Hear, touch and taste the Flint Hills at Flint Hills Festival

Flint Hills Discovery Center News Release

Contact: Megan Berry, Marketing Coordinator, (785) 587-2729 ext. 213, berrym@cityofmhk.com

Hear, touch and taste the Flint Hills 

MANHATTAN, KS – Celebrate the Flint Hills at our annual Flint Hills Festival! On Saturday, May 21, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., hear the live music, taste the food vendors along with beer and wine samples and enjoy hands-on children's activities.

Hear the music of the Flint Hills as local performers take the stage at Blue Earth Plaza. From bluegrass to rock, there will be a variety of live performances throughout the afternoon. The lineup will include Eddy Green, Kristie Stemel, The Phaetons, Annie Wilson & the Tallgrass Express String Band and the Red State Blues Band.

Touch the Flint Hills and experience all there is to see and do. Kids and adults can try their hand at archery, test their strength on the rock climbing wall, enjoy hands-on activities and even find their way through the Santa Fe Trail maze. Additionally, there will be live raptors from Milford Nature Center and demonstrations from local crafters throughout the day.

Taste the food of the Flint Hills by sampling local food trucks from vendors including Tasty Traveler, Mr. K’s and Vista Burger. Adults can grab a seat and try samples in the beer and wine tent while they listen to music. Guests can learn about brewing, distilling and winemaking in the Flint Hills from local experts and also enjoy free samples. Those in attendance will include Tallgrass Brewing Company, Highland Community College Winery, Kansas Territory Brewing Co., Little Apple Brewing Company, Wheat State Distilling and Cluster Fuggle Homebrew Club.

Follow the day’s festivities and participate in the fun by sharing family photos using the hashtag, #FHFest2016. Those who attend will have the opportunity to tour the summer blockbuster exhibition, Amazing Dinosaurs! located on the second floor.

Amazing Dinosaurs! makes its world premiere at the Flint Hills Discovery Center as an engaging adventure in discovering some of the most wondrous creatures that ever lived. This exhibition is sponsored by ESB Financial. Attendees can touch real dinosaur teeth and bones, explore their habitat, stand in their tracks and even dress up as a dinosaur. In addition to the temporary exhibition, all permanent exhibits, the Immersive Experience Theater and the Family Fun Zone are included with paid admission.

The Gift Store will also be open during the festivities for those of all ages to purchase something to remember the day.
FHDC members will get in free to the event. All activities are included in the general admission price. Admissions fees include: 18-64 ($9); Educators, Student, Military with ID, 65 + ($7); children 2-17 ($4) and under two, free. Flint Hills Festival is sponsored by Manhattan CVB. Visit www.flinthillsdiscovery.org or call 785.587.2726 for more information.

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