It would be difficult to find a Kansas community that isn’t having some sort of festival this weekend. Close to home, there’s June Jaunt all along K-96 from the Colorado border to Ellinwood, and Santa Fe Trail Days in Pawnee County.
Great Bend kicked off June Jaunt this week with a farmers market and City Band concert in the courthouse square, and car buffs cruising by or parking their rolling sculptures for all to enjoy. The fun continues with a free movie in the park tonight, and a whole list of activities in Great Bend and Ellinwood on Saturday.
The phase “something for everyone” is cliche, but is there anyone who can’t find at least one thing of interest on the schedule?
The activities are cheap entertainment for all ages, and the farmers markets provide a good deal on fresh, healthy food.
Senior citizens age 60 and above in particular need to know about the Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. This federal program will provide $30 in checks for income-qualifying seniors to purchase locally grown fresh vegetables and herbs, fruits and honey. Any Barton County senior who is interested can still apply at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. The final date to apply will be Friday, June 13, following the 1 p.m. program at Senior Center.
So here’s to June jauntiness — including Flag Day, Fathers Day, the first day of summer and the first Summer Stroll. We no longer sit on our front porches and visit with neighbors as they walk by in the evening, but community events can still bring us together.