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Infant Formula Shortage Recommendations

Governor Laura Kelly Announces Actions to Assist Kansans Affected by Infant Formula Shortage

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced actions her administration has taken to ease the burden on Kansas families affected by the nationwide infant formula shortage. Since February, the Kelly Administration has been working with state agencies and federal partners to address the issue.

“I have directed all state agencies to do everything in their power to help Kansans access vital infant formula,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “From increasing flexibility to helping eliminate barriers at check-out, my Administration is doing what is within our power to ease the impact of the national infant formula shortage on Kansas Families.”

Governor Kelly has instructed agencies to work with their federal counterparts to expedite relief. To that end, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has taken a leading role in working with the White House, the National Governors Association, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Association, and private industry to help coordinate efforts and eliminate red tape.

KDHE has implemented a series of waivers to provide the maximum flexibility in making more infant formula products – including Ready to Feed (RTF) formulas – available to Kansans and has approved additional formula products for use by Kansas WIC families. The agency is also working with the Kansas Department for Children and Families on increased communication efforts to inform the public of possible alternatives.

The Kelly Administration, including KDHE, recommends the following to families struggling to find the formula they need to feed their child:

  • Call your OBGYN or pediatrician to see if they can provide any resources to access formula or for suggestions on an alternative formula to meet their infant’s health needs.
  • Switch to another brand or type of formula that is available if recommended by the infant’s physician.
  • Contact their local WIC agency to see if the infant is eligible for WIC benefits.

“KDHE is committed to ensuring infants in Kansas have access to formula,” Secretary Janet Stanek said. “Since February, we have been working to do what is possible, within our authority, to provide relief for Kansans. We urge all impacted families to follow these recommendations and stay up-to-date with information to care for their family’s needs.”

Families are strongly encouraged not to unnecessarily stockpile formula in such a way that would cause further strain on the supply chain.

KDHE strongly discourages the use of toddler formula to feed infants or watering down formula or trying to make infant formula at home.

The Kelly Administration will continue to monitor the situation and provide further updates as they become available. For more information about WIC eligibility, visit the KDHE WIC website. Find the approved substitution formula list for WIC families here.

Shead Farm Homestead Festival This Saturday May 21

Saturday, May 21, 2022

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Live music | Children’s Activities | Farm Tour

Farm Store | Vendors | Food Court

Admission: Single ticket – $5 or family (4+) $20


Shead Farm Homestead Festival on May 21: A Learning Experience

Since Larry and Vickie Shead’s retirement as educators a few years back they have been showcasing their farm to the public.

They started an event last year for visitors to explore and gather ideas from the Shead’s sustainable lifestyle farm.

“We feel we are just caretakers (of the farm),” Vickie Shead said. “This is what God has given us to do.”

“The Shead Farm Homestead Festival is great for all ages with the farm’s 50 point tour, children’s educational game center, music, and food court, all setting the stage for new innovative ideas and educational information about gardening and farming that produce quality food,” she said.

On May 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. they are opening their farm to the public for the second annual Shead Farm Homestead Festival, located at 2468 Cavalry Rd, Garland, KS, southeast of Fort Scott.

In addition to a farm tour of their gardens, orchard, greenhouse, animals and bee keeping activities there will be a food court serving products made at the farm: walking tacos for $5 and supercharged cookies for $2.

The inside view of the Shead hoop house.

Vendors will be selling seedlings, soap, honey and more.

The farm will be filled with sounds of live music by many local musicians, David Pritchett, Ralph Carlson, Mim Carlson and Carolyn Tucker. Also, a local group called the Prairie Sunflower Strings will perform as well: Marilyn Adcock, Charlena Burns, Jack and Sandy Hemphill, Joyce Love, Cherry Nelson, Jean Strader, Stephen Moses. There will also be an open jam session. Sound is provided by Dave Oas.

Children will have lots to choose from for activities: an animal arena, story station, photo place, cow milking, butter making, and more.

Some of the Shead poultry

Admission for the day is $5 per person or $20 for a family of four and more.

Their children and their spouses will be helping the day of the festival excluding Michael and Chrisi Shead and family, who are missionaries to Guatemala. Those who will be helping May 21 are:  Mark and Haley Shead, Mitzi and Joel Ray, and Maria and Clayton Whitson, along with most of their 21 grandchildren.  Many other volunteers are helping to make this a great family outing.

The Shead Family. 2021. Submitted photo.


For more information:

Vickie Shead
Phone: (620) 224-4149
Email: [email protected]

History of the Shead’s Sustainable Homestead

In 1978, Larry and Vickie Shead moved to their family’s 1892 homestead with a goal of having a healthy, sustainable, organic farm.

They began to produce fruits, vegetables, herbs and animals, and also to teach and train the family the value of hard work as a fun activity and entertainment.

Before “agritourism” was a word, the Sheads found themselves welcoming guests who wanted to experience farm life. These included: school field trips, church camps, reunions, weddings, and large Thanksgiving gatherings.

Over the decades, five colleges used the farm for weekend retreats where students could experience the life of work and fun in the outdoors. Over 3000 students representing 50 states and 54 different countries have come to enjoy the farm.

In 2017, Vickie’s dream of a  high tunnel (greenhouse) became a reality through a Natural Resource Conservation Service grant, through the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

“The high tunnel not only extends the growing season but helps protect against insects and chemical contaminants that might drift from neighboring farms,” she said.

In 2021, the Shead Farm was registered as an Agritourism Farm with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism



Over 44 years, Vickie has planted, grown, harvested, and preserved all her organic produce surplus which was dehydrated and ground into extremely fine powder and added to cookies, eggs, smoothies, peanut butter sandwiches, meats, soups, casseroles,
puddings, salads, etc.

It is called VEGGIE POWDER.

The powder provides extra nutrients for families constantly on the go, parents of difficult eaters, or those wanting a more healthy natural diet, she said.

The concentrated organic Veggie Powder from the Shead Farm has an interested beginning.

“Having 250 kindergartners come to the farm
for a fun, farm field trip was an eye opener,” Vickie said. “The school provided healthy sack lunches. However, when the trash was emptied, almost all of the carrots and most of the apples were in the trash along with half-eaten peanut butter sandwiches. The
cookies were ALL EATEN. Children, as well as adults, often choose to eat what they want to eat, pushing the healthy vegetables to the side. Vegetables are sadly missing in so many diets.”

VEGGIE POWDER is made without fillers. In each bottle, she uses available vegetables: kale, cucumbers, zucchini, chard, sweet potatoes, sweet potato leaves, summer squash, carrots, carrot tops, butternut squash, okra, spinach, beets, beet greens,  eggplant, Malabar spinach, and Moringa.

Veggie Powder will be available for sale on the day of the festival and additionally, the powder is sold on Etsy for $5 per oz.

 After ordering, each customer receives a thank you card with a recipe on the back, usually made by Vickie and Larry’s grandchildren.

Customers can visit their Facebook page for inspiration on how to incorporate the powder into their meals.

Today’s Christian Heights Country Store Provides Needs of the School

Christian Heights School, 1101 Barbee, Fort Scott.

Today is the annual big fundraiser for Christian Heights School, 1101 S. Barbee that helps provide necessities for the small Christian school.

“We’ve done Country Store for 56 years,” Principal Larry Davolt said. “It helps us with special projects for the school. In the past a new roof, a new floor, computers, you name it. It goes beyond our little budget for operations.”

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This year is it today, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is comprised of a flea market/ rummage sale, bakery, plant sale and a silent auction of donated items. And food: homemade ice cream, taco salads, hamburgers, malts, shakes, sodas, home made desserts and then the Chicken Annie’s Fried Chicken dinner at 4 p.m.

Ashton Pridey helps put out items in the general merchandise room of the Christian Heights Country Store on Friday. Pridey is a student at the school.

The dinner time lasts from 4 -6 p.m. and one can also order BBQ beef, salad, rolls and homemade pies for $6 for adults and $3 for children.

At 6 p.m. is a auction for merchandise supplied by area merchants and individuals.

Some of the items that will be auctioned off at 6 p.m. at Christian Heights.

The event is sponsored by the Fort Scott Christian Heights Parent-Teacher Fellowship.


About the school

The entrance to the school at 1101 S. Barbee.

Christian Heights is a pre-school through 12th grade Christian school.

“We’ve been here since 1947,” DaVolt said. “My motto is ‘We provide quality education in a Christian environment.'”

The school has 75 students and a staff of 10. DaVolt also teaches science classes in addition to being principal.

The pre-school is three days a week and all other school grades are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.



What’s Happening in Fort Scott Newsletter

What’s Happening in Fort Scott!
May 6th Weekly Newsletter
So much fun coming up in Fort Scott,
share with your friends & family!
Friday 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm
Saturday 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm
$6 adults, $4 children 12 & under
50-minute narrated tour of Historic Fort Scott!
5/6 ~ 100 Things To Do in Kansas Before You Die Book Signing at No. 87 Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heros, 2-4pm
5/6-7 ~ Spring Town-Wide Garage Sale find the map here.
5/5-8 ~ Big Kansas Road Trip, click here for more details about BKRT. See section below for SPECIAL EVENTS happening this weekend only as part of the Big Kansas Road Trip!
5/6-7 ~ Pioneer Harvest Swap Meet, Bourbon County Fairgrounds, 8am-5pm, click here.
5/6 ~ USD 234 Preschool Roundup, Appointment only, 8-3pm, click here.
5/6 ~ Ft. Scott Elks Paint Night, Elks Lodge, 6-9pm, click here.
5/6 ~ Friday Night Concert in the Park featuring Stephan Moses, 7-8pm, Heritage Park Pavilion, 1st & Main St., bring a lawn chair if possible due to limited seating.
5/6-5/7 ~ Indoor/Outdoor Yard Sale, Museum of Creativity, clickhere.
5/7 ~ Fort Scott Farmers Market Opening Day, Skubitz Plaza, 8am-12pm, Bourbon County Garden Club will be there this Sat. only with a plant sale!
5/7 ~ Youth Fishing Derby hosted by the Elks, FSCC Lake, Registration is at 9:30, Kids fish from 10am-12pm
5/7 ~ FSCH 5k and 2 Mile Fun Run, Margrave St., 7am-3pm, click here.
5/7 ~ 56th Annual Country Store and Auction, FSCH, 9am-8pm, click here.
5/7 ~ FSCC Hall of Fame Golf Tournament, Woodland Hills Golf Course.
5/7 ~ Care to Share Quarterly Cancer Support Group Meeting, Open to the Public, 902 Horton St., 10:30am
5/7 ~ Fort Scott High School Prom, Liberty Theatre, Walk-in 6:30pm, Prom 8pm.
5/7 ~ Kids Fishing Derby, Gunn Park Rd, 12pm-4pm, click here.
5/7 ~ Quilt Auction, Museum of Creativity, 1-3pm, click here.
5/7 ~ FSCC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, River Room, 5:30 pm
5/8 ~ Mother’s Day
5/11 ~ Tri-Valley 1/2 Price Plant Sale, 4305 Campbell Dr. Industrial Park, 10am-2pm
5/12 ~ Chamber Coffee Hosted by Old Fort Genealogical Society of SEK, 221 S. National Ave. (lower level of Memorial Hall), 8am
5/13 ~ Friday Night Concerts in the Park, Heritage Park Pavilion, 1st and Main, 7pm
5/14 ~ World Migratory Bird Day, Fort Scott National Historic Site
5/14 ~ Paint in the Park, Gunn Park, 2-4pm, click here.
5/14 ~ FSCC Reception Honoring Steve Armstrong & Bernita Hill, 10:30am, click here.
5/14 ~ Kansas Rocks Night Run, 2051 130th St. Mapleton, KS
5/14 ~ FSHS Graduation, 8pm
5/14 ~ FSCC Graduation, Ellis Fine Arts Center
5/14 ~ Roller Skating, Buck Run Community Center, 7-9pm
5/15 ~ Bourbon County Democrats Monthly Meeting and Training Day, FSCC Administration Building, 2pm
5/16 ~ 4A Boys Golf Regionals, Woodland Hills Golf Course, 8am
5/16-5/19 ~ 4A SEK Regionals Baseball Tourn, LaRoche Complex
5/16 ~ Tiger Drama Club Meeting & Auditions, FSHS, 12-4pm, click here.
5/17 ~ CHC/SEK Mammogram Screening Event, 7am-7pm, click here.
5/19 ~ Chamber Coffee hosted by Kale Nelson State Farm, 1805 S. National Ave, 8am
5/21 ~ Step Into Summer Sidewalk Sale, Downtown and Around
      5/21 ~ Public Forum: Stronger Together, 3rd St Park 9-11am
5/21 ~ Shead Farm Homestead Festival, 2468 Calvary Rd, Garland, KS, 10am-5pm, click here.
    5/26th ~ Chamber Coffee hosted by FSHS Alumni, 8am
      5/26 ~ Chamber Annual Dinner & Awards Celebration, River Room
      5/26-5/27 ~ Kansas 6A Baseball Tournament, LaRoche Complex
Boutiques-Antiques-Flea Markets & more!
Clickhere for Chamber member
specialty shopping & other retail in
Downtown & other areas of the community.
Fort Scott Area
Chamber of Commerce
In This Issue
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.
Museum of Creativity Yard Sale
Special Events this weekend only as part of
Big Kansas Road Trip, May 5th-8th
  • 1553 Plants & Produce, 1553 205th St., Kerry & Kenny Wunderly invite guests Fri until 8pm, Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 9am-5pm.
  • Black Dogs Farm, 351 230th St., Bryan & Barbara Ritter offering Saturday tours at 1, 2 and 3pm, Watch sheep shearing, fiber demonstration and tour a traditional farm. Buy free range eggs, lamb, artistic woolen garments and honey. No admission, donations appreciated.
  • 1553 Plants & Produce, 1553 205th St., Kerry & Kenny Wunderly invite guests Fri until 8pm, Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 9am-5pm.
  • First Presbyterian Church, 308 S. Crawford, offering tours Sat & Sun 9am-4pm of the church from when the 1888 church was razed, many ofthe bricks & materials were reused to build the present 1924 church.
  • Freedom Farms, 1863 Eagle Rd., Gary & Kylene Palmer, invite you to visit the farm, see the animals and enjoy chicken leg lollipops and scotch eggs for a minimal charge. Fri. until 7pm, Saturday 8am-1pm.
  • Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes, 1 S. Main St., will be offering a talk at 10am Sat by Cathy Werling, author of their Unsung Heroes Children’s Book Series, and a 1pm Sat. presentation on “Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project” by Norm Conard and Megan Felt, two of its creators.
  • The Courtland Hotel, 121 E. 1st St., Frank & Cheryl Adamson invite you Fri-Sat-Sun 9am-5pm for a short 15-minute tour of the charming 1906 historic hotel.
  • The Lavender Patch Farm, 2376 Locust Rd., Davin & Betsy Reichard, walk the fields, talk to the owners and shop. Watch various lavender processing demos throughout the day. Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9am-6pm.
  • The Pot Pantry, 1366 215th St., award-winning clay artist Bobbi Kemna invites you to visit the pottery studio and gallery space in the 1800’s Rock House where memorable classes are also taught to all ages, individuals and small groups.
  • Vinedo del Alamo Winery, 2304 Poplar Rd., take a relaxing self-guided tour of the vineyard which will be in full bloom! Free tasting with the purchase of one bottle of wine.
  • View many more events & attractions open in Bourbon County this weekend on!
FSCC Reception Honoring Steve Armstrong & Bernita Hill
FSHS Tiger Drama Club
Shead Farm Homestead Festival

Explore With Big Kansas Road Trip

Dolly the Trolley in downtown Fort Scott. From VisitFortScott Facebook page.

An annual Kansas tourism promotion is coming to our portion of the state today, May 6 and tomorrow, May 7. The event is promoting Bourbon, Cherokee and Crawford Counties.

“We’ve had a steady stream of visitors,” Lindsay Madison, Executive Director of Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce said on Thursday. She and her staff are welcoming them and giving info about the event. The Chamber is located at 231 E. Wall.

The Big Kansas Road Trip is designed to encourage people to explore different parts of our state by visiting it, with the hope of bolstering Kansas communities, according to their website.

To learn about agri-tourism sites, events and other things to do, visit:

Those of us who live in Bourbon County are encouraged to explore with tourists on these days as well.

The Big Kansas Road Trip is promoted through the Kansas Sampler Foundation whose mission is to preserve and sustain Kansas culture by educating Kansans about Kansas and networking/supporting local communities, according to its website.

There are some great eating places in Bourbon County, to choose one see the BKRT listing:  EAT IN LOCAL CAFES

If you want to explore our county, check out the places that are listed in the Big Kansas Road Trip website:

Block House
Bourbon County

Block House

Thursday May 05, 2022 – Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours Old Fort Blvd. and Oak, Fort Scott, KS

The two-story wooden structure just outside the fort’s entrance was built around 1864 to help Fort Scott (town and post) defend against anticipated Confederate advances. Fortunately, no attacks occurred.

Bourbon County Courthouse
Bourbon County

Bourbon County Courthouse

Thursday May 05, 2022 – Friday May 06, 2022 8:30am to 4:00pm 210 S. National, Fort Scott, KS 620.223.0780

Built of red brick and limestone in the Modern Eclecticism style, the 1930 Bourbon County courthouse stands with solid authority on the square at 210 S. National. Visitors are welcome to go to the third-floor courtroom (if court is not in session) to view the 1929 D.H. Overmeyer mural Justice Enthroned. A Civil War cannon, war memorials, and a GAR monument guard the front lawn. Mon-Fri 8:30am-4pm.

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Bourbon State Fishing Lake & Waterfall
Bourbon County

Bourbon State Fishing Lake & Waterfall

Thursday May 05, 2022 – Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours In Bourbon County (west) near Allen County

On the west side of this 103 acre state fishing lake you’ll find a good place to cast your line for channel cat and largemouth/spotted bass. Also find several fishing piers, boat ramp and a floating dock. The waterfall usually runs a short period during the spring from early April through the end of June. You’ll find the waterfall on the north end of the lake, about a quarter mile from Ivory Rd. For detailed directions, click on Read More below, which takes you to Keith Stokes (Kansas Explorer #4392, Kansas Travel website.) Photo courtesy Keith Stokes.

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Brick Street History
Bourbon County

Brick Street History

Thursday May 05, 2022 – Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours Fort Scott, KS

In the early 1900s a large brick plant here produced 100,000 bricks every 10 days. The bricks cost two to four cents each, and a daily shipment filled approxi-mately a dozen rail cars. Fort Scott bricks were used in the construction of the Panama Canal and for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (nicknamed the Brickyard when its track was bricked in 1911). More than 10 miles of brick streets remain in Fort Scott. They are included in the Downtown Fort Scott National Register for Historic Places designation.

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Civil War Statue
Bourbon County

Civil War Statue

Thursday May 05, 2022 – Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours Charles and Spruce Streets, Bronson, KS

Charles and Spruce (City Park). Posed in the middle of the park is one of only four white-bronze (cast zinc) Civil War statues in the state. Dedicated in 1907, this sentinel style soldier is more commonly seen in northern states.

First Horseshoe Tournament
Bourbon County

First Horseshoe Tournament

Thursday May 05, 2022 – Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours City Park, State and Spruce Streets, Bronson, KS

A small blue sign on the east side of town tells you that Bronson was home to the first horseshoe pitching tournament in the world! Although not the same horseshoe pits as those in the 1909 tournament, the pits in City Park at Charles and Spruce welcome you to bring your own horseshoes and play.

First Presbyterian Church
Bourbon County

First Presbyterian Church

Thursday May 05, 2022 – Sunday May 08, 2022 See Description 308 S. Crawford, Fort Scott, KS 620.223.3180

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Three members made up the total congregation of this church when it was formed in 1859. When the 1888 church was razed, many of the bricks and materials were reused to build the present 1924 church. The auditorium, which seats 1,000, held the funeral for famed photographer and native son Gordon Parks in 2006. Church will be open 9am-4pm daily. Sunday services at 10:30am.

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Fort Scott Downtown Historic District
Bourbon County

Fort Scott Downtown Historic District

Thursday May 05, 2022 – Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours Fort Scott, KS 620.670.2750

Oak to Third and Scott to National. Despite fires, including the most recent in 2005, and the federal urban renewal project in the 1960s that demolished 85 historic buildings, the downtown still boasts 58 contributing buildings to the historic district designation.

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Fort Scott Historic Driving Tour
Bourbon County

Fort Scott Historic Driving Tour

Thursday May 05, 2022 – Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours Visit Fort Scott, 231 E. Wall, Fort Scott, KS

The driving tour brochure describes 46 sites and provides an excellent overview of the town, particularly of the architectural history of downtown buildings. Brochures are available at the Visitor Information Center, 231 E. Wall or visit their website and download the brochure.

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Fort Scott National Cemetery
Bourbon County

Fort Scott National Cemetery

Thursday May 05, 2022 – Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 900 E. National, Fort Scott, KS 620.223.2840

The trolley guided and self-guided tours point out gravestones for U.S. Colored troops, Native American soldiers, buffalo soldiers, Confederates from the 1864 Mine Creek battle, and memorials to those who never came home from various wars. A large glacial stone marks the grave of illustrious poet Eugene Ware (1841-1911) who also was an editor, Civil War soldier, author, and founder of the first Fort Scott public library. In 1862 President Lincoln designated these grounds a national cemetery. A historic rostrum and an 1870 brick home also are within the cemetery.

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Fort Scott National Historic Site
Bourbon County

Fort Scott National Historic Site

Thursday May 05, 2022 – Sunday May 08, 2022 See Description 1 Old Fort Blvd., Fort Scott, KS 620.223.0310

Named for General Winfield Scott, the fort originally was established in 1842. Soldiers garrisoned here until 1853 to maintain peace between indigenous and relocated Indian tribes. In 1855 the government auctioned the fort structures to newly arriving settlers, and the area became the nucleus of the town of Fort Scott. During the Civil War, soldiers returned to Fort Scott and it became the supply and logistical center for the Union Army of the West. Today this restored post, administered by the National Park Service, showcases 20 historic structures with excellent exhibits inside the buildings and on the grounds. Open daily, ½ hour before sunrise until ½ hour after sunset. This attraction was voted as one of the top eight in the 8 Wonders of Kansas History category, sponsored by the Kansas Sampler Foundation. Visitor Center open daily, 8am-5pm (summer); 8:30am-4:30pm (winter hours).

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Fort Scott Public Library
Bourbon County

Fort Scott Public Library

Thursday May 05, 2022 – Saturday May 07, 2022 See Description 201 S National Ave, Fort Scott, KS

Built in the Beaux Arts style, the 1904 two-story red-brick Carnegie library (NRHP) still operates as the Fort Scott library. Thu-Fri 9:30am-5:30pm; Sat 9:30am-1:30pm.

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Frontier Military Historic Byway
Bourbon County

Frontier Military Historic Byway

Thursday May 05, 2022 – Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours Old Fort Boulevard, Fort Scott, KS

From Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, through Fort Scott, and north to Fort Leavenworth, this byway follows the old military road established between 1838 and 1845 to connect these forts. Supporters of both the free-state and proslavery causes also used this road during our state’s territorial period. Interpretative signage located in front of the fort along Old Fort Boulevard.

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Fulton High School Architecture
Bourbon County

Fulton High School Architecture

Thursday May 05, 2022 – Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 408 W. Osage, Fulton, KS

Three distinct eras and architectural designs are apparent in the former Fulton School, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The red-brick two-story school building was built in 1917, the stone gymnasium was a 1936 WPA project, and the brick one-story cafeteria was added in 1964. Closed as a school in 1978, the building is now a community center. Photo courtesy

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Fulton Marsh Arch Bridge
Bourbon County

Fulton Marsh Arch Bridge

Thursday May 05, 2022 – Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 215th St. (Old U.S. Hwy. 69), Fulton, KS

Fulton is located about 20 minutes north of Fort Scott along Old U.S. 69. Since 1927 traffic has crossed the Little Osage River on the sturdy Marsh rainbow single-arch bridge. In Fulton, from E. Spruce, go ½ mile north on 215th and drive over the bridge.

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Gordon Parks Gravestone
Bourbon County

Gordon Parks Gravestone

Thursday May 05, 2022 – Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours Evergreen Cemetery, 914 215th St, Fort Scott, KS

From 23rd, 1½ miles south on U.S. 69, then ½ mile west on Indian. Look for a black vertical stone in the cemetery’s north end (section 7) by the road. On either side of the stone is a Parks’ poem, “Homecoming” and “A Sign by the Road.” His flat gray gravestone is behind this marker.

Gordon Parks Museum
Bourbon County

Gordon Parks Museum

Thursday May 05, 2022 – Saturday May 07, 2022 See Description 2108 S. Horton (Fort Scott Community College campus), Fort Scott, KS 620.223.2700, ext. 5850

Gordon Parks, born in Fort Scott in 1912, was a pioneer for blacks in the fields of photography, filmmaking, and writing. His photos depicting poverty and racism, among other subjects, were potent pictures in Life magazine for 20 years. Impressive exhibits and artifacts are on display to help you know Parks and the topics he cared about. See his writing desk, a film camera and tripod, and some of his iconic photographs including those of the Tuskegee Airmen, Muhammad Ali, and American Gothic. The museum will be open extra hours for BKRT visitors. Gordon Parks was voted as one of the top eight in the 8 Wonders of Kansas Art category, sponsored by the Kansas Sampler Foundation. Thu-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat 10am-4pm.

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Gunn Park
Bourbon County

Gunn Park

Thursday May 05, 2022 – Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 1010 Park, Fort Scott, KS 620.223.0550

In 1910 W.C. Gunn donated the land for Gunn Park and some 20 years later the WPA added the main lake and stone shelter houses and walls. Newer additions include an 18-hole disc golf course, numerous biking and hiking trails, a dog park, and a second lake stocked with trout.

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Gunn Park Doll Houses
Bourbon County

Gunn Park Doll Houses

Thursday May 05, 2022 – Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 1100 Park, Fort Scott, KS 620.223.0550

For years Gunn Park had its own caretaker who lived on site with his family. In 1927 caretaker E.V. Kelley built two doll houses for his young daughters Nadine and Jenny. Quite unique, they are more like miniature houses, built outdoors and made of stone. In 2016 the local Kiwanis Club restored and rebuilt the wee buildings, and as you enter Gunn Park you’ll see them to the south. The abandoned caretaker’s home is nearby.

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Kansas Rocks Recreation Park
Bourbon County

Kansas Rocks Recreation Park

Saturday May 07, 2022 – Sunday May 08, 2022 See Description 2051 130th St, Mapleton, KS 620.829.5328

Some say it’s like being in the Ozarks! Opened in 2003, Kansas Rocks Recreation Park provides trails for mountain bikers, hikers, utility vehicles, and four-wheel-drive vehicles (5 mph speed limit). As you might expect, you’ll come across plenty of rocks! What you might not expect is the 200-foot elevation change in these 400 acres. Kanrocks, as the park is known, is a wonderful getaway to enjoy the outdoors in a beautiful rocky terrain. Sat 8am-7pm, Sun 8am-5pm. Admission charge.

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LaRoche Baseball Complex
Bourbon County

LaRoche Baseball Complex

Thursday May 05, 2022 – Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 4805 Campbell Dr, Fort Scott, KS 620.223.0550

Stop by and see the impressive, state-of-the-art LaRoche Baseball Complex. The Dave Regan Stadium inside the LaRoche Baseball Complex features 500 stadium seats, 500 bleacher seats, and room for 2500 on the grassy berms. The complex was funded by major league baseball star, Adam LaRoche, who graduated from high school in Fort Scott. “In the majors, LaRoche played for the Atlanta Braves, Pittsburg Pirates, Boston Red Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks before joining the Nationals in 2011. He had his best season in 2012, winning a Gold Glove and hitting 33 home runs with 100 RBIs in leading Washington to its first National League East Division title.”

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Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes
Bourbon County

Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes

Thursday May 05, 2022 – Saturday May 07, 2022 See Description 1 S Main St, Fort Scott, KS 620.223.1312

This state-of-the-art exhibition space recognizes unsung heroes who stood up for others, often at great risk to themselves. Their compelling stories are told through inter- active kiosks and displays. Two of these brave heroes are Irena Sendler, a Polish social worker who rescued more than 2,500 Jewish children during WWII; and Ken Reinhardt, who befriended the first black students to attend his high school in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957. Additional heroes are recognized every year. The center is named for international philanthropist and education supporter Lowell Milken. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat 10am-4pm.

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National Avenue Bridge
Bourbon County

National Avenue Bridge

Thursday May 05, 2022 – Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 336 N. National, Fort Scott, KS

Named the National Avenue Bridge and painted bright rust orange, the 1933 Marsh rainbow single-arch bridge stands out as it spans the Marmaton River. From 1st, ½ mile north on National. Learn more about Marsh Arch bridges in Kansas by clicking on Read More below.

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Pine Lawn Cemetery
Bourbon County

Pine Lawn Cemetery

Thursday May 05, 2022 – Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours South of Fort Scott on 215th

Pine Lawn Cemetery was established circa 1869 by the Jewish burial society as the interment grounds for the Jewish community that thrived in Fort Scott in the 1880s and 1890s. From E. Wall, 3 miles south on U.S. 69/K-7, ½ mile west on Ironwood, then ¼ mile south on 215th. Photo courtesy Diana Staresinic-Deane, read Diana’s blog:

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Post Office Section Art - Fort Scott
Bourbon County

Post Office Section Art – Fort Scott

Thursday May 05, 2022 – Saturday May 07, 2022 8:00am to 5:00pm 120 S. National, Fort Scott, KS

“Border Gateways”, a 1937 oil on canvas by Oscar E. Berninghaus, depicts pioneers in covered wagons coming into the newly established Kansas Territory in 1854. This New Deal (Depression era) Section artwork can be viewed by entering the Post Office lobby and take the elevator to 2nd floor. Section Art was a finalist for the 8 Wonders of Kansas Art contest. Click on Read More to learn more!

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Rock Creek Lake
Bourbon County

Rock Creek Lake

Thursday May 05, 2022 – Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 195th Street, Fort Scott, KS

The 50 acre Rock Creek Lake is an integral part of the city and rural water reserve system. Located on the Marmaton River, and surrounded by deep woods, Rock Creek serves as a habitat for wildlife as well as a quiet haven for fishermen, canoeists and campers. Discover the Rock Creek Falls during rain season! Drive west on 18th Street. The street name will change to Kansas Road and after an unpaved stretch, will turn south becoming 195th Street, which runs along the east side of Rock Creek Lake. Pull into the park at the north end of Rock Creek Lake and follow the narrow gravel road across the dam to the turn around next to the falls.

The Learning Tree Film Sign Trail, 1968
Bourbon County

The Learning Tree Film Sign Trail, 1968

Thursday May 05, 2022 – Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 2108 S. Horton St., Fort Scott, KS 620.223.2700 Ext. 5850

The fall of 1968 in Fort Scott, Kansas, marked a historical time when the first major Hollywood motion picture was directed by a black film director, Kansas’ native son, Gordon Parks. The Learning Tree, released in 1969, is based on a semi-autobiographical novel that Gordon Parks wrote in 1963. Several of the scenes were filmed on location in and around Fort Scott and Mound City. Hundreds of people from both Fort Scott and Mound City area were a part of the film as extras, with a few having speaking roles in the film. The Learning Tree Trail is a series of signs located at the different scene locations where the filming of The Learning Tree took place. The signs will also include QR codes along with a virtual tour of the identified scene locations of the film. Click on the Read More link for more information.

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Trolley Tours
Bourbon County

Trolley Tours

Thursday May 05, 2022 – Sunday May 08, 2022 See Description 231 E. Wall, Fort Scott, KS 620.670.2750

The trolley driver doubles as guide offering an informative 50-minute tour around town in an old-fashioned trolley. You’ll learn about the national cemetery, “painted ladies,” the horse race track, Mark Twain’s secretary’s studio, Pill Hill, and all sorts of intriguing Fort Scott history. It’s a marvelous starting point for your Fort Scott explorations. $6 for adults; $4 for kids (12 & Under); Free for kids under 3. Find the trolley at the Fort Scott Visitor Information Center. Thu-Fri 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm; Sat 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm; Sun 1pm, 2pm.

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Vinedo del Alamo Vineyard
Bourbon County

Vinedo del Alamo Vineyard

Thursday May 05, 2022 – Sunday May 08, 2022 9:00am to 6:00pm 2304 Poplar Rd, Fort Scott, KS 620.215.6311

Vinedo Del Alamo is the first winery in the world to bottle Arandell grapes, from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, without the use of other blends and varieties. We have been actively growing and harvesting grapes since 2011. Take a relaxing self guided tour of the vineyard which will be in full bloom. The winery is an actual working farm that includes camping, wine tastings and much more! A free tasting with the purchase of one bottle of wine.

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New Bakery in Town: Hamilton’s Bakery

Teri and Michael Hamilton. Submitted photo.

In early 2020, Teri and Michael Hamilton were looking for a move to a home so they could be a one income family. They lived in the Kansas City area.

“We were looking farther out of the Kansas City area, because it is so expensive to live there,” Teri said. “We were looking for a house to buy, we wanted to live on one income.”

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

“Both of our moms, a nephew and a sister have moved here,” since their move, she said.

They began the process of opening a bakery from their home, with sourdough bread as their first product.

“I grew up in a bakery,” she said. “But we never did sour dough bread.”

She has been developing the technique of making the specialty bread.

“The process is different from yeasted bread,” Hamilton said. “It’s 30 to 48 hours to get a loaf of bread from start to finish. But it’s so good!”

They opened a new home-based business venture this month.

“Our main product is a really nice loaf of artisan sourdough bread,” she said.

Marketing their product

“We are going to Fort Scott Farmer’s Market, and doing orders online,” Hamilton said.

Farmer’s Market meets at Skubitz Plaza on Saturday mornings from  8 a.m. to noon and Tuesday evenings from 4 to 6 p.m from the first weekend in May, this year it’s May 7, until the last weekend in October.

“We will be there Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings until we sell out,” she said.

To order, send a message to them on their Facebook page:
The Hamilton’s Bakery.
The Hamilton’s Bakery produces artisan sourdough bread. Submitted photo.

Pick-up System

“We have a max capacity of two dozen loaves per day, so sales are limited,” she said.
Here’s how it all works:
Order and pay by noon Sunday for Tuesday pick up.
Order and pay by noon Wednesday for Saturday pick up.
The pick up location is the Fort Scott Farmer’s Market area on Skubitz Plaza.
They currently accept CashApp and cash.
 A large loaf of sourdough bread is $8. medium is $7.
On the horizon
On the horizon for the business is new products which they are developing.
“We want to grow as we go,” she said. “Not get in over our heads. We want to do one thing at a time and do it well, then do something else.”
“We would love to have a storefront bakery in the town,” she said. “But for the time being, we are doing it in our kitchen.”
Recommends HBCAT
The Hamilton’s have been aided in the business start-up by the Healthy Bourbon County Action Team.
“They have been so incredibly supportive, I highly recommend them.”

FS Christian Heights School Country Store and Auction Is May 7

Fort Scott Christian Heights
56th Annual
Country Store & Auction
Saturday, May 7th | Opens at 9am
Crusader Charge
5k and 2 Mile Fun Run
Saturday, May 7th
Register below.
Country Store: 9am-3pm
The entire gym and all of the classrooms will be filled with items for sale.
Also featuring a big bakery room with every treat imaginable.
Buffet Dinner: 4pm
Fried chicken, B-B-Q Beef, Salads, Rolls and Handmade Fries
Adults $6 | Children $3
Benefit Auction: 6pm
NEW & USED items from local businesses and individuals will be auctioned. All proceeds will be used to purchase needed equipment for the school.
Race and fun walk will be conducted on Margrave Street.
Registration begins at 7A.M. on Margrave between 10th & 12th Streets.
Race and walk begin at 7:30A.M.
Entry Fee: $15.00
Male- 12-18 years Female- 12-18 years
Male- 19-30 years Female- 19-31 years
Male- 31years & up Female- 31 years & up

Charcuterie Workshop April 27

Charcuterie Workshop
Liberty Theatre
Wednesday, April 27th, 6pm
Spots are still available.
Deadline to register: 5pm on Tuesday, April 26th
Sunflower Spreads is a mom & daughter duo who create specialty cheese boards for Manhattan, KS and the surrounding communities. They will be coming to Fort Scott to host this event on Wednesday, April 27th at 6pm.
This workshop includes:
  • In person instruction
  • Everything you need to create your own take home charcuterie box that serves 2-4 people
  • PDF instructions on how to build your own board at home, tips and tricks, how to shop for items, etc.
  • Samples of their favorite cheese
Check out Sunflower Spreads’ Facebook here.

Women’s Business Expo and Luncheon April 27

Purple picture with lemons in top left and bottom right corners and "women's luncheon" written in the middle

Fort Scott Community College is excited to bring back our annual Women’s Luncheon and Vendor Expo. This event will take place April 27th on Administrative Professionals Appreciation Day from 11am to 2pm in the Ellis Fine Arts Center.


Local vendors will be set up throughout the lobby and meeting rooms of Ellis ready for you to shop! We will also be serving a light lunch of two different wraps, salad, and mixed fresh fruit. We will also have tea, water, lemonade, and coffee.


Cost is only $7 per person for lunch. Reserve your ticket or vendor space by emailing Kassie Cate at [email protected] or call 620.223.2700 ext. 5248. Tickets will be available at the door as well.


We hope you can ‘squeeze’ some time in for us and enjoy this very springy event wink

Bacon Me Crazy Food Truck at Presby Village Today until 3 p.m.

Bacon Me Krazy Food Truck
Fort Scott Presbyterian Village
2401 S. Horton, Fort Scott, KS
Then – see below, they will move to Bourbon County Cars and be open from 3:30-7pm!
Join Presbyterian Manor to celebrate Founder’s Day
and their 73-year history of the Christian culture that the organization brings to senior living.
Easy access, just pull through and place your order. Why cook when something special
is in town for the day?
Today from 3:30-7:00pm Bacon Me Krazy food truck will move to the Bourbon County Cars parking lot, located on Hwy. 69 at
1810 S. Main St., in Fort Scott.
They feature a menu that is one of the best in SE KS, featured as the Best Burger and fries you can find, loaded with your hearts desire!
Thank you to our Chamber Champions for all of your support!

Cookie Food Truck at Tractor Supply April 14

People line up at the Crumble and Cream food truck in October  2021 in Fort Scott.
Crumble & Cream, a mobile food trailer that features Deep Dish Cookies, will be returning to Fort Scott today, April 14.
The food trailer rotates stops throughout Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas in 2022. They are headquartered in Wichita.
“We typically just schedule one day per city, in some of the larger cities we do extend for more than one day,” Rachel Marlow, owner of the food trailer said.
“We visited Fort Scott back in October and will be returning for one day Thursday,”  Marlow said.
The food trailer will be at Tractor Supply, 2420 S. Main, on
April 14 from 11 am to 7 pm.
More details about about the Thursday set up can be found on our Facebook page
To view a prior story on the Crumble and Cream Food Truck:
People line up at the Crumble and Cream food truck at the Tractor Supply Company parking lot in October 2021.
Some of the new flavors to try:
Easter Surprise (fudge filled sugar cookie topped with buttercream frosting and Cadbury eggs
Sugar Cookie
French Toast
Carmel Apple Pie
Snickerdoodle Cinnamon Roll
Milk Chocolate Chip
Maple Glazed Snickerdoodle
Dirt n Worms
Red Velvet White Chocolate
Monster Cookie
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter