Flint Hills Summer Events

70TH ANNUAL FLINT HILLS PRCA RODEO - June 5-6, 2009. First started by the Emmett Roberts family in Chase County Kansas--the heart of cattle country in the Flint Hills. What began as an impromptu rodeo in a pasture has grown into the oldest consecutive rodeo in Kansas and will bring in more than 15,000 spectators. Included in the three-day rodeo performances are special acts, cowboy dances, a rodeo parade and more. Rodeo events are: Bareback Riding, Steer Wrestling, Saddle Bronc Riding, Calf Roping, WPRA Barrel Racing, Bull Riding, and Team Roping. For more information visit www.flinthillsrodeo.com.

SYMPHONY IN THE FLINT HILLS - June 13, 2009 - An 85-piece orchesta with a 100-voice chorus will celebrate one of the greatest "place-based" symphonic compositions ever created. Listen to the Kansas City Symphony surrounded by nothing but tallgrass, circling hawks, sky, space and the company of those ready for a musical adventure partnered with nature. For more information go to www.symphonyintheflinthills.org.

FLINT HILLS OVERLAND WAGON TRAIN - Enjoy the simplicity of frontier life for a weekend. Since 1979 the Flint Hills Overland Wagon Train has provided authentic covered wagon trips through the scenic Kansas Flint Hills, an untouched part of the historic American Tallgrass Prairie. Weekend pioneers relive experiences of those who joined the great Westward Movement in the mid-19th Century. For more information about scheduling a trip visit

23RD TALLGRASS WRITING WORKSHOP - June 28-29, 2009. Offered by Emporia State University's Center for Great Plains Studies and sanctioned by the Western Writers of America, Inc. Workshop faculty include Don Coldsmith, author of more than 40 books including the Spanish Bit Saga; Max McCoy, award-winning author of Hellfire Canyon and I, Quantrill. For more information contact Emporia State University at 620-341-5549,or click on