NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - Ever wonder about those new wind generators in western Kansas? Now is your chance to check them out. A September 25-26 bus tour from North Newton to southwest Kansas, sponsored by Kauffman Museum and First Bank of Newton, will feature a presentation about the 170 newly-installed, 295-foot wind generators and a stop at the Gray County Wind Farm for a first-hand look at the giant turbines. Additional highlights on this tour will include breakfast at a Victorian home in Stafford, a drive through Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, a stop at Montezuma's Stauth Memorial Museum, a tour at the Mid-America Air Museum and a reception at Liberal's Baker Arts Center. An overnight stop is planned for Liberal.
Day two of the tour focuses on the Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty Pageant. There will be Native American exhibits, a reenactment of the signing of the 1867 Peace Treaty and stories of discovery, exploration and settlement of the United States.
"Because this pageant is held only every three years, tour members will have an especially unique experience," says tour coordinator Amy Mitchell of First Bank of Newton. A last stop at Stroud's Restaurant in Wichita on the way home will complete the trip.
The tour includes all admission fees, hotel costs (at double occupancy), all but one meal, all gratuities and taxes. For more information about this trip or others offered throughout the year, contact Amy Mitchell at First Bank of Newton at (316) 283-2600 or Andi Schmidt Andres at Kauffman Museum at (316) 283-1612.