Celebrate the Cowboy at Flint Hills Discovery Center

Flint Hills Discovery Center News Release

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

Celebrate the Cowboy at Flint Hills Discovery Center

Manhattan, KS – Dust off your boots and grab your cowboy hat as you join the Flint Hills Discovery Center in celebrating the cowboy!

“We are excited to celebrate National Day of the Cowboy for the second time and expect a great turn out,” said Flint Hills Discovery Center Director, Fred Goss. “This is a great event for the entire family to celebrate the cowboy culture and traditions of Kansas and the Flint Hills.”

Festivities kick-off at10 a.m. on Saturday, July 25 with a rope cutting ceremony outside the main entrance.

Learn all about the Buffalo Soldier, try your hand at roping and even test out your best cattle call. There will be plenty of activities for kids to enjoy, including branding, creating a saddle concho and decorating their own horse to ride in the barrel races. Kids can also have their face painted like a rodeo clown and get an autograph from a rodeo queen! Dave Zerfas will also be roving as he plays a variety of western frontier music for visitors.

The Gift Store will be open to purchase cowboy souvenirs for everyone, including cowboy hats, sarsaparilla and more for all ages. Dress up like a cowboy and take a family photo at the photo booth station for a chance to win two tickets to see the Royals! Winner will be announced on social media on Monday, July 27. Follow the day’s festivities and participate in the fun by sharing family photos on social media using the hash tag, #fhdcdayofcowboy.

Those who attend will also have the opportunity to tour the summer exhibition, In the Dark, located on the second floor. All permanent exhibits, the Horizon Ranch Flint Hills Immersive Experience Theater and the Family Fun Zone are included with paid admission.

All activities are included in the general admission price. Admissions fees are: 18-64 ($9); Educators, Student, Military with ID, 65 + ($7); children 2-17 ($4).

National Day of the Cowboy is sponsored by Capitol Federal and Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau. Partners include: Lindy and Jack Lindquist, Peggy and Steve Frazier, John’s Saddle Shop, Al Davis, Vanderbilt’s, Home Depot, Kansas Beef Council, Rodeo Queens (Miss Eureka, Miss Topeka, Miss Kansas and Miss K-State) Richard Kirmer, Manhattan Parks and Recreation, Frank Dolan, Manhattan Maintenance and K-State Rodeo Club.

About National Day of the Cowboy
Cowboy traditions have long been part of the American landscape and culture and today’s cowboys and cowgirls continue to strive to preserve this unique element of America’s heritage. In July, 2005, National Day of the Cowboy was designated by the United States Congress and the Governor of Kansas to be celebrated on the fourth Saturday of July encouraging people to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

About Flint Hills Discovery Center
The Flint Hills Discovery Center offers a unique tourism and community experience that inspires people to celebrate, explore, and care for the Flint Hills. The Flint Hills Discovery Center is a division of the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Manhattan. FHDC has been consistently ranked #1 of 30 things to do in Manhattan on TripAdvisor. Visit www.flinthillsdiscovery.org or call (785) 587-2726 for more information about programs or events at the Flint Hills Discovery Center.

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