Great Bend and Larned will be stopping points for the Kansas Travel and Tourism’s Faces & Places Tour Sunday.
Kansas Magazine editor Jennifer Haugh will lead the weekend tour that starts in Topeka and travels to Greensburg, Meade and Montezuma Saturday before returning to Larned and Great Bend.
The tour will stop at The Fort Larned Historic Site at 10 a.m. Sunday and make it to Great Bend about 1 p.m.
The fourth weekend of Faces & Places will include Haugh’s husband, Jim Haugh; their 10-year old son Brendan; her father, Bill Cowan, and mother, Catherine Cowan, all of Topeka.
A designated person connected with Kansas Travel and Tourism or the ad agency Jones Hewitt Partners visits one of the state’s premier attractions, typically on a weekend.
“The whole idea is simulating a family trip that anyone could take,” Haugh said. “The communities we’ve visited have been very excited and supportive. Everyone has been very well received.”
The Great Bend tour will start with lunch at Treaders, 1309 Main Street (620-786-2337).
The sandwich shop is part of the My Town organization which owns and operates several small shops and boutiques in the downtown area.
The next stop is the Great Bend Raptor Center in Brit Spaugh Park on North Main (620-793-4226, contact person Scott Gregory). The Raptor Center received a national scenic byway grant to develop new exhibits and tours that tie the Center to Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway. The Convention and Visitors Bureau has added a “zoo scavenger hunt” for GPS units.
The final stop is the Cheyenne Bottoms and Kansas Wetlands Education Center with host Curtis Wolf at KWEC (620-786-7456).
State tourism officials and other Kansas travelers are seeing the state in a “driving billboard” to promote Kansas tourism on the faces & Places Tour. The tour’s goal is to foster tourism in Kansas through social media, promote Kansas as a desirable destination and increase tourism expenditures. The road trip will visit 34 festivals, events and locations in a decorated Chevy Suburban.
The tour’s goal is to foster tourism in Kansas using Facebook, Twitter and other social media.
Information about the Faces & Places Tour is available on TravelKs pages on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. Videos are posted on YouTube. There is also a TravelKs.blog.
Greensburg—The Big Well, www.greensburgks.org
Meade—Dalton Days Wild West Fest, www.oldmeadecounty.com/dalton_days.htm
Montezuma—Stauth Memorial Museum, www.stauthmemorialmuseum.org
Fort Larned—National Historic Site, www.kansastravel.org/fortlarned
Great Bend—Cheyenne Bottoms, www.visitgreatbend.com/Cheyenne_Bottoms.asp