macie Hueston won 4-H grand champion in flower arrangements.


Rachel Martin, who has two daughters in 4-H, Juley and Katie, puts up a fan in the cattle area at the Bourbon County Fair.
Lexi Marchiano won overall champion and 4-H Photography Top Exhibit With 8 or More Years in the Project.
Davina Foster won overall champion with her health and wellness exhibit.
Hailey Shadden won 4-H Misc. Overall Champion Reading Notebook.
Kristy Beene won 4-H Misc. Overall Champion Club Officers Notebook.
Gwen Fry won 4-H Fiber Arts Overall Champion.
Macie Hueston won Overall Champion Junior Age 7-9 in Constructed Clothing and Textiles.
Gwen Fry won Clothing Construction Senior Overall Champion.
Makiah Woods won Constructed Clothing and Textiles Over All Champion, Intermediate Age 10-13.
Alexa Fuhrman won 4-H Visual Arts Overalll Champion, Senior.
Davina Foster won Overall Champion in Energy Management.
McKinley Sutton won the 4-H Visual Arts Over All Champion Intermediate Age 10-13.
Davina Foster won 4-H Home Environment Over All Champion.

Two New Youth Programs Offered at Bourbon County Fair

Southwind Extension District Announces
Youth Programs at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds
Junk Drawer Robotics
Thursday, July 21st, 12pm-3pm
*Youth of all ages
Next Level Photography
Thursday, July 21st, 2-4pm
*Youth in 5th-8th Grade, Registration is Required
Youth of all ages are invited to attend this come-and-go program which will be offered by K-State Research and Extension Intern Josie Plumlee at each of our county fairs, including at the Bourbon County Fair on July 21st from 12 PM to 3 PM at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds. Youth will build their own robots and develop robotics knowledge and skills using supplies you can find in your junk drawer! If you have questions, please contact Clara Wicoff at 620-365-2242 or [email protected]. K-State Research and Extension is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Come join us to learn about the rule of thirds, viewpoints, and candid photos! This free program for youth in 5th through 8th grades will be offered by K-State Research and Extension Intern Tori White at each of our county fairs, including at the Bourbon County Fair on July 21st from 2 PM to 4 PM at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds. Pre-registration is required. Youth are encouraged to bring their own camera. If your child does not have a camera, we will have a limited number of cameras available for youth to borrow. Contact Clara at 620-365-2242 or [email protected] with questions. K-State Research and Extension is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Educational Youth Programming to Be Offered at Fair

The Welcome Sign at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds.


Byline: Tori White and Josie Plumlee

Fort Scott, KS – The Southwind Extension District will present two new and engaging youth educational programs at the 2022 Bourbon County Fair.

The first of these programs is “Next Level Photography. Youth will learn about the rule of thirds, different viewpoints, and candid photos. This is a free program for 5th through 8th grade students that will be offered by Southwind Intern Tori White at each of the county fairs in the Southwind Extension District. Pre-registration is required at Children are encouraged to bring their own camera if they have one. If your child does not have a camera, we will have cameras available for them to borrow. This program will be held on Thursday, July 21st at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds from 2 to 4 PM.

The second of these programs is “Junk Drawer Robotics.” Youth of all ages are invited to attend this come and go program which emphasizes different aspects of robotics while youth build their own robots and develop robotics knowledge and skill. Junk Drawer Robotics does not require any pre-registration and is an activity visitor of all ages can enjoy! Junk Drawer Robotics, offered by Southwind Intern Josie Plumlee, will be featured at the Bourbon County Fair on July 21st from 12 to 3 PM at the fairgrounds.

If you have questions, contact our Iola Extension Office at 620-365-2242.

County Fair: Bringing Communities Together

Barbara Stockebrand. K-State Extension Agent. Submitted photo.

The County Fair is an exciting time for 4-H and FFA members and the surrounding community.  It is an opportunity to showcase the handiwork they have made and show the animals they have worked with for months leading up to the fair season.

Through their various projects with these youth programs, the members have “learned by doing.”  They have learned how to work with others, learned to make decisions, and take responsibility to complete their projects.  At the county fair, their projects are judged on their quality of workmanship, ingenuity, and skills learned throughout the project.

While competition is an important part of the fair, the real experience for these youth members lies in competing to better their own skills.  It is exciting to win ribbons and trophies, but sometimes the lessons learned by those who don’t win are the most valuable.  Not only are important things learned about their projects, they learn more about themselves.  Growth takes place by learning from mistakes.  Being a good sport when you don’t quite make the mark you would have liked, is often one of the best life lessons that can be learned.

Sometimes we forget that the County Fair is not just for the youth.  Most of our county fairs offer an open class division with divisions similar to those offered for 4-H and FFA – open to all ages.  Some county fairs allow open class entries from adjacent counties.  This is a great way for adults to show off their talents and directly participate in the county fair.

One of the take-aways for county fair spectators is a better sense of the talent and creativity of those around you.  I’m always amazed with the originality and intricate work our youth and adults bring to the area fairs.

The county fair brings locals together for a celebration of their community and offers something for everyone.  It is a unique experience that can really bring out the best in communities.

The Southwind Extension District fairs will be taking place this month.  Bourbon County begins the circuit in Fort Scott on July 16 and runs through July 23.  Woodson County’s fair in Yates Center also starts July 16 and continues through July 20.  Neosho County fair in Erie takes place July 21-July 25.  Allen County fair in Iola is slated for July 28-July 31.  For individual county events and rules, check out the county fair books online at www.southwind.ksu-edu.

See you at the fair!

K-State Research and Extension is an equal opportunity provider and employer.



Register for the Bourbon County Fair Baking Contest

King Arthur Flour has been sponsoring a baking contest for the open class at the Bourbon County Fair for several years.

This year the adults will be making Cranberry-orange Italian Biscotti and the youth (under 12) will be making simple sugar cookies.

To enter into the contest you will need to fill out the entry form found in the fair paper and mail to Jackie Warren by July 1st, or call her to register.

Jackie’s address is 1906 Maple Road, Fort Scott, KS 66701 and her phone number is 620-224-8161.

The recipes and King Arthur flour will be available to pick-up July 2nd at the Yeager Building on the fairgrounds from 9:00 – 11:00 am Saturday morning.

King Arthur flour will provide winners with gift certificates for their products.

Items can be entered at the fair on Monday July 18th from 2:00 -6:00 pm at the Meyers building.

Judging will by on the 19th.

The King Arthur Flour baking contest has been a popular class, so don’t miss out, register soon.

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.