Looking for a unique gift for that hard to shop for person in your life? Look no further than downtown…
The holiday season is very busy in our corner of Kansas. If none of the activities or events listed here…
Since 2014 the Kansas 5A Football State Champion has been crowned at historic Carnie Smith Stadium in Pittsburg. Gameday happens to be Small Business Saturday. Eat like a local and enjoy small town deals.
Several musical opportunities open to the campus and the community are coming up in November at Pittsburg State University. Four events are free, while three are ticketed.
FRANKLIN, Kan. – Learn to make signature cocktails and snack pairings for any holiday event on November 18, 2022 at…
The Heart of the Heartlands Railroad Museum and Carona Depot Complex located between Scammon and Big Brutus will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, through and including Sunday, November 20, 2022.
America’s first serial killer family murdered nearly a dozen travelers over several years who stopped at their Southeast Kansas inn.
2022 PSU Homecoming activities are scheduled for October 17-22, engaging current students and employees, bringing alumni back to town, and injecting crimson and gold spirit throughout the community.
The nation’s only collegiate gorilla is a symbol of our community pride and perseverance.
Crawford County has three pumpkin patches open through October, each offering something different for visitors.
Ask someone what would make a good day trip, and thoughts may stray to a ticketed attraction that draws thousands of visitors. A zoo, perhaps. Or a botanical garden. You won’t find those in Crawford County.
The Fall ArtWalk will be held Friday, September 23, 2022, from 5p-9p, in downtown Pittsburg, Kansas.
An International Night Market with a variety of nation and ethnic booths featuring music, games, street food, wares, and more will…
Several Antique Model T’s will be seen throughout Southeast Kansas during the week of September 7-11, 2022.
The 37th Annual Little Balkans Days Festival in Pittsburg, Kansas is scheduled for August 29 through September 4, 2022 Numerous activities will be available, including an Arts, Crafts & Food Show, the Folk Life Music Festival, and numerous PASSPORT events.
We asked a travel writer to take a look around town, let us know how her day went, and what some of her favorite places were…
September 3rd, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, September 4th, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Join emcee J.T. Knoll on Saturday, September 3rd at the Little Balkans Folk Life Music Festival at the west end of Pittsburg’s Lincoln Park.
While Crawford County may be known nationally for its tasty fried chicken, another food could be even more popular in the area.
Since the 1930’s travelers have asked why fried chicken is so popular in the area. It’s a story about a delicious, inexpensive family meal, and survival.
Celebrate our Independence in Small Town U.S.A. Situated in extreme northwest Crawford County, sits Hepler, Kansas. This sleepy, little hamlet…
When a The New York Times writer stopped by Memorial Auditorium & Convention Center in Pittsburg on the advice of a local, who suggested he see Pittsburg Community Theatre’s production of “The Wizard of Oz” while he was in town, he was unprepared for what he stumbled upon: A sold-out show. And it was a great one.
As a child growing up in Crawford County, the day that the National Geographic magazine arrived at our home each month was the day that I curled up on the couch and traveled the world.
The first full weekend in June is typically a free fishing weekend across Kansas, including the Mined Land Wildlife Areas.
Originally posted: May 13, 2018 PITTSBURG, Kan. – For the first time, several local high school graduates are representing Pittsburg…
The world’s largest surviving electric shovel sits just across the county line.
Join the Pittsburg State mascot, Gus the Gorilla, as he explores Pittsburg and surrounding communities. Learn about attractions, parks, and…
On an early spring day that seemed made for fishing, Tom Pebley, of Kansas City, cast his lure into one of the more than 1,000 strip pits that dot Crawford County.
The Friends of Crawford State Park are once again hosting live music at Crawford State Park, Farlington.
Miner Hall Museum’s second quarter exhibit is “Little Balkans Coal Camp – Arma”, opening April 1 and continuing through June 26, 2022.
Originally posted February 10, 2017 Many people associate Crawford County with the best of the Midwest: Close-knit communities, hardworking people,…
Eight weeks. Eight track meets. From February to March 2018, the coordinator for the Robert W. Plaster Center walked the equivalent of going from Pittsburg to Greensburg, Kansas – and back. Most likely, he walked even longer than that.
The Solo & Chamber Music Series at Pittsburg State University will continue this spring with three concerts featuring a roster of top performers: Benjamin Appl featuring James Baillieu, Seraph Brass, and Jason Vieaux and Julien Labro.
Originally posted January 20, 2017 to celebrate National Pie Day on January 23 As David Mamet wrote in Boston Marriage,…
Rich soil and wine making traditions of immigrants positioned Eastern Kansas to rival California’s Wine Country. 67 years of Kansas Prohibition changed that.
Originally posted January 3, 2017 To celebrate National Spaghetti Day on January 4, we took a visit to Pallucca’s Meat…
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Southeast Kansas once looked and acted like the rest of the state, with prairies and farms as far as the eye could see. The search for coal changed everything.
This corner of the state was once primarily rolling fields of prairie grasses with wooded areas only along creeks, sitting on the edge of the Ozark Plateau.
Protesting unfit working conditions in area mines, thousands of women marched to block them. It’s a story that made statewide and national headlines.
Originally posted: October 1, 2017 On National Author’s Day, November 1, we’re featuring our favorite places to check out new…
A 75-year celebration marks the end of War World II, and the joy of coming home.
Tour the Miner’s House at Miners Hall Museum in Franklin, Kansas on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Three opportunities are available to celebrate the 5th Anniversary with ArtForms Gallery and the artists that share their creativity with the community of Pittsburg and surrounding areas.
The 2021 Little Balkans Days Festival in Pittsburg, Kansas is host to a special night of music on Saturday, September 4 starting at 8 p.m.
For three days in December 1921, thousands of wives, daughters, mothers, sisters, and sweethearts of striking miners marched in protest. FRANKLIN, Kan. – Shaft coal mines in Southeast Kansas were deadly. Pay was low. Laws protected owners, not laborers. For three days in December 1921, thousands of wives, daughters, mothers, sisters, and sweethearts of striking miners marched in protest. Being a women’s march, it made national headlines. Throughout 2021, the “Amazon Army” and related stories are being retold.
The Little Balkans Days Festival in Pittsburg, Kansas is seeking entries for one of its most popular events – the photo contest.
This week, the Plaster Center staff are rolling out the “green carpet” to vendors and attendees of the 36th Annual Four State Farm Show at what just might be the largest event that the building has hosted to date.
From May 5-8, 2022, the Big Kansas Road Trip will showcase Bourbon, Cherokee and Crawford counties in Southeast Kansas.
ar off due to the pandemic, Friday Music on the Lake returns to Crawford State Park near Farlington, Kansas.
Big Brutus National Historic Site will host the Big Iron Overland Rally from May 14-16, 2021.
After canceling the Little Balkans Days Festival in 2020, the Festival Committee has announced the event will return in 2021.
Four State Farm Show organizers are once again planning to hold the three-day event on the campus of Pittsburg State University in May after having had to cancel last year’s show due to the pandemic.
An exhibit at Miners Hall Museum in Franklin tells this story, which received national attention, and honors these women who marched to end unfair labor practices in local mines.
Learn the real story behind “The Chicken Sisters”, as well as the real story behind Southeast Kansas chicken: Kansas fried chicken drives narrative of novel.
Bootlegging in the Kansas Balkans in the 19th and 20th centuries comes alive for the first time in an exhibit at the Crawford County Historical Museum in Pittsburg.
More than 460 cyclists took part in an annual ride through Crawford and Cherokee counties. Normally held in September, this year’s ride was in October – and it was cold.
After more than 250,000 votes were cast by shoppers, Pearls & Curls Boutique on the Girard, Kansas square was named the Best Store Front to Shop in Kansas.
Imagine the U.S. without polka. A nation without the waltz, or lager-style beer. Or worst of all, brats!
Nearly 500 miles of the national U.S. Bicycle Route System is being signed through Kansas, including USBR-76, which primarily follows the same route as the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail and Trans Am Bike Race through the southeast corner of the state.
A fiberglass Sinclair DINO (pronounced DYE-NO) now lives at Raider Express in Frontenac, Kansas. Around 580 DINOs are on display any given year – 16 in Kansas.
A new marker at the Lord’s Diner in Downtown Pittsburg hopes to be a reminder about a mostly forgotten piece of transportation history. The non-profit kitchen is located in what was originally built around 1915 as the Jefferson Highway Garage.
From Pittsburg State University The 2020 Four State Farm Show, planned by Farm Talk Newspaper to be held in July on the Pittsburg State…
Miners Hall Museum in Franklin, KS is proud to announce the 2020 Third Quarterly Exhibit, “Little Balkans Coal Camp: Weir” opening July 1 and continuing through September 26, 2020. The regular programs will have changes due to the pandemic. These programs may be made available virtually.
day night catch-and-release tournaments at Bone Creek Reservoir between Fort Scott and Pittsburg provide an opportunity for anglers and youngsters alike to practice social distancing, get outdoors, and have some fun.
For a short time on April 30, 2020, “America’s ‘fried chicken war'” was a top headline on the homepage of BBC.com, one of the most visited news sites across the globe.
The premier agricultural event in the region since 1975. Features 700 exhibits and agricultural equipment. Free to attend.
Unfortunately the impacts of the CoronaVirus and the most up-to-date measures to prevent spread have now terminally impacted the NCBA’s chances of hosting any NCBA Division II post season activities.
The 2020 Four State Farm Show is headed to town after 36 years on the farm.
Enjoy a natural habitat unlike the rest of Kansas at more than 30 community parks, 50 miles of shoreline along 1,500 acres of public water, and several trails.
Regular live music returns to Crawford State Park for the third year. Regular outdoor performances begin May 1 and will continue through September 25.
The Pittsburg Parks & Recreation Department has implemented new procedures at the market to ensure the safety of patrons and vendors, including protective barriers, markings to indicate a six-foot distance between customers, and a hand-washing station. The market will also be limited to 40 people at one time.
Town bands, local nightclub dance bands, and nationally known touring bands that played at The Tower, Gay Parita and Trianon ballrooms will be the topic of this month’s special program at Miners Hall Museum in Franklin, Kansas.
On Sunday, December 1, the Miners Hall Museum in Franklin, Kansas hosts a special program: “The Gunn Family Legacy & Its Influence on the Little Blue Books”. Doors open at 1:45 p.m. and the program begins at 2 p.m. Admission is free.
Miners Hall Museum in Franklin, KS is proud to announce the 2019 Fourth Quarterly Exhibit, a Spirit of the Little Balkans Series, “Little Blue Books 100 Years!” opening October 1 and continuing through December 28, 2019.
A new monthly email will help promote signature events occurring throughout Southeast Kansas. Southeast Kansas Tourism Region (SEKTR) is a joint cooperative of area attractions, chambers, visitors bureaus, and others, and will begin sending out their new email newsletter the last week of each month.
Six years ago, Aggie Keesling had a dream, and that dream is about to come true. On Saturday, September 21, ground breaking for the new storm shelter, the first storm shelter at any state park in Kansas, will take place.
The annual Old Settlers Days in Arcadia is scheduled for Friday, September 13, and Saturday, September 14, and will include street dances, a parade, and more.
The 2019 Cherokee Fall Festival Homecoming is scheduled for the weekend of September 6-8 and will include Bingo, a Men’s Beauty Pageant, Parade, Dodge Ball, an Antique Tractor Pull, and a Home Run Derby.
This exhibit and programs will focus on the artifacts and stories of the men that served in in the militaries of the world from 1914 through 1918 and the subsequent Treaty of Versailles.
While flooding has wreaked havoc at several state parks throughout the region, Crawford Lake, locally known as Farlington Lake, does not have these issues.
An Old Fashioned Independence celebration will once again be held at Crawford State Park on July 2, but this year it will look a little different to those who have been before.
For the fifth year in a row, the Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is bringing the National Club Baseball Association Division II World Series to Jaycee Ballpark. And, for the second year in a row, the Pittsburg State club team has a chance to win it all on their home turf.
Thirty-two teams from across the country are still fighting for their chance to earn a slot in the 2019 NCBA Division II World Series, which will be hosted at Jaycee Ballpark in Pittsburg for the fifth consecutive year.
Get Busy Livin’ announces its 9th Annual 5K Run, Friendship Walk and Kids Fest to begin at 8:30 am on…
FARLINGTON, Kan. – Live music returns to Crawford State Park each Friday beginning May 17. Musicians perform at 6 p.m.…
FRANKLIN, Kan. – Miners Hall Museum in Franklin, Kansas is proud to announce the 2019 Second Quarterly Exhibit, “Spinning a…
PITTSBURG, Kan. – A new event is coming to the Robert W. Plaster Center on Saturday, January 12. The Missouri…
Media release from Miners Hall Museum FRANKLIN, Kan. – Miners Hall Museum has announced its 2019 First Quarter Exhibit, “Little…
This annual Outdoors show features boating, fishing, hunting, and other outdoor recreation, and is usually held the weekend prior to…
Winters are a busy time at the Robert W. Plaster Center, the home of several league, regional, and national indoor…
Congratulations to San Diego State on their 2018 National Club Baseball Association (NCBA) Division II World Series Championship. The Crawford…
Despite competition with online shopping options, today’s shoppers are still heavily reliant on brick and mortar department stores. Historically, department…
Arma’s annual V-J Homecoming is a celebration of special importance. Having existed since 1946, the event is one of a…
The Crawford County Fair is celebrating Year 1 of a new century. 2017 marks the 101st annual Crawford County Fair…
Crawford County is home to many recreational and competitive runners. From those who are looking to get fit (or find…
Of the many lakes in the local area, Bone Creek Reservoir is one of the most important to Crawford and…
Sharp hills and thin lakes dot a well-used 14,500 acres of land in Crawford and Cherokee Counties. The area is…
Happy Walnut Day! We’re nuts about our small towns in Crawford County and on National Walnut Day we’re celebrating Walnut,…